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News; Under Armour Speedform CRM FG Capri/Black/Afterburn Football Boo

Published: Monday 11 January, 2016


What a crazy design, one that really sets the UA brand apart from other mainstay releases. And the fact that the design makes sense – mimicking the natural shape of your feet – creates an increased sense of intrigued into what they have on offer. But a design like this has to work, otherwise there is potential that fans will lose interest in future UA releases. Without a doubt, the highlight of these boots is how comfortable they are through play. If there is anything UA consistently does right it is ensuring your feet are padded and protected in just the right ways. The first thing to note here is that there is no insole in these shoes, so the inner lining is built in and can’t be removed. That is obviously important to factor in if you use an insert. But man, the construction inside the boot is just pure perfection.


 


From a memory foam style sole lining with mesh to an extra layer of padding around the heel, your feet just feel at home from the very first wear. Because there is no insole, the complete fit feels very natural and connected. The upper material, which we will talk about more below, also has a very moldable feel that plays a role in how comfortable your foot is. This is particularly important through the heel, where a seamless molded heel counter is topped off with the soft synthetic material. It reduces any chance of players getting a blister in these boots – yes, I can say with confidence that the style of these boots will ensure your heel is kept in check without opportunities to rub or cause discomfort. If you regularly encounter heel issues with boots, you absolutely need to check these out!


Under Armour Speedform CRM FG Capri/Black/Afterburn Football Boots



So, the important question first; what is an articulated box toe? UA use a single piece upper with the sport’s first-ever articulated toe box area in play – the ridged area seen across the forefoot. Following the contours of your toes, it is intended to mold perfectly to the foot to eliminate distractions. This is UA’s attempt to change the standard of fit and feel in boots designed for the sport’s fastest footballers.



 


How does it feel and play out? Initially, I was concerned that it might be misshaped to my foot and cause discomfort, but that is not the case. The material is very flexible and easily conforms without any rough or tough to breakdown spots. UA has somehow shaped the synthetic in a toe like design without using a fully molded design. To the touch, it almost sounds like there is a paper layer somewhere in between the upper synthetic layer and the inside mesh. Visually, you can see an underlay cage system in play that forms the aesthetic design of the boot. It has the appearance of a wire fence, but it is very pliable and simple acts as a structural support system.


 


In terms of touch, the overall composition is about as natural as you can get – I can’t get over how supple it feels for a synthetic and how it still provides adequate support right across the forefoot. Over time, it definitely molds and most players will end up with one of the best shaped boots they have ever experienced. Speaking of “over time”, we’ve also got a section for that down below!


 


At 7.8oz, these boots don’t line up as one of the lighter on the market, but they are well balanced and proportioned for a high level of acceleration. With Memphis Depay on board as their key player, UA has the correct player to really highlight what you can get from the SpeedForm. Everything about the boot is streamlined and very sleek. From the one-piece upper material to the polished, chrome soleplate everything comes together in a very speedcentric way.


Under Armour Speedform CRM FG Capri/Black/Afterburn Football Boots



A unique element of the soleplate is the message that UA places on each boot. Seen above, it points out the fact that a layer of chrome paint on the sole is likely to crack over time. Thankfully, this in no way will alter the performance. What it does do is give the boot any extremely sleek look as you take them out of the box. Toward the front of the sole you will also see a layer of ridges that look similar to what is on top of the boot. At first, I thought this might mean that there were grooves inside the boot for your foot to sit into, but that isn’t the case. The soleplate is flat underneath your foot, with these grooves just adding a visual effect.



 


In terms of traction, you get 6 misshaped studs towards the forefoot of the lightweight Pebax outsole that increase in height as you move from toe to midfoot. This provides a little extra torque through tight situations and more grip as you plant your foot on the ground. In play, there is nothing unique that stands out from a performance perspective and no areas of discomfort to note. They simply work effectively and ensure you are able to concentrate on your game. I appreciate that!


 


Through testing, I wore these on both AG and FG surfaces with positive results. They are naturally intended for FG, so that is where they will perform at their highest level. But I also found that on AG, they did a very sufficient job of holding traction without getting stuck in the surface. I’d add them to the list of options suited for both.


 
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