Adidas have used the start of this seasons Heineken Cup to introduce all three of their new boots. There is one, however, that is standing out on the field due to its striking and eye catching colourway.
The RS7 was initially launched off the back of the success of the adiZero football boot. It was the first Adidas rugby specific boot which was leightweight which meant it allowed players to maximise their speed. Since the original Radient Red and Intense Green colourways, Adidas used the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand to promote the Orange/Blue and White/Red colourways. All four of these boots were part of the RS7 I range.
The new Prime Blue and Electricity RS7 II is a modified version of the boot and is offering extra features that the first incarnation did not have. Charlie Sharples of Gloucester along with Scarlets pair Sean Lamont and George North have all been seen wearing the new boot in recent weeks.
The RS7 has a ‘Sprint Skin Upper’ which is stronger than other synthetics making the boot lighter, softer and more durable. The ‘Sprint Skin’ has been reinforced making it stronger than its football counterpart. Adidas have used a sprint frame for the RS7 Pro boot which is actually 50% lighter than all other regular TPU outsoles.
The heel of the boot has a ‘3D Puff Print’ on the inner lining of the heel to help prevent slippage. This is ideal for players looking for instant acceleration from a standing start. This also makes the boot easy to break in so that you can get a good feel for the boots from the first wear.
Permanent midfoot support gives greater stabilty and also helps to prevent injury through its lightweight hollow core construction. The striking zone of the boot features a synthetic print to help improve control when striking the ball, especially in wet conditions.
On the base of the boot is a mixed sole plate using the rounded aluminium screw-in studs and moulded studs. This has been added for maximum traxion without increasing the weight of the boot. The mixture of studs means that the boots are suitable for all weather and pitch conditions.
Adidas have also installed the miCoach technology in to the boot which give you the opportunity to measures time, distance, speed, speed zones and number of sprints during training or a match. This can then be downloaded on to a PC or iPhone application to be analysed by coaches or between team mates. The miCoach speedpod sensors are not included with the boots however can be purchased separately through ourselves.
What do you think of the new colour way? Have you used the miCoach technology?