The Offload’s Top 5 Rugby Boots for Kicking
March 13. 2018
Whether they’re playing for field position or keeping the scoreboard ticking over, a kicker needs to feel that they’ve got the “right tools for the job” when they step out on the field.
And we’re not talking about screwdrivers and saws, but the boots on their feet. For some players, having a snug fitting boot in order to experience a cleaner foot-to-ball contact when striking is crucial, whilst for others it might be the positioning of the lacing system and whether the boot offers a greater ‘sweet spot’ or not. We’ve gone through the boots that are currently on the market and picked out our top five for kickers.
adidas Predator Malice Control
Worn by the likes of Beauden Barrett, Johnny Sexton & Dan Biggar, the Predator Malice Control is adidas’ signature kicking boot. With some of World Rugby’s finest kickers on their roster, the design team over at the Three Stripes have been able to create a boot specifically designed for ensuring that 5 points soon become 7. A key feature of the boot is the asymmetrical lacing system, whilst the application of Non Stop Grip (NSG) across the upper allows for increased ball control in all conditions.
Nike Tiempo Legend VII
If you’re after a traditional Kangaroo Leather boot, then look no further than the Nike Tiempo Legend VII. The boot of choice for Saracens, England & British & Irish Lion playmaker Owen Farrell, the Tiempo is traditionally a football boot however more than stands up to the rigours of rugby. If you’re looking for a long-term snug fit, then this boot is for you. Flywire cables help ‘lockdown’ your foot, whilst a Fitmesh liner preserves the shape of the boot as the leather begins to age.
PUMA Future 18.1
A recent addition to the market, the PUMA Future 18.1 allows you to dictate just how tight your boots are when you step on the field thanks to an innovative net lacing system. This unique feature allows you to position where your laces sit, therefore allowing you to effectively mould the boots to your feet. With the Future being so new, uptake in the boot is pretty limited at the moment however it seems to have gone down a storm with Jaguares and Argentina fly-half Nicolas Sanchez.
adidas Predator Flare
Kicking was a side thought when adidas were creating the Predator Flare, but they certainly do the job from long-range going by some of the attempts that we’ve seen from Elliot Daly. Predominately worn by outside backs, the Flare has been built for speed however comfortably does the job when it comes to putting boot to ball. It’s bootee construction helps to lock in your foot and give you a solid platform from which to kick from, whilst the addition of NSG to the upper helps with a cleaner strike.
Under Armour Magnetico Pro
Launching bombs from the back and slotting goals are two key aspects of Leigh Halfpenny’s game, and luckily for him he’s got a boot that excels even before it makes contact with the ball. The Magnetico Pro is built upon a Charged Cushioning footbed, absorbing the impact created when you place your standing foot. The inclusion of Under Armour’s FormTrue technology means that the boot not only forms to your foot, but also flexes with your foot as you complete your swing.