Under Armour have recently released the fourth generation of their Blur Carbon boot and seem to have taken it in a whole new direction. The Blur Carbon III was a heavy hitting boot with a innovative twist but the re-build has produced a refined speed boot with advanced futuristic features. From the Wallaroo microfibre upper to the 4D-Foam footbed, the boot is superior to its predecessor.
The main difference has to be the material used on the upper. A Wallaroo synthetic microfibre replaces the previous microfibreELITE upper which is designed to have a leather feel but with all the waterproof benefits of a synthetic. The low profile toe cap is another new feature to the Blur Carbon IV and helps to protect the foot as well as increase the overall durability of the boot.
With a lacing system designed off-centre this allows for a greater area to strike the ball with as well as also enhancing the overall fit. Whilst on the subject of comfort and the padded ankle and heel means great support and protection from the moment you lace up the Blur Carbon IV.
The new Blur Carbon IV provides shock absorption, responsiveness, support and padding thanks to the implementation of a 4D-Foam footbed and the Micro G technology seen across other shoe’s from the Under Armour brand.
A carbon fibre and BZM outsole delivers lightweight stability and performance and features a mix of moulded conical and bladed studs making for light work over natural firm surfaces.
You will also pick up on the inclusion of a carbon spine running from the midfoot to the heel, which has been designed for exceptional energy return and improved stabilisation over this area of the foot.
The boot has been released in two colourways; the explosive High Viz Yellow/Midnight Navy and the subtle Black/Blaze Orange/Electric Blue. Wales’ Jamie Roberts has worn the High Viz boots in Wales’ first two matches of the 2014 Six Nations.
Roberts international team-mate Taulupe Faletau wore the High Viz in the opener against Italy but switched to the black look for their defeat to Ireland.
Fellow British & Irish Lion Sean Maitland also wore the High Viz in Scotland’s opening fixture although his tournament has now come to an end due to injury.