Adidas Samba Nitrocharge 1.0 TRX FG: Great pair of football boots regardless where you play
Published on May 5, 2014 4:00 AM
The Fifa World Cup 2014 to be held in Brazil is three months away. Adidas has just released its Samba Collection of football boots with vibrant colours to coincide with the "greatest show on Earth".
The entire shoe comes in a loud lime green colour, save for the three black stripes of the Adidas logo. Designed for the "box-to-box" player who is always running and tackling, such as Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard (who wears this pair of boots), the Nitrocharge is imbued with innovative technologies.
There is an elastic sling - known as EnergySling - around the forefoot that helps to lock one's foot in place, while a flexible plate, or EnergyPulse, beneath the forefoot provides better toe-offs and energy return during sprints. The boots' triangular Traxion studs further aid with grip and acceleration.
The lightweight upper provides plenty of support with a glove-like feel on the foot and nicely shaped cushioning along the vamp and heel, which helps to protect common tackle areas around the toes and Achilles.
When I first wore the Nitrocharge, I was surprised by the close fit and how comfortable it felt. Many football boots I have tried required at least one or two matches to break them in before they become comfortable.
At 238g, it is certainly not the lightest pair of football boots around. However, you will not feel its weight when sprinting around the field. I think the EnergyPulse did its job of giving better energy returns.
Trapping and passing the ball is effortless with the thin yet smart cushioning. During dribbling, you can really "feel" the ball with the foot, thereby allowing good close control and change of direction.
I came off worse in a 50-50 challenge with my right upper ankle badly bruised. However, the lower part of the ankle and Achilles were unscathed, probably due to the protection offered.
On the downside, the Nitrocharge does not really have the kind of padding - found in the Adidas Predator Lethal Zones - which helps to deliver more curl when passing or during shots.
These boots are also miCoach-enabled. You can slip in a miCoach Speed Cell workout tracker (sold separately) into a compartment in its outer sole to measure pace, distance covered and other performance aspects.
I think the Adidas Predator Lethal Zones is still the best pair of football boots I have tried. But the Nitrocharge is a close second.
- Other than its rather hefty price tag, the Adidas Samba Nitrocharge 1.0 TRX FG is a great pair of boots that will cater to any position you are playing, whether defender or striker, and not just for a box-to-box midfielder.
Material: Synthetic leather heel with elastic outsole
Value for money: 3/5