For every new adidas football boot (bar the f50), there’s usually an SL release not too far behind.
Aimed at players who like what a range has to offer, but still want a super-light on foot feel, each SL release trims back and scales down features to create an exciting new version of an adidas cleat that comes in at a much lower weight point.
New for 2015 is the adidas 11pro SL.
Being seen here for the first time in a Core Black / White / Solar Yellow colourway with a dynamic 50/50 split upper, the adidas 11pro SL is packing a feature set that many players should find pretty exciting.
With the new 11pro packing a full K-Leather upper, it would have been easy for adidas to swap out the natural materials on the shoe for a synthetic and call it a day – however, adidas are in top form after the Crazylight pack and wanted to deliver a shoe that sets a the standard for this new generation of 11pro.
The support cage that categorises the new 11pro is made more prominent towards the surface of the boot, ensuring the adidas 11pro SL is both supportive and adding tactile feel for the ball, for masterful control.
On top of this, adidas have layered a leather wrap mid-layer for a natural feel close to the foot, capping things off with a Hybridtouch top layer.
This synthetic-leather outer ensures that the boot is lightweight – down to 180g compared to the 255g of the standard model – as well as more water-resistant and stretch-proofed.
Of course, the adidas 11pro SL couldn’t rightfully hold the 11pro moniker without some sweet comfort-boosting tech.
Which is why adidas have included a special heel liner that works with the central lacing system to give lockdown fit.
Comprised of a suede top layer for grip and with memory foam inserts underneath, the adidas 11pro SL leaves little to chance when it comes to player comfort.
And, as is standard for SL/Crazylight releases, adidas have added the Sprintframe outsole you’ll find on the current-gen f50 to the design.
As well as being super-lightweight, the design also brings Speedtraxion stud configuration and miCoach Speed_Cell compatibility to the shoe, and will only be available in the FG configuration.
Starting at £190 in the UK and $250 in the US, the adidas 11pro SL will receive little on-pitch support – but will you grab a pair?
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