The adidas F50 adiZero Prime has come to be something of an a finely-nuanced character in the world of football boots.
Rather than being ‘just another’ new boot release, it was a benchmark for adidas, representing their lightest boots ever – and it was historic for boots in general, marking the lightest football boots ever produced.
But with every positive, there’s always some negatives to give the naysayers something to squawk about; firstly, the increase in price to £210 drew many’er breath through pursed lips and clenched teeth.
Then, despite being the face of the adiZero line (and adidas football in general) Lionel Messi decided to stick with the slightly heavier leather adiZero for his boot of choice.
But all that aside, what we know plenty of you guys want to know is; how do the adiZero Prime perform on the pitch?
Let’s find out… [hhog_bookmarks]
The adiZero range has a reputation for a great fit, and thanks to the same last and TPU support bands, it’s a reputation that will go unscathed; as long as you make the best use of the insoles available.
I made a big mistake when I used the ultra-light insole on sun-baked ground, and ended up with some wicked rubbing on my big toes. But on grass that has had a spray of water or rain in the last couple of days, they were great.
By contrast, the adiZero Prime‘s Comfort insole made the boots more adaptable to firmer surfaces (and even for use on a super-modern artificial pitch), without adding any real extra weight.
The adiLite Twin is also, without exaggeration, the best synthetic of it’s type on a pair of football boots today. By that I mean it’s not a synthetic leather like Nike’s KangaLite, but instead a lightweight synthetic that’s design purely to drop weight.
It creases admirably along the toes and forefoot, giving no rubbing or irritation anywhere on the foot.
Feel & Touch
One of my favourite things about the adiZero Prime is making a ‘flush’ ball contact with the synthetic upper. Catching a shot, volley or even clearance with the adiZero Prime’s generous sweet spot really is one of the most satisfying out of any football boots on the market today.
Something about the thinness of the upper and satisfying slap of synthetic on ball really gives you a sense of the power transferring into the ball from your feet, which is also great for delicate chips and crosses as you really can feel the ball through the boot.
This extends to dribbling too, with the same super-thin upper responsible for a great sense of where the ball is on your foot, allowing for deft tricks and flicks (if that’s your thing) and giving you mastery of the ball when moving at speed.
The adiZero Prime is a striking boot, of that there’s no doubt. Whilst largely similar to the revamped adiZero, adidas have taken the time to add some neat touches for the Prime.
The TPU lateral band along the outsole adds a great sense of balance to the Warning orange of the upper, with the neon yellow ‘F50’ branding on the outside of the toes a nice feature.
A laser-etched grid sits on the heel counter on both sides, giving the adiZero Prime a ‘Tron’-esque futuristic touch, giving the impression to the beholder that they are more than a pair of football boots, perhaps a prototype for some futuristic cleat, yet to be seen by public eyes!
If there was one problem that has plagued the adiZero line, it’s the longevity of the boots themselves. Stories of missing FG studs circulated the web, (though it never happened to us) and stitching on the leather version was another ‘weak-spot’.
Whilst all my adiZero Prime studs are still fully intact after 2 months of solid playing, there have been one or two little imperfections that have started to show.
The white plastic of the SprintFrame tarnishes very quickly, and the ‘flawless-ness’ of the upper quickly becomes creased (though as this is one of the reasons they’re so comfortable, I can’t complain!)
One plus about these entirely synthetic football boots is they’re super-easy to clean. Whilst the neon-bright studs will never get back to that as-new ‘glow’ they have when they first arrived, the rest of the boot can be brought back to a more-than-respectable standard with nothing more than a wet-wipe.
The adiZero Prime has two key ‘Performance’ aspects that I want to give some airing; the weight and the height.
First of all, lacing up a new pair of adiZero Primes is a special experience (akin to that ‘je ne sais quoi’ I mentioned way back with the Superfly II). They’re so light, so well-fitting, they’re almost instantly in harmony with your feet.
The soleplate does an exceptional job of giving you support where you need it under the key pressure points under the sole, and the exceptional 145g weight takes care of the rest.
Most ‘speed’ football boots don’t make a noticeable difference on your feet – but the adiZero Prime does. The moment you start to warm up in them, you’ll know that they’re unlike anything else you’ve ever played in before.
Secondly, the height of the boot is something I particularly enjoyed, but I know won’t be given a lot of credit. The front of the adiZero Prime is almost knife-edged; the flat sole and slope up the toes allow you to really get under every long-ball or cross.
I shouldn’t really have to complain about the adiZero Prime‘s hefty price tag. They’re a unique football boots experience; well-fitting, great looking and a solid performer in addition to being the lightest football boots in the world.
The presentation of the adiZero Prime is exceptional and really make you feel like you’ve bought something special! The box is a slide-out tray with two compartments (one for each boot), and also comes with spare laces, a nice mesh bag, dust cloth and another set of insoles.
Whilst I definitely question whether the adiZero Prime is worth over £200, I begrudgingly acknowledge that this might just be the start of the new standard for ‘elite’ football boot’s price tags rising above what we’re currently used – and am forced to admit that when compared to the £275 of the Superfly III are ‘not that bad’.
There’s no doubt that the adiZero Prime is a very, very special boot. adidas have created a truly premier product – everything from the presentation to wearing the product itself is an exceptional experience.
Having played in and enjoyed the adiZero, it’s no surprise that I came away from the Prime’s similarly impressed.
If there’s one downside, it’s that the synthetic upper takes a bit of getting used to when playing in the wet. Whilst I fortunately went through the whole ‘breaking-in’ process in the rain, I did find that sometimes the friction-less design of the upper was a pain when taking a pass at speed on recently rained-on grass. [hhog_bookmarks]
The reason why the some people complained about broken studs is due to the fact that some people used the FG on Artificial Grass Pitches which is a no-go for the F50Â´s. adidas has changed that with the adipowers.Great review!
what size do people wear in synthetic because size 11 was very tight and hurt and size 12 is like loads of front space? what do i do?
Im really disappointed with the fit on this boot, I’ve got a pair and I can’t wear them any longer then 30 mins. The synthetic is soo thin that it physically hurts your foot when you hammer the ball, this slapping sensation is cheap and lacks any form of comfort.
I understand the speed/weight story but i think alot of the hype about creasing of the super thin upper and slapping on your foot is a con. Vapours are more functional.
@0937ccbe7c04cd4b21cabc7a4edfb0a2:disqus did u get ure usual size. like i wear size 11 in normal shoes and nike. when i tried them on the size 11 hurt but the size 12 was massive? did u try the leather ones too they fitted perfectly but they were out of my price range
We don’t want flywire, carbon soles and sense studs.
We want just a light boot for the right price.
And the F50/prime has showed you.
Adidas is always 1 place ahead of nike.
More innovatives, German quality. What do you want more?
I will buy the Adipowers (hopefully in the original adidas colour) and and some fine German quality boots.
145g vs 210g and you pay more for some stupid carbon.
I’m sure a lot of people would disagree, with the adizeros the set back is price with the superfly’s it’s the price. A couple of ounces don’t make you faster that’s pure market strategy just like the be fast be seen Nike campaign. If speed was so important messi would use primes instead of leather adizeros. Primes are 300 and superfly’s are 400 but I’ve used my superfly 1s since they came out and their still intact, bought a pair of adizeros and in a month the stud breaks off so I wouldn’t mind paying 400 for a pair that will last me more than 2 seasons.
didn’t mentionn the set back for the adizeros which is quality, for Nike it’s the price.
superfly is better for shooting and traction. lightness makes very little difference because a human body will weigh much more than the boots
I myself picked up a pair of primes for $180 and the upper does seem thin just like the standard adizeros. My standard adizero’s had a broken stud after a month of use and I only played on FG fields so no turf at all and adidas wouldn’t switch them or replace them. Hopefully the primes are a much better pair, great review!
I’ve never liked the studs for adizero – they slip too much. if they had bladed adizeros that would be perfect for me – unfortunately no review across the net mentioned this fact before my purchase.
Â adizero is a lighter boot than mercurial but the upper of adizero is so thin…..it hurts and i haveÂ red in the internet that is breaks of easily so Â i feelÂ conscious when im playing….so…adizero is lightest but mercurial is the BEST.!!!Â Â
Looking to buy a SG, Leather version of this on Pro-Direct. Am wearing a size 11UK Powercat 1.10 and it fits pefectly. Was wondering what sort of size I’d need for them??
great review ! I was wondering do you know where you can get the studs replacement for the SG boot ? I am missing a stud for this boot and I am looking all over for a pack of studs.