Not a name you’d normally associate with lightweight, synthetic football boots, Diadora have ventured into relatively unknown-territory with the all-new Diadora DD-NA GLX 14.
This snappily-titled number is the Italian brand’s attempt at a top-tier speed boot, diversifying from previous releases like the Eleven-Pro and Evoluzione.
As with any speed boot, the upper is one of the key components – and just as Diadora are known for great leather boots – they’ve employed a synthetic material packed full of innovation.
Dubbed ‘SuprellPro3L’, the upper on the Diadora DD-NA GLX 14' is a single piece of three layers. The outermost is a grip control texture designed to help ball control in wet conditions, whilst the innermost is an integrated liner for improved comfort and improved fit and feel.
Sandwiched between those two is a soft-touch synthetic material that aims to add a more cushioned touch than more ‘plasticy’ uppers, and mould more to a player’s foot shape than other speed boots on the market.
Also crucial to helping the Diadora DD-NA GLX 14' hit it’s 176g weight point is the outsole. The 14-stud sole is crafted from Pebax for reduced weight and durability, with a dual-density composition for responsiveness and support.
As this is Diadora, the NET Breathing system also features on the DD-NA GLX 14. Used in all of the other top boots in the Italian brand’s range, the NET Breathing System allows sweat and warm air to leave the boot, and circulate fresh air.
The clever part is the unique construction stops water from wet pitches and debris entering the boot via a system of mesh and membranes – perfect for summer play.
Launching in White / Flame Orange and Cyan / Bright Red, recent Parma signing Antonio Cassano has already received his pair to wear in pre-season, personalised with the names of his wife and children
One complaint: Diadora, we know coming up with names is hard, but DD-NA GLX 14? C’mon, we can’t walk into a shop and ask for that!
Available in the US now for $149.99 and set for a European release in time for the new season, what do you make of the Diadora DD-NA GLX 14?