Adidas F50.8 TUNiT – the football boot specification.
We let the ‘geeks’ out of the cage to take a good look at the Adidas F50.8 TUNiT. Clipboards ready, pens in the breast pocket, off you go boys…
Adidas F50.8 TUNiT
It’s one of the big boys in terms of major football boots on the market. With its unique, modern look and shape it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it is a nice alternative for Adidas fans to the Predator. Adidas are pleased with the sales, otherwise they wouldn’t introduce successive models. So let’s see what’s in the shoebox of the F50 TUNiT……
The 3rd version of the F50 TUNiT is the lightest so far, around 30g lighter in fact. It weighs in at around 330g.
Adidas F50.8 TUNiT Interchangeable
As always the new F50 TUNiT is interchangeable, its unique feature. You can swap the chassis, uppers, insoles and studs to work with your personal taste and the conditions.
Good news is, for those that have previous models, you can interchange your old components with the F50.8 TUNiT .
F50.8 TUNiT Uppers
You can choose from several uppers, with different colours and materials.
1. Easy-care, durable and non-absorbent synthetic upper, called AdiDot.
2. Soft leather upper.
3. Ultralight and breathable ClimaCool'® material upper.
F50.8 TUNiT Chassis
Choose between two different chassis, the ‘standard’ or the ‘competition’ chassis.
The chassis forms the interior of the shoe and holds the studs. The tuning options are a lightweight standard chassis for perfect stability and optimal distribution of stud pressure, ideal for training in. Or, the ultralight ‘competition’ chassis for maximum flexibility in the forefoot and optimum breathability in combination with the ClimaCool'® upper, great for the big match.
The selected chassis is inserted into the upper and the studs are screwed in from the outside.
The heel has a transparent “Alles Klar” (All Clear) element that enables reduction of weight of the football boot and, thanks to different degrees of hardness, results in much greater stability and flexibility. Since greater stability is required in the heel area, the material of the “Alles Klar” element is particularly strong and stable here, becoming softer and more flexible towards the forefoot.
Three stud systems ensure you get the right traction for your surface. Soft Ground, Hard Ground and Firm Ground.
The studs help ensure optimum contact on all kinds of hard and artificial pitches, as well as on various hard and soft natural pitches.
An integrated “wear indicator” on the FG and HG stud systems alerts you so you know when to change the studs.
The insole, or sockliner, determines the football boot’s degree of comfort and breathability.
The premolded, soft and slightly cushioned insole (standard), as well as the somewhat thinner, perforated and thus extremely lightweight, breathable sock liner (competition) offer optimum comfort and are the final custom options for this football boot.
As is usual with the F50 football boot, the F50.8 comes with a lace cover. This one is a bit bigger than before and gives you a nice smooth strike zone for the football.
The F50.8 TUNiT is an improvement on the previous models. Particularly in its flexibility and weight.
Time will tell if it stands up to a hard season without fault, reliability being one of the complaints of the early versions. The fact that the interchangeable components are now more securely integrated, due to the “Alles Klar” heel to toe unit, should help.
Verdict: The F50.8 TUNiT see’s the F50 range come of age. It will be a natural for previous owners, especially as they can interchange old components. Footy Boots think this version will see more converts to the modern, customisable football boot.