The first Messi version of the F50 to land since the new version of the adiZero with the Samba pack back in November is officially designated as ‘Running White / Black / Solar Slime’, however, you can see there’s a lot more than those three colours going on across the upper of the latest Messi adiZero.
The colourful design you see here is a visual representation of all the positive energy Leo takes on to the pitch with him whenever he plays, inspired by his family, teammates and fans.
All these mad vibes are shown flowing through the ground and into Messi’s feet, glowing in the Samba colours that the rest of adidas’ players have been reppin’ for the last few months.
Aside from the colour, the tech-specs on the Messi adiZero are well worth checking out.
Two of the headline features of the new adiZero carry across to the Messi signature; the new Hybridtouch upper offers a leather-like feel on the ball, and is slightly thinner and more flexible than the versions of the material we’ve seen used on the Predator LZ and Nitrocharge 1.0.
This is capped off with Sprintweb Zones that improve durability in high-wear areas of the foot.
Additionally, the latest version of the Sprintframe – so often the heart of the adiZero for the last four years – keeps weight down without compromising on traction. Seen here in a striking Solar Slime chassis with Vivid Berry stud-tips.
There are, however, some key differences to the regular adiZero that are well worth pointing out.
The new ‘standard’ adiZero boasts a semi-transparent material called Speedfoil synthetic that pushes the weight of the boot right down; whereas the Messi edition uses a single-piece Hybridtouch upper that is softer in the heel.
Messi’s F50 instead uses Speedfoil in tongue of the boot to help keep weight in the same ballpark.
On our scales, the Messi F50 adiZero came in at a mere 3 grammes heavier than the standard edition – a negligible difference, we’re sure you’ll agree.
Finally, the Leo Messi F50 adiZero has a slightly different feel and a more embossed finish to the signature three stripes on the lateral flank of the boot to the standard model which instead favours a Speedfoil-inspired crosshatch finish.