It’s going to be a huge year for football boots with the World Cup in South Africa later this summer, and thanks to the guys at Lotto, we’ve got the low-down on their biggest release of 2010, the Zhero Gravity Ultra.
The Zhero Gravity Ultra is the evolution of the first lace-less football boot, the Zhero Gravity and features a combination of exclusively patented technologies that makes it unique.
The first of these is the Reactive Arch, a new sole with a concave form. The description is a bit technical but in essence, it flexes, moving in unison with the natural movement of the transversal arch in the forefoot, and favours the subsequent elastic return (energy return) of the forefoot. It is the first dynamic sole that ensures:
Maximum Cushioning of the Impact Forces: Reduces trauma due to the impact with the ground that the foot undergoes at every step, returning the energy stored by the Reactive Arch to the direction of movement.
Stability when Planting the Foot: Operates on a wider surface area during the phase of maximum load, increasing the foot’s stability.
Reactivity during Thrust: Allows the fastest and most effective possible elastic return of the foot, enhancing sports performance to the maximum.
This exclusively patented Lotto technology is featured not only in football boots, but also in the Lotto’s tennis and running range.
The Zhero Gravity Ultra comes with Pro-fit which is inserted in the upper, guaranteeing a perfect fit and maximum comfort.
The absence of laces extends the contact surface of the upper guaranteeing complete contact with the ball, which Lotto say will enhance accuracy in all areas of your game!
In this laceless boot, the Pebax external heel counter is essential. In this case it’s been designed so it ensures the correct support and protection of the heel, as well as a solid base to minimise boot slippage when running and striking!
The upper is microfibre: a hydro-repellent, anti-abrasion material that performs in any climate. Whilst our first concerns were with touch and feel on the ball (especially in the wet) Lotto assure us that the Zhero Gravity Ultra is excellent in all conditions.
Lotto have also worked hand-in-hand with the Laboratory of Micro calculations of the University of Pavia to refine the Twist’ngo technology in the sole.
The sole, featuring 11 traditional studs, can count on a 12th rotating one that allows the shoe to accompany the movement of rotation and to bring these benefits:
Speed – The rotation happens in less time compared to a traditional stud; the friction feet/surface is reduced, saving energy and improving performance
Prevention – The foot maintains its natural axis during the ‘twist’; the quality of the movement improves, reducing the risk of injury
Stability – Balance is maintained and improved during rotation; the stud works like a hinge allowing for stability to be kept
The Zhero Gravity Ultra will come in two colourways, White/Metal Blue Night and Black /Bright White and is priced at £150.
We think it’s definitely the smartest looking Lotto boot to date – even the red sockliner is the epitome of class – what do you think?