The CTR360 Maestri was a bit of a surprise package when it came out in Autumn last year.
Many people questioned the place of a fourth football boot in Nike’s silo, but the CTR360’s focus on Control in today’s face-paced game actually made it one of the most well-recieved boots in years.
So, we’re glad to see it getting a welcome makeover as part of Nike’s Elite Series of football boots!
As part of the Elite Series, the CTR360 Maestri‘s main new feature is a fully Carbon Fibre Soleplate. As Nike have demonstrated in the past with their hugely successful Mercurial Vapor line, much of a boot’s weight is in it’s soleplate.
So by swapping out more traditional metals and high-density plastics with Aircraft grade carbon fibre, Nike have dropped the weight of the CTR360 Maestri by 19%!
Another added benefit from this Tepex-produced CF is a higher energy return. This means that when the foot is flexed – or indeed any other tension applied – the soleplate will absorb the energy and distribute the maximum amount of energy efficiently back through the foot.
As mentioned in the other football boots in the Nike Elite Series, the colourway on the CTR360 Elite has been specially designed with Player’s peripheral vision in mind.
The idea behind it is, that with the normal human eye, only 1% of what a player can see on the pitch is in focus, the rest is purely peripheral.
So, by designing the colourway to have two completely contrasting colours the player can pick out his teammates feet quickly, without necessarily having to actively search his field of vision for them.
Perfect for a boot designed for Midfield Maestros like Cesc Fabregas!
Technical specifics of the Nike CTR360 Maestri Elite include:
Ë Injected pass pad on the medial side to help with ball distribution
Ë Asymmetric, anatomically engineered lacing system creates and expanded ball control surface
Ë Advanced shape-correcting memory foam that adapts to the demands of each player
Ë Anatomically contoured sockliner with special inserts for fit and comfort
Ë Full length thermoplastic composite carbon reinforced chassis engineered for incredible energy return and strength
Ë Direct Inject bladed TPU studs for optimal traction and stability
Ë Weight (US size 10): 260 grams, 19% lighter than it's existing statement boot
The CTR360 will also hit the shelves ready to roll with Nike Football+. This program has been specially designed by the pro’s at Nike to give us mere mortals a chance to train like the pro’s do; day-in, day-out.
Release: May 22nd 2010