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 fast-paced game actually made it one of the most well-received football boots in years.

So, we’re glad to see it getting a welcome makeover as part of Nike’s Elite Series of football boots!

Nike CTR360 Maestri Elite


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 football 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 suggested 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 with all the 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 team-mates 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:

Injected pass pad on the medial side to help with ball distribution

Asymmetric, anatomically engineered lacing system creates an expanded ball control surface

Advanced shape-correcting memory foam that adapts to the demands of each player

Anatomically contoured sockliner with special inserts for fit and comfort

Full length thermoplastic composite carbon reinforced chassis engineered for incredible energy return and strength

Direct Inject bladed TPU studs for optimal traction and stability

Weight (US size 10): 260 grams, 19% lighter than it’s existing statement boot

The CTR360 Maestri Elite 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

Price: £225

NIKE CTR360 MAESTRI ELITE, 8.7 out of 10 based on 113 ratings

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  1. says: Dutch Girl

    Nice!! I’m gonna get this boot!
    But the weight is not 260 grams, that is the non-elite boot. The Elite’s are 220 grams.. I know it because my CTR’s are 260 grams.

  2. says: Figster

    1st! I wasnt aware that Ashley has now endorsed nike! These CTRs look good, but I still prefer my Team red! Not to mention the price! oh dear…

  3. says: Clayton

    Wow, those are really nice! However, Nike could never justify the price. They weigh about 9.17 ounces, slightly more than the Tiempo Super Ligera’s from a few years ago (those are what I play in).

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