In this ‘speed war’ of boots, Puma have been no slouches.
Back in 2006, they premiered their v1.06 line, to go alongside that year’s World Cup. And in 2008, they not only released the featherweight v1.08, but also the v1.815 Ferrari – which clocked in at 165g per shoe, a record that has only just been equalled by the adidas f50 adiZero!
So, Puma are now looking to set things right and proper in the world again with the Puma v1.10 SL, or to give it it’s full name: The Puma v1.10 Superlight.
First, lets get this out of the the way, the Puma v1.10 SL clocks in at 5.3oz, that’s half an ounce lighter than the adidas f50 adiZero – and in old money, that means the weight should be around 150g.
How have Puma done this?
Well, the upper has been re-engineered into just the one material used. Rather than the Synthetic Leather Forefoot and microfibre canvas used in the standard v1.10, the Puma v1.10 SL' employs a more frictionless microfibre upper, that is meant to be exceptionally soft and flexible.
To ensure these boots don’t rip on the first wear, the Puma v1.10 SL has been coated in a highly abrasion resistant substance, to help protect the upper against friction damage.
Also enhancing the Puma v1.10 SL‘s durability is the external heel counter. The 3-part Unix heel system was one of our favourite things about the original v1.10, so we’re pretty pleased to see that Puma haven’t eschewed the external heel counter completely, like the adidas F50 adiZero and Nike Superfly II.
Instead we have a single-piece PeBax (the same material as used in the Mizuno Wave Ignitus) heel unit, that offers comparable levels of heel lock and protection.
This section of the boot runs into the sole of the boot as a single unit, which is meant to reduce weight and increase stability by holding the whole foot in line with the sole.
Also at play is a Carbon Fibre sole insert, designed to re-enforce the midfoot, providing maximum energy return when sprinting, striking and turning.
So, in summary, the Puma v1.10 SL has become the lightest production football boot in existence, all the while maintaining the carbon fibre insert and external heel counter that made the v1.10 one of the most solid speed boots on the market
Due for release on the 12th of July and costing £185 or $250, is this enough to get you to consider a pair of Puma v1.10 SL‘s?
This is a really interesting situation, and we’d love to know what you think!