Under Armour are back in the game with their new HydraStrike Pro football boots!
After a respectable first outing with the Dominate Pro & Create Pro, the American brand are up and running again with a whole new generation of top-level football boots.
The first to be revealed is the bold new Under Armour HydraStrike Pro, in Black/White/Blaze Orange.
Something of a spiritual successor to the Dominate Pro, the Under Armour HydraStrike Pro continues the Dominate’s modus operandi of marrying a more classically-designed cleat with a host of new technologies.
Rather than boasting power or accuracy-enhancing add-ons of other football boots, the technology on the Under Armour HydraStrike Pro is geared towards player comfort and keeping you on the pitch for as long as possible; a noble goal if ever there was one!
Starting with the upper, the Under Armour HydraStrike Pro features a two-part upper comprised of K-Leather towards the toe, and synthetic around the heel and midfoot – a design many will recognise as markedly similar to the Leather adidas F50 adiZero!
The K-leather forefoot features a unique quilted style of stitching that allows the boot to flex and bend exactly where the toes need it, giving great comfort and manoeuvrability.
That’s not all the K-Leather has going for it, either; the whole upper has undergone Under Armour’s signature H20i treatment process, giving the boot an unprecedented level of waterproofing.
As for the rest of the upper, Under Armour have developed a lightweight, perforated Microfibre to encompass the midfoot and heel. The result is a surprisingly light, breathable pair of football boots, that still deliver great touch where your feet need it most.
The midsole incorporates a second-generation ArmourGuide chassis, that’s designed to keep your feet stable and comfortable, whilst maintaining the best anatomical positioning for the bones in your feet to take pressure away from the metatarsal.
Atop the ArmourGuide sits a new ‘Formulate’ footbed. Building on the success of the ArmourFoam on the Dominate Pro, Under Armour have brought the Formulate insole to the Under Armour HydraStrike Pro across from their American football cleats; the result is a lightweight, cushioned ride for your feet with antibacterial agents to reduce odour.
Set to land in later this summer, the new Under Armour HydraStrike Pro will head the latest generation of Under Armour football boots.
Available in FG & SG, the Under Armour HydraStrike Pro is expected to retail at around £130.
Personally, we think Under Armour have a lot going for them, and it seems their reputation of high-comfort, high-quality football boots is in safe hands with the new Under Armour HydraStrike Pro – but we can’t wait to see what else they come up with!
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