Warrior Football have kicked off their second generation of football boots with the all-new Skreamer II.
Having been picked up by Manchester City duo Vincent Kompany and Fernando, Warrior say the Skreamer rage is for players who dominate the game with power and precision – and the Skreamer II takes player feedback from their new stable of athletes and evolves that concept further.
We enjoyed the original Skreamer, but found the boot did have a fairly rigid shaping, making them fairly unforgiving for players with wider feet. Taking the new Skreamer II out of the box, it’s easy to see that Warrior have stuck to that same shape and basic design call-outs, but have made the boot immediately softer to the touch.
The new incarnation of the S-Lite upper is more supple and immediately more responsive to the touch – team that with a less-tech heavy Arrowhead vamp, and we’re confident the fit will be more forgiving in the toe area this time around.
Speaking of the new Vamp, Warrior have ditched the all-over concept of the previous model for a more strategically-placed contact points, with the claim these individual, raised nodules will allow more effective contact on the ball, with a comparable level of rebound.
Warrior also boast a deep-lace system, for a more customisable fit and Murder Holes for micro-adjustments – both of which carry over from the Skreamer I.
Getting a slight upgrade from the last model is the Thorax ExoSkeleton – an integrated heel counter and soleplate that add a little more protection and improve stability. This revised approach runs down to the bottom of the boot too, with a new TPU chassis replacing the Carbon Fibre of the older model.
A curious move from Warrior, the Carbon Fibre in the last model was certainly a top-shelf feature and a definite standout from a marketing point of view – however, Warrior say this new method of construction is lighter and more flexible, so we’ll have to wait on passing judgement on whether this is an improvement or not until we can review them on-foot.
As it stands, Warrior look to have made a few tweaks to the Skreamer for the new edition, certainly making them stand-out over the last model from a visual standpoint – but in terms of performance, we’ll have to wait and see.