Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Preview of the Concave PT+ Classic

Thanks to the people at Concave, I have the opportunity to review the Concave PT+ Classic soccer boots. These are Concave's top of the line soccer boot, and in this preview I'll talk about what you can expect from these boots, from the new protection technology, to the interesting enhancements it will have on your game. In a couple of weeks, I'll have reviewed the boots, and I'll let you know about how these really work, and in my opinion most importantly, how the boot feels.

I currently use a pair of Nike T90 Laser III's, and as an attacking midfielder/trequartista these are very useful because they provide some protection, along with some features to help you out with passing and shooting. But Concave's boots takes all of this to a whole new level, whether it be protection, shot accuracy, or shot power.

Concave's biggest technological advancement in these boots has to be the Concave Component, the front plate covering the laces. This component is part of the MetaGuard, which is made of a flexible layer of TPU and reinforced cushioning foam which protects against occurring metatarsal injuries. It certainly looks like if nasty defender stomps on your foot while you're wearing these boots, you won't feel much.

But the Concave Component also provides probably the coolest feature of these boots: as you can see, it's made with the impact of kicking a ball in mind. The concave upper "cups" the convex ball, giving you plenty of benefits, especially when taking shots. In fact, Concave have found out that in independent scientific testing, the concave component resulted in 30% improved accuracy! Independent player tests showed that it also provides a 15% increase in power! 

You'll probably be wondering how this is possible, it's because the Concave Component which increases the sweet spot of your foot by up to four times. As shown in the image on the right, your natural sweet spot is pretty limited, but with the Concave PT+ Classic, the sweet spot dramatically increases. The Concave Component also makes sure that you don't have laces in the way, which can disrupt your shot accuracy.

While I still have to find out whether this works as well as  is said, the prospect certainly seems really exciting.

As for the other technologies in this boot, there's also what Concave calls, the SBS, or Shank Balance Stabilizer. This is on the bottom of the boot, between the upper part of the studs, and the heel section of the studs (I'll be sure to get a picture of it in the review). What this aims to do, is to provides support and reinforcement to the mid-foot area, helping control balance between the front and rear of the foot. The SBS prevents an over extension of the middle of the boot, and if this occurs, it can lead to metatarsal bone damage.

Concave PT+ Classic cleats in black
It's quite obvious that Concave want to make the safest and most injury-proof boots on the market, and they haven't left out any important details. The PT+ offers probably one of the most important things for me in a soccer boot, good quality materials. For the upper, Concave have used K-leather, which is in my opinion the best type of material that a company can use for cleats. It should be comfortable, snug, and provide no irritation like blisters, so that's certainly an aspect I'm looking forward to.

I can't wait to test out these cleats and see how they work, expect a full review talking about all these things and more in the next few weeks. There'll be images and more which will help you understand how the cleat helps enhance your game. There's plenty of more information on Concave's site, so if you're interested in finding out more about Concave's cleats, check out their website here.


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