Saturday, January 1, 2011

Adidas F50 Adizero Prime Revealed!

The orange version of the F50 Adizero Prime

Adidas revolutionized the idea of a lightweight boot when they released the F50 Adizero. Now they have raised the bar yet again with their release of the Adidas F50 Adizero Prime. While Puma held the title of, "lightest cleat in the world" with the Puma V1.10 SL, Adidas managed to shave off about 20 grams from the original F50 Adizero, making the Prime version an impressive 145 grams (or 5.2 ounces).
The orange colorway of the Adidas F50 Adizero Prime

There are many things which helped this drastic decrease in weight, and a lot of it has to do with Adidas's new synthetic upper called, Adilite Twin. It's a single layer (to reduce weight obviously) upper, and it seems like Adidas have put the majority of their effort into the synthetic version of this boot. This is interesting to me, mainly because with the Adidas F50 Adizero, most professionals decide to go with the leather version. While the leather is slightly heavier, it offers better comfort along with a better touch and protection.

The adiLite Twin synthetic upper

The lines on the upper are supposed to help with ball control etc.

The Prime also feature kevlar laces (which help reduce weight and are probably more durable) along with the (in my opinion) very important TPU bottom frame. The TPU bottom frame is the strip between the outsole and the upper which offers lateral support and stability along with protecting the upper from general damage.

There is also a leather version, but there hasn't been much said regarding it. There won't be TPU support in the leather version, mainly because it isn't needed with the leather upper which is already durable enough on its own.

Some sideshots of the leather version

The inside of the leather version of the F50 Adizero Prime

Right now only three colorways have been announced for the Adizero Prime. You've already seen the orange and black ones above, but Adidas have obviously created a unique chrome colorway for Lionel Messi. Strangely enough, it feels like I've already seen a similar colorway... Silver, orange, and a bit of black? Very similar to Nike's Elite range which was very popular during the World Cup, does anyone else see the similarity?

Whoops! How did that slip in there? Anyone else see the similarity?

With the fact that Adidas has created the lightest boot in the world now, they've decided to crank up the price. I've read many different prices on many different websites and blogs, but expect the prime version of this cleat to be at least $300. I wouldn't be surprised if Adidas tried to put it all the way up around $400, just so that they can compete with Nike.

I want to mention that I'll be reviewing a pair of Adidas F50 Adizero soon, and if you're interested in reading the preview, you can check it out by clicking here.

An exciting release, and now we'll have to see what Nike's reaction is. While Nike have been pumping out plenty of new colorways for their cleats, they haven't mentioned anything regarding a new speed boot. Adidas have the crown of the lightest boot in the world, for now...


  1. It's also interesting to note how nike has ripped off adidas in every other thing. They've ruined football.

  2. I don't know about that, it seems like Nike just tries a lot harder to make their products very appealing, while Adidas doesn't have to try as hard, and they make a quality product which ultimately sells more.

  3. Wow cant wait to buy these i honestly prefer my adidas f50's than my nike mercurials.

  4. They do look amazing. Apparently Puma is set to release an even lighter boot though!

  5. It's amazing how Nike advertised about the mercurial with it's 'revolutionary' retractable studs and yet all players even cristiano Ronaldo uses the ones with metal studs

  6. That's true, I personally don't think they seem very revolutionary. The concept is a good one, but it doesn't seem to be executed as well as it is advertised.

    Thanks for the comment!

  7. As you probably know by now most of the pictures aren't of the Prime, but the new colourways of the normal adizero. Since there is no leather version of the Prime those pics are the ones of the leather adizeros and the silver/orange ones. The prime have studs in 3 colours.
    What I would like to know if there is any other visible sign to distinguish the normal adizero and the Prime. anyone know?

  8. The only other way I know to distinguish the Prime version from the normal Adizero version is the stripe along the bottom of the boots. That's the main feature which really helps me tell if they're the Prime version or not.

    I don't think that there are any other ways than the studs and the bar on the bottom. Hope this helps!



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