The new Puma evoPower 1.2 FG might be inspired by barefoot kicking, but there is nothing bare about the technologies powering this pair of football boots.
The boots feature Gradual Stability Frame outsole technology, which is Puma's name for a flexible spine running down the middle of the sole. This lets the foot curl and flex as if the player is barefoot, to deliver increased power.
The upper uses Puma's Adapt-lite. Soft and lightweight, this microfibre material stretches along its length but not laterally. This allows freedom of movement while maintaining support.
And there is Puma's GripTex control texture, the surface in the forefoot area of the upper. This provides extra friction to improve accuracy when controlling and striking the ball.
Puma's AccuFoam, a kind of memory foam padding, encompasses almost all the upper, including the tongue of the boot, to enhance kicking power and accuracy.
When I first put on the evoPower 1.2 FG, it felt amazingly comfortable. The AccuFoam provides the kind of comfort I have never before experienced in other boots.
My all-time favourite football boot is the Adidas Predator. But as my feet have broadened, I find the Predator crams my toes together too tightly.
Not so the evoPower 1.2 FG. It allows just enough room for my toes, yet prevents slippage during play. If you play football and have broad feet, the evoPower is perfect for you.
Whether in controlling or passing the ball, there is no letdown in comfort while maintaining the all-important "feel". When aiming for goal, my foot and toes can curl downwards to hit the ball sweetly.
The control texture and the multiple foam-laden grooves of the boots combine to provide a better swerve in the flight of the ball when I try to curl it, or to take a corner. It reminds me of the feel I had with my older Predator boots.
Another plus is that the evoPower boots are really lightweight. It almost feels as if you are playing barefoot.
Despite its light weight, its heel counter has a hard casing lined with a thin foam layer. It protects you from kicks and tackles from behind without the loss in comfort. Great for weekend footballers with injury-prone ankles, like myself.
Furthermore, the dark blue/pink colour combination combined with its embossed design graphics make it a futuristic and good-looking pair of football boots to wear. Just show them off to your mates.
My first pair of football boots was from Puma when I was 13. But for a long time, the Adidas Predator was the default pair of boots I wore. Now my favourite is back to Puma, in the form of evoPower 1.2 FG.
Material: Puma's Adapt-lite microfibre upper with Gradual Stability Frame outsole
Weight: 195g (US 9, Men's)
Value for money 4/5
This article was first published on Apr 8, 2015.
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