Lovell Rugby Review the Nike CTR 360 Maestri III FG Rugby Boots Sonic Yellow/White/Black
The CTR 360 has been completely re-designed by Nike with a number of improvements being made to enhance the traction, support and lightweight comfort. The new features include a Kanga-Lite II synthetic upper with ACC technology, a 3D control pad and a responsive sole plate.
The Kanga-Lite II synthetic upper is equipped with All Conditions Control (ACC) which aids the grip between the boot and ball which makes the boot suitable for backs that need to kick, such as Alex Goode of Saracens and England. With there being alot of talk at the moment over what is the better material for the upper of a boot, this new technology should give synthetic an advantage over natural leather.
The lacing system sits slightly off centre so that there is a large striking area at the front of the boot for when the wearer is required to kick. With a greater striking zone, the wearer should be able to perform a variety of tactical kicks out of hands.
On the outside of the boot the synthetic leather features small indents which don’t only improve the visual of the boot but also increase the friction between the boot and the ball. If the ball is at the back of a scrum or ruck then the player can keep closer contact on the ball and stop it from rolling away from them.
The FG sole plate is a brand new 360 degree placement design which features a mixture of rounded and bladed moulded studs. The rounded studs have been deployed on the medial side and the bladed are on the lateral. This layout is designed to offer premium comfort and traction for when the wearer makes sharp turns in all directions.
The durability and protection that the boots offer has also been improved thanks to the new sole plate. It has been given a lower profile as well as being made super-durable. The TPU stud islands provide extra durability and and impact protection in the high-wear zones.
The EVA sockliner has foam PORON inserts for added cushioning and reduced stud pressure. This should improve the comfort of the boot and allow the wearer to perform to their maximum potential with more ease.
The sonic yellow/white/black is the lead colourway of the new CTR 360 however it is also available in black/white/bright crimson. The sonic yellow at the front and around the heel of the boot has made it stand out on pitch during the recent pre-season friendlies and catch the eye of those who like to keep up to date with the latest boot releases.