Lovell Rugby Reviews the new Adidas Adipower Kakari Wide Fit SG Rugby Boots
The Adidas Flanker used to be predominately worn by back row players however over recent seasons, continued improvements to the R15 (originally the 915), Predator and RS7 have caused the Flanker to make its way to the feet of the front five forwards. Adidas have now re-released the boot but given it a new name, Kakari.
When boots are re-released, wearers expect improvements and this is definitely something that this boot has. Some of the key features of the boot include it being lighter than its predecessor, a new Bravo synthetic leather upper and improved fit thanks to synthetic print on the heel linings. The boot can also help to improve scrummaging and all round power and the park.
Taking guidance from their professional sponsored players, Adidas have created a boot 10% lighter than the Flanker without compromising quality or performance.
The Adidas Kakari introduces an all new Bravo synthetic leather which has the feel of a soft K-leather but is far stronger to deliver a specific forward play boot.
In addition, the synthetic Bravo leather helps prevent boot deformation and stretching, resulting in the shape being retained for longer whilst also moulding quickly to your feet.
For increased comfort, Adidas have added Synthetic Print on the heel lining as an aid to prevent heel slippage and make the boot easier to break-in.
The Kakari also utilises a 5mm heel wedge to deliver optimal performance, reduce stress on the lower body and put the foot in a more dynamic position.
With an eight stud configuration, six studs at the forefoot and two on the heel, the screw-in studs generate excellent grip on soft natural surfaces and can also be interchanged for various stud lengths depending on conditions.
Compatible with the Adidas miCoach chip which fits discreetly beneath the inner sole, not included with this boot but available to purchase separately, your boots now have the ability to report back on all your progress in training and match environments. Time, speed, distance, speed zones and number of sprints are all recorded and can be monitored by simply connecting the miCoach chip to your PC or iPhone. There’s nowhere to hide now as your every move is monitored.