As eventful and entertaining as the recent Man Utd v Chelsea match was, for me the highlight was the debut of the Nike T90 Laser IV’s. Contributing to both the amazing goals and even more amazing misses, they were constantly in the thick of the action. Since that eventful day an increasing amount of professionals have been seen donning Nikes newest boot release, so needless to say, when they arrived today it was like Christmas had come early!
I’m not going to pretend I was a fan of the T90 Laser III’s, but I think this time the designers have really done a great job. Despite utilising design aspects from both the Vapor and Tiempo models, the boot has an individual style of its own and really stands out. The two release colourways provide good options for both fans of contemporary and classic boot styling and after having seen some of the future colour options I’m enthused by the direction Nike has gone with the new T90.
Constructed of synthetic leather the Lasers weigh in at 270g, which is only 5g heavier than the Laser III Elites. The synthetic leather itself is slightly tacky, which is reported to aid in touch and control. I’ve seen this a lot with the newer elite level footballs so I’m looking forward to see how effective this is when applied to a boot itself.
The sole-plate features a slightly different stud configuration than the previous model, with small ridges built within the TPU plate itself to aid in traction. This is complimented by the new moulded EVA sock-liner, providing enhanced support and cushioning, whilst reducing stud pressure. I’m interested to see how this performs in reality, especially on the firm but wet pitches we get in the UK at this time of year.
The Laser’s retain the traditional T90 off-centre lacing system, with shape correcting strips of memory foam incorporated into the top of the boot. This should allow each pair of boots to mould specifically to the individual, thus optimizing ball striking and control. The redesigned adaptive shot-shield has been divided into separate zones. The ‘Power Zone’ is made from cast PU triangles and is designed to enhance shot power and accuracy. Additionally the angled ‘Swerve Fins’ are designed to aid in the control of spin and trajectory.
At £140 (Although I know for a fact you can get them for £100 if you shop around) they are firmly fixed in the Elite boot category so my expectations are high. I’ll be giving them a thorough examination over the next week, so stay tuned for my first impressions to see if they live up to the hype!