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Umbro GT Pro - Lightweight but Protective - Dec 08, 2010
Player: Bryan Byrne (Los Angeles, CA)
I have personally never been a huge Umbro fan. But every so often, a
new boot comes along that just flat out surprises you. The Umbro GT
Pro turned out to be one of those boots! In the UK, players like
Darren Bent, John Terry and Michael Owen endorse the Umbro ranges with
high praise. The emergence of improving releases in recent times has
led to Umbro gaining some much needed momentum. The most notable thing
about this release is that Umbro have approached the speed market for
the first time, with a boot that offers a light weight option. After
testing, I will admit that I have become a huge fan, although I do
realize they are not going to suit all players. For testing, I wore a
size 9US in the White/Gun/Orange colorway.
The GT Pro turned out to be one of those ultra-smooth-to-break-in
boots. After two training sessions they were ready for game action. I
was quite surprised that this was the case but when it came to the
first game they performed really well. Across the front of the
soleplate, Umbro have strategically placed a slight break that allows
the boot to flex in just the right area. You can really feel this as
you are breaking them in.
The upper is made of a very soft Teijin Microfiber that
allows Umbro to cut the weight of the boot. They come in at an
impressive 8.3oz, and although this is at the heavier end the speed
boot spectrum they still feel ultra-light on your feet. Another area
where Umbro have cut weight is in the tongue, which is now extra thin.
This is, of course, not beneficial when an opposing player comes in
studs up but ultimately it fulfills the job of making the boots that
little bit lighter.
Comfort and Performance
I have to admit that these are currently one of my preferred boots
based on performance. On the field they do exactly as expected,
allowing you to bend, twist and turn as needed with little difficulty.
Comfort wise, they felt great from the first wear and even though I
can't say that they molded to my feet, they fit in the right ways.
What about the studs?
One thing I found to be interesting about this release was the profile
and positioning of studs. All the studs are narrower than other boots
on the market and Umbro have placed them in a unique fashion. The idea
of the positioning is to increase grip and allow optimum acceleration.
The 8 forefront studs are placed 4 and 4 on either side of two central
placed, support studs. The boot is designed for HG surfaces, and
having had the opportunity to test on a wet grass field they felt
great! The studs act like blades on a running shoe and added a high
level of traction. I also tried them on an artificial surface and was
pleasantly surprised to find that they performed equally as well with
good grip - although please note I am not endorsing their use on
Two important areas of note here. First is the A Frame Cradle that
acts as a support system connecting the soleplate up along either side
of the boot to the laces. It is tying the lace that allows the system
to work effectively by bringing the boot closer to your feet. For me,
the system was effective. The other technology used lies along the
inside of the strike zone, where Umbro have placed a medial toe strike
zone. It is basically a series of small rivets that are designed to
increase grip when you are on the ball. This I did not find as useful,
and it really doesnât seem to add anything extra to the boot.
If you like heel counters, the Umbro GT Pro will not be a good match.
They do offer some protection but not to the extent of other boots on
the market. Another negative is how easily the upper material scuffs.
I have found that most microfiber uppers suffer this problem - the
best thing to do is to ensure you clean them off after each wear!
Personally, I really enjoyed testing out these boots and they were a
fantastic match for my game. But these are boots that are going to
either be a big hit or big miss for different players. Some players
will love them while others will find they don't suit their style. I
love the fact that they fall into the lightweight category while also
offering a good level of protection - something that differentiates
them from other boots in the category. They break in really easily and
perform extremely effectively on the field. In terms of player
position, they suit both winger and forwards, and are probably one of
the better options for other players on the field who want to try a
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Nices - Aug 07, 2012
Player: Alex (United state Houston tx)
I love this shoes, good grip nices color and are really light, constable and fit really well.
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excellent boot - Oct 14, 2010
Player: Zach Miller (Baton Rouge, LA USA)
these boots are stylish and very nice high quality, especially for the price. Umbro are throwing out some classy boots right now and these top the list! Theyre really light I cant even feel the difference between these and the Superfly which costs $400. Super comfortable. Stud pattern gives great traction and super reactiveness. Great sock-like feel to the upper nice and tight but still very comfortable. Touch is near perfect!
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