Posted on March 18, 2014
We get to see a lot of cleats, the latest innovations in the game, here at SOCCER.COM, but the adidas f50 adizero Crazylight had long-time employees stunned at just how feather-like it feels on your foot.
Aptly named, the Crazylight is so light, just 4.7 ounces, you won’t believe it until you get your own.
It weighs 20 percent less than the current adidas f50 adizero worn by players on the game’s greatest stages.
The Crazylight is made from a single, unique piece of ulta-soft, ulta-lightweight microfiber that envelops the foot, with extra stitching making sure the shoe is both supportive and long lasting. SpeedFoil has been removed, which drops weight and creates ore comfort in the midfoot and heel.
The inner is soft and stretchy, allowing for the perfect fit.
The Sprintframe used on other F50 adizeros features hollow studs and one fewer stud on the middle of the forefoot to help drop weight while remaining as durable and enabling as much traction as you’ve come to expect.
Our expert cleat reviewer, Sam Margetts, a former college player and footwear designer, got a chance to examine the Crazylight and was similarly impressed.
“A lot of the innovations that allow this shoe to weigh so little lie beneath the surface, but they really come to life when you put them on,” he said, noting how comfortable the shoe is straight out of the box.
“It really is the closest thing to playing barefoot that I’ve ever found. You almost don’t realize you have them on, not only because of what they weigh but also because they are so comfortable.”
Marco Mueller, adidas senior project manager, was aiming for that sort of feedback for two years while developing this stunning boot.
“Players really like the latest edition and are always excited that we keep the high performance properties, yet reduce the weight to a new benchmark,” Mueller said.
“As an example, Gareth Bale really likes the f50 adizero Crazylight, and we are looking forward for the product release in one of the biggest and most important matches.”
Look out for Bale to give the Crazylight its on-field debut for Real Madrid in their UEFA Champions League second leg match against Schalke 04 on Tuesday, March 18th.
We were treated to a sneak peak when Bale trained ahead of Wales’ March 5 friendly with Iceland, in which he scored and set up two goals en route to a 3-1 win, but Tuesday will mark the first time a shoe this light has been worn during an official match.
***Tuesday update: Gareth Bale did, in fact, debut the Crazylight today at the Bernabéu in UEFA Champions League play against Schalke. Looking as speed as ever, the Welsh winger took just 21 minutes before creating the opening goal.
He raced in and used his right foot to square a ball that Cristiano Ronaldo smashed home to further seal Los Blancos place in the quarterfinals of soccer’s most prestigious club competition.
Bale went on to tee up Alvaro Morata to give Real Madrid a 3-1 win on the day and a dominant 9-2 triumph on aggregate.
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