Last week, STACK gave readers a sneak peak at the lightest football cleat ever created with “C.J. Spiller and Eric Berry Help Launch the adidas adiZero 5-Star Football Cleat.” STACK caught up with the speed demon himself, Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller, who reveals what he really thinks about the 6.9-oz. cleat.
“If I was to describe the cleat in one word, it would be ‘amazing,’” Spiller says. “I played in the cleat [in my] last game and it gave me great support. I got in and out my cuts like I normally do; there were no setbacks or anything.”
When asked how light the cleats really are, Spiller simply says, “They’re the lightest ones, hands down.”
What makes this revolutionary cleat so lightweight is the newly developed single-layer synthetic upper, adidas Sprintskin, which reduces the weight of the cleat without sacrificing support.
Athletes often view a lightweight cleat as lacking in support and durability—which can lead to an injury. “I think too many people get caught [thinking] that you might roll your ankle, [but] you can roll your ankle wearing any type of cleat,” Spiller says. “So I don’t think durability or cutting should be a problem with the adiZero 5-Star cleat. It definitely helped me, and I’ve definitely seen a big difference [in my game] when wearing it.”
To provide athletes with the best support for their ankles and feet, adidas installed lightweight internal TPU support bands, along with their sprint frame base technology, which includes 3D bridges for midfoot stability. A reinforced toebox provides extra protection on the field and an external heel locks the foot in place.
Check out the video at the top for C.J. Spiller’s complete interview. To see the new adidas adiZero 5-Star cleat in action, hit up adidas.com/football for more info. Keep in mind the cleat doesn’t hit stores until April.