HYPE: This Season’s New Running Shoes & Gears

Its the new season and as usual, all the major sporting apparels and brands are coming out with their latest gadgets, gizmos and gears! With really exciting major races coming up such as the Adidas KOTR, Nike We Run Singapore (happening in September-October period), Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore and also the likes of Singapore G1,  NEA 10th Anniversary Charity Run/Walkathon and the National Day Run, one can expect to don on new gears to boost your running experience.

Add flava, add colour, add style. 

Well scroll down below to check out my Top 6 shoes and gears coming your way this season.

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HYPE: The Unleash Deadly Challenge. WOOHOO!

4th July 2012 – The other time, Adidas launched a contest about submitting what we feel would be a crazy and deadly idea one would do with a soccer ball. In line with their latest range of football (or some would call it soccer) boots – the Adidas Predator Lethal Zones, I tried to make my idea as crazy and lethal too (Hey! Its 150 charcters max):

“Juggle the ball across the expressway and smash 10 glass panels with fireworks to end it!”

Because of that submission, I won myself a $50 adidas voucher + an invite to take part in the Predator Lethal Zones Challenge! Woohoo! Cannot wait to pit myself against the obstacles that adidas have set.

Nabil is All In. Are you?

EVENT: Predator Lethal Zones Challenge

DATE: Saturday, 7th & 8th July 2012

TIME: 1030H-1900H

You can register yourself for the event too at: unleashdeadly.com

Also, check out my review on the Predator Lethal Zones here.

HYPE: Adidas Predator D5 LZ vs Nike Mercurial Vapour VIII

With 2 new boots coming your way in the market, which one would you choose? Which one will dominate the turf?

Adidas Predator D5 LZ (Leathal Zone)

With all the hype of it having “perfected” the spots on the boots for where the First Touch, Drive and the Sweet Spots are, the way i see it,.Adidas is targeting the serious footballers. Although it has yet to #unleash (hashtag on twitter) this latest range of football boots here in Singapore, Question is – Will all these “sweet spots” really make a difference to a player’s performance? Will the weekend warriors give it a go?

With the previous season’s adizero F50 boots being powered by the miCoach tracking device, i really hope that this Predator would be designed to hold the miCoach too. It would be awesome to be able to track your fastest speed, distance etc in a game of soccer. Oh yeah, one more thing, rumour has it, the Xavi from FC Barcelona is the player tasked to mark the spots on the boots and co-developed it. Afterall, that guy has spectacular ball control and delivery skills. OMG. :O

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Nike Mercurial Vapour VIII 

With 2 big names in the sporting world coming together to put up an interesting advertorial concept on the latest Nike football boots, i had to watch it. Whats interesting is that it does not really tell about the boots intended specifications. But instead makes you run wild with your imagination to what this boots could do for you. Well, then again, its Cristiano Ronaldo here with the boots. He could score with a back heel with his eyes closed if he wanted to. Anyways, gotta love that guy! My sporting idol by the way. Heh.

Back to the boots – With a clean cut, bright orange design, the boots indeed looked slick and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Would probably appeal to the youngsters who would go for looks and colour rather than actual performance. Mind you, im not saying this boots will not deliver, but seriously, its all up to the player’s skills at the end of the day.

All in all, to all football (and soccer) lovers out there, these 2 boots really really looked delicious and would certainly be the highlight amongst your football kakis. I would not go on to say which one i prefer the more because for me, my feet’s comfort being in the boots is my number 1 factor in selecting a pair of them. Aesthetics wise, bright colours would certainly make my day as i dazzle past defenders doing step overs etc. Hahaha! 😛

At the end of the day, what’s important is the bond and game time you have with your friends (and even strangers!). Afterall, keeping fit and healthy doesnt necessarily have to be boring or a chore. It is super fun when you are doing it with friends. Like playing football. 🙂

P.S, as the team and I are having our semester’s exams real soon, we apologize for the lack of updates, posts and stories right here on the blog. Also our uber late responses in replying the overwhelming emails. We will resume blogging proper once we’re done with exams (in mid-May). Till then, do follow us on Twitter for our shout outs on health, fitness and sporting updates and retweets!

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HYPE: Adidas Launches adizero f50 Powered by miCoach

by Guest writer – Farhan Juan M.

SOCCER LOVIN’ BOYS HEADS UP!

With Christmas just round the corner, Adidas unveiled the adizero f50 powered by miCoach Speed Cell to our shores. I am sure all of you amateur footballers got as excited as I did when adidas released this promo for their latest improvement to their lightweight f50 boot. The adizero f50 boot powered by miCoach Speed Cell is being promoted as the ‘football boot with a brain’; it is akin to having a super computer attached to our feet, tracking our athletic performances. It feels like I am living my dream of being a professional footballer.

So what exactly is this new miCoach Speed Cell? It actually works similarly to other GPS tracking chip which is being used to track linear action, but with some added features. Inserted into a cavity beneath the sock liner, it has the ability to capture 360 degrees movement inside their on-board memory for up to seven hours, and then wirelessly sends the on-pitch performance data to your computer. It is remarkable how adidas has managed to bring the professional experience to the masses, as we do not have the benefit of the Pro Zone technology used by top European clubs to track of our performances.

Takes performance measurements of:

  • Average speed per second
  • Maximum speed per 5 seconds
  • Number of sprints
  • Distance travelled
  • Distance at high intensity levels
  • Steps taken
  • Stride rate
  • Total training time

Data recorded can then be shared with friends online through social media like Facebook. For the first time ever, we actually have data in our hands to prove to one another how good we are. Strengths and weaknesses can be highlighted more easily, and thus will speed up our learning curve. I don’t know about you, but I’m relishing the opportunity to outdo my teammates even more with all these data written down in black and white! Maybe you can even argue with the coach better when he says you’re not putting in your shift on field… or not. Anyway, this is especially useful to those budding youths who intend to play for the national team in the near future. It even allows us to compare ourselves alongside professional players like Lionel Messi when they upload their personal results.

When you upload your stats on the miCoach website, it allows you to create your own personalized coaching programs. Sometime next year, all these data can then be used to create yourself virtually and be allowed to compete with other players all over the world… finally you can play as yourself in the miCoach football video game online! So now I know how it feels like to play myself instead of Messi. Heh.

The adidas f50’s new improvement still manages to retain all its predecessors’ excellent specs. It allows excellent ball-feel and provides me with a lot of stability on the field with its new stud construction. This especially helps because I tend to fall easily thanks to my poor balance! The new adizero f50 powered by miCoach is already available at adidas own retail outlets and specialist stores at $299.

P.S, I can even personalize the boot with my own name, as adidas now provides embroidering services on the boot itself. The price may be a little steep, but I am telling you, it is worth every cent. Now you know what to get for you boyfriend, brother, father or guy friend this Christmas!  😉