DIGGING IN: 2017 CLEATS REVIEW
The right pair of cleats allows you to focus on the game and what you need to do to help your team win. The wrong pair of cleats however, can be a big-time distraction, and prevent you from having the kind of game you want, or even from enjoying the game. That’s why we’ve set out to make sure you’re familiar with the best cleats we have to offer: how they look, fit, feel, and even how much they weigh. It’s all so you can shop with confidence and ultimately find the perfect cleats for your feet.
LIGHTER, QUICKER, FASTER MOVEMENTS
New Balance L4040v3 cleats keep you comfortable all game long in large part due to a REVlite RC® midsole, which offers responsive cushioning that players will find particularly helpful when they’re standing in the field for long periods of time. On the base paths however, when faster, more multi-directional movements are necessary, players can rely on PROBANK, a technology that distributes force evenly so changes in direction are quick and efficient. Also featured on the L4040v3 is the debris free tongue that helps keep dirt and small rocks away from your foot, and Fantom Fit, a thin film along the saddle that provides support and breathability Its a lightweight, responsive, cushioned shoe with amazing mid-foot support that makes playing the game easier.
Fits comfortably around the entire foot. Extra cushion in the heel and comfortable cushioning around the mid-foot. Runs true to size. (Weight: 13.6 oz., available in sizes 7 thru 15, available in D and 2E widths)
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New Balance L3000v3 Cleats
COMFORTABLE AND THOUGHTFUL DESIGN
New Balance L3000v3 cleats can be encapsulated in one word: comfort. And no feature underscores that better than the specially designed soft collar that cradles the top of the foot (near the ankle) and provides superior comfort/support. Also featured is the REVlite RC® midsole, which alleviates stud pressure and weighs 30% less than traditional foam midsoles, allowing you to stay standing without your feet paying the price. The upper mixes synthetic nubuck with mesh for durability and breathability, and the leather accent on the tongue reinforces the baseball feel and gives the shoe a nice finishing touch. This cleat also features an MLB-proven 8 metal outsole plate, and like the 4040v3, toe protection and a debris-free tongue.
Comfortable fit and lightweight feel. More minimalist structure around the mid-foot. Resembles a sneaker style. Runs true to size. (Weight: 12.8 oz., available in sizes 7 thru 13, available in D and 2E widths)
CHARGED-UP COMFORT UNDERFOOT
Rooted in street style, adidas Boost Icon 2.0 cleats feature a revolutionary Boost™ midsole, which is made of TPU that is literally blown up and turned into thousands of small energy capsules. These capsules store and unleash energy more efficiently in every stride, providing an incredibly high energy return. More simply put, when your foot presses down on the midsole, the midsole responds by pushing your foot back up, essentially charging every step. Players should find the PROTRAX cleat configuration with secondary TPU studs penetrate the dirt effectively with minimal cleat pressure and explosive acceleration. The techfit® upper, made of luxe nubuck, is engineered for natural, flexible support and a lockdown fit. In terms of looks and comfort, Boost Icon 2.0 is as close as you can get to a sneaker on cleats.
Internal bootie results in a very snug, lock-down fit. Narrow toe box. Runs true to size. (Weight: 13.6 oz., available in sizes 7.5 thru 14)
DIAMOND PERFS FOR BREATHABILITY
adidas PowerAlley 4 features a premium nubuck leather upper with diamond perforations for breathability and swank. The PROTRAX cleats grip the ground with ease and reduce cleat pressure underfoot for increased traction, while the molded sockliner provides additional comfort. Players will also find that the IRONSKIN toe cap resists abrasion in key toe-drag areas, adding to the shoe's durability. PowerAlley 4 shoes are available in multiple colors and give wearers a great lightweight option under $100.
Snug, comfortable fit and cushioned around the mid-foot. A more structured feel. Large, cushy tongue for comfort. Runs true to size. (Weight: 13.6 oz., available in sizes 7 thru 14)
Mizuno Dominant IC Cleat
CUSHIONING AT ITS MOST LUXURIOUS
Mizuno Dominant IC cleats give players everything they want in terms of fit and feel. Its anatomical shape contours perfectly to the foot, minimizes power loss, and maximizes strong acceleration, enabling players to fly around the bases and cover more ground in the field than ever before. The U4icX midsole is soft, responsive, resilient, and delivers a luxurious cushioning experience that will make playing doubleheaders a breeze. Inside the shoe, the bootie construction provides a snug, secure fit, and complements the no sew synthetic upper. Built on an innovative comfort platform, Dominant IC has been dubbed the most naturally fitting and comfortable baseball cleat ever designed.
Snug, comfortable overall fit with a more rounded toe box. Textured insole. Runs true to size. (Weight: 14.4 oz., available in sizes 7 thru 16)
Mizuno Mens Heist IQ Metal Cleats
LIGHTNING FIRST-STEP QUICKNESS
With Mizuno Heist IQ cleats, it’s all about first-step quickness. The no-sew upper is lightweight so it won’t hold you back, and the anatomical last provides strong acceleration whether you’re stealing a base or beginning that chase for a fly ball. Once you’re moving, you'll feel the responsive cushion of the U4Ic midsole, giving each step something extra. If you’re needing to change direction, no problem. The sole features Flex Groove Technology which is a specifically engineered diagonal groove in the midfoot that allows the player to turn at maximum speed and power by efficiently transferring natural body movement and shift in direction. Heist IQ also features an anatomical last that contours perfectly to your foot, giving you the ultimate in feel and quickness.
Very lightweight feel and a snug, comfortable overall fit. Textured insole. Runs true to size. (Weight: 10.4 oz., available in sizes 7 thru 15)
SOFT CUSHIONING, LIGHTWEIGHT SUPPORT
Huarache is a Spanish word for “sandal.” Many years ago the leather soles of huaraches were swapped out with rubber from old tires and used to navigate the Mexican terrain. My how far we’ve come. NIKE 2kFilth cleats feature a synthetic leather and TPU mesh upper for durability and ventilation, while the lightweight phylon midsole provides exceptional cushion. The bottom of the shoe consists of a TPU plate with nine metal cleats for superb traction, and the geometric outsole divots prevent dirt and grass from building up. The entire foot is locked down via strands of strong yet lightweight tensile fibers (Dynamic Flywire Technology) and the bootie helps provide a snug, sock-like fit. No matter how dynamic or sudden your movements are on the diamond, this cleat’s not coming off.
Very cushioned feel around the entire foot. Snug and comfortable throughout. Slightly narrower toe box. Runs true to size. (Weight: 14.4 oz., available in sizes 8 thru 13)
FEELS LIKE MOLDED, CUTS LIKE METAL
Under Armour Deception cleats are powered by DiamondTips, the world’s first hybrid metal and molded cleats. The metal tips are made of carbon steel, which is two times stronger than traditional metal cleats, and each spike has a comfortable molded Pebax base so they dig into the diamond, not your feet. They’re also 67% lighter than traditional metal cleats, so every step is explosive. Deception also features a special ClutchFit™ upper that wraps around your foot in a lightweight “second skin." This technology activates under pressure, locking you in with superior fit and feel. Other advantages include a 3D-molded tongue that forms to your foot and ankle for extra protection, and a 4D Foam® insole for a comfortable, customized fit.
Wraps snugly and comfortably around the foot. Feels ready for play out of the box. Runs true to size (Weight: 15.2 oz., available in sizes 7.5 thru 13)