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Fast equals light. Light equals fast. This is the brand new X99.1 limited collection boot from adidas and it’s arriving at the speed of light. The third edition of the Three Stripes quest for pure speed and a release that’s aiming for the top of 2019’s most wanted list. 

 

OK, so let’s get up to speed for those not familiar with a quick sprint through some adidas boot history. It hardly seems like it, but it’s been 15 years since adidas introduced us to their first real speed focused boot, the F50. But back in that early 2000s era, fast didn’t quite equal light. So it was that the F50 line went on a crash course diet of innovation and streamlining, going through sub-brands of TUNIT and adizero as adidas pushed forward with making the boots ever lighter and faster.

Then, a little over a decade after the introduction of that first F50, adidas changed the game by dropping the F50 adizero 99G limited edition, the lightest boot in the market.

This was a boot that was rumoured to exist even as early as 2013, adidas pushing the limits of what was possible in a football boot. It wasn’t until 2015 that the world got to see the reality of the first double digit production boot. Even limiting the boot to 299 pairs didn’t stop this from becoming one of the most iconic and desirable boots of all time. In fact, the boot was so well received adidas followed up with arguably an even better-looking version a year later.

Now, those two 99G drops were pure boot fantasy. You’ve got to give kudos to adidas for bringing the boots from concept to reality but - would you want to play in them? Most likely not, and with good reason – all the weight saving, gram stripping and innovation tweaking resulted in both those limited editions being far more suited to the display cabinet than your gameday boot bag.

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And that’s where, with this 2019 release, the game changes again. The X99.1 takes the same lightweight, pure speed formula but now adds some substance to make it more than just another concept piece. Yep, this is still an ultra-lightweight boot but one that is suited for the pitch, a small but significant tweak to the design offering genuine usability to their owner.

So, what do we get? First up a soft, synthetic upper that is much more durable than before. You can see how hard the materials work to remain thin and light but strong and resistant.

This is also where the styling cues from the iconic F50 line come into view. The three stripes return to the outer of the upper this time iridescent in design, blended with a nod to the Hard Wired paint job of adidas’ current X19 speed champion. One of our favourite elements of the previous 99G boots also makes a welcome stay, you’ll see the exact speed of light once displayed once again along the perforated sockliner.

The X19 also lends its outsole to the mix, offering an ultra-light version of the 19 plus’ Speed Frame that is perforated for even more weight reduction. Boosted with arrowhead forefoot studs and round tipped rear studs for lightening quick acceleration, changes of direction and showing your opponent the quickest set of heels.

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Perhaps surprisingly there is no laceless version of the X99, rather keeping up the standard of the earlier generations with a set of hardly-there laces. We’re still fans of the flipped adidas logo that sits on the top of the tongue, a smart inclusion that gives a nod towards the boots’ adizero heritage.

OK, so now you know all about the going to need to be as fast as the boots to get hold of your pair.  You shouldn’t need reminding that prodirectsoccer.com is your first destination for the best in new boots, the X99.1 have just dropped on our online stores right now in the UK, in Europe and stateside in our USA store. BUY yours HERE

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