Own The Elements: Accessories
Getting kicked in summer hurts; getting kicked in winter is agony. That is unless you’re wearing top-notch protection like the G-Form Pro-S Shin Guard. You might have seen us test these out on our YouTube channel – in short, they’re one of the best innovations we’ve seen in any football gear, ever. Using a patented rate-dependent composite, they react to impact by firming up incredibly hard. So not only do they protect you from injury, they actually punish your opponent for kicking you. That’s karma.
If you prefer more traditional protection, regular shinpads are functional enough, and many now come with separate sleeves to keep them in position. Tape makes them even more secure, of course, and velcro “sock stoppers” are worth experimenting with too.
Ah, gloves. Fortunately things have moved on a lot since Nicolas Anelka’s bizarre attempt to keep his hands warm by wearing goalkeeper gloves back in 1999. Outfield players’ gloves now incorporate the same material technologies as other items of clothing, giving them sweat-wicking properties and substantial insulation. Nike’s HyperWarm range and adidas Climawarm are the major players here, and the tech really makes a difference – your hands just feel normal, which is the best compliment we can give. Most winter gloves feature specially designed cuffs for a secure fit, and also boast grip zones on the fingertips to grip the ball for throw-ins.
We all know the importance of traction in football, particularly in the mud bath pitches of winter, and it’s not just your choice of soleplate that keeps you on your feet. On a soft-ground plate, you need to properly select and maintain your studs, replacing them where necessary with an appropriate stud key. Our wide range of AMO Customs features 10mm, 13mm, and 15mm studs, so you can mix and match to preference and conditions.
As for laces, it’s all about grip. The silicon coating on AMO laces not only enhances your touch on the ball, it also makes them easier to tie up in a freezing changing room – or worse, out on the pitch in the middle of a game.