In the on-going battle for speed-boot supremacy, Puma has introduced a game-changer in the form of the Ultra 1.1.
Weighing in at only 160 grams, the Ultra 1.1 are bordering on feather-light thanks to Puma’s own Matryxevo technology; but what exactly is that?
Utilised on a football boot for the first time, the Matryxevo upper enables Puma to utilise a single layer of material, which isn’t perforated or cut like on other boots, to provide minimal weight, maximum durability, and outstanding support at the same time.
They achieve this strong, single upper by coating each individual fibre with a blend of polyester yarns, carbon yarns and aramid fibres. The extremely strong aramid fibres run through the lateral side of the upper. Player feedback identified that players needed more support on the lateral side to keep them locked in, preventing the material stretching over the tooling. The carbon yarns provide superior lightweight benefits and additional foot support.
As for ball-control, a GripControl Pro skin has also been applied to key areas of the upper to provide complete and decisive control of the ball, along with a lightweight PEBA SpeedUnit outsole, featuring a split sole design inspired by Puma running spike DNA for dynamic acceleration. The sole plate combines subtle ‘spikes’ in the forefoot and V-shaped blades for added aerodynamics, configured for explosive speed.
You’ll be seeing these speedy boots on the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Sergio Agüero and Nikita Parris for the upcoming season.
The Puma Ultra 1.1 launches in the Chasing Adrenaline colour combination of shocking orange, black and white and is available from 4 September at Puma.com, Puma stores and select retailers for R3,299.