adidas have finally lifted the lid on one of the most hotly anticipated football boots of 2020, the X GHOSTED. Designed upon the last of a sprint spike, X GHOSTED equips players looking to redefine the boundaries of fast for the return of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Women’s Champions League.
So, what makes the X GHOSTED unique? Well, it is designed to be a lightweight speed boot that feels fast when placed on the foot thanks to insights from the running track, where marginal gains on the clock define the game. The X upgrade is powered by a carbon fibre forefoot plate innovation, and a unique translucent upper, the all-new silhouette both looks and feels fast thanks to these design breakthroughs.
One of the new design elements for the boot is the use of TRANSLUCENT MIRAGESKIN. This single layer of high-performance material is layered over a wire framework to create a seamless upper that provides lightweight stability and support.
Its unique, ghost-like and semi see-through aesthetic visually represents the feeling it gives athletes. Further nods to speed come in the detail, with the three-stripe placement inspired by the wings of the peregrine falcon – the fastest creature on earth.
There is also a first of its kind, VACUUM FIT EXPERIENCE that lets players feel the air sucked rapidly out of the boot when worn, creating a snug fit that supports explosive moves thanks to its proximity to the contours of the foot.
In response to the demand for a new innovation that supports players looking to go fast, adidas have also introduced CARBITEX SPEEDFRAME – a dynamic carbon plate. This innovation was crafted via an open source approach, and harnesses the extreme power and performance of carbon fibre but in a flexible form. X GHOSTED is the first football boot available at scale with the integration of a dynamic carbon plate.
Ben Herath, VP Design, adidas Football said; “When the sporting world slowed down this past summer, the need - and drive - for speed didn’t. We saw athletes at all levels continue to push their limits. This just reiterated what we’ve always known, speed is as important as ever in football.
“And why did we decide to focus on speed? Because that’s what our audience told us they craved via listening groups held in cities around the world. To give them what they wanted, we worked with our designers and took inspiration from the world’s fastest, and featured new innovations to create X GHOSTED, one of our fastest boots ever made”
X GHOSTED will be worn by football’s current, and future fastest from the 5th August, including Mohamed Salah, Heung-min Son, Gabriel Jesus and Vivianne Miedema.