Announcing the ground-breaking release of the new adidas FF80 rugby boot.
Designed with a 5x2 stud configuration to work with the special requirements of flankers and number 8 forwards.
The adidas FF80 is designed to help increase traction in scrums, rucks and mauls.
It's made to be faster to the breakdown and provide a solid platform for explosive acceleration.
The key is the 5x2 stud pattern – a feature not seen on rugby boots for decades. We have researched the stud configuration for 2 years with some of the world’s best players, coaches, and experts.
Here's Wales Captain and Forward Sam Warburton with his thoughts on the new boot:
The extra stud is great when having to change direction quickly.
Our research showed: flankers use their feet differently from other positions in rugby; they use the sides of their feet during scrums, they're on their toes during rucks, and they need to change direction quickly to make tackles and reach breakdowns.
So, we began investigating different stud set-ups to find the ideal pattern for a loose forward’s boot.
We discovered that a particular type of 5x2 configuration offered massive benefits over the traditional 4x2 boot. The additional stud at the front of the FF80 is placed exactly where a loose forward puts most pressure during a scrum, bridging during a ruck, or driving off the ground to accelerate.
Working closely alongside the IRB on the design and development of the FF80 – the IRB recently approved the 5x2 pattern for use on-field.
A 5x2 boot is better than a 4x2 boot because the extra stud gives you better traction.