Sunday, May 23, 2010
Carbon fiber is secret ingredient in lightest soccer shoes ever [Shoes]
In a world of incredibly light 10-ounce soccer shoes, one of these weighs 5.8 ounces. The Adidas F50 Adizero is the latest in a string of sports innovations to debut at the World Cup soccer championship, this one on the feet of Argentine player Lionel Messi.
A lot of that weight was shed by removing the insole and strengthening the outer part of the shoe. That's complimented by the ultra-light carbon fiber upper, and plastic tech borrowed from another sport where lightness can make a big difference: cycle racing.
If it weren't for that mild-mannered Carolina blue color, I wouldn't mind wearing a pair of these babies. Look for the tech inside these tricky kicks to be available to the rest of us before too long, but don't expect it to be cheap.
[DVICE via Fast Company]