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Concave PT+ Classic

2010 August 8
by Kyle Nelson

Concave is a new shoe offered to IMS for testing. IMS staff writer Kyle Nelson took the shoes out for a test drive and gives us a review.

The new Concave PT+ Classic is unlike any cleat I’ve seen or worn before, specifically Concave’s strike zone technology. In order to improve a player’s power and accuracy when striking a ball, a leather-covered piece of stiffer material is fitted on top of the cleat that gives a flatter strike zone that Concave says is four times as large as that of other cleats. Aesthetically speaking it makes the cleat look a bit bulky, but the practicality of the feature is spot on.

While trying the cleats out I compared my touch on the ball with what I have with my old cleats and the difference surprised me. With my first shot on goal I noticed that the front component lessens the feeling of impact on your foot, but the ball came off my foot with more power and flew truer. I also noticed an improvement in my touch when I was simply juggling the ball. I was curious to see how the front would affect the ball when I used the inside and outside of my foot, but I didn’t notice any negative affect on the ball.

A bonus to the added cover that I didn’t originally think of was is the protection it gives. A few times I was stepped on by another player and didn’t feel any pain. The heel of the cleat is also designed to help protect from injury. The mold from the bottom of the cleat continues up the back of the cleat and along the sides of the heel.

Getting the cleat on is more complicated than it really should be and I should have assumed that when I saw that it came with a shoehorn. I first tried to get it on without the shoehorn and failed miserably so it is vital that you do not lose the shoehorn. Once the cleat is on and tied the comfort level is much better than I expected. The added bulk on the top of the cleat didn’t affect how the cleat felt at all. While running and changing directions, my foot didn’t slide or shift and I haven’t developed any blisters in the usual spots I get them in from cleats. However, the tight feeling of the cleat does have a minor downside. I found getting the cleat off requires more effort than normal because the padded top does not allow for the shoe to be loosened very much.

You can find the full line of PTs here.

7 Responses
  1. August 8, 2010

    Thanks for the review. I saw this boot in the latest Eurosport catalog just a few days ago and wondered about it.

  2. PollyAnna permalink
    August 9, 2010

    Ok, did I miss it? Who makes this shoe?

  3. Kyle Nelson permalink
    August 9, 2010

    Concave is the name of the company that makes it.

  4. PollyAnna permalink
    August 9, 2010

    Ahhh! Never heard of them. Sounds like a good shoe thou.

  5. Trevor permalink
    August 11, 2010

    “Atheistically speaking,” hahaha! I love spell check. I assumed, of course, that he was talking about how the shoe looked felt rather than how the shoe’s belief in the nonexistence of gods influenced its striking ability. I had to chuckle nonetheless.

  6. Trevor permalink
    August 11, 2010

    And as for the aesthetics, the Concave’s white PT+FG looks really, really cool.
    How heavy are these things? They look a bit more weighty than most of the shoes from Adidas, Nike, and Puma in the same price range.

  7. August 11, 2010

    The top does add a small amount of weight and it felt a bit odd initially, but it didn’t take long to get used to it.

    And when you’re testing a cleat, it is a good idea to get its view of the existence of soccer gods. That could be a deal breaker for some potential buyers.

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