Concave PT+ Classic
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.
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