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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Umbro Geometra Pro

Chris Jones

Rating: Over the last few years, Umbro have made major strides in catching up with the boot offerings of the Nikes and Adidases of this world. The Umbro Speciali has been their staple boot for the past 20 years and, while it is one of the most reliable on the market, it has sometimes been criticised for lacking the pizzazz of its competitors. However, I've been won over in recent years as Umbro are establishing their own reputation for combining the retro and the modern - with the likes of Kasabian and Kid British involved in product launches in recent years. The latest effort to continue that trend for the British brand is the Umbro Geometra Pro football boots. • Nike Tiempo Legend IV Elite
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• Adidas adiPower Predator
• Nike Mercurial Miracle
• Lotto Zhero Gravity Firstly, there is the styling. Although you'll get players saying that it is all about the performance of the boot and nothing to do with looks, I find first impressions all too important in the boot world. The Umbro Geometra Pro delivers. I've never been much of a fan of fancy boots with an array of exotic multicolour colourways and, fortunately, the Geometra satisfies my brief with a no-nonsense, but unquestionably modern, design. As a fan of the true team in Manchester, the blue obviously suits me down to the ground, while the black and yellow are solid and stylish counterparts. This all leads to a great feeling and look before the boot has even been put on and, when it is, the impressive performance of the Geometra continues. The thicker than normal, full-grain ceramic leather highlights that Umbro really thought about comfort when designing the Geometra. When playing a full 90 minutes, I found myself thanking them for this as the Geometras are a joy to wear. They feel much more like a comfy astro-turf boot which, in my case, is a very good thing. The heel wrap and stabiliser also add protection for those classic Sunday League tackles meaning that you can really have the confidence when going in for those fifty-fifty challenges. A major technological development introduced by Umbro is the ECZ (Energy Control Zone) and it is definitely a noteworthy addition. With the added control gained from the memory foam, layered pads on the instep, it's no wonder these boots are used by the likes of Jordan Henderson and Jonas Gutierrez. On a technical level, the boots really perform. Angled laces at the side of the boot increase the striking area, giving players a greater chance of getting that all important sweet-spot hit, while the grippy toe area allows greater swerve to be achieved. Everyone can bend it like Beckham with the Geometras. The squash player-inspired stud layout and yellow impact zone on the sole supposedly allows players to turn quickly and in tight spaces, a handy feature for those all important split-second decisions and changes of direction that occur during a match. During my brief period with the Umbro Geometra Pros, I have been very impressed. They are in fact the first Umbro boots I have owned/worn and based on what I've seen and what they have offered me so far, there is certainly no need for me to look elsewhere anytime soon - especially as my once optimistic 60-yard cross-field 'pings' have now become a reality!
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