3.06.2014

Nike Magista and Adidas Primeknit FS released [UPDATED]

Nike Magista

[UPDATED]

More Pictures
Inclusion of Black colorway
PREORDER - APRIL 29th 
RELEASE - MAY 22nd

It's been a while since I've updated anything, but I have been anticipating the actual release of the new Nike Magista soccer boot, which will be replacing the CTR360. Pictures of the blacked out prototype have been abound in the past few months, along with what is also assumed to be the new Mercurial Vapor, which may or may not be featuring a mid to high top lace up design. But that's another article at another time. Now there's a lot of information to digest. The main being that its a slide on shoe without the traditional tongue or generalized material/shape/linings/etc. It's a new looking material deemed Flyknit, which looks like twine type material. The sole is a basic sole. The ankle material seems to just be sock material, and is probably just an extra addition to give a fitted feel of the shoe. It generally looks like a sock with laces. It's yellow and pink, and some accents of black. I don't know how I feel about it. It's also rumored to have 4 different price levels. The top end being the Magista Obra, which is the mid top cloth looking one. It's also the only one that's been shown thus far. It's also supposed to retail around $300. The Magista Opus, which I'm going to guess is the normal top tier boot like a Vapor, or Phantom, and look like a regular cleat without the sock liner. And then the Orden, and Onda as cheap and cheaper, respectively. 

Overall, Nike is trying to be innovative. I mean I completely understand trying to be cutting edge. In my humble opinion, it's a lot better than what adidas has been doing with their collections and released new colors and designs and ridiculous patterns once every few weeks. It's impossible to keep up with adidas and their consistent urge to mash as much color into a shoe as possible. However, I don't know if I'm really a fan of this overall design. We won't really be able to put any weight behind whether it's a good shoe or not, as I probably won't see or get a hold of one for a couple months at least. I didn't see a release date yet, but it can't be far behind. And I'm sure they're going to be plastering this thing everywhere, as you can expect they're gonna want their pro players like Andres Iniesta to be wearing this thing in games ASAP. But until I actually get to see one in person here it is.







adidas Primeknit

In what was surely an attempt to take away some hype and publicity away from the Nike Magista reveal, adidas revealed on instagram about an hour the Primeknit FS. They already released the Primeknit, which looks like a fully knitted shoe that someones grandma would make.




So this thing was released and it kinda went away, because well it looks like what it does. They had Luis Suarez endorse it with his fingers wrapped around some string with the boot in front of him.


And now they have released, at least a prototype hybrid thing, that I'm going to go out on a limb here, not many players will actually wear, that isn't actually anything yet. But it's hideous. And what happens when you have a Nike, or Puma, or Warrior, or Under Armour kit, and you're wearing this damn thing?


Again, I get that they're trying to be innovative, and that's all well and good, but this thing is an abomination no matter how they try to swing it. The Primeknit is enough of a sway in a different direction to warrant a try for the shoe, but the cleat that goes up to your calf? Personally I have big calves, and my calf socks tend to wear over time and don't stay up after a few months. So what happens if someone with bigger or smaller calves wants to wear this? They're kind of shit out of luck on both fronts considering there's no laces to tighten or loosen the material. 

It's still in it's hybrid stage, but I just don't think that one is going to work out. The regular design has a chance, but the FS seems like its going to fade away with the $400 elite carbon fiber body shoes, the padded head gear for everyday players, and the $250 goalkeeper gloves, and so on. Hopefully these things don't see the light of day.

Two releases today, and one a couple weeks ago. The Nike Magista Flyknit wins out visually, and not because I'm a Nike fan, but because it doesn't look like something my great aunt knitted me for Christmas, then the adidas Primeknit because it still resembles a soccer cleat, and then the Primeknit FS. If and when I get a hold of them, or a friend does, I'll try to write some type of review. 

Rich

11.26.2013

Nike Goalkeeper Glove Color Update Winter/Spring 2014

Nike has released, on soccer.com at least, the new color range update for the Nike Goalkeeper gloves, for the winter and spring of 2014, probably right up until the World Cup starts this summer. At that point everything will receive another color change, and knowing Nike they will probably have some type of specialty boot design and glove update. Nike isn't as ambitious at color and design changes, as say adidas. It seems like every year they're giving a complete overhaul to the design of their boots and gloves. Not that it is a bad thing, It's quite understandable that the company is trying to make money. But it is a pain in the ass, if you're like me, and like having the newest gear. But back to the Nike range. I discussed with my friends about what I thought the new colors were going to be. Turns out I hit it spot on this time. All black palm, black backhand, black wrist strap, green finger design, and green mesh/dryfit material. They are possibly my favorite color update ever for any glove. Below are all pics taken from soccer.com, as they seem to be the only ones with the gloves available. They also only have the GK Confidence, SGT Premier, and Vapor Grip3 on the site. They aren't available yet, as they are on back order. They are expected around mid-January, but I would think they'll be available to order a little sooner. For some odd reason, the picture alignment is being a pain, so in order, if you don't know, they are the SGT Premier in the first two pictures, the GK Confidence next, and the Vapor Grip 3 is last.




 
 


adidas Goalkeeper Glove update Winter 2013/2014

adidas clearly has an agenda for most color updates in a set time period. Seems like every time I get used to noticing the 14 different boot and glove colors they have, they release a new set. The Predator Horizon, Predator Fingersave Ultimate, the Predator Pro exclusive color, and the rest of the line all have new colors. They are as follows -

Predator Pro exclusive color

 
Predator Pro Horizon

 Fingersave Ultimate


 All other glove colors

9.18.2013

GTA V Special edition unboxing




Grand Theft Auto V has been released, and it is all anyone is doing nowadays. I sprung for the middle tiered Special Edition copy of the game, coming in at a retail cost of $79.99. For the special edition, you get:

  • Metal game case
  • Blue Print Map
  • Digital upgrades
    • Special abilities for each character regenerates 25% faster
    • Bonus outfits, tattoos, deals from in game vendors
    • Free special weapons at Ammu-Nation
    • Stunt Plane Trials
It's nothing too special, but I don't mind springing for extra in game stuff like that and a pretty cool blue print map. One pretty cool thing I have found out through reddit, is that holding a black light to the blue print map will show secrets about the game. Since I don't have a black light, here is the link to the reddit post about the message GTA V SECRET BLUE PRINT MESSAGE. There's also a map included with every game with two sides. One being the full map in the game, the other side being a zoomed in more detailed look at downtown Los Santos. Below are some poor quality phone pictures I took with my phone. They're also kinda shitty because I was way too excited to start playing the game and could care less about the proper positioning and good lighting. Shame on me, I know. 

Anyway the game so far is awesome. It truly feels like an open world, with so much to do. I've done a couple missions, and driving around as Franklin is a ton of fun, especially with his special ability to slow down as he drives. Overall all it's kind of overwhelming so far. There really is so much to do, that it would be difficult to spell everything out at this point, especially considering I'm only about 3 hours in. I'm going to attempt to get a review out in relative time. Probably some time around when GTA Online starts up, that way I can incorporate it into the review. IF you haven't picked up the game, go do it now and enjoy. 

Rich


The box

All the Contents

 The Blue Print Map

Downtown Los Santos Side

 Full Map

9.13.2013

Extra Life Fundraiser

Just a quick post, I'm going to be trying to raise money for local children's hospitals through a fundraiser called Extra-Life. I've set out a modest goal of $100 and need to reach it by November 2nd. Any donation would help. Check out all of the information below.
http://www.extra-life.org

Thanks,

Rich

9.04.2013

Xbox One Launch Date Revealed



The Xbox One launch day has finally been released into the wild, and it turns out to be November 22nd, 2013. This is one week after the Playstation 4, which is launching on November 15th, 2013. It was pretty widely speculated that it would release within the span of November, especially after Sony announced their date. This also comes on the heel of the news that they increased the CPU performance of the system, from 1.5 GHZ, to 1.75 GHZ. It isn't a massive increase, but overall helps the processing power, and that the system is finally in full production and the cycle is going as well as planned. 

Some release titles for the Xbox One:


  • Dead Rising 3 (exclusive) 
  • Forza 5 (exclusive) 
  • Ryse: Son of Rome (exclusive) 
  • Battlefield 4
  • Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
  • FIFA 14

8.29.2013

New GTA V TV trailer and It continues to impress



Another trailer has dropped, this time geared towards the television audience, as it's only clocked in at a minute long. But it is ripe with new shots, and heavy on the story. It appears like two of the main characters, Michael and Trevor, have been best friends for 10+ years, and that Trevor is one of the major reasons that Michael heads back into the heist game. Franklin also seems to have ties to the two, pretty heavily. I'm not sure if this story info was ever really divulged much, but it's clear they all have some sort of past, or at least know what each other is capable of. The balding blonde haired guy in the glasses also seems to be somewhat heavily involved in the story and heists, as he is pretty excited that Michael is back. The trailer is heavy on showing off the heists, Michael having a meeting with more than just the two usual cast, ripping what looks to be hard drives out of servers, removing glass panes for stealth entrances, and what is definitely a surprise is a Juggernaut style game play segment. Someone is running down the street in full bomb disposal gear with a mini gun, just plain wreaking havoc on everything in his way. Explosions, jets, high speed chases, gun fights, and Trevor smashing his head on a pallet are all in there too. If you're not excited for this game, check your pulse. Watch the trailer below. 

Grand Theft Auto V comes out on September 17th, 2013 on Playstation 3, and Xbox 360.