Puma Future Z Teaser
Puma get Neymar to reveal the latest Future football boots, with their Future Z teaser to be seen exclusively on his feet! After teasing us with different boots in training and starting with the King at Puma, NJR has got serious and moved into one of Puma's key boots and is the headline player for 2021.
Puma Boots in Future Z Pack:
So what's in store for fans of the Puma Future? Well, for starters, the Future Z 1.1 has an evoKNIT Pro base layer for the upper and some amount of internal cushioning. So you can expect that the new Future model will have that same level of knitted comfort that made the previous generation one of the best boot on that regard. However, this is where the similarity ends, with the Future Z 1.1 coming out with a whole lot of new structural build and technologies.
One noticeable change is the thin synthetic overlay that covers the toe box as well as the rear of the boot, leaving out the top of the midfoot and the low-cut collar exposed and functioning similarly to the Nikeskin top layer of the Phantom VSN 2. This application of the said top layer on the upper gives the Future Z 1.1 its structural reinforcement as well as some protection purpose. On top of that, it addresses the responsiveness issue arising from a soft knitted upper material. Overall, the addition of the minimal film on top enables the boot to have a decent balance between comfort and performance. Adding to the performance benefit of the overlay is the Grip Control Pro coating, creating a texture that offers optimal ball grip in all weather conditions.
Future Z Boots
But the significant update on the Z 1.1 relative happens around the lacing and the structure around the midfoot. Whereas the previous generation has a Netfit system which offers customisable lacing options, the Z 1.1 introduces the Fuzionfit +, a lacing setup where a set of the dual-lace holes go high near the ankle and another set going deep near the toe box. Filling in the gap in the midfoot are knitted bands that arch around and offer a more compressed feel. This lacing system essentially combines the best of both worlds lockdown-wise from laced and laceless closures.
Lastly, Future Z 1.1 finally moves on from the Rapidagility soleplate and now sits on top of a Dynamic Motion System outsole. The front and rear stud plates are connected by a slanted stiffener bard on the midfoot akin to the D-flex groove of the Mizuno Rebula 3, though this one on the Dynamic Motion System is arguably more centred. The stud configuration features a 7x4 front-to-rear placement of semi-conical studs, effectively distinguishing the Z 1.1 from the Ultra concerning surface traction. Whereas the Ultra focuses on giving out the most aggressive bite possible for the best linear speed, the Future Z 1.1 concentrates on easing out twists and turns, giving agility more emphasis above all else.