Nike Hypervenom II

Filed under: Alex Morgan, Boots, Culture & Lifestyle, Danny Welback, Neymar, Nike, Wayne Rooney

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In 2013 Nike released a brand new boot silo called the Hypervenom. The boot quickly gained popularity with attacking minded players like Wayne Rooney and Neymar Jr. This week Nike unveiled the Hypervenom II and there are some pretty striking innovations that have been made compared to the original version. The OG version was widely embraced and loved by pros around the world, but Nike being Nike, they went ahead and improved on an already great boot.

“Players loved the original Hypervenom, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do even better. We’re not afraid to make as many changes as the boot needs to be the best.  The kind of players who wear Hypervenom would expect nothing less.” – Max Blau, VP of Nike Football Footwear

“We started very simply, with members of our team wearing white socks and spray painting them while their feet were flexed in various football-specific movements,” says Phil Woodman, Nike Football Footwear Designer. “As they unflexed their feet, the unpainted white lines identified prominent flex grooves. That exercise quickly escalated into visits to Nike’s Sport Research Lab to consult with our scientists on how the foot can best move with the boot for ultimate agility.”

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One of the very first things you will notice with the Hypervenom II is that it is available with the high ankle collar. This was such a forward thinking concept when Nike first unveiled it that many people didn’t quite know what to do with it or what to think about it. But it has been such a hit with players that we see the high ankle across a number of different boots.

“We had very positive player feedback on the upper we designed. It was a new feat of engineering for us to integrate a Flyknit Dynamic Fit Collar onto that upper in a way that transitions beautifully for the player.  The collar provides a sense of enhanced fit and proprioception players demand with the iconic look they desire.” – Phil Woodman

The Hypervenom II also sees Flywire worked into the boot. I am personally a huge fan of Flywire on both the technical side and the aesthetic side. Flywire adds some important aspects to footwear. According to Nike:

To achieve the level of anatomical synergy the team envisioned, Nike Flywire is strategically mapped into Hypervenom II with additional siping added in heavy ball-contact areas for enhanced touch. The Flywire is integrated into a responsive loft mesh of varying density levels, a departure from the uniformly dimpled upper of the original Hypervenom.

“This is foot-informed design at its finest. All of the linear angles on the boot align with the natural flex of the foot. The Flywire powers a lockdown system that prevents the foot from sliding within the boot. We didn’t design a boot that works for the foot, but rather with the foot.” – Nathan VanHook

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nike-hypervenom-2-slide-1“I feel confident wearing the Hypervenom II. I’m able to change direction, accelerate and evade defenders without hesitation and I also love the look of the boot.” – Neymar Jr.

Take a look at some of the folks who you will see wearing the Nike Hypervenom II. If it’s good enough for these folks…

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And this version comes in a version that is sized specifically for the women.  Which is such a massive thing for female soccer players everywhere.

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Nike Hypervenom II will be available via the Nike Football app beginning May 25 and on nike.com from May 27.  The women’s colorway will be available via the Nike Soccer app in North America on June 2.

Added on May 22nd, 2015 by

CONCACAF’s First Annual WOMEN’S FOOTBALL DAY on Saturday : May 23, 2015

Filed under: CONCACAF, Culture & Lifestyle, Women's World Cup

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced the celebration of its first annual Women’s Football Day on Saturday, May 23, 2015.

This initiative, which was presented at the CONCACAF “Let’s Develop Women’s Football” seminar held in October 2014, in Philadelphia, will aim to unite all 41 Member Associations to celebrate women’s football throughout the region.

“This day is dedicated to recognizing the passionate, fearless, and devoted members of CONCACAF’s elite women’s teams, and inspire the younger generation to take the game to new heights,” said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb.

“As we embrace a new era in women’s football, we aim to further develop the talents of female players in our Confederation and will continue to empower the women’s game through initiatives such as this one.”

Scheduled to kick-off at 11:00AM EDT, several activities will be organized at CONCACAF’s Member Associations with support provided by the Confederation. Women’s Football Day will strive to achieve the distinction of being the first occasion that all of CONCACAF’s members will simultaneously organize a women’s football activity.

Through this initiative, the Confederation aims to accomplish three objectives:

- Generate awareness about the transformative power of women’s football for girls and women
- Promote and encourage continued investment in women’s football
- Unite every Member Association in creating a memorable day of women’s football

Hit CONCACAF’s official website for more information on Women’s Day, www.concacaf.com

Big shout out to TOW fam FutbolChris who’s doing his thing with CONCACAF – check out his instagram for all kinds of CONCACAF behind teh scenes stuff..

Added on May 22nd, 2015 by

Video :: USWNT Teammate Impressions

Filed under: US National Team, US Women, Videos

The U.S. WNT players spend a ton of time together on and off the field, so they’ve become very familiar with each other’s on-field Idiosyncrasies, as Heather O’Reilly and Abby Wambach demonstrate.

Do you realize that the WWC is just about two weeks away! So excited for this. Can’t wait for the United States to come along and dominate the world. All in good fun of course, all in the name of soccer, all in the name of bringing that beautiful trophy to where it belongs….

* By the way, don’t know if I’ve said it to you today, but we’re winning the whole thing.

I’m putting that into all of my WWC posts from here on out.

US is winning.

The whole thing.

Light work.

I love everything about this squad.

* I believe in YOU A Rod.

Added on May 22nd, 2015 by

Who Wants A Bumpy Pitch Poster?

Filed under: Photography, Soccer News

Instagram :: Bumpy Pitch / The Original Winger / ISPS_TOW / BrianDunseth

To be included in our Soccer In America – A Photographic Series, send your Pictures to dunny@bumpypitch.com OR tag us and include your Twitter & Instagram handles

Added on May 21st, 2015 by

Xavi Announces He’s Leaving Barcelona For Qatar

Filed under: Featured, La Liga News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Spanish La Liga

There it is…. One of the most iconic faces and players to wear the jersey is walking away from Barcelona…

Wonder what kind of #MonopolyMoney he’s on.

This Saturday, all of his Barcelona teammates will be wearing a special kit to honor Xavi

Added on May 21st, 2015 by

Jordan Ibe Re-Ups w/ Liverpool On Long Term Deal

Filed under: EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, Soccer News

~~  Curious timing isn’t it?  Jordan Ibe ‘Long Term Deal’ the day Raheem Sterling’s agent comes out in the press announcing his player will never sign a new deal with Liverpool?

AND calling Jamie Carragher a ‘knob’?!?!

Added on May 21st, 2015 by

Roy Hodgson Names England Roster For Slovenia & Ireland

Filed under: EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights

~~  Hopefully someone can photoshop a white England jersey on Charlie Austin, Tom Heaton & Jamie Vardy for the next call up….

Added on May 21st, 2015 by

Nike Free Hypervenom Mid FC “Cool Grey”

Filed under: Boots, Culture & Lifestyle, Kicks, Nike, Sneakers

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Nike returns with another Hypervenom inspired Free sneaker. This time coming in a Mid silhouette and a cool grey colorway. There’s a few things that can be said about this sneaker in terms of movement and updated colorways and what not. But mostly I see another drop from the swoosh that featurea a soccer boot silhouette reimagined as a lifestyle sneaker. Soccer continues to be at the forefront of performance inspiring lifestyle. Something we have been talking about for years.

We told you it was a movement…

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