Nike have revealed the revolutionary evolution of their successful Magista silo, a cleat designed for control and precision on the field. The new design adapts even more to the soccer-playing foot, and shows its own design process with heat map colors.
The creation of the Magista 2 answers to the evolution in touch an traction, and was made possible thanks to advances in scientific testing and rapid prototyping.
“After reading research around evolution and morphology,” explains Phil Woodman, Nike soccer designer. “I was interested in the hypothesis that pruning hands were an evolutionary development for maintaining grip on wet surfaces and tools. That got me thinking about how the foot might have adapted had its primary purpose been soccer.”
Woodman worked with the Nike Sports Research Lab to study the contact zones of the foot and map them into a heat map, revealing the most used areas during high-level play. Once the necessary information was gathered, Woodman used 3D modelling and printing to create an all new upper with peaks and troughs, departing from the uniform look of the original Magista.
“We envisioned the upper of the Magista 2 performing as an organic extension of the foot,” adds Woodman on the upper. “The texture is podular and cushioned, designed to communicate with a player’s sense of touch when the ball comes in contact with it.”
The new upper uses the same amount of material as the original Magista through the use of negative space. The highest peaks are 4.5mm tall match with the premium touch areas, aligned to the contact with the ball. According to Woodman, this is the next step in the application of Nike FlyKnit, which lets them create dimension without increasing the amount of weight or overlays.
These new studies and developments resulted in the redesign of the Dynamic Fit Collar, which responds to the flexibility and comfort needed by the player’s ankle at the elite level. A thicker knit structure accommodates to the ankle bone for additional protection, while the new collar dips lower on the tendon to free it and adds some padding under the laces to deliver unrivaled comfort.
An internal heel counter is leveraged for enhanced lockdown, combining with Nike Grip sockliner for added stability. The stud configuration on the soleplate was also redesigned though Finite Element Analysis (FEA), which helped test scientifically the optimal pattern per style of play. An emphasis on foot rotation resulted in the introduction of chevrons around the ball of the foot. Acceleration is provided by half-conical studs, strategically placed to respond at the highest level.
“The science that has gone into the traction of Magista 2 is truly a differentiator,” says Woodman. “This boot makes a traditional conical pattern seem like black-and-white television. Players noticed the difference right away and responded very well to it.”
As for the colorful design of the boot, Woodman explains that it reflects the heat map that guided its creation process and creates an iconic aesthetic unlike anything else on the pitch. Expect top players such as Mario Götze, Andrés Iniesta and Blaise Matuidi lace up the new Magista 2 Obra and Opus shoes.
Nike Magista 2 will be available starting July 24th at World Soccer Shop.