Soccer players from the most competitive leagues to the most recreational face a similar problem with their soccer cleats. The sole plate can get clogged with mud and grass in wet conditions but Nike has developed an anti-clogging technology to help eliminate the problem.
Unlike past attempt at anti-clogging sole plates that tried to utilize water repellant and mechanical solutions, Nike’s successful attempt embraced water to solve the problem.
“We stopped thinking about repelling water and started thinking about using it to our advantage to create a lubricious layer, without sacrificing traction,” Dr. Jeremy Walker explained at the Nike Innovations Lab gathering in New York City. “Understanding the molecular structure of mud was key to developing a hydrophilic solution, which helps keep mud from clogging the plate.”
The Nike Anti-Clogging Traction sole plates are made from an adaptive polymer that uses water to its advantage. The approach allows the technology to work over the lifetime of the cleat and is at its most effective when the conditions are the worst.
“We’ve tested Nike Anti-Clog Traction on players around the world,” Max Blau, VP of Nike Football Footwear explained. “They leave the pitch preparing to habitually clean the mud out of their studs only to discover there’s almost no mud there. They can’t believe this is even possible, but it is. As we continue to advance this space, we see opportunities not just for football but for all sports that deal with muddy conditions.”
The anti-clogging technology will be instantly recognizable by the Nike Anti-Clog Traction hexagonal mark on the heel of cleats. The initial launch of the technology will be via the Nike Football App starting on April 15 and afterwards be launched on versions of the Tiempo, Magista, and Hypervenom silos.
The new technology will allow players to load up their soccer bag after a match without the all too familiar clanking of the cleats together to clean off the sole.
What do you think about this new technology? Will this be a new must-have feature on your soccer cleats?