XBlades Micro Jet 18 vs Jet 18 Football Boot Comparison Review
Josh reviews the XBlades Micro Jet 18 football boot and hightlights features that vary between it and its brother, the XBlades Jet 18.
Both come in a wider width than traditional football boots to differing degrees, with the Micro Jet 18 featuring a synthetic upper compared to the kangaroo leather upper of the Jet 18.
XBlades cleated system is common to both footy boots to provide traction and stability for rolling up the miles on the pitch.
Check out the full review with transcript below.
Hey guys, Josh from Sportitude coming at you today for
another footy boot review.
We’ve touched on the XBlades Jet 4E which is their kangaroo
leather wide footy boot. I’ve done a review on that boot so if you want to
watch that please click here
and it’ll take you through to that video.
But the Micro Jet is this little guy here from the XBlades family. I’d like to start off by saying they’re pretty flash looking boots.
If you’re a pretty quick looking player and you want to intimidate your opponent, get the blue/volt yellow colourway. If you don’t mind a bit of colour but you want to look half serious, get the nine iron/neon orange colourway. Na, I’m just kidding.
Let’s talk about the technical features of the boot. Underneath we’ve got their blades configuration. Like I’ve talked about the football boots reviews in the past, I think it’s really important to understand what boot you buy and what it’s going to do underneath the foot.
Traction stability is obviously key. When you’re talking about separate surfaces like soft grounds, hard grounds and different grasses for example, it’s important to make sure you have the right amount of traction.
Not only that, but the right amount of toe off stability when you’re running too because when playing Aussie Rules, rugby and soccer there’s a truckload of running now days. We need to make sure the boot is comfortable for that.
XBlades have used their cleated system. There’s 4 sprigs to the base of the heel just to give you stability for lateral and medial pull and push.
Their Trusstic system is used with the trademark XBlades X as you come through the midsection, to give your foot a bit of stability through heel strike to midstance. Through the forefoot obviously the XBlades use the cleated system around the outside of the boot to give the foot stability when you’re toeing off.
The difference between the Micro Jet and the simple Jet is the Micro Jet has a synthetic upper and it’s only on a 2E platform, where the Jet is a 4E.
I’ve touched in my video previously on the Jet that’s it’s not a true 4E, it fits essentially like a 2E. I must say the same thing about the Micro Jet, I don’t believe it’s a true 2E.
Please take note of that because when you get them at home and it probably fits like a D width it’s true. The Micro Jets aren’t that wide of a football boot. They do have a little more width about them than the traditional footy boots on the market however they’re not a traditional 2E.
They have a bootie construction up top and again what that means is there’s no tongue configuration down the middle splitting the upper set up. They’ve got a toggle that helps get your foot in and out and an internal heel counter which makes it nice and stable.
When you put your foot in and you do the laces up to your preferred tension the bootie provides a slipper like feel up top, it’s fantastic. It’s a seamless lining on the inside same with the Jet 4E, so there is no irritation that is going to rub the foot in any way, shape or form.
On the inner sole of the Jet kangaroo leather upper, they’ve actually got extra forefoot and heel cushioning pads. In the Micro Jet they don’t have that. They’ve got a nice EVA sockliner that’s got a bit of cushioning but not the extra cushioning you’re going to get out of the Jet kangaroo leather. That’s important to know.
The extra cushioning helps on those harder grounds. That also adds to the price point difference between the 2 as well, you’re looking $179 and $199. There is a couple of added features in the Jet that you’ll find justifies the extra $20. That’s most of the features.
I will quickly touch on one little thing. You can see little Xs across the boot in yellow in the blue/volt yellow model, but you can’t quite see them in the nine iron/neon orange model as it’s the same colour as the upper. It’s been engineered there to give the upper more control when kicking in wetter conditions.
I don’t know who’s going to be wanting to kick their ball up here unless you’re a soccer player wanting to spin it but all Aussie Rules players will hit the laces flush or if anything slightly on the medial side.
It’s an interesting feature. It could be cosmetic but from my understanding having a slightly different friction feel to it is going to give the ball more control in wetter conditions.
There you have it guys, the XBlades Micro Jet new boot in 2018. Thanks for watching and hopefully this will give you some information that might make your next football boot purchase a little easier.
Until next time, happy running.