"The Riot Turf carries on the lineage of the lightweight drivetrain chasis and is bringing you major reinforcements with it. A microwelded upper with 360 degree venting provides the perfect blank canvas for cutting edge graphics capabilities. Each eyelet is reinforced with TPU across the plane of the foot and capped off with an industrial stitch, wrapping around your foot like fingers for a locked down fit. TPU heel counter maintains stability at every turn. Reinforced PU toecap protects against toe drag. Low profile tongue follows the contour of your foot and reduces lace pressure.
All of this sits atop our best selling Drivetrain chasis: DT midsole features 2 layers of high resiliency( Hi-Res) EVA pillars that bounce back to form with every step. Excess material is cored away through the sidewalls and channeled through the bottom leaving a lean shock absorbing frame. A medial post adds stability and prevents over-pronation. 9oz"
The package came in less than a week which is great. The product came neatly packed in BOOMBAH®'s custom shoe box which speaks to their commitment to the customer experience which shouldn't go unnoticed.
Aesthetically speaking, I challenge anyone to find a better looking turf baseball shoe. The Stars & Stripes Riot turf comes in four main colors, navy, crimson, gold and white which are pleasing to the eye and with the star accents on and around the exterior of the turf, the shoe oozes patriotism. Typically, we are a firm advocate of the "Less is More" approach when it comes to footwear as they are more accessories than centerpieces, but the almost muted nature of the Crimson and Navy provides a great contrast with the gold that doesn't make the turfs too flashy. After receiving several complements in person both at the gym and at baseball games, we give them a confident 9.5 in the looks department.
Now, as ballplayers, we understand that looks aren't everything. As far as a turf shoe goes, we were extremely impressed with the performance of the shoe as given our experience with turfs, they are not always built to handle high intensity training exercises. As pictured above, the sole shoe comes lined with a series of studs which provide extremely good traction for both lateral agility drills as well as baserunning and pitching exercises. Our biggest problem with most turf shoes is that they tend to slip or slide when actually used on a turf field which is the WORST thing that can happen to a ballplayer. Losing a step due to slippage on a fly ball or your plant foot on a curveball is the worst case scenario for a ballplayer and that will rarely happen with these kicks. As far as the support granted, the TPU exterior does provide firm support on lateral movements and the toe cap provides better than average protection against wear and tear for those pitchers looking to throw bullpens in them. Performance rating 8.5.
The biggest fear we had with ordering turfs from a brand we were unfamiliar with is the quality. The lightweight feel to these turfs is an absolute bonus to those looking to weight train, condition or practice in them as they do not weigh you down. As far as durability is concerned, we are unsure of the longevity/durability of the TPU shell on the exterior of the turf as the material feels stiff and less forgiving to stress of repeated baseball movements. The soles are extremely cushioned and provide for amazing give and comfort to the user which is super important to the ballplayer looking to wear these both casually and during training. As a ballplayer with a high-arch like myself, we required the use of a more supportive insole for a little added support. This is usually the case for me with most shoes/turfs, but worth mentioning. As a whole, we assigned these turfs a Durability/Comfortability rating of 8.0. (Socks Pictured can be found HERE)
For only $64.99, these limited edition turfs are totally worth it as they provide all the aspects a ballplayer could ask for without breaking the bank on expensive custom molded shoes or mainstream products where you are paying more for the name than you are the product.
Overall we were more than satisfied with these turfs and would absolutely recommend picking up a pair for yourself. These limited edition Stars & Stripes turfs are certainly worth the price and are the perfect accessory for any ballplayer. They passed all of the performance tests with flying colors (pun intended) and make for an even better lounge shoe for those of you looking to rep you sport and country on your feet.
You can find these turfs at BOOMBAH®'s website HERE.
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