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The standard version of adidas Ace16.1 soccer shoes may seem less obvious today in the more adventurous Ace16.1 Primeknit and Ace16+ PureControl, but it is without a doubt the most tangible product for adidas right now. Will it be able to achieve the level it deserves without the help of a "shoelace" stunt or Primeknit fabric? Let's try it on.
The regular version of Ace16.1 soccer shoes is hard to get the attention they did when Ace15.1 was first released. The synthetic Ace16.1 looks too "normal", thanks to shoeless PureControl and an Ace with Primeknit. However, no matter how well the other special editions play out, the bearer of Adidas's soccer shoe revolution remains Ace16.1, the generic synthetic version.
It's safe to say that Adidas is still holding on to the importance of the Control Web element in the series, as the entire shoe upper is covered with the Control Web. The design of the three-way bar absolutely dominates the whole vamp, and the practice of connecting the left and right sides of the three-way bar in series by adding extra elements on the tongue is quite praiseworthy. Today, though, Control Web is no longer the multi-layered visual it once was. Instead, it's the triangular bump on the top of the shoe. The uppers are still covered with NSG dots, but it's hard to really notice them unless you get very close. The Ace was the same Ace, still had shoelaces, still had no collar, so from the looks, everything was expected.
In comparison to other top Ace soccer shoes, Ace16.1 struggles to stand out in terms of comfort. The PureControl fit was unmatched, and the Primeknit version was very comfortable to wear, so when we first got Ace16.1 we did sweat it. When you hold them in your hand, they are really hard, which makes you worry about whether they will open and soften. But after a few games of conditioning, the stiff feel was replaced by a good cushioning comfort, similar to the original Ace soccer shoes. Once worn, the comfort of the soccer shoes will be shown.
Unlike other top Ace soccer shoes, the plain version of Ace16.1 doesn't have Primeknit vamps and collars to boost comfort, but once you tie the LACES, the whole pair of shoes feels perfectly in place. The new lacing method makes it difficult to tighten and unlace the bottom, but it can be done with a few attempts. One of the things that worries us a little is the loose tip-top, which is why it's so important to know how to tie the bottom of your shoe.
As for Ace16.1's outsole, it combines cylindrical shoe pegs with modest elasticity and rigidity. This allows the sole not to be too hard, but also provides the necessary quick response, and it doesn't break down in a sudden stop.
Although the look is different, Adidas claims that the Control Web element is a three-layer synthetic material as before. But the shoes do feel different, and we can see a significant change from 15.1 to 16.1.
Although it looks like the vamp is very plastic, once it is on the foot, the impression is quickly changed. The Control Web element is actually more like a cushioning rubber element covering the entire upper, which brings good cushioning in addition to different appearance. Ball Control feels good, while the slightly prominent Control Web provides a buffering feel. Actually the triangle of vamp is raised less than 1 centimeter tall, so ability is offerred at the same time of buffering, do not bring too great distance feeling.
Adidas still claims that the vamp is a three-layer composite, but Ace16.1 appears to be more tightly packed, which makes ball control less distant and leads to differences in appearance between 15.1 and 16.1.
Adidas ACE 16.1 soccer shoe field test - the choice of tough guy on the field
While players who like dribbling will also like Ace16.1 a lot, we feel it's better for players who like to make ball passes. The vamp design, especially the buffering effect mentioned again and again, makes passing feel great. Whether it's a small short pass or a large long pass, Ace16.1's performance explodes in the instant you pass. The same quality is reflected in the shot. The whole pair of shoes perfectly reflects the cushioning, comfort and integrity that Adidas pursues. To give the tongue the same tactile feel, Adidas added cushioning material under the tongue so that shots and passes through the area felt similar to the feel of using the foot.
Ace16.1 stands out in both the durability and the soles of opposing players. It is worth mentioning that Adidas has made improvements to the comments made on Ace15.1 soccer shoes before. In previous reviews, we have said Ace15.1's front and back feet don't feel consistent, mainly due to overuse of material in the heel. While Ace16.1 made improvements in this regard, it was consistent and felt very fluid. I'm glad that Adidas corrected this "unique" flaw on Ace15.1.