Football boot playtest review: Mizuno Supersonic Wave 3

Background

Mizuno are fast becoming big hitters on the football boot scene with the 2012/13 collection their most impressive yet.

We’ve already reviewed the super light speedsters, Morelia Neos and now it’s time to put the self confessed control freaks, Supersonic Wave under the Sport-locker.net spotlight.

1. First Impression / Fresh out of the box factor 7/10

For a classic, heritage boot, the black/yellow colourway on the Supersonics is actually quite bold.

But with the summer slipping away, we’ll all be grateful for the extra sunshine and brightness in our lives!

As you would expect from Mizuno, the boots feel soft, light and very sturdy and I was eager to put them to work.

2. Comfort / Fit 9/10

Mizuno, the Japanese brand, pride themselves on comfort and fortunately for them we have a category dedicated to it.

Not being the quickest of footballers, I tend to place comfort high on the priority list when out and about in the football boot market and am prepared to accept the extra gram or two in weight in order to feel like I’m lacing up a pair of slippers.

And I felt more than at home in these boots from the word go with the very highest grade quality Kangaroo leather and suede collar combining for a luxurious experience.

3. On the move / Warm up 8/10

With the football still tucked up in its bag, this was all about the feel and range of movement as I got the heart pumping.

What stood out most was the conical and balded stud configuration that felt balanced and secure on a firm surface without prodding at the soles of my feet.

4. Touch / Control 10/10

Another category tailor made for this boot with the Supersonic Waves designed to maximise and enhance ball control.

‘Feather Touch System’ is the technological term used by Mizuno for what is a very clever and very effective feature.

The outside toe is equipped with two types of memory sponge which offers superb cushioning for that all important first touch and succeeds in its aim of reducing the rebound of ball from foot.

5. Speed 7/10

As hinted at earlier, these boots were not designed with speed in mind. Mizuno have the ultra light, ultra quick Morelia Neos for that.

But that certainly does not mean that they are going to anchor you to the turf.

The ‘tiger claw’ outsole is in fact very light at just 80g.

The (marginal) additional weight on these compared to the Neos might add to sprinting speed but it is more than compensated for by the additional control features that help to reduce speed of touch and distribution.

So what this highlights is that speed is a relative term and given the correct context of speed of touch and pass, these are quick boots.

6. Passing 9/10

Here we see a return of the brilliantly named ‘Feather Touch System’ to the stage.

The cushion it offers rivals the pass pads featured on the Nike CTR 360 Maestris and is equally effective.

In this age of tiki-taka football, the simple pass has never been so valuable so it’s no surprise that manufacturers are supplying the demand.

7. Shooting 7/10

You might not see too many strikers wearing these but that does not mean that they are not capable of helping you to find the back of the net.

A number of Premier League strikers opt for boots designed for touch and control (Carlton Cole, Papiss Cisse, Rickie Lambert and Grant Holt all wear Nike Tiempo) so the extra cushion and quality of leather obviously have their uses in front of goal.

8. Security / Tackling 8/10

I am of the opinion that these boots would be a perfect match for the modern defensive midfielder who must dictate the tempo of the game with metronomic passing.

But as well as creating play, this position requires the player to break up play and that means the art of the tackle is alive and well.

The Supersonic Waves are suitably equipped with a reinforced mid-foot and a unique compact Wave insert under the heel that offers security when it comes to putting the foot in.

9. The endurance test 9/10

Highest grade K-Leather is exactly what it says it is so will certainly go the distance provided the owner is prepared to offer a little TLC.

10. The tech factor (Does it do what it says on the tin?) 10/10

With the Supersonic Wave, Mizuno are not shy in boasting that control is the priority so it is the FTS system that is placed under the microscope in this category.

And the results are good. More than good in fact because so often the technology on a pair of football boots exists exclusively as jargon and consequently unnoticeable to the average amateur footballer.

But with a cushion feature that is tangible, the results are evident and rewarding.

Sport-locker.net play test rating: 84/100

What do you think of the Mizuno Supersonic Wave 3? Can it compete with the Nike CTR 360 Maestri and adidas adiPURE in the heritage/control market? Let us know via the comments section below or on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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