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Nike Anti-Clog Traction

The technology involved in football boots has been coming thick and fast for the past few years, primeknit, flyknit, collars and some without laces. However one area has remained a problem.

Image of  Nike Magista Obra with Anti-Clog Soleplate

The technology involved in football boots has been coming thick and fast for the past few years, primeknit, flyknit, collars and some without laces. However one area has remained a problem, how do you stop mug from clogging up the soleplate?

The beautiful game is not always played in beautiful conditions. Mud is a common opponent for all players; it clogs their boots, weighs them down and can cause players to lose footing altogether. Nike believe they have the answer with their new "Anti-Clog Traction" soleplates, using an adaptive Polymer that becomes compliant when exposed to water.

The new Anti-Clog Traction soleplate.

“Mud has always presented unfortunate but seemingly accepted problems. Players are accustomed to clanking their boots together as they exit the pitch or rubbing them over harsh brushes to remove mud. Worse, they play slower and cautiously as mud makes their feet heavy and compromises their traction,” says Max Blau, VP of Nike Football Footwear. “Nike Football is focused on playing fast in all conditions, so we are committed to solving this problem for athletes.”

Nike Anti-Clog Traction prevents mud from clogging the sole plate of Nike’s football boots. The technology was developed over the course of two years with insights from Nike’s design, materials and research teams. Dr. Jeremy Walker was one of several PhDs working on this project, with backgrounds in materials science engineering and chemistry. “There is a reason why this problem persisted for so many generations of players,” says Walker. “It is extremely difficult to solve. But, that’s the kind of challenge we thrive on."

Nike Magista Obra with Anti-Clog Traction.

Nike Anti-Clog Traction sole plates include an adaptive polymer that becomes compliant when exposed to water. Walker and his team initially pursued a variety of mechanical and water-repellent solutions, but concluded none were viable for the lifetime of the boots. Their next approach seemed counterintuitive, but ultimately proved effective. “We stopped thinking about repelling water and started thinking about using it to our advantage to create a lubricious layer, without sacrificing traction,” continues Walker. “Understanding the molecular structure of mud was key to developing a hydrophilic solution, which helps keep mud from clogging the plate.”

Nike Hypervenom Phantom II with Anti-Clog traction.
Nike Anti-Clog Traction hexagon mark on the heel.

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The Anti-Clog traction collection will be available in limited quantities, these special versions of the current Tiempo, Magista and Hypervenom models carry the Nike Anti-Clog Traction hexagon mark on the heel.

Dominate the conditions with confidence. Anti-Clog Collection, coming April 2st via the Nike Football App: gonike.me/Football_App

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Adam is a lover of all things football and a collector of boots and shirts. When he is not writing, he can be found scouring the globe on Football Manager for the next Wonderkid.