Nike Football unleash the Magista 2
Bright, bold and brave. The new Magista 2 from Nike Football aims to answer the question, "What might happen if the foot had evolved as if it were designed to play football?"
Nike football have unleashed the brand new Magista 2 on us, ready for the 2016-17 season, this all new design has been packed with research and the latest technology. The colours picked for the launch colourway have certainly grabbed the attention of boot lovers the world over. The Magista 2 was made with a single question in mind, "What might happen if the foot had evolved as if it were designed to play football?"
Nike has seen such a leap forward in the Magista 2, due to advances in scientific testing and rapid prototyping, the boot's design emphasises evolution in touch and traction. "After reading research around evolution and morphology,” explains Nike football designer Phil Woodman, “I was interested in the hypothesis that pruning hands were an evolutionary development for maintaining grip on wet surfaces and tools. That got me thinking about how the foot might have adapted had its primary purpose been football.”
Accordingly, for the Magista 2, Woodman re-imagined the original Magista silhouette — a design that, with its mid-height collar and Nike Flyknit technology, changed the look of footwear and redefined feel and touch on the pitch — to further the boot’s tactility and tighten the gap between the brain and ball. “We were focused on sensory amplification through feel,” says Woodman. “By delivering a better feel for the ball, players are able to confidently create on the pitch without distraction.”
The fluid colours adorning the Magista 2 reflect not only the heat map that guided its design, but also the smoother transitions throughout the boot’s upper, especially from collar to foot. “All of the prototypes we made of Magista 2 had the heat map right on them for data purposes,” recalls Woodman, “but it creates an iconic aesthetic as well that’s unlike anything else on the pitch.”
To ensure a more secure fit, the Magista 2 leverages an internal heel counter for enhanced lockdown, something that Nike boots have had a few issues with due to the introduction of collars. The Nike Grip sockliner further enhances in-boot stability and is part of the boot’s overall traction system, so maybe those trusox aren't going to be needed anymore? The stud configuration of the soleplate has been completely revamped through Finite Element Analysis (FEA), which takes the guesswork out of traction patterns via scientific testing of the optimal pattern per style of play. “The science that has gone into the traction of Magista 2 is truly a differentiator,” proclaims Woodman. “This boot makes a traditional conical pattern seem like black-and-white television. Players noticed the difference right away and responded very well to it.”
The key to the new traction pattern is not how a particular stud performs individually, but how the configuration interacts as a complete system. The emphasis on foot rotation for Magista players led to the chevrons around the ball of the foot, directly aligned with the FEA data from Nike’s Sport Research Lab (NSRL). There are also medial and lateral half-conical studs designed for acceleration, as well as heel plant and braking studs positioned by data. The soleplate housing the advanced traction system is significantly lighter than its predecessor: 60g as opposed to 85g.
Well this is certainly a bold move from Nike Football, the original Magista certainly was a shock to some, but this has taken the design and look to a whole new level, what do you think? Make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube!
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