Adidas have taken 2016 by storm with releasing the new and improved ACE range. Revamped from 2015, the ACE range is perfect for those who want a boot to help them take control. Whether it’s crafting a perfect ball pass through the defence, up in the ruck or kicking a drop goal, the ACE will suit all your game requirements regardless of code.
The upper on the ACE features a three-layered control web for a cushioned touch on the ball and a non-stop grip coating for extra friction, no matter what the weather.
The upper may feel a little firm at first, but like every synthetic boot, it took at least two hours for it to break in and after this the boots felt very smart. When on the feet, the ACE felt very locked in the medial and lateral sides of the boot. The forefoot flexed and moulded to the shape of the foot, which meant we were able to make our way around the field in comfort. It had a fantastic amount of lockdown and stability, something a player who controls the game needs.
When touching, striking or hitting the ball, the ACE provided a cushioned touch to the ball with enough responsiveness to make sure the ball gets to where it needs. We were able to really put some power behind kicks, because the upper is on the thinner side.
On the top of the foot where the laces sit, Adidas have added a very handy piece of memory foam so when you strike the ball there is no sting and lace-bite left behind. Overall, we didn’t experience any issues with the ACE when it came to ball control.
The ground/CONTROL 2.0 soleplate offers perfect traction and handling. Featuring conical studs, the ACE penetrates the ground and releases quickly, which is synonymous with round, moulded studs. The boot simply does what it’s engineered to do.
The ACE also feels very low to the ground, so if you want the ultimate ball feel and control, like most professionals expect from a boot, then the Adidas ACE is another step in the right direction.
In terms of fit, the ACE will suit most foot types, but if you have a wider foot, it may feel rather tight. Opting for your normal size is the safest option, as the ACE fits very true to size. We went with our normal size 8.5 US and it felt perfect!