Crafted for the magician who makes things happen out of nothing but their own individual brilliance, the Medusae from Umbro is new, and hot on the block. We take the newest creation from Umbro to the testing track to find out more about how these classy pieces of innovation perform.
Comfort in a lightweight package is what the Medusae essentially is. The kangaroo leather vamp provides a plush and soft feel, on and off the ball, whereas the mesh sides of the boot promote ventilation and shedding those crucial grams off the boot.
To keep stability in the game, Umbro’s A-Frame is added within the mesh, and to make sure you’re up to the pace of the game at hand, the ‘Sprint’ soleplate delivers unrivalled traction and manoeuvrability.
Out on the field, the Umbro Medusae delivers what we expected. The first thing we noticed was the weight of the boot, because the Medusae is one lightweight pair of boots. After this, we realised how comfortable they truly are. Inside, the boot it feels very smooth, which meant we never came across any chafing. Blisters were no issue at all.
The kangaroo leather makes the front of the boot to feel very plush and soft, while the performance mesh feels very thin and pliable. This is good for controlling and passing the ball with your instep if you’re playing soccer. We felt we could get a great feel for the ball, but also a real fresh ‘ping’ when laying it off. When dribbling and touching the ball along the forefoot, where the k-leather sits, the Medusae provides a super plush and dampened feel, much like how any premium leather would feel.
Striking the ball with the tongue, something common for our AFL aficionados, is catered for as a memory foam insert is added in to take away and sting left behind after any kick. It also lessens lace bite from tying up the boots. In fact when wearing the Medusae there was never any pressure felt along the tongue, no matter what was kicked and how the boots were tied up.
Down below, the Medusae also provided the goods. The soleplate features a mix of both conical and bladed studs, with the blades giving bite and stability when planting into the ground, whereas the rounded conical studs allowed for movement when twisting the foot.
Overall the Medusae’s soleplate was a very standard one, providing what needed to be provided and doing its job. Another sweet add-on was the external heel counter which helped with locking the heel in place nicely and also providing extra protection.
It is not recommended to use orthotics with the Medusae, as it’s too lightweight and not structured enough to cater any. These boots would best fit someone who does not require any extra bits and pieces in their boot, and has a moderate width foot. It is also recommended to try going down half a size in order to achieve optimum fit once the leather has stretched.