Nike Magista Obra | Unboxing, Hands-on & First Impressions –

Nike Magista Obra | Unboxing, Hands-on & First Impressions –

Since the big reveal in March, Nike’s Magista
Obra has been raising questions and pushing boundaries in exciting ways in football boot
design. The first Nike release to feature FlyKnit,
a lot of people wondered about the viability of the use of a more sock-like ‘knit’ used
on the upper, posing issues on durability, maintenance and protection. But with the boot having been aired out on
a number of professional pitches, including the Champions League final and the World Cup
by the planet’s best players, it’s now the turn of us mere mortals to slip our feet into
these revolutionary football boots. Taking a fresh pair of Magista Obra’s out
of the box is unique in that you’re immediately drawn in to every facet of the boot’s construction.
The Dynamic Fit Collar is exactly what you’d expect; soft and stretchy, this is essentially
‘raw’ FlyKnit. This extends to the patch underneath the laces;
Nike have obviously deliberately left this part of the boot ‘pure’ so it can accommodate
a number of foot widths and and shapes, ensuring that the Obra cab stretch and give for a truly
bespoke fit. But aside from these two areas of the Magista,
people expecting the whole boot to be more of the same might be in for a bit of shock;
the Magista Obra packs a lot in to its upper. Starting on the outside, the Honeycomb-like
structure is a widely-spread type of external reenforcement that serves a multitude of purposes;
adding shape to the boot, working with the laces to optimise fit, and adding friction
to the upper for feel on the ball, all whilst still remaining flexible. Looking closely, you can see where the NikeSkin
layer begins and ends near the laces; this application on top of the FlyKnit construct
waterproofs this lower area of the boot, and allows the addition of the ACC All Conditions
Control finish for consistent feel in all weather. On the inside of the boot, there’s even more
going on; the only unfinished section of FlyKnit is on the instep of the boot, allowing the
Obra to hug this area of the foot that’s vital for passing. The rest of the interior, however features
a distinct second inner layer that pads the boot on the lateral side and toes for protection
and a little bit of bulk to the upper. Looking to the sole of the boot, and Nike
have continued the philosophy they started on the CTR360 III; players in the middle of
the park make smaller, adjusting movements and need to rotate quickly to find that killer
ball to their team-mates as well stability that breeds the confidence to sweep in crosses
and free-kicks. To support that, Nike have a Pebax and Nylon
outsole that relies on conical studs to provide traction, as well as some oblong braking studs
for dropping the anchor to buy a couple of yards. With all that said, the Magista offers up
an exciting new approach to the now-stalwart to Control-focused football boots. Rather than tacking on external rubber areas
or padding to help control the Nike Magista Obra is more stripped down to give a purer,
more natural touch on the ball, with the NikeSkin portion of the design more augmenting the
foot’s abilities than trying to enhance them in any great way. We’re massively looking forward to trying
them out fully soon, an exploring how they hold up in wetter weather, on artificial turf
and how they compare to the Superfly IV. As always, if you’ve got any suggestions for
what you’d like to see incorporated into the review, drop us a comment, otherwise you can
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