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When it comes to sportswear stables, PUMA has few worthy competitors. Evopower is one of its most popular lines of footwear with the Evopower 1.3 being among the most popular. In this PUMA Evopower 1.3 soccer shoe review, we discuss the ins and outs of this model and whether they are a good fit for the soccer field.
PUMA Evopower 1.3 Soccer Shoe Review
Even when you are a fan of the Swoosh or three stripes on the side of your soccer shoes, you have probably considered getting a PUMA more times than you care to count.
The PUMA Evopower 1.3, like most of PUMA’s power options, is a soccer stable that only a few people can afford to give a blind eye. It excels at quality, comfort, fit, traction and durability.
- Very comfortable and easy to break into
- Impressive traction
- High-quality material
- Satisfying touch and feel
- Not good for wide feet
PUMA Evopower 1.3 Soccer Shoe – Full Review
Below is a more indepth review of the Puma Evopower 1.3 soccer shoe.
Design and Material
It is obvious that PUMA has brought its aesthetics from far. The company employs a combination of yellow and atomic blue colors to give the Evopower 1.3 an irresistible look. This will make you stand out on the soccer pitch as you shine over your competition.
PUMA has capitalized on a combination of the same tech specs we have seen on previous generations. This includes the Adap-Lite layer which we found to play fairly true with Puma’s PR content. This enables the shoe to stretch down towards your sole and easily adapt to the natural shape of your feet.
If you have used previous models, you will find the Evopower 1.3’s Accu-foam design to be dramatically different. The Accu-foam, strategically homed under the Adap-Lite upper, not only provides comfort and a nice touch but also helps to support the upper.
The soleplate is also flexible and you can flex it in both directions to mimic a natural foot especially when bending the foot and kicking. This makes the Evopower 1.3 really easy to break into and enjoy a rare comfort right from the start.
Since the PUMA Evopower 1.3 is relatively easy to break into, you’ll enjoy enough comfort from the first wear. In fact, we found this to be one of the most accommodating pairs in the Puma series. The boot offers a nice fit for most feet sizes and uses a combination of high quality materials to up its comfort and feel.
They are easy to break into and your feet will naturally feel at home after the first wear. However, if you have wide feet, you might want to consider other options since this shoe is narrow-shaped and you might not be comfortable in it.
PUMA spent plenty of time to ensure that the Evopower 1.3 has unbeatable traction. While the soleplate flexes to enable it to mimic the foot’s shape, this does not compromise its traction. Some people have registered worries that such a flexible soleplate would not afford a firm grip on the ground.
This would have been true in some cases. However, it seems like PUMA found a great balance between flexibility and traction for their soleplate. The shoe’s impressive traction can be attributed to the long conical studs that are spread throughout the soleplate.
These will keep you from sliding and falling even when playing in a muddy pitch. However, for the sake of the studs’ durability we recommend that you use these shoes only on natural grass or soft turf.
Overall, the PUMA Evopower 1.3 offers good stability when running and taking sharp cuts. You will be firmly grounded, thanks to the strategic stud position that helps to effectively distribute weight and ensure that you are on your feet at all times.
Like most of PUMA’s products, the Evopower 1.3 provides an impressive touch on the ball. While the 1.2 was a great option in terms of touch and power, the 1.3 goes even a step further to offer a satisfying feel on the ball.
Puma used Accu-foam on the Evopower 1.3 which would have naturally hindered ball touch. However, with the smooth upper, you will experience the same satisfying touch you would with a thin leather.
Naturally, this shoe is not the first thing that comes to mind if you want to experience barefoot touch. However, we still think it offers one of the best touches for a budget soccer cleat. You will enjoy making short passes and even kicking towards the goal.
The Evopower line has invariably focused on creating power boots for the football pitch. PUMA used a combination of technologies to give you one of the best touches with the Evopower 1.3. For instance, the soleplate offers superb flex that enables it to mimic the natural shape of the foot. There is also the AdapLite upper which stretches easily allowing your foot to bend quickly when shooting and making passes.
Control and Striking
Again, the Accu-foam comes in handy when striking shorts. If you are making hard shots, the shoe will feel right at home behind the ball with a stable control and satisfying feel. The unbeatable traction further boosts the control, as we have already discussed.
Although some soccer players are not fans of the Accu-foam owing to the fact that it might soak up power and compromise your shooting, we didn’t experience that issue. On the contrary, the foam actually helps to reduce impact and make you more confident when striking the ball.
This coupled with the soleplate’s agility offers plausible strikes with contenting spring-backs.
Right off the bat, the PUMA Evopower promises a generous dose of comfort and soft feel. A blend of well-placed materials and comfortable insoles gives this shoe a most enviable feel and fit.
The feel improves as you slowly break into the shoe and becomes even better after your first match. You feel the shoes warmly hugging the entirety of your feet when you tighten the laces. The shoe is very versatile and will be able to accommodate a wide range of foot types.
The PUMA Evopower 1.3 is easily any player’s dream shoe. It uses a combination of technologies and high-end materials to offer unparalleled comfort, fit, durability, traction and a satisfying touch.