One of the big questions you have to ask yourself when buying a new pair of football boots is, what stud configuration to go for Is it gonna be FG, SG or AG? In connection with the launch of Nike's new Hi-Vis collection, where the top models will be available with all three stud configurations, we will be taking a closer look at each of them, starting out with the AG or artificial grass.
Artificial grass is gaining in popularity, and in connection with this, footballers might find themselves in a dilemma when getting ready for match or training on the artificial surfaces that are rapidly springing up all around the world.
The question of FG-boots counter AG-boots has been relevant for a long time, especially seeing as though it was for a long time only possible to get the AG boots as take-down models. This is luckily something that has been changed lately and now you can get the complete feel, no matter if you play on natural grass or on artificial grass.
In connection with Nike's launch of the Hi-Vis collection, they launched all of their top model boots in FG, SG and AG versions, so you could adapt your choice of boot, no matter what surface you play on.
The idea behind the AG stud-configuration is to make a system that is perfectly adjusted to the different conditions, you have on artificial grass. One of them is that FG-studs don't sink into the artificial grass, in the same way as they otherwise would on regular grass. You therefore don't get the optimal grip, which increases the risk of injuries like twisted ankles.
At the same time artificial grass is significantly rougher on boots than normal grass, which is why it wears down FG studs quickly. With the synthetic pitches popping up in more and more places even in the Champions League it is very relevant to have stud-configurations made to cope with this.
Nike's AG-studs are designed to give optimal grip on artificial grass. The studs are shorter and there are significantly more of them, when compared to FG-boots, as well as that the studs are hollow. This provides a better pitch grip, better shock absorption, as well as minimised risk of injuries.
Another important factor regarding the AG studs is their durability on the artificial grass pitches that wear more on the boots. The AG systems are specially built to withstand the increased friction that is created between the boot and the artificial surface, and will hereby show longer durability compared to FG boots, as well as make sure that don't lose your right to return.
But developing a well functioning AG system apparently wasn't enough for Nike, and together with the increasing popularity of artificial grass, the Americans have focused even more on creating the best AG stud system, which you will find on the Hypervenom Phantom.
Here we see the more supportive studs, coupled with enlarged primary studs to provide an even better and more secure pitch grip and you might think that this stud-configuration is going to be used for Nike's other boots in the future.
AG stud configurations are becoming more and more popular, and the increased focus from Nike may also be read as an indicator that this stud configuration is here to stay. Do you wear AG boots, and what do you think of the concept? Feel free to share you thoughts or questions with us in the box below, or on Facebook and Twitter.