In our series of zooming in on Nike's various stud configurations on the new Hi-Vis boots, we will now focus on the SG stud configuration; which is used for soft and wet pitches. Come along and check out how these are different from the regular FG stud configurations.
As the Summer is rapidly turning into Autumn, the weather is also taking a turn for the worse. Most places in the northern hemisphere there will only be one thing on the menu from now on; rain, rain and more rain.
This also means that the football pitches will be soft, muddy and really wet and if you play on them in a pair of traditional FG-boots, things could get very challenging, as the risk of sliding around is greatly increased. And who really wants to look like Bambi on ice, when playing football? Exactly, neither do we.
The reason FG studs don't grip wet and soft pitches enough is that there is too many studs and they are too short because on soft pitches you really need to dig in, to get a decent grip.
At the same time, the many studs on the FG boots means that there is less pressure on each of the studs, which means they don't penetrate the ground in the same way. The principle is that the smaller the area, of which you apply pressure to, the greater the pressure will be. Anyone who has ever tried being stepped on by a stiletto, knows that is a very painful experience.
This is where the SG stud configuration comes in handy, as it provides a better pitch grip thanks to the fewer, but longer metal studs. Nike's Soft Ground stud configuration is no longer made with just 6 metal studs, which used to be the norm, since they last year introduced their new SG-Pro stud configuration, which you will now see on all the top models.
SG-Pro is made with a mix of SG- and FG studs, hereby giving you both the good grip from the SG studs, coupled with the slightly shorter FG studs that serve as support studs and hereby increase the comfort significantly. The reasoning behind is, that SG studs could feel a little unstable on their own, but Nike have now introduced the SG-Pro stud configuration to resolve the issue.
Actually this stud configuration is the result of a wish from the professionals including Cristiano Ronaldo who had the configuration specially designed before Nike made it the standard configuration on all of their top models, hence the name, SG-Pro.
Yet, it is still important to remember that SG-Pro is not the best stud configuration for all conditions, as it only excels, and is comfortable, on soft ground that allow the metal studs to penetrate the surface. If the ground is too hard for the studs to penetrate, then SG-Pro should NOT be used, as it there will then be an increased risk of twisting your knees and joints, and hereby lower comfort and worst case injuries.
With that being said, the SG-Pro configuration is an excellent alternative for the autumn season, where a lot of pitches become muddy and wet, and can easily become a good friend in need and to compliment your FG boots.
SG-Pro is becoming increasingly popular, and it is certainly worth looking into if you ever play on soft grounds. But what do you think of this alternative stud configuration, and is it something you would fancy wearing? Please share your thoughts and opinions with us here, or on Facebook and Twitter.