We have over the last few days taken a look at the different stud-configurations, you can get on Nike's new Hi-Vis collection and today we take a look at the third and final stud-configuration, which is the most common, the FG. But why are the FG studs so popular and what do they do?
Most footballers have owned a pair of FG boots in their time and you probably have a pair lying at home right now. In other words, the FG stud-configuration is by a country mile the most common and it is the closest to a standard stud-configuration as you get. But why is that?
FG stands for firm ground and the studs are made to play on firm grass pitches which in other words means, regular grass pitches that haven't been pounded by monsoon-like rain.
The studs are almost always made of plastic and are designed to give the best possible grip, while also providing great comfort and manoeuvrability. In the old day FG studs were round and completely classic, but today they come in a great number of shapes and sizes, with just as many attributes.
On the Nike Hi-Vis boots we also see four very different stud-configurations, which are each designed in accordance with the boots needs. Is the boot designed for speed, agility, or comfort? FG has something for everyone.
On both the Hypervenom Phantom and Tiempo Legend IV the studs are predominantly conical, which is the classic shape on football boots. Round studs are popular as they, thanks to their shape, penetrate the ground easily, while letting you turn quickly when your studs are in the ground.
You will naturally not instantly turn into Neymar, Iniesta or (insert name of player who is incredibly agile here) just because you play with round studs, but you will definitely get a stud-configuration that allows you to twist and turn naturally and easily.
On the Mercurial Vapor IX we find the stark opposite of the conical studs, which is the oblong studs, also known as blades. Bladed studs are, with their elongated shape, much better at transferring energy and power, when digging into the ground and they also have a larger surface area, which gives a far more aggressive, yet solid grip, when you are accelerating. This is why bladed studs are often the preferred choice on speed boots, which demand acceleration, sharp turns and raw speed.
Again, you won't automatically get the pace of Cristiano Ronaldo, from a pair of boots with bladed FG studs, but when you feel the boots dig that little bit more into the ground, it does give a boost of confidence, which spurs you on.
The bladed studs are naturally not as good, when it comes to smooth quick changes of direction, as the studs have to shift more ground and grass to turn and they can therefore feel a little tough to turn on the spot with.
The newest stud-configuration does however combine the bladed studs, with the conical studs, as you see on the CTR360 Maestri III. Here the studs are rounded on the outside and bladed on the inside, so you can both move smoothly through the ground, while still getting the aggressive grip when accelerating.
The smart thing about the semi-rounded studs is however that the studs on the medial side of the foot which is the area you use when turning is rounded, while they on the lateral side are blade-like, because this is the part of the foot you use when doing a 'cut'.
FG boots are perfect for play on regular grass pitches, but many still use them on artificial grass which is something we strongly recommend you do not do. Because not only do you not get the best possible grip on the pitch, you also risk damaging your knees and joints.
At the same time the FG boots are not made to withstand the increased friction and the abrasion, which artificial grass causes. This means that when you play with your FG boots on artificial grass you lose your right to return, should they break due to related, or unrelated cause, which is very annoying.
With three different stud-configurations on Nike's new Hi-Vis collection there is plenty of choice, when it comes to picking new boots and you have rich opportunity to pick just the one you need. Which FG studs do you prefer the blades, or the conical? Share your thoughts with us in the box down below.