Rugby clothing and kit provider Canterbury has launched a new boot range, built specifically with rugby players, for rugby players.
Designed with functionality and style in mind, the range features three variations – Phoenix, Stampede and Speed – each created with specific features to meet the needs of all players and positions.
Canterbury understands the importance of the right boot which is why the newly improved range has been created following feedback from rugby players covering all aspects of the game.
Each variation has been rigorously tested from grassroots to elite international level to create the highest quality boot that caters for all positions and foot types. The Phoenix 3.0 is the hero boot from the range and combines characteristics of a power play with versatility and resilience making it ideal for back row players. Built for comfort and durability, the Phoenix features new and improved foam positioning inside the boot for enhanced comfort and a tough TPU skin on the outer.
A lightweight upper for resilience and improved stiffness in the outsoles provides more traction for players to transfer power into every tackle or ball carry. The Phoenix 3.0 is available for both soft and firm ground surfaces and is the first Canterbury boot to be available for infants, as well as juniors and adults. The Speed 3.0 is designed for the agile player who wants to stay light on their feet and is constructed with asymmetric lacing for a greater surface area when kicking. For those looking to hold their own in the scrum, the Stampede 3.0 features wider fit and 8 stud outsoles, so you can maximise traction and power. The Speed and Stampede are available in junior to adult sizing and are available for both soft and firm ground surfaces.
The Canterbury product team worked closely with real players to adapt and improve their current ranges. Feedback showed that comfort and support is key when on the field, which is why these boots feature a targeted foam positioning on the internal structure to improve comfort and fit and a 3D moulded heel counter with rearfoot stability for added support. Materials selected for the outer surface of the boot have high abrasion resistance without compromising on weight, so the boots can withstand the demands of the game and will last all season. The boots also feature rounded, moulded TPU studs providing increased traction on firm ground, with the stud pressure dispersed evenly across the foot to provide comfort when playing on harder surfaces. The soft ground boots also come with a wrench so boots can be adapted before you play. Canterbury ambassador and Wales player Justin Tipuric said of the new range, ‘For a rugby player, boots are the most important part of our kit. When we’re on the field, we rely on the reassurance that our boots can handle every turn, every drive and every hit, whilst withstanding the physical impact the game demands.
The new range from Canterbury covers all bases, providing a boot for every type of player. Better than that, it’s been designed alongside real rugby players – what more could you want?’ Mark Upshall, Head of Category & Design at Canterbury said, ‘As a dedicated rugby provider we understand the significance of creating a boot specifically for the game. We realise that different players require specific functions from their boots which is why we decided to work closely with real players to create a range that fulfils the needs of every position. Following feedback, the product team has made huge steps in improving the overall comfort of the boot, creating a product that not only performs but looks good. We look forward to seeing the new range out on the field in the coming months.’