"Out Of This World" - Canterbury Send First Ever Rugby Boot into Space - Ruck

“Out Of This World” – Canterbury Send First Ever Rugby Boot into Space

Rugby kit giants Canterbury have become the first to send a rugby boot into space! To mark the release of their latest ultra-light boot the Speed Infinite Elites, Canterbury sent one of the boots into the atmosphere in a first for rugby footwear.

Canterbury utilise AI-powered design techniques to optimise acceleration and speed for this boot. Some of the world’s fastest players have been wearing this boot in the past season, including Newcastle Falcons winger Adam Radwan and Ireland flyer Mack Hansen.

Hansen is set to wear the boots at the 2023 Rugby World Cup, as Ireland aim to bring home the Web Ellis trophy for the first time.

“Canterbury really has delivered the next generation of rugby boot.” Hansen said. “My first reaction was that, for a boot designed specifically for rugby, it’s incredibly lightweight – it’s about the same weight as an iPhone.  It looks great and the tight fit is comfortable on your foot, so it’s amazingly comfortable and helps to maximise my speed and performance on the pitch.” 

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Radwan also discussed the boot, “I’ve been wearing them for probably the past year, I love them. Obviously they’re Canterbury’s lightest boot yet. Because the majority of my training has been speed work, and I can’t do any rugby stuff because I’m in a cast, so I’ve literally been wearing them the whole time. Doing my speed work, so yeah, they’ve been brilliant so far, and you know hopefully that’s going to help me to get quicker.”

The popular boot has also branched into the women’s game, with Harlequins and England star Ellie Kildunne, and Exeter Chiefs and England Sevens winger Jodie Ounsley. At just 217g, the boots are Canterbury’s lightest ever, with a focus on attacking tempo for the game’s flying backs. Ounsley got her hands on a pair in advance.

“Well, in terms of the speed boot, obviously, with my position, I’m a winger, and you always want a light boot, basically, you don’t want a heavy boot that’s going to slow you down. So when they (Canterbury) came to me about this speed boot, it got me really excited.

“I was completely like blown away, because in the past, Canterbury have been known for heavy boots, obviously, which are great for forwards, but as a winger, probably not the best sort of option of boot. But with the speed boot it’s the lightest boot they’ve ever launched, and it’s not even a kilogram. That’s how light it is!”