Under Armour is well known among sports fans in the United States with their growth in football over the last decade but increasingly their cleats are being used on soccer and rugby fields around the country. UA unveiled the Clutchfit Force 2.0 earlier this year which has some solid attributes which make it great for rugby.
The initial White/Black colorway with bold UA logo make the cleat stand-out when first seen on the field but it is the design and technology that help it provide great results.
The upper is made from a 2-way stretch microfiber, Travella synthetic. The material allows for a snug fit and also allows it to be comfortably worn by players with wider feet. The 3-D rubber support cage provides control on the ball in any condition and helps lock the foot in place inside the cleat.
The secure fit and comfort is enhanced by the textured padded insole and synthetic padded tongue.
The sole plate is the same from the 1.0 edition but for those not familiar with it the look, it stands out. UA designed the function of the soleplate on the movement of the foot and so have a skeletal design on the bottom.
The PlasmaX soleplate provides great flexibility and traction along the entire foot base. The midsole is narrow but this does hinder stability or comfort level even for players with wider feet. The soleplate uses oval studs arranged at precise locations to work with the natural movements of the foot while providing great traction.
There is a growing number of players wearing Under Armour cleats and the Clutchfit Force 2.0 White/Black colorway including Dan Lydiate, Jamie Roberts, Toby Faletau, and Leigh Halfpenny. The Wales national team is outfitted by Under Armour as well.
Have you worn Under Armour cleats? What was your experience?
The Under Armour Clutchfit Force 2.0 is available at World Rugby Shop. The Clutchfit Force is now available in Black/Graphite colorway and comes at price points from $199.99 to $64.99.