Mizuno is a company that was founded in 1906 and has constantly been making strides towards better performance shoes. They’re known for their high-quality construct as well as their astatically appealing design and the Mizuno Men’s 9 Spike ADV Franchise 8 BK Baseball Cleat is certainly no different. Features include the following:
- Synthetic material
- Rubber cleats
- Spikes are evenly-place for comfort
Breakdown of features:
The synthetic material allows you to use the cleats as much and as often as you need to without fear of them falling apart of needing difficult and time-consuming maintenance like leather cleats need. Also, the low-top design is a real performance booster as it doesn’t restrict or slow down your movements like other cleat heights.
It’s an incredibly versatile-styled cleat that can be used well in any position, but it’s the overall best style for pitchers as it provides extra strength for pushing-off. ADV’s lightweight design isn’t cumbersome to the wearer like many heavier or bulkier shoes are. Regardless of which position you intend on playing, lightweight shoes are best as they won’t restrict your movement or slow you down.
In addition, the rubber cleats are in regulation everywhere as they won’t harm other players or create an unfair advantage like metal cleats do. So you can purchase these cleats fully knowing that you can use them regardless of where you’d like to play. They’re also incredibly versatile and can used on a variety of mediums in various conditions. The spikes are evenly-place for comfort, which is one of the most important features a cleat can offer, because if they’re not comfortable, you won’t be able to perform in them.
The First Impression:
My first impression of the shoe was the sleek and sturdy design. It’s a nice minimalist sports shoe with smaller cleats and a mid-high height. The shipping weight is under 3lb so it’s obvious that the shoe is an incredibly lightweight model, suitable for even the pickiest shoe enthusiasts.
Who is this Product Aimed At?
The cleat is created for baseball players who are beginner to intermediate with using cleats (or playing in general.)
They’re created for someone who doesn’t want their performance to be hindered by bulky or cumbersome shoes. They’re probably best suited for someone who wants a combination of performance and ankle support, such as someone who doesn’t usually play just one position. They’d be well suited for most positions as they do offer the best of both worlds as far as speed, strength, stability, and movability are concerned.
Pros of the Product:
- Performance: the overall performance that this cleat offers is exceptional. It’s lightweight, it has evenly spaced cleats, which not only prevent dirt from clumping, but also improve the comfort of the cleat as well. If you’re not comfortable with the cleats you’re wearing, you’re not going to perform well, period. They’re also breathable to keep your feet cool. In addition, they’re well-rounded cleats that you’ll be able to perform in regardless of where you are or what position you play, but I’ll get into that more below.
- Durability: their durable synthetic build makes them far more resistant to wear and tear than regular leather cleats, which quickly erode and bend. This makes them great for a heavy player, someone who doesn’t want to have to perform tedious maintenance to keep their cleats in performing condition, or even a child who you know will just hum them straight into the closet after practice.
- Versatility: these cleats are suitable for all terrain types that you’ll likely encounter; grass, sand, dirt, turf, and gravel. One reviewer even commented that he bought them for use in the snow! Although I don’t know if I’d personally recommend them for that purpose, they are good general terrain cleats. In addition, they’re also good
- cleats regardless of what position you play as they offer additional ankle support that low-tops do not, but more movability than a high-top cleat. This gives you the combination of support, power, and speed when using these.
Cons of the Product:
- Molded cleat: they’re a molded cleat, which means that they offer less performance than a metal cleat. However, metal cleats are oftentimes against regulation (and even if they’re not, they’re usually frowned upon as they can potentially injure other players.) Metal cleats also cannot (and/or should not) be used on turf, sand, and fields that aren’t always well maintained.
- Semi-limited color selection: there are only three color-combinations available; red and white, black and white, and blue and white. However, this has nothing to do with the overall quality or performance of the cleat and is simply a matter of preference- or color matching. Besides, black shoes go well with literally everything.
The Final Verdict
I would absolutely recommend this cleat to someone who is interested in trying out cleats, or even someone who’s owned a few cleats. The cleat size is very forgiving to beginners, but not so forgiving that they’re almost non-existent.
The Mizuno Men’s 9 Spike ADV Franchise 8 BK Baseball Cleat is certainly a cleat to consider, regardless of what you intend to use it for, especially given it’s incredibly attractive price-point that’s easily achievable for even the tightest of budgets.