This is one of the main reasons to go for the Elite line of Lasers. The regular Lasers, with the k-leather upper, weighs in at 11.7oz, where as the Elites weigh in at a significantly less 8.2oz. This is an incredible amount of weight to be dropped from the regular version, and it really is noticeable. This boot is now light enough to go in the speed category as it is the same weight as the Vapor VII. They feel great on your feet and it`s really nice that you can have a light weight boot that still has a good amount of protection.
The stud pattern on this shoe remains the same in terms of the pattern, but changes slightly in the length of the studs. On the regular Laser stud pattern, you get the front studs and the heel studs at the same length, making for a shoe that feels unstable at times when making quick changes of direction. What was changed on the Elites is that the front studs are slightly shorter then the back studs. This slight difference made the world of difference for me. This stud pattern felt so much more stable than the regular pattern. I never found myself slipping, and had the confidence to cut in at high speeds without worrying about slipping.
The synthtic upper is nice and soft, and I honestly preffered having the synthetic upper rather than k-leather, on this particular shoe. The main concern that I had with these shoes was how the entirely rubber instep was going to feel on the ball, which was surprisingly quite good. I am normally not a fan of rubber elements on shoes but these are for sure the exception. I never found myself having too much grip on the ball and tripping up. This is due to the small fins that stick of the side of the boot that almost act as a release from the boot upon making contact with the ball. They almost seem to cushion the ball and than push it away slightly. This made for a great experience while receiving hard passes. The other great part of the all rubber instep is the amount of grip that you get on the ball in wet weather. They lose very little grip on the ball in the wet, which helps that little bit extra in slick conditions. The overall feel of the boot is very cushioned and everything that comes in contact with your foot seems to settle nicely. This mostly rubber shoe also makes for a very protective shoe as you be out of the game after getting stepped on.
I was excited to try this shoe out for the shooting alone. They have those big robber pods placed right on the strike zone that just feel really good when striking the ball. They provide a perfect amount of padding for shooting. The shoes seem to give a feeling of a little more pop off your shots if you know what I mean. The small fins on the instep of the boot also provide some noticeable differences in bending the ball. I’m not saying that they will allow you to bend the ball that much better, but they do seems to ease the process. These shoes were made for striking the ball with power, and Nike gets it totally right with these shoes.
This is another area where the synthetic upper beats out the leather. The synthetic does not ver stretch and the bond between the upper and the sole plate is much stronger on with the synthetic material. Other than that, I wouldn`t say that the Elite Laser would be any more durable than the regular Laser III`s.
These shoes provide a really nice amount of protection. Should you get stepped on, the rubber elements over the top of your foot will dramatically reduce the pain you will feel. This is the lightest protective shoe on the market.
I really enjoyed wearing these shoes. The sole plate and the less bulky feeling alone make this a dramatic improvement over the regular Laser III`s. The rubber elements really feel fantastic when striking the ball and the reduced weight is unbelievable. Is it worth the extra money for this shoe over the regular Lasers? The answer is yes.
|Comfort/Fit||9 out of 10|
|Weight||9 out of 10|
|Traction||8 out of 10|
|Touch||8 out of 10|
|Shooting||10 out of 10|
|Protection||8 out of 10|
|Durability||8 out of 10|
|FINAL SCORE||60 out of 70 or 86%|