It’s extremely important that you choose your gear correctly and I’ll show you how to do that with your cleats; you’ll see my top picks for the year too.
How Select The Best Cleats Possible
In order to prevent injury and to play at your absolute highest you need quality products on your feet. Here’s what to look for when making your decision:
- Choose the right size
- Consider materials/type of cleats
- Know what type of field you will be playing on
This should go without saying but you need to wear properly sized cleats. They should fit your foot snugly without being overly constricting. If you go too loose you risk ankle injury and if you go too tight you’ll be distracted by how uncomfortable they feel.
After you determine your size, you should look at the materials of the product. Generally speaking there’s synthetic leather cleats and leather cleats. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages but I believe synthetic is a little better. This material tends to be lighter and does a better job keeping water out.
Lastly, you have to anticipate the kind of field/fields you’ll be playing on. Lacrosse tends to be played on natural grass, and if this is the surface you will be competing on, you should purchase a product with long studs. This will allow you to dig into the ground better and make efficient cuts.
If you play on a turf field you should purchase turf cleats; these do not have metal studs.
So now that you know how to choose your cleats, let’s take a look at my top picks.
Under Armour Men’s Highlight Lacrosse Cleats
Company: Under Armour
If you have a history of ankle injuries or just want a little more support in that area, you should really consider the Under Armour Highlight lacrosse cleats. This product is extremely innovative and comes with the all latest technologies built in. Some of the top features include:
- UA Clutchfit upper wrap that secures your foot and gives you an incredible feel
- Molded 4D foam foot-liner that adds a lot of comfort and reduces painful stud pressure
- UA PlasmaX plate that delivers unbelievable traction and speed
Also, these are extremely lightweight and easy to put on. They are tailor made for high performers and you will find them on the feet of many elite level high school, college and professional lacrosse players.
Warrior Lacrosse Burn 8.0 Mid
Some people don’t like the feel of a high top cleat while others don’t trust low tops. If that sounds like you than you may want to purchase the Warrior Burn 8.0 Mid’s – they are the middle ground in terms of design. These are pretty affordable and can be found under $80 too. You’ll be happy to know these come with:
- Intelligently placed spikes for maximum efficiency
- Are lightweight and very flexible
- Has Wartech moisture liner that keeps your feet dry and eliminates excess sweat (great for avoiding blisters and smelly shoes)
Warrior is a well known company and you can trust their gear and equipment. If you don’t want to spend over $100 these may be the cleats for you.
Under Armour Spotlight Lacrosse Cleats
Company: Under Armour
The UA Spotlights have a very low profile. This reduces the weight of the product which enables you to be a little quicker and more explosive. My favorite part about these cleats are:
- The molded heel cup that gives an awesome feel
- Great traction
- Built in technology that helps reduce the risk of toe hypertension
If you are a player that relies heavily on speed, you should consider the Spotlight’s. You can expect to fly around the field with these on.
Nike Huarache V Lax LE Mid Cleat
Nike is a sporting giant and I know you will love playing with their Huarache V Lax Cleats. This product is really well made and comes with an awesome design. Additionally, it features:
- Extremely comfortable Phylon midsole
- Allows you to make nice edge cuts
- Low profile and very lightweight
You can’t go wrong with Nike. When you purchase from them you know you are getting a quality and durable product – one that will last the entire season with no wear and tear or additional problems.
Under Armour Banshee Mid MC Cleats
Company: Under Armour
To me, the Under Armour Banshee Mid’s are the best looking lacrosse cleats on the market. But looks don’t matter if they can’t perform. You’ll be happy to know these are made for elite players and feature:
- Molded 4D foam for the most comfortable feel possible
- Molded TPU plate that is lightweight and helps you accelerate quickly
- Ultra stable
This is a product you can wear with confidence. Your feet and ankles will be stylishly protected, that’s for sure.
Nike Vapor Speed Cleats
The Nike Vapors are one of the lightest products on the market and are guaranteed to give you a boost in speed. Traction is very high too; these feature 3 different types of studs so you can dig into the ground more effectively too. Other features include:
- Leather comfort collar that improves responsiveness and feel
- Technology to eliminate sliding
- Sleek, low profile design
Lacrosse players with extra wide feet should avoid but everyone else will get a ton of use out of the Vapors.
Warrior Burn 9.0 Low Lacrosse Cleats
You already saw the Warrior Burn 8.0’s; these are the 9.0’s. The main difference is the 9.0’s are low tops and the 8.0’s are mid’s. A few more features include:
- Fastwrap tongue that locks your foot in place
- Exploweave upper that prevents stretching and extends the life of the cleat
- Internal support cage that eliminates slippage on fast cuts
The Burn 9.0’s is a piece of equipment you will find on the feet of high performers. They provide that type of support and agility.
Nike Speedlax 5 Cleats
The Nike Speedlax 5’s are perfect for anyone on a budget. Do I think they’re as good as the best cleats on this list? Not really. But they are close enough where you shouldn’t be too concerned about performance or durability. Some of the best features include:
- Lightweight and mobile
- Low profile
- A nice fit with their Phylon midsole cushioning
You won’t find a better cleat for under $70. You’ll actually be pleasantly surprised with how well these will work for you.
Warrior Gospel Cleats
The last product on the list is another affordable option; the Warrior Gospel Cleats will cost around $75. Not bad when you consider these come with:
- Compression tongue that improves fit
- Great ankle and heel support
- Relieves stud pressure and additional unnecessary pains
Again, you don’t need to spend top dollar for a top product. These may not be the greatest but they will get the job done.
Don’t Play With Low Quality Cleats!
In order to play at your absolute best you need the right gear – a helmet that protects your head, a stick that helps you rip shots and cleats that enable you to fly around the field. The products on this list will allow you to do that. No matter your position or budget, you’ll find something here for you.
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Can you imagine playing this year with a pair of these cleats on your feet?