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Messi vs. Ronaldo, Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader, Barca vs. Real, Batman vs. Joker, Bayern vs. Dortmund - There are just those certain rivalries that make life more interesting.
Without a doubt, the now firmly established duel Nike against Adidas is also part of it. The two equipment giants struggle in the world of sport by really every inch and do not give themselves in their duels anything.
Like no other place where you can feel this rivalry in the world of soccer shoes. Both brands regularly send new models to the teeth armed with innovations, high-end features and creative designs, into the race, which in the fight for the position of the market leader soil.
In the special field of soccer shoes with sock cords, there are two models that have competed in a special way this year: the Nike Magista Obra 2 and the Adidas Ace 16.1 Primeknit.
In this article we want to test the direct comparison of both models and show you where the strengths and weaknesses of the individual shoes.
Let's start with one of the leading models from Nike's football shoe.
The first Obra was launched in 2014 as the driving force of the Nike Magista series on the market. With this shoe, Nike has not just planned to launch a new model, but to shake the market with a groundbreaking innovation: the very first shoe with sock-collar design. And with that, Nike has created a whole new line of football shoes, which is becoming increasingly popular.
Of course the current Obra model also has the characteristic Dynamic Fit socks. This is a textile fabric which is integrated into the obra by means of an inner shoe and, so to speak, forms an extension of the shoe to the ankle.
The sock closure performs different functions: first, it stabilizes your foot, especially in the sensitive area of the ankle. On the other hand, he is revolutionizing the fit of the shoe.
And what other features can the Nike Magista Obra 2 still score?
The upper of the Obra 2 is made of flyknit and therefore the best that Nike currently has to offer. This thin synthetic fabric gives you a balanced blend of flexibility and durability.
In order to reduce the weight, the wall thickness of the upper material is, of course, kept very low. In places that often hit the ball, Nike designed the material a bit thicker and equipped with a 3D texture.
This surface profile gives you a really excellent feeling for the ball. You get an excellent touch and an optimized shot behavior, because the traction ability of the upper material is increased.
This last point is additionally favored by the Nikeskin, a very thin extra layer which increases the grip of the material - even under bad weather conditions.
Another clever feature is the so-called Flywire fibers. This is the name of the thin struts, which extend across the upper material and improve the fit of the shoe.
When you wear the Obra 2 you will quickly notice how tight the fit is, which is achieved by a narrow heel. In these shoes, the foot is really bomb-resistant. Since, slipping is impossible.
However, this creates for the one or the other perhaps also a small problem. If you are more of the broadfoot, Obra probably will not feel really comfortable. The shoe works more for people with medium to narrow feet.
As for the sole, the Obra 2 can also score with a small detail. In the midfoot area, there are four moon-shaped cams which are arranged exactly in circular form. What looks quite nice, however, is much more than just an optical feature: thanks to this rotation range, you can find good support in the ground and at the same time realize fast direction changes.
And what about weight? The shoe just weighs 210g on the scales - a value that you really can not complain about!
How is it priced? The Magista Obra 2 is good and happy times $99. If you opt for the anti-clog version, it goes up even $50 up. Unfortunately, this is also a top value, just for the sake of the buyer.
What about the Adidas Ace 16.1 Primeknit? Can he take it with the Obra?
The Ace series from Adidas is synonymous with innovation. The premium model, the ACE 16+ PURECONTROL comes complete without laces.
The Adidas Ace 16.1 Primeknit has shoelaces, but it does not differ from the Ace series.
The upper material of this model can already be recognized by its name. It is Primeknit, also a woven synthetic fabric, which is much more supple than conventional synthetic materials and gives you an incomparable feel to the ball. So both shoes are pretty much the same.
In the cut of the shoe, however, the Ace differs from the Obra. The Primecut shape is much wider at the back of the ankle. However, this difference does not play any role when worn. The shoe sits super at the foot, perhaps even a bit more firm, than the PURECONTROL, which of course is at the shoelaces.
But also with the Ace applies: If you have very wide feet, will not feel so comfortable in these shoes.
A great feature of the shoe is the non-stop grip structure. This technology ensures that the shoe has a similarly good traction capability under all weather conditions. With this, Adidas has a counterpart to the Obra's Nikeskin.
The sole of the shoe has an adidas-typical cleat arrangement, as we know it from the Adizero F50: 4 round cocks at the back, 7 front and the middle foot area a curvature, which has stabilizing effect.
As for the weight, the shoe is just behind the Obra with just under 231g. But here you should keep in mind that we are talking about a difference of 20g, which is not really noticeable in the game.
How is it, however, priced? Since the Ace 16.1 Primeknit is around $93 and thus has just the nose ahead. However, one should also remember that this Ace is not the absolute top model (ACE 16+ PURECONTROL) of the series.
With the comparison between Nike Magista Obra 2 and Adidas Ace 16.1 Primeknit, we really have a tough number. It's a bit like comparing Ferrari to Lamborghini. Both shoes are among the best models ever. Ingenious upper material, makellose workmanship, best features! There is hardly a clear winner. Ultimately, it is probably just as much about which brand you are personally more fond of. Because both shoes are really incredibly good! The decision Obra or Ace we can therefore not end up in the end. For both models you definitely have our blessings!