In the second Nike cleat leak of the week, Mike Trout dropped this blurry video showing off the new Nike Force Zoom Trout 8 Elite baseball cleats.
Apparently, the video was shot with a 2001 Motorola RAZR, so the view of the cleat is extremely unsatisfying; luckily, we found them on Hibbett, the same site that leaked the Huarache Elite 4.
These are the top of the line Trout cleats, $130 retail and the materials are premium. Similar to the Huarache, the majority of the upper is a lightweight mesh. In fact, the upper appears to closely match the synthetic materials used in the Trout 7. “Double stacked Air Zoom” in the forefoot and an Air unit in the heel closely match the 7. Overall, the silhouette is incredibly clean.
We can barely see the laces, and Hibbetts’ description confirms that the ghost lace of the Trout 7 is no longer. “We’ve shifted from ghost lacing on the predecessor to a conventional lace (which) helps reduce pressure when you tie up your cleats.”
The strap deviates very little from the Trout 7.
The plate, with its weight-saving lattice design, is unchanged from the 7.
The Nike Force Zoom Trout 8 Elite is likely to release within the next month at $130 retail. Subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when they release.
For a more affordable option, Nike will offer the $85 “Pro” version with less expensive materials. Considering the unsightly prices of New Balance and adidas metal cleats lately, this cleat feels like a bargain. It has a similar, if not less streamlined look, including a midfoot “stroud” that is designed to keep dirt out.
I worry about the “synthetic skin” upper and how that’ll look after a hard slide—will it ever look remotely white after game 1?
Same plate. Same Air unit in the heel. $45 less.
Force Trout 8 Pro MCS
For those that need/prefer plastic bottoms, the Force Zoom Trout 8 Pro MCS is your solution, albeit with less tech than the first two cleats featured here.
This one is pretty much a different cleat, made with synthetic leather, without Air in the heel or forefoot, and a traditional upper. The product description describes a “cockpit” tongue designed to keep dirt out of the cleat.
The forefoot and heel are independent plates, which is something we see in the Huaraches. The MCS will retail for $70, almost half of what you’ll pay for the Elite version.
What do you think?