It's been a few years since we last stocked them, but Mizuno rugby boots have made a return to First XV Rugbystuff.com this season with what we believe is a range that is upping their game. With a collection totalling seven different boots, there is something for everyone who plays the game. The legendary Timaru is no more, but the 2017 Waitangi PS more than makes up for it.
The flagship rugby boot from the Japanese brand, the Morelia Neo SI features the finest Kangaroo leather which offers a quilted, luxurious feel and enhanced sense of touch. Enhanced flexibility and durability with exceptional weight benefits are provided by a Pebax sole plate, and the external heel counter makes for excellent support for forwards all around the pitch.
The KL in the title stands for kangaroo leather, something Mizuno have been using since the very first Morelia boot, as the fibres have a highly uniform direction, which makes it possible to construct an extremely thin and light boot that maintains its structural integrity and provides enhanced ball sensing and feel. A combination of soft and hard ground studs gives excellent traction on soft, natural ground, without carrying any excess weight.
Another kangaroo leather boot, this time with a moulded sole, for grip on firm ground pitches, perfect for everything from a summer rugby tour to South Africa, to ever-increasing number of artificial, 3G and 4G pitches around the UK.
The synthetic leather cousin of the Morelia, the Monarcida offers the same mixture of soft and firm ground studs, but at a lower price point. A ZeroGlide removable sockliner offers increased foot hold and maximum comfort.
Four boots for forwards and three for the quicker boys in the back, Mizuno has been popular with the back to school and early season boot markets, and it's great to see them back on our shelves alongside the staples of Canterbury and Adidas, as well as on the rugby field!