Mizuno Basara TC-001 | Review – Footy-Boots.com

Mizuno Basara TC-001 | Review – Footy-Boots.com

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Mizuno have something of a chequered past
when it comes to lightweight, speed football boots – whilst they’re comfortably creating
boots under the 200g weight range now, for every outstanding Morelia Neo today there
was a less favourable release like the Wave Ghost that preceded it. But since launching the Wave Ignitus in 2010,
Mizuno have had the midas touch, with more or less everything they’ve released being
received well. Here in 2014 , their major new silo for the World Cup was the Basara,
with the TC-001 the premier model. On paper the Mizuno Basara has all the ingredients
to make be great boot – but does it pull it all together to make a cohesive boot worthy
of elite play? Let’s find out! Slipping on the Basara for the first time
is almost unnervingly good. The Primeskin upper is incredibly soft to the touch, the
heel counter is supportive without creating hotspots and and the lacing system is one
of the deepest you’ll find on any football boot around at the moment, making for a completely
bespoke fit. We’d be really shocked if anyone struggled
with the Basara TC-001 after even just a couple of hours break in. The Primeskin upper on the Basara is also
the source of the great feel and touch on the ball provided by the boot. We’re fairly skeptical of a synthetic upper
as smooth as the one found here on the Mizuno Basara, but Mizuno have engineered the boot
in such a way so that a lack of friction is never a problem – again, that deep lacing
system allows the boot to be pulled snug to the foot, and that’s a big factor in that. A lot of people have a pie-in-the-sky idea
of a leather speed boot being the holy grail of cleat design – and whilst we’re not sure
the Basara could ever top that ideal many players have, the Primeskin upper is soft,
supple and stretch resistant enough to come pretty close. Performance wise, there’s a lot to love
about the Mizuno Basara in addition to that silky touch on the ball. Mizuno’s tagline
for the Basara is ‘Savage Acceleration’ and there’s a couple of key pieces of tech
that aim to help with that. The first is the D-Flex groove in the soleplate.
Angled in between the aggressive, speed focused studs, the D-Flex groove aims to allow the
Basara to bend in a way that no other football boot has before. The idea being when a player is planting his
or her foot when sprinting or cutting the boot allows the foot to dictate how much of
the boot is in contact with the turf, and seeing as the body will naturally look to
get as much of it’s surface area as flat as possible, this means more studs are able
to provide traction – more traction=better acceleration. Whilst this is something that’s touch to
quantify, it is easy to say that the Basara provides a comfortable, super-responsive ride,
and even though we’ve been playing on pitches that are far from perfect at this time of
year, they haven’t let us down yet. Contributing to that is the R-Fibre inner
liner. Depite looking like some kind of glass fibre composite in that little window on the
side of the boot, the truth is it’s more like a super soft web. However, Mizuno say this in-house development
is incredibly strong, and reduces excess stretching by adsorbing some of the force created by
the foot on the upper to lock the foot in place when turning and sprinting. Think of
it like a seatbelt that ensures your foot is always locked in for optimum energy transfer. Bolstering that notion of complete lockdown,
Mizuno even include an extra set of insoles that use the same ZeroGlide lining as the
heel counter. Acting a little like Trusox, we found ourselves really liking these additional
insoles even though they’re a little thinner than the ‘standard’ ones. As these technologies make the boot feel very
unified with the foot, you may well guess that they Basara is good to strike a ball
in, too. Well, yes and no. Close to goal, the Basara feels King. That
true sense of lockdown was great for adding the confidence to put a little more power
into short-range strikes, whilst that soft, thin upper was lovely for dinks and chips. As you move further away, that supple, responsive
soleplate made it feel like we were losing just a little bit of ‘ping’ in our shots
at distance, and the central lacing isn’t our personal preference for long-range efforts,
but your mileage will vary on this depending on your personal style. But that point is only one on a very short
list of complaints with the Mizuno Basara TC 001. Our other would be that the studs
are pretty long, meaning we’d say stick to the grass with these – don’t go hurting
yourself using them for a game on artificial turf. Overall, Mizuno have pulled a blinder on the
top-end Basara; comfortable, versatile in the fit stakes with a lock down feel on foot
and a features that take the boot up a level rather than peg it back.

11 thoughts on “Mizuno Basara TC-001 | Review – Footy-Boots.com”

  1. Hey guys – at the request of a few of you lovely people we've gone back to a slightly longer style review, with a focus on Comfort/Fit, Feel and Performance – we've tried to make it the best of the old and new style, whilst keeping the information concise and (hopefully) useful.

    Any feedback would be really appreciated so we can improve a little more every video!

    Thanks again!

  2. Hey, it's me Volky. This came faster than I thought and it's really worth waiting. I made my decision to order these guys already 🙂

    About the review, it's good as always. I love your mix between old and new style and it seems great. I hope the others like it as myself 🙂

  3. @Footy-Boots , you can do these kind of video reviews in the way that you did with the adiZero F50. Holding the boots, really talking about them like in the adiZero video makes your reviews more convincing. 

  4. hi, i wore the synthetic version of those shoes and they feel fantastic. my only question is that i play on a synthetic/artificial ground. Does this boot covers me on that manner or i 'll have problems with that?

  5. Really good video, I wonder if the upper material is competitive to the hybridtouch on the f50s,2014 and 2015.I'm addicted to the flexibility of the hybridtouch,now looking for a great lockdown boots with flexible material. Thanks

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