Tech Bit: Adidas builds special cleats for the NFL Combine's 40-yard dash
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Product: Uncaged Demon 40 cleats
Description: As NFL scouts turn their attention to the individual performances at the annual combine in Indianapolis, players search for every possible edge. Adidas has unveiled its new Uncaged Demon 40 cleats, designed specifically for the 40-yard dash. Weighing 4.9 ounces, the cleat uses an ultra-lightweight “Sprintskin” fiber for the upper. The lightest cleat in the game has reinforcement only in key zones on the upper for support. The stud placement on the plate was engineered for acceleration needed in a 40-yard dash.
Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, sneakers and training for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.