XBlades are quickly becoming the rugby boot of choice for many rugby players across Canada. Many Canadian national players are wearing XBlades, and the Ontario Blues senior men’s team is sponsored by XBlades Canada.
Being a newer company in Canada, I have decided to do a review on two different lines of cleats, which XBlades offer. The two pairs of boots, that are being reviewed, are the Genius IQ 110R and the Legend Speed.
The Legend Speed boots are an extremely light-weight boot, made of kangaroo leather. The “Speeds” have a “Dual Density Sole System,” which helps reduce foot fatigue when running. They also have an “X-release system.” The “X-release system” allows for the boot to release from the ground, under a heavy weight load, which will help reduce the chances of an injury.
The Legend Speed is the lightest pair of boots I have ever worn, and I immediately felt faster and lighter on my feet. The length of the blades is an asset to the boot, because they add traction and grip when working at maximum output. Another surprising attribute, for the “Speeds,” is their durability. I have worn these cleats approximately four times a week for two months, doing various activities such as practicing, refereeing and speed training, and the boots are still holding up well. If you are a speedy winger looking for a boot that will help you take the corner on your opponent, than the Legend Speed line of XBlades are for you.
Genius IQ 110R
The Genius IQ line is by far on of the most comfortable rugby boots ever made. XBlades have equipped the Genius IQ boots with a “Shock Retention System,” an “Arch Stabiliser” and “Neotech Cushioning;” all for comfort and durability. The short blade length makes these boots ideal for artificial turf surfaces, and for practices.
As a referee, I prefer to wear a comfortable pair of rugby boots. Referees can be on their feet for 80 minutes, or, if they are doing a tournament, they could be on their feet for two days. The Genius IQ line is perfect for that referee, who comes off the field complaining about how sore his, or her, feet are after a long weekend. For me the break-in time was minimal with the Genius IQ’s. I wore them for a day long tournament, three days after I received them and I did not have one complaint.
The Genius IQ line is heavier than the Legend Speed line, but where the Genius IQ lacks in weight, it makes up for in durability and comfort. The Genius IQ is a must buy for all referees, and players and coaches looking for a practice boot!
For more information on XBlades please check out their website: http://www.xbladesca.com/