Saturday, May 10, 2014

Salming X-Shoes?

A Few Years Back - Salming started to make Floorball shoes and this summer Unihoc will have shoes out too.. for Floorball.

This is utterly interesting - since instead seeing big brands like Nike and Adidas drift into Floorball - we see Floorball brands - being small and agile - entering the big shoes business in the most unexpected ways. Salming has for instance released a new set of shoes for natural running (tri-Athletes and more) - and you know what - they seem to promote them harder in the USA - we think - harder as they ever has promoted Floorball here. Of course this is easier to do since the running market already exists in the US - whereas floorball is almost not found on any map. And to sell a Floorball stick - You must first build a market... So it must be cheaper and more efficient to sell shoes and indeed shoes for running...

But how did these the very first Salming Floorball shoes run?

They were expensive as dollars, they were beautiful and looks very hot with outstanding design - so it was love at first sight.

They also had the great feature that the inner sole could be ripped out and you could fit your own specially designed innersole inside the shoe. And you know people or most of them - they - talked much about our shoes...since these we're real Floorball shoes from Salming - a.k.a. cool stuff or nononsense.

But that was about it. They did not fully fit our own feet in the most comfortable ways - we tried several times to tie them a bit differently - if not pain, we did feel a bit uncomfortable and na na na that is not what we look for in a shoe. Then the hi-tech advertising with TM this, roll-bars and arrows and blur that, - is a bit too much in our own taste. We like a good rubber inspired outer floor sole shoe ourselves, with a reasonable good grip - but this shoe - indeed offer this but it also has some more plastic compound sole areas.. we think.

Some badminton designed Asian, unknown brand - and very light shoes - are still the best Floorball shoes, to date. we've ever had... And we have been through a bunch from adidas, nike, reebok (they were very good) that Asian brand - now Salming and more.
We do not think that the weight was even a selling prospect for this Salming shoe - but we could be wrong here..

The front of the shoe lining came off (see front-up in image - and it is worse than the picture shows) after not too many miles and roughly a year. And even if not being used too much - and washed just a few times - over the last two years these shoes are now rather beaten up and have had it.

The main seem on the front of the shoe (lower left) has today also cracked open with toes poking out and this is not fully what you expect from like two years low mileage use on an expensive top-designed shoe. 
We did try to glue the front problem one time but that did not work. On the positive and good things with this shoe - however is that it breathes air rather good.

Yes, new products often have some baby-issues and they worked as expected with a little sentiment perhaps on the more negative side.

A rating for these shoes? Lets say 3 stars out of 5 or why not 4 out of 10? If we would buy them again? The shoe is decent to play in, but, no we will not. If we would recommend them to others - yes if you have feet that fit more decently perfect into this kind of a shoe - you may do so. Our own feet are probably a bit odd (kinda wide-wide and low arched) so we never had that optimal fit feeling. 
There are a set of good features that came with this shoe - but however they are a bit too expensive (in particular as they were picked up in Europe) as in comparison to how they now seem to last...

Are Salming's later generations with exoskeletons improved and better - let's hope so - if you know, why not share this with us please?

Will Unihoc's first generation of Floorball shoes be better? We do not have a clue. But they are to hit the European markets soon.

Yupp, we are now actively looking for new shoes - before we fall out from these old ones...  Maybe we should have guessed better in the IFF App last time to win a pair of Asics - and their Floorball models? 

Lets see what we find...
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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!