The adiPower Kakari 3.0 is adidas’ supportive and comfort-infused silo within their rugby boot range. Commonly worn by props and flankers, we laced-up and tested the All-Blacks exclusive blackout colour-way used in the 2015 Rugby World Cup of which were worn by Dane Coles, Owen Franks and Tony Woodcock.
DESIGN & COLOUR-WAY: The no-nonsense colour-way of pure black offers a powerful visual, perfect for the hard hitting rugby player, and looks slick both in-hand and on-feet. The entire boot poses in black including the leather upper, supportive back-quarter panel and sole plate, while an adidas logo featuring on the tongue in dark grey.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The adiPower Kakari has the widest fit of the adidas Rugby collection making it perfect for any foot type and shape. Sizing wise you should go true to size for a perfect fit and half a size down for a tight and snug fit. The Bravo synthetic will not give as much as leather used on previous Kakari boots. The Kakari utilises a lightweight upper dubbed Bravo synthetic which makes the boots much lighter than previous generations and water resistant.
HEEL PANEL & HEEL RISE: One of the stand-out features to the Kakari is the rubberised and padded heel area which offers much needed protection when scrummaging, mauling and rucking. The boot benefits from a 5mm heel raise to help you deliver optimal performance which reduces stress on the lower body.
SOLE PLATE: A dual density outsole has an eight stud configuration with six studs at the forefoot and two on the heel which will offer excellent grip on soft ground surfaces. The studs can also be interchanged for various stud lengths depending on conditions.
VERDICT: The Kakari weighs 398 grams making it the heaviest boot of adidas Rugby’s collection. If you want a boot this season which will provide world class comfort, protection and stability and will just get the job done then you should definitely consider the adiPower Kakari 3.0 nd therefore receives a rating of 8/10. The FF80 Pro is available also, which is the boot designed for loose forwards and number eights.