Adidas Kakari Rugby Boots

As rugby players literally lock head and shoulders with the opposition and muscle their way to each other using brute strength, the amount of force required to be generated from their lower extremities is staggering. This is where the Adidas Kakari Z.1 comes into the picture. Worn by the likes Kyle Sinckler and Mako Vunipola, the Adidas Kakari Z.1 is the perfect light armour for the tanks of the rugby game.

Adidas Kakari Z.1 Rugby Boots

Ripstop Upper

Knitted textile upper with coating and bespoke stitching design

Split Outsole

Houses 8 long metal cone studs

A Kakari won’t be a Kakari without those long metal cone studs comprising the layout of the tooling. And with that, we can immediately say that the Kakari works best for the forwards as those studs can help those players dug deep into the ground and become immovable during scrums. On top of that, the outsole is on the stiffer side which becomes perfect for that stable platform needed by your front players to further stabilise their position.

Because scrums are one, if not the most physically demanding aspect of the game, you need an upper that won’t tear itself down and can withstand enormous pressure and tension. That is why a durable ‘Ripstop’ material is in place. Because it is knit, it does have a nice amount of pliability, but Ripstop is adequately protected by the thin film and bespoke stitching overlays. There’s also an internal cage mechanism that provides a balance between locking your feet in place with the boot structure and giving it some amount of comforting pliability.

With the regular tongue and lacing setup, the Kakari is able to open up for most foot width. But we have to say that despite that, the shape of the Kakari seems to be more favourable to narrow-feet players.


Now depending on your preference, you might actually prefer the Kakari Elite over the Z.1. That is because the upper now is changed to leather, which arguably has that natural dense to be a more protective material. Traction is still the same as the Elite still has that long 8 metal studs on a split-soleplate. What’s more, the internal cage system is still there for additional lockdown and structure support.


The budget Kakari option can easily penetrate the ground with those 8 metal cone studs, but with the change to a singular, plastic soleplate that is relatively flexes with ease, this takedown Kakari loses some of the stable platform that the Z.1 introduces. It somewhat hinders the boot to become responsive especially when you need to push back your opponents in that grid-locked duel formation. Upper-wise, it’s now wearing a not-so-premium synthetic leather that nonetheless performs its basic function of shaping up and maintaining its boot form.

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