Finding the top baseball cleats may not be on everyone’s agenda but with modern day baseball demanding faster, stronger and more athletic capabilities, it is no surprise that players are looking at everything to back up their performance. So, I decided to sit down and do some research and what are currently the best cleats on the market.
The best baseball cleats are not necessarily the most expensive options on the market. The key thing for getting out the best performance is the fit and how comfortable they are around your feet. Most of your power comes from your legs and if you are sliding around in your shoes and don’t have a firm base to push off from, then you could be losing out on power. So, let’s take a look at some of the best baseball cleats this year.
Best Baseball Cleats 2019
|Model||Fit and Comfort||Technology|
|New Balance COMPV1||FantomFit upper||TPU Cleats||Check Price|
|Nike Force Zoom Trout 5||Neoprene||Powermap||Check Price|
|Under Armour Harper One||SuperFoam®||Charged Cushioning®||Check Price|
|Mizuno Epiq||IQ sole||Flex Groove||Check Price|
|New Balance 4040v4||Nubuck||REVlite RC® midsole||Check Price|
|Adidas Adizero Afterburner 3||SPRINTSKIN™||IRONSKIN||Check Price|
New Balance COMPV1
New Balance is known for being a very innovative company in various sports. They are known for being reliable and producing high performing sports equipment. When it comes to cleat technology, there has been an improvement with them becoming lighter and lighter without comprising on strength and protection… and New Balance is one of the companies that is at the fore-front of this evolution.
With these CompV1’s, I can see they are designed with lightweight and flexible materials to help reduce the pressure that’s felt by the studs.
With the construction of the cleats, these are quite different to the traditional ones. The tongue, ankle and heel are one-piece which gives you amazing fit with great flexibility out on the field.
The FantomFit Upper cushioning that brings together TPU and this mesh material that lets your feet breathe and reduce any rips or rubbing against sensitive areas.
Another interesting part of the shoes are the midsoles where New Balance have used ultra-lightweight REVlite cushioning and these are known for their impressive comfort levels.
Great looking cleat and the impressive alignment gives the user great traction for awesome speed and agility.
These cleats are extremely lightweight and fantastic fit as they were not too tight. There was a lot of space for my feet to breathe
Nike Force Zoom Trout 5
Mike Trout could be considered currently one of the best athletes in baseball. His powerful strides combined with grace have been a trademark in the sport for many years and Nike have been hard at work to introduce a cleat that matches this magnitude of awesomeness.
The Zoom Trout 4 were a fantastic set of cleats but Nike have made these new ones lighter while introducing an exciting new signature logo.
Certain aspects still remain the same. They have kept the TPU plate which introduces stability and flexibility in the boot. But mostly, the traction you get with these 9-spike cleats is amazing which you can count on out on the field.
The Hexagonal Zoom Air units placed at the front of the cleats and the heel help absorb impact to reduce cleat pressure while also being very comfortable.
When unboxing these, the first thing I thought was WOW, these are very good looking. Love the colour scheme and designs. The pictures online do not do it justice. I noticed you can get them in quite a few colours, but I love the grey metallic aspect of the cleats.
Under Armour Harper One
These were built primarily focusing on comfort. Bryce Harper mentions in his interview that when he wears basketball shoes, they are super comfortable and he wanted that feel to be emulated with these shoes.
In our opinion, Under Armour have done a fantastic job when it comes to getting that comfort just right with these. This is an extremely difficult proposition when taking into account that they have to last 162 games on surfaces that could be hard as rock and not very friendly towards the base of your cleats.
I noticed that when you first put these on, they feel like you are wearing a regular pair of sneakers, they are sooo comfortable. These cleats have a one-piece woven upper that is extremely lightweight and breathable which excellent fit.
The more iconic technology which I found out about after some research is the Charged Cushioning® midsole which if you are a basketball fan, then you will know that you see these in the Curry Two range also known for they unbelievable comfort.
As per other boots, you’ll also get the 9-spike TPU plate which gives you that aggressive traction and excellent mobility.
For all you massive Bryce Harper fans out there, you’ll see it has his autograph and 220 on the tongue which is just amazing!
Now what a lot of people may not see is that from the side, the inside of the cleats just look generic. However, if you angle it the right way, you’ll see an imprint of Las Vegas skyline, which is Harpers hometown.
Unlike the Harper Ones, the predominate focus when Mizuno created these cleats is the best first step quickness in the market.
With that in mind, when you first pick up these cleats, you notice straight away how light they are. This is crucial when it comes to speed as you don’t want to feel like you are running around with heavy loads on your feet.
Next when you put these on, they are such an amazing fit or what is known as anatomical fit which helps reflect the shape of a human foot to give you that snug fit. This is important for better performance because it means that there will be less power loss in your strides when your foot is not sliding around in your shoe.
Looking down into the bottom of the shoes, you’ll see in IQ outsole which stands for Innovative Quickness. This technology comes in the form of flex grooves and an arch support rib which help with acceleration and weight shift out on the field.
Going into the midsole, Mizuno introduce their U4ic technology which is 15% lighter than their traditional midsoles but it’s also very supportive.
New Balance 4040v4
The biggest thing about these shoes are the soulplates which are extremely unique and a long time in the making. Even the studs themselves have been innovated as they look so much more dynamic and geometrically driven. I think New Balance mentioned how each stud is now half a gram lighter than its previous models.
The plate itself has different levels of hardness to help maximise performance. There is a red part which is the hard-pro motion zone designed to alleviate stud pressure in those specific areas. Then you get the whiter areas which is the softer pro motion zone giving your flexibility and a more natural feel when you are moving around on the field.
Moving up the shoes, you’ll see their signature Revlite which we mentioned earlier in the COMPV1’s. New Balance say that this technology is why they are known as having the most comfortable shoes in the game with the new V4’s being sturdier at the forefront than its older models.
TPU mesh is also another great addition to these cleats which when heated slightly, the little plastics melt to give the shoes a rougher and more durable feel.
Adidas Adizero Afterburner 3
When you open these out of the signature Adidas shoe box, you can’t help but realise how cool these look. Coming in all over blue, they just look awesome right out of the blocks including the sweet Adidas logo on the forefront of the shoes.
Looking at the technology, these have that single-layer SPRINTSKIN™ upper which is very lightweight and once laced up give you that anatomical sock like feel.
The seamless Ironskin toecap means that there no stitches in the high wear areas where you would usually see damage occurring.
When you slip these on, they are also super comfortable with the inside lining of the shoes. There a lot of breathability in these too making sure your feet are nice and cool out on the field. The midsole consists of lightweight EVA again helping with cushioning and comfort.
Lastly, you’ll get that SPRINTFRAME outsole plate with the 7 spikes in the base to provide superior traction and performance during the game.