#360reviews: Adidas Ultra Boost Uncaged

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The all-new Uncaged runners.

Adidas market the latest Ultra Boost Uncaged series of footwear as ‘energy-returning shoes for high performance runners’.

And after trying them out, you know why.

The Ultra Boost range already has excellent cushioning that combines comfort and support. The Uncaged range takes the concept further.

Extremely responsive and providing great support and flexibility, these running shoes have a full-length ‘boost’ midsole that combines with the special Stretchweb outsole to help you run farther while reducing fatigue.

A standout feature is the sock-like fit of the ‘Primeknit’ upper that supports the foot’s natural flex from heel to toe.

Couple that with a robust Continental rubber outsole and you get a shoe that is designed to withstand any condition while providing the runner maximum comfort.

The shoe is extremely light on the feet but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on performance.

Adidas has partnered with Continental tyres.

Adidas has partnered with Continental tyres.

What we found was that sturdy outsole cushioned our heel from heavy impact and that made it possible to extend our run further than expected.

When it comes to looks, Uncaged fares decently. While the textured grey goes well with the overall package, we were a bit disappointed with the white sole which didn’t scream ‘performance’.

But once wewore it, it all  came together perfectly.

The sock bootie was another plus as it unified the shoe from the ankle down withoutimpeding functionality.

As a whole, we are thoroughly impressed by the comfort and support the Ultra Boost Uncaged range provides and it will definitely bring smiles to the face of those looking to push their boundaries.

We rate it: 8 out of 10: Performance and comfort are top class and the look edgy.
Where to Buy: Adidas stores across the UAE
Price: Dh795

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#360reviews: The all-new Anta KT1 trainers and this week's releases

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Worn by basketball players, the KT1 shoes are value for money.

The Anta KT1 may be the lesser known signature shoe of the Golden State Warriors’ star backcourt, but like Klay Thompson, they certainly make a splash on the court.

Unfortunately, a pair of basketball sneakers can’t help you stroke like the Warriors’ sharpshooter, but what they will do is allow you to perform at your best while rocking a stylish, under-the-radar product sure to get some attention.

On first look at the KT1, it’s hard to ignore how smooth they are. Like Thompson’s jumper, nothing is wasted with extra frills or design elements. It’s a basketball shoe designed to do the job between the lines, and after trying them out on the court, it’s obvious it accomplishes that.

The fit is ideal as they run true to size and even for those with wider feet (we feel your pain), the shoes won’t have you feeling cramped. That said, the cushioning on the inside offers plenty of support. Speaking of support, the TPU heel is a welcomed sight to ensure your feet are protected without compromising range of motion.

Players who like to feel engaged to the floor and not be overly elevated due to a thick sole (count us in) will like the way the KT1 responds to every step you take. The fuse material along the upper is used sparingly, but there’s enough to give your foot both breathability and flexibility.

When it comes to traction, Anta went with what works well: the herringbone outsole. Don’t worry about slipping around much in these.

Maybe our favourite part was the asymmetrical collar, which offers wrapping around the ankle while also making for a cool silhouette.

Finally, there’s a predominantly white colourway for the home version and a black one for the away version. Both look good, especially with Golden State’s blue and yellow complimenting them.

We rate it: 9 out of 10: It’s as effective as any other name brand, but with the perk of standing out from the crowd.

Where to Buy: Anta stores in Arabian Centre and Al Ghurair Centre

Price: Dh295

adidas Gazelle

These take you back to the Gazelle of the early 90s, but with a modern spin on the originals.

The vintage suede upper has been faithfully restored, while the iconic three stripes, rubber outsole and heel tab remain to create a visually nostalgic shoe.

As always, adidas’ shoes boast versatility, meaning these trainers can be worn both at the gym and for a night out. We wouldn’t recommend relying on them heavily as athletic footwear, but in a pinch, they do the job. But the main appeal of the Gazelle is for lifestyle purposes and in that sense, they have a stylish silhouette and a timeless look that has been refreshed.

There are plenty of colours to choose from too, with the Gazelle coming in burgundy, navy and grey iterations to match any outfit and cater to any style.

Price: From Dh375

Where to Buy: Adidas stores across the UAE

CITIZEN Eco Drive Sport AW1520-51E

The AW1520-51E Sport is made for the man of the outdoors so is ideal for those that like a challenge. Whether ascending Jebel Hafeet, running along the Corniche or taking a dip on Jumeirah Beach, wearing the AW1520-51E will ensure you’re doing so in style.

Stands out with its black and red look. The watch is water resistant up to 10 BAR, powered by Eco Drive and has a stainless case and strap and tough crystal class to withstand the rigours of the water.

Has an 8-month power reserve, an insufficient charge warning and overcharge prevention function.

PRICE: Dh799

WHERE TO BUY: Various locations across the UAE.

BOOKS

The Six Nations Rugby Miscellany

PRICE: Dh65

WHERE TO BUY: Kinokuniya

This up-to-date version is a must for all rugby fans who want to learn about the history of the tournament. The book includes a number of topics including teams, controversies, facts and famous quotes.

Driving Ambition: My autobiography

PRICE: Dh72

WHERE TO BUY: Kinokuniya

One of England’s most successful captains, Andrew Strauss – a man who is fiercely ambitious, retells the highs and lows of his outstanding playing career in what is an insightful and entertaining read.

FILMS

The Game of Their Lives

What an apt time to watch this for the first time, this film is based on the true story of the 1950 US men’s soccer team, all of whom were amateurs. Against all odds they beat England 1-0 at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil.

PRICE: Dh66

WHERE TO BUY: Amazon

Little Giants

A classic kids sports film if ever there was one. The Little Giants tells the tale of two brothers, one a football star, the other not so much. Rick Moranis coaches a team of misfits to take on the all-stars led by his big brother, Ed O’Neill.

PRICE: Dh305

WHERE TO BUY: Amazon

GAMES

MotoGP16: Valentino Rossi (PS4 and Xbox)

PRICE: Dh179
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon

Set to be released next month, can pre-book your copy and look forward to the most realistic and feature complete motorcycle racing experience ever, dedicated to the nine-time world champion.

APPS

Caribbean Premier League

PRICE: Free

WHERE TO BUY: Google Play Store

The competition got under way yesterday with many of West Indies stars and foreign stars including Chris Gayle in action. With this app, you can get all the live scores, comprehensive news, pictures and stats.

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#360reviews: BMW collaboration watches and this week's releases

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Sport360's reviews of the week.

Show off your passion for sporty driving with these new watches. In the race against time, Ice Watches have launched a premium collection in the livery of the prestigious motor manufacturer, BMW.

A comprehensive range of 16 models share a number of common values, putting design in pole position. The range boasts two-tone straps, synthetic exterior and leather interior.

The chronographs come in sizes Big (48mm) and BIG BIG (57mm), with the classic ‘3-hand’ in sizes of unisex (43mm) and Big (48mm).

Each model features a rugged contoured case in 316 L steel, a knurled steel bezel that resembles a wheel rim and a dial laid out like a dashboard. Around the famous blue and white logo, well-considered details smack of sophistication. This all combines to create a fine watch for BMW fans.

PRICE: Dh1,165

WHERE TO BUY: Available widely across the UAE, at places such as Dubai Mall, Al Wahda Mall, Ajman Grand Central Mall, Naeem Mall and Dubai Duty Free.

adidas Pure Boost X

Women’s runners are often an afterthought by sports manufacturers, with their versions crudely shrunk from the men’s. For adidas, such thinking is over.

They have zeroed in on this with these trainers – currently available for a cut-price fee from Stadium – boasting a design which is meant to fit better, feel better and look stylish, aims they have all achieved.

PRICE: Dh525
WHERE TO BUY: Offer is only valid at Dubai Stadium Stores.

Lacoste Zian low-rise sneakers

Put your best foot forward and look elegant on the tennis court this summer with the Zian sneakers from Lacoste. True to its heritage in the sport, the French brand has crafted a refined trainer, which boasts both comfort and style.

The canvas upper adds a nice retro feel, while its lightweight build will mean you are not slowed down while trying to cover all the court. The textured rubber sole will give you all the stability you need.

PRICE: Dh460
WHERE TO BUY: Available at Lacoste stores throughout the UAE. Can be found in malls such as Dubai Mall.

BOOKS

Packie Bonner: The Last Line

PRICE: Dh59
WHERE TO BUY: Kinokuniya

Read all about the incredible exploits of an Irish sporting legend. Bonner is a national hero and Celtic legend after his explots between the sticks. Learn more about the man, both on and off the field.

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

PRICE: Dh65
WHERE TO BUY: Kinokuniya

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2016, this is an immersive memoir of William Finnegan’s pursuit of waves across the world. This is an examination of the intense relationship between man, board and water.

FILMS

Fastball

PRICE: Dh61.50
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon

An immersive and informative examination of the essence of baseball, the 396 milliseconds between pitcher and batter. Features All-Stars, such as Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, and Derek Jeter. Hollywood glitz is added by Kevin Costner

2016 Stanley Cup Champions

PRICE: Dh51.41
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon

Get yourself an all-access pass to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ march to ice hockey glory. Exclusive interviews are contained throughout, with star men such as Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, Evgeni Malkin and Matt Murray.

GAMES

Flick Soccer France 2016

PRICE: Free or Dh5.33 for advert-free version
WHERE TO BUY: App Store

Gets you into the mood for this summer’s extravganza. The awardwinning ‘flick and after touch’ controls are intuitive, while you won’t get bored with so many modes.

APPS

Rio 2016

PRICE: Free
WHERE TO BUY: App Store

With the Rio 2016 Olympics fast approaching, download this app to get involved in all the build-up. You can follow the torch relay as it winds its way around Brazil, while it is the easiest way to find out all the latestnews ahead of August 5’s start.

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