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Bladders: Latex Versus Butyl

Discussion in 'Soccer Boots' started by smithxi, Jun 7, 2006.

  1. smithxi

    smithxi New Member

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    Which is REALLY better of the Two, and why?
     


  2. Paul.eta

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    in short
    natural latex bladder - softer/natural feel (i believe the ball retains it's shape longer too)
    butyl bladder - firm, but can keep the air pressure in the ball longer than latex

    latex>butyl
     
  3. smithxi

    smithxi New Member

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    when you go out and buy a ball, which bladdered ball do you buy?
     
  4. Paul.eta

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    i like to have a consistent feel when i have a kick around and what not so i stick with latex bladders, but if you're looking for something to play in the street than i would suggest a butyl (or PU - polyurethane) bladder because most of those balls are made out of durable materials (shell) for harsher surfaces (such as concrete)

    mitre makes some good, cheap footballs

    i heard select makes some of the best footballs
     


  5. smithxi

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    if my dad sees this he's going to kill me, but i just bought the select numero 10 for $43 with tax. It's a slick little ball. I was inspired to buy it yesterday when I was kicking around my friends and I noticed it's really soft feel. It's amazing how nice this ball is for $43. I just had that sensation all over the top of my foot when I kicked it. Nice ball, but do you think the adidas finale sportivo is a better ball than this one? I noticed the sportivo has natural latex and the select numero 10 has latex. Is there a difference in the two?
     
  6. DarrenOHooligan

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    Years and years ago, when I was in europe, i had my first experience with select balls, and for the next 6 or so years, that's all I used. I LOVED them. Until I played for my HS team, we were supplied with balls, so I never used them anymore. After that they were difficult to find locally. To this day, for the money, they were the best balls i remember using. However nothing compares to the Aerow IMO...
     
  7. smithxi

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    word, I love the texture of the aerow.
     
  8. Paul.eta

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    Yeah, the Nike Aerow is a top notch football - it has a good balance. Better than the thermo-bonded footballs adidas has been pulling out of their ass for the past four years. The rotiero and teamgeist feel mushy and when it's wet/raining it feels slick.
     
  9. smithxi

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    do you think the adidas finale sportivo is a better ball than the select numero 10? I noticed the adidas finale sportivo has natural latex and the select numero 10 has latex. Is there a difference in the two?
     
  10. Paul.eta

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    i'm not sure whether they are the same, but they'll probably be simliar in construction and properties. i think they are the same material just different wording.
     
  11. smithxi

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    yeah really, like they're both latex. okay, i'm done obsessing, FOR NOW at least!
     

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