KNOW YOUR TECH breaks down the scientific technology used in your favorite sneakers and activewear. Let’s demystify your next purchase: today’s technology is adidas HybridTouch. First introduced on the adidas Nitrocharge 1.0 TRX and Predator LZ TRX models, this technology is used on the upper of the upcoming adidas F50 Adizero TRX FG Samba Pack. Similar to adidas SpeedFoil yet built tougher and more durable, adidas HybridTouch combines the performance benefits and comfort of leather with the durability of a synthetic construction. Some of the game's top players are already using this technology, and Messi will take the adidas F50 Adizero TRX FG Samba Pack to the 2014 World cup in Brazil, so you know it works for soccer's greats, but is it the right upper material for you? Find out today.

What is it? adidas HybridTouch is a synthetic leather designed to deliver a soft, lightweight feel. After testing the material, adidas found HybridTouch to be 40% lighter than traditional leathers.

How does it work? The idea of adidas HybridTouch is to provide the natural, supple feel of leather with the long-lasting durability of synthetics. Compared to traditional leathers, adidas HybridTouch takes four time as long to absorb the same amount of moisture. Due to its synthetic construction, adidas HybridTouch is also more resistant to wear and will keep its shape for longer periods of time.

Notable products: adidas F50 Adizero TRX FG Samba Pack, adidas Predator LZ TRX FG Samba Pack, adidas Nitrocharge 1.0 TRX FG Samba Pack

Bottom line: If your current soccer cleats have stretched out and lost their original shape, consider the durability of adidas HybridTouch. 

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