Mizuno fixes its flaws
Even though year after year the love for Mizuno has been spreading and the brand has become more popular among boot nerds, there has been a consistent issue that people had with their boots. This being, the laces. Mizuno have quite often used thicker, cotton-feeling laces on some of its most popular and highest quality boots. It is fairly common for many to switch out the laces on their Mizuno boots to something that is thinner and more modern-feeling. With the launch of the ZeroGlide laces, Mizuno has solved this issue quite well.
The first two sessions that the ZeroGlide laces were used were when it was raining, which provided a good initial test for them. The laces that Mizuno normally use with their boots tend to soak up a good amount of water and lose a little bit of tension during play. With the ZeroGlide laces there were no such issues. They did get wet, but they stayed nice and firm throughout both two-hour sessions.
Its really obvious how much more modern and performance-oriented the laces are. They’re not the thinnest laces on the market but are more inline with what you would expect from most high-end boots. They are narrower than the AMO Grip laces, which would be their biggest rival internationally. Unlike the AMO laces, the grippy part of the ZeroGlide laces are not one continuous strip, but rather lots of little strips.
One of the biggest issues that people tend have with the AMO laces are that the grip tends to wear off quite quickly and aside from that, they seem quite basic. After 6 separate sessions with the ZeroGlides, they still feel brand new and they quality is noticeably higher. So much so, that I ended up purchasing several more pairs. They’ve quickly become my go-to lace for my Mizuno boots.
As for the grip itself, its very good but doesn’t feel over the top. Its nice and firm and keeps the laces tight. It also isn’t overly bulky so knots made with the laces are quite small, which is a huge plus for me.
Lastly, the price is good, but definitely more expensive than Knotley or SR4U Laces. They come in around 1000 yen, which is around $9.50, 7.66 EUR, 6.65 Pounds. Considering the price of other grip laces, which can end up being more than double, and the higher quality, the price actually makes for a decent deal.
Mizuno fixed their laces issue in-house, and with how popular they have been in Japan so far, hopefully they will release them in more countries and give Mizuno another way to make more space for themselves in the market.
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