Adidas Prime vs Nike Maxim Hi-Vis
Throughout the history of soccer we have seen a wide range of ball designs that have been used. The two giants in the industry who have been producing the balls that are used to play with are Nike and Adidas. These two companies have revolutionized the game with the products they generate. Adidas and Nike pay top athletes in many sports to use their products and promote and advertise their technology and design.
While the Barclays Premier League, La Liga, Serie A ball comes from Nike, the MLS ball used is from Adidas. Adidas have stayed with their original design since the introduction of the Jabulani, used in the 2010 world cup, and it was only this year (2012) when the design and name was changed to “Prime”. Nike, on the other hand, has changed the ball design each year and the ball currently being played with is named the “Maxim”.
Personally I prefer the design and aesthetics of the Nike ball and look forward to the unveiling of the ball each year. In my eyes the ball is much more visually appealing.
“..I prefer the design and aesthetics of the Nike ball….”
Nike Maxim Hi-Vis
Being used on the pitch currently this winter in the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga, the new Nike Maxim Hi-Vis which retains the same features and tech specs as the standard Maxim, but adds a new level of visual display incorporating a base color of yellow and segments of purple and pink to create a creative geometric flow.
The Nike Maxim Hi-Vis features geometric precision technology to help distribute pressure evenly across all panels around the ball for a consistent and powerful strike, no matter where you hit the ball. The Maxim Hi-vis represents the next level of the Nike RaDaR technology, which means Rapid Decision and Response. It’s a lab and field-tested standard of visual performance that allows players to see the ball better.
Nike Maxim Hi-Vis Features
With a price tag of $150 additional performance enhancing innovations include:
- Durable, lightweight PU casing with micro-grooves stabilizes ball flight to increase efficiency and accuracy;
- Flexible, supple, cross-linked nitrogen-expanded foam provides superior “touch” and a consistent feel in all weather conditions;
- Engineered rubber response layer helps store energy from impact and releases it at launch for enhanced power and speed;
- A layer of polyester support fabric enhances the structure and stability of the ball for long-term performance and durability.
With soccer being the world’s most popular sport, ball manufacturers are vying to create new sensations in soccer equipment. I look forward to seeing what new technology and equipment will be produced in the near future.
Neel Trikha has been avidly playing soccer since a young age. Having played striker for his University in Manchester (United Kingdom) and for multiple adult and semi-professional leagues back in California, he has developed into a sharp and entertaining player. Currently residing in Southern California Neel strives to further his career as a product designer and a player along with contributing his opinion on the wonderful game of football with his readers. With an avid passion for design and ingenuity Neel finds inspiration amongst his surroundings.