Best Rugby Boots for Forwards 2018

We round-up the 5 best rugby boots for forwards 2018. This is the ultimate list of the top 5 best rugby boots for forwards playing on soft ground (SG).

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a prop, hooker, lock, flanker or number 8 we’ve reviewed the best rugby boots to match your playing position.

 

 

1. Nike Tiempo Legend VII Anti-Clog SG-PRO review

Nike Tiempo Legend VII Anti-Clog SG Pro

Perfect for forwards on wet and muddy pitches requiring maximum traction. Combines lightweight Flyknit with premium kangaroo leather for a flexible fit. Anti-Clog Traction prevents mud from sticking. NIKEGRIP technology helps prevent your foot from sliding in the boot.

Features

  • ANTI-CLOG traction prevents mud from sticking
  • Flyknit tongue and heel deliver stretch and support
  • Kangaroo leather upper for flexibility and durability
  • Hyperstability plate to keep you on your feet
  • NIKEGRIP technology helps prevent your foot from sliding in the boot.
  • Soft-ground (SG-PRO) studs configuration

Worn by: Billy Vunipola, Chris Robshaw, Sergio Parisse

8.8 SCORE
Summary
Perfect for forwards on wet and muddy pitches requiring maximum traction, if you can afford it. Packed with features that really make a difference its good enough to be our best rugby boots for forwards 2017-18.
Looks10
Price5
Durability9.5
Features10
Comfort9.5

2. adidas Kakari Light SG review

adidas Kakari Light SG

Designed to be first to the break down in these men’s soft-ground rugby boots. They feature a lightweight synthetic upper and a cage system that provides support for breaking tackles. SPRINTFRAME construction keeps you stable without weighing you down.

Features

  • Lightweight synthetic upper
  • SPRINTFRAME outsole for stability
  • Synthetic lining for comfort
  • New soft-ground (SG) stud configuration
  • 10 mm heel raise for dynamic foot positioning

Worn by: Maro Itoje, Sam Warburton, Sean O’Brien

7.8 SCORE
Summary
Sturdy and dependable, perfect for those looking for a wide-fit boot. But not quite good enough to be crowned best rugby boots for forwards 2017-18.
Looks7
Price7
Durability8
Features8
Comfort9

3. adidas Kakari Elite SG review

adidas Kakari Elite SG

Built for scrummaging, the lightweight upper provides stability and comfort, while a cage system provides total foot support. The stud formation offers elite traction in the scrum.

Features

  • BRAVO synthetic upper
  • Cage system for optimum support
  • Synthetic lining for comfort
  • 6×2 soft ground (SG) stud formation
  • 10 mm heel raise for dynamic foot positioning
7.4 SCORE
Summary
Doesn't quite have the polished look and weightlessness of the Kakari Light but a seriously good rugby boot for 2017-18.
Looks6
Price9
Durability7
Features7
Comfort8

4. Canterbury Phoenix 2.0 Elite

Canterbury Pheonix 2.0 Elite

Designed for the optimum rugby fit, with a wide forefoot and a locked in toe box and collar to ensure dynamic, supported movement. A hybrid upper construction combines a lightweight airmesh heel with a full grain leather toe box for performance from the outset.

Features

  • Hybrid upper construction provides performance and comfort
  • Wide-fitting forefoot shaping
  • Hybrid8 plate outsole provides lightweight traction
  • Moulded sock liner offers arch support.
  • 8mm heel raise reduces lower limb strain
7.1 SCORE
Summary
Not the sleekest design but a decent all-round boot with wide fit. Not the best rugby boots for forwards 2017-18, but you won't go far wrong with these.
Looks6
Price8.5
Durability8
Features7
Comfort6

5. Mizuno Waitangi PS 8 Stud review

Mizuno Waitangi PS

Built on a wide fitting with diagonal flex grooves and a dual density insole board for enhanced forefoot flexibility and traction in scrum movements. They are made with a soft Primeskin upper which has comparable softness and feel to kangaroo leather with the added benefit of improved durability and a more structured fit. The removable 6×2 stud configuration offers stability and traction on soft ground.

Features

  • Soft primeskin upper
  • Diagonal flex grooves for forefoot flexibility and traction
  • Wide fitting
  • Graded Pebax sole plate for exceptional weight benefits
  • Soft ground (SG) 6 x 2 removable studs
6.4 SCORE
Summary
A good boot if you are looking for wide fit rugby boots. Sadly lacking style and too weighty to be a serious contender.
Looks5
Price8.5
Durability8.5
Features4
Comfort6

 

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