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Billed as Umbro’s new “control” weapon, the Tocco slipped through the feet of a member of the footpack crew for a full test. So, will it be up to its competitors?
We know that when we are not called Nike, adidas or Puma today, it is difficult to find a place in the crampons market. Yet many other brands are working every day to develop new products. On footpack, for many years, we present the novelties of all the actors and Umbro is obviously one of these equipment manufacturers. English brand present in football for decades, Umbro has given new blood to its range of crampons thanks to a reorganization around three silos: Tocco, Velocita, Speciali.
Three models designed for different player profiles. If the Velocita was already tested a few months ago with us, we are now focusing on the new Tocco, the brand’s performance leather model. In the tradition of the Copa, the King or the Tiempo, what is this Tocco really worth? To answer this question, we called on Samuel Guibert, one of the members of the footpack crew and currently a player at SC Bastia.
For a long time, leather has been a guarantee of comfort and it is true that on this side, the pair meets the expectations that we may have. The support is well assured, especially thanks to this fabric part at the entry of the foot. In this Tocco, you immediately feel at ease, like most leather football boots. In contrast, the outsole is still relatively stiff and you can even feel it inside. Comfort is still there.
Umbro bet on sobriety with a black pair on which is added blue around the ankle and white for the sole and the logo on the outside of the foot. The seams on the instep are reminiscent of a certain Nike Tiempo and the name of the pair “Tocco” noted in black on the heel brings a little “classy” touch to the English.
It is clearly a success for me.
On this Tocco FG, the English brand Umbro has chosen round crampons, which are still relatively small. Let’s be clear, this FG sole is not at all suitable for soft terrain. It will be much more efficient on (very) dry terrain and even very suitable for synthetic terrain. On synthetic, moreover, the Tocco offers good responsiveness to the ground and the sensations are rather interesting despite the rigidity of the outsole.
When it comes to touching the ball, leather is always a safe bet and here too, the performance of the Tocco is there. The D30 technology, which should improve the first contact with the ball, is difficult to detect, but we find good sensations of touching the ball, even if the leather is still a little thick. The performance is good, but still not at the level of its competitors like the Tiempo from Nike for example.
Umbro’s choice of materials provides a certain strength for the Tocco. Even on synthetic, I did not feel that the pair could deteriorate quickly unlike some of its competitors and that is a real good point. This is surely also what gives this feeling of rigidity.
Quality / price ratio
The selling price is originally € 220 and at this price, I am of the opinion that it is better to move towards the behemoths of the market which will offer better performance for the same amount. On the other hand, thanks to the various promotions that we can continually find on many sites, we can find the Tocco at sums of around 180 €. This lower price than its competitors is a strong argument for turning to Umbro.
Rated out of 10
- To touch
- Quality / price ratio
Description of the tester
- Last name : Samuel Guibert
- Type of practice: In club (National 1)
- Post: Defender
- Type of feet: Forts
- Weight: 83kg
- Practice area: Natural lawn
- Crampons : FG
- Usual models: Magista Obra I, Tiempo Legend 7