Back row boots require a specific type of boot, with the rigours of the scrum to survive they also require the comfort when moving at pace around the field, such is the demand of a back-row player these days.
With back row such a key link between forwards and backs it’s now essential that the back row is moving around the park alongside the fastest people out there.
There are a few boots then that fall into this category, and we are going to run through our favourites.
Adidas Kakari Light
Adidas has a boot in any department here with the Kakari. It has to be one of the best put together boots on the market.
It features a leather toe box which helps with comfort in the breakdowns.
Plus the outer sole has a combination of metal and plastic studs to help with traction and acceleration over your season in all conditions.
This is a well put together boot that you can rely on across a season. They are hard-wearing boots with an attention to detail which comes from Adidas involvement from rugby over many years.
Canterbury Phoenix Elite
Canterbury are as much rugby as anything else. They know the requirements of what the rugby players need and this boot is designed with back rows in mind.
- Synthetic PU upper for durability
- 10mm foam cushioning in collar for comfort
- Wide-fitting forefoot shaping
- Hybrid8 plate outsole provides lightweight traction 8mm heel raise reduces lower limb strain
- Soft ground
This boot offers a durable and light synthetic upper section with breathable sides.
The boot comes with removable aluminium studs and is a great value alternative to other boots.
I would not look past the Adidas boot myself and it offers the latest design and safety for footwear as a back row, which can be pretty handy in those rucks.
If you’re after a decent pair of boots it’s worth ordering the sizes to get things right. Personally i would normally order the sets i want to try online as there can be a difference between boots in terms of their fit and there is no harm ordering different and sending back.