Nike Strike Ball Review
Updated July 18, 2018 |
After many hours of testing during games and training sessions, we concluded that the Nike Strike Ball is the best soccer ball under $30. In this review, we will go over everything you need to know about the Nike Strike including tech-specs, aspects, pro's & con's, and questions.
The Nike Strike is the second takedown model of the $160 Nike Ordem, behind the Nike Magia and ahead of the Nike Pitch. The Nike Strike is ideal for the player looking for an excellent training ball with durability, reliability, and value for the price.
The panels are made from a foam material and are machine stitched together, enhancing the sturdiness and providing a soft touch. The panels themselves feature Nike Aerowtrac grooves which allow for a reliable flight path by allowing air to move evenly past the ball. The bladder is made from butyl rubber which reinforces the shape for a longer period of time, avoiding a lopsided or uneven ball.
The quality could have been better, nonetheless for a ball at this price point, the quality is quite good. The Nike Strike has the same 12-panel configuration as the Nike Ordem 5 with nearly the same amount of consistency when passing or shooting. The panels are stitched together accurately, better than most soccer balls at the $30 price.
Tech specs include:
- Nike Aerowtrac grooves
- 12-panel design
- Surface texture
- Stitched panels
- Nike RaDar
At the surface, the texturing provides optimal grip, especially useful in wet conditions. The surface texture has a similar pattern to what you get on the first Nike Ordem, only with less grip. The texture doesn't really change too much in terms of performance, but it does help when you need to stop the ball or when you need to flick it up. The texture will fade off slightly if used on concrete, but not completely.
The graphics are made to be easily seen, allowing you to react quickly, Nike calls this "Nike RaDar". The branding on the surface features the Nike logo, "NIKE STRIKE", and "NIKE AEROWTRAC"
- Soft touch
- Consistent impact point
- Surface texture
- Exceptional value
- Stable flight path
- Bladder could've been better
What size should I buy?
There are four different ball sizes you can buy which include size 1, size 3, size 4, and size 5. Size 5 is best for ages 13 and up, size 4 is made for ages 8 - 12, size 3 is made for ages 8 and under, and size 1 is made for small kids. Size 1 isn't made for actual gameplay, its mostly used as a "skills ball" or as a decoration for collectors.
Should I pay more for the Nike Ordem or Nike Magia?
As good as the Nike Strike is for its price, you won't be getting anything game-changing. If you have the budget to get the Nike Magia or Nike Ordem, it's definitely recommended, the quality is much better. Both the Nike Magia and Nike Ordem have thermally bonded panels, superior bladders, and better surface grip. When you play with an official match ball it doesn't seem all that better, however when you switch back to a lower quality ball, you will notice a big difference. Additionally, over time the match balls will last longer.
Should I use the Nike Strike as a game ball?
The Nike Strike is designed to be used in training, however, you can use the ball in games. The Nike Strike will serve you well, but it may go through a beating, the ball will be scratched, scuffed, slightly punctured, and possibly even popped. Most soccer teams use the Nike Strike in their games, purely because they can't afford a better ball. If you want a better and more professional playing experience, invest into a match ball like the Nike Ordem or Adidas Telstar.
What’s the difference between the Nike Strike and the Nike Pitch?
The Nike Pitch is $20 in price and the value is definitely not as good as the Nike Strike. Although it also features 12-panels, the build quality is much inferior to the Nike Strike. There is no surface texturing on the Nike Pitch and the panels are made from a foam material that is very cheap in quality. When shooting or passing the Nike Pitch, it feels unusually light. The quality, in general, isn't nearly as good as what you get from the Nike Strike.
What's it like to shoot it?
When shooting, the Nike Strike has a predictable and consistent flight path, going exactly where you want it. For its price you won't be getting a high-quality bladder, therefore it won't be as fast and won't curl as much as the Nike Ordem. It does feel a bit light when shooting but if you pump it perfectly and hit it hard enough it can fly fast. You can shoot knuckleballs, curlers, and you can swazz it, this ball can do it all, just not as effortlessly as an official match ball.
The Nike Strike is good value for money with the surface texturing and superior durability. The Nike Strike has the same panel design as the Ordem, giving a consistent touch at any point of the ball. The Nike Aerowtrac grooves give even airflow around the ball, allowing for ideal stability. The restricted blader brings durability to the ball, holding its shape well and lasting a long time.
I hope this review helped you, you can buy the Nike Strike under its normal $30 retail price with the links below.
Image Credits to Nike.
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