adidas Baseball today unveiled the evolution of the adizero Afterburner. Reengineered and redesigned for baseball’s fastest players, the 2017 adizero Afterburner takes the baseball cleat silhouette to the next level by incorporating a sneaker profile and redefining fit, feel and lightweight construction.

Weighing in at only 9.5 oz., the lightest cleat in the game, the 2017 adizero Afterburner has an all-new refined shape that is sculpted to be aerodynamic and wrap around the foot in order to provide a sock-like feel. The new TECHFIT breathable, compression bootie allows for flexibility and movement through the ankle, while an articulated heel helps deliver a lockdown sensation that makes the cleat feel like an extension of the foot for multidirectional movement and control.

At the forefront of innovation, design and craftsmanship, the 2017 adizero Afterburner is engineered with a lightweight, seamless SPRINTSKIN upper with zoned support and a reinforced abrasion toecap to help provide structure for lateral movements and sprints between the bases. Additionally, a textured, stripped down heel panel is designed to keep the weight of the cleat towards the ball of the foot for maximum acceleration.

The comfortable yet durable upper sits atop a full-length LITESTRIKE EVA midsole for increased cushioning and comfort. Inspired by track spikes worn by the fastest athletes on the planet, the 2018 adizero Afterburner is powered by an electroplated plate with a PROTRAX cleat configuration to provide dynamic acceleration and traction.

Fusing the newest innovations for baseball cleats with sneaker styling, adidas’ iconic three-stripes are emblazoned in the middle of the cleats, symbolizing speed and movement, while a new “adizero” moniker dons the medial side of the cleat and is also featured on the sockliner. The finishing touch has the iconic adidas badge of sport logo prominently placed at the top of the tongue on the cleats.