AI and covert testing power Canterbury’s lightest rugby boot ever

Canterbury Speed Infinite Elite boot

Canterbury is today launching its new Speed Infinite Elite boot, which, weighing in at just 217 grams, is the lightest and most advanced rugby boot the brand has ever made.  

Drawing on Canterbury’s 119 years of knowledge in rugby, the boot combines futuristic technology and high-tech materials to meet the needs of the modern player.  

The Speed Infinite Elite has undergone covert on-pitch testing during the 2022/23 season by Newcastle Falcons and England wing Adam Radwan, Exeter Chiefs wing Jodie Ounsley, England Red Roses star Ellie Kildunne, and Ireland wing Mack Hansen who wore the boot during his side’s Grand Slam winning Six Nations 2023 campaign. 

Canterbury uses high-tech materials and AI-powered design to optimise acceleration and speed, reducing the boot’s weight by 28% versus its previous generation without compromising strength and durability. The foot-hugging futuristic construction maximises comfort and agility, with an out-of-this-world aesthetic inspired by space and nature.  

Mack Hansen comments on the boot’s performance: “Having secretly worn the Canterbury Speed Infinite Elite boot this season, including for the best moment of my career, it’s clearly designed for the elite game. Canterbury really has delivered the next generation of rugby boot.” 

“My first reaction was that, for a boot designed specifically for rugby, it’s incredibly lightweight – it’s about the same weight as an iPhone. It looks great and the tight fit is comfortable on your foot, so it’s amazingly comfortable and helps to maximise my speed and performance on the pitch.”    

Canterbury brand director Jack Richardson commented on the groundbreaking product: “If you look on the pitch right now, rugby players are wearing tight-fitting lightweight football boots. So, for the last three years we’ve worked on creating a rugby boot designed to meet the specific needs of rugby players. We’ve worked with some of the fastest rugby players in the game to create a boot that isn’t simply ultra-lightweight; it also has the stability needed to deal with the demands of the sport. It’s a breakthrough moment for Canterbury in boots.”  

The Speed Infinite Elite is available here. 

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