WAVE IGNITUS 3
FEATURING AUTHENTIC JAPANESE INNOVATION
The all new Wave Ignitus 3 emerged following two years of research and development. Working in collaboration with top Japanese football player, Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow and Japan International), the engineers at Mizuno answered his request for some additional shooting armoury for ‘deadball situations’. The aim was to add increased pace to the ball with a more forward-kicking approach. The R&D team analysed Honda’s new forward kicking approach and when striking the ball it was evident to apply some form of technical panel on to the top and medial side of the vamp area.
The top of the foot was then layered with a fin shaped technical panel called Tatekaiten (Japanese for top spin). When the strategically placed fins make contact and rub against the ball during the kicking motion, they force the ball to rotate with 17% increased ball revolutions. The improved (longitudinal) ball revolutions deliver more pace to the ball and when struck with Honda’s unique forward kicking technique the ball rises then dips at a forceful pace. A great tool for deadball situations like free kicks, when the player wants to get the ball up and over the wall at enough speed to beat the keeper.
Further along the vamp area, the technical panel also features another new update, in the form of a more flexible Yokokaiten (Japanese for side spin) panel on the instep which creates extra (latitudinal) ball revolutions for improved side-spin and accuracy when wanting to curl the ball. Also following on from the Ignitus series, the Mukaiten Panel (Japanese for non-spin) is still ever present in this third edition. As the original technical USP the application of non-spin movement, reduces the rotation of the ball making ‘deadball situations’ even more lethal. As the ball flies towards the net it dips and swerves making it difficult for keepers to judge its path.
Additional updates include a premium synthetic lightweight upper, knocking a few grams off the weight, and a brand new outsole cleat design aimed at reducing stud pressure and improving traction on the turf. Featuring a more supportive lateral bridge to offer more stability in the mid-foot area.
The colours are ‘out there’, vibrant making them a stylish boot that stands out on the pitch.
The Wave Ignitus 3 Weapon Selection
Tatekaiten (“Top Spin”)
What is it? Firm PU flared fins that create added friction upon ball contact to increase longitudinal rotational top spin.
What is the impact? Increased pace with furious dip towards goal.
Yokokaiten (“Side Spin”)
What is it? Flexible PU patterned panel that creates added friction on ball contact increasing latitudinal rotational side spin.
What is the impact? A more controlled curl.
Mukaiten (“Non Spin”)
What is it? Placed on the in-step, Mukaiten’s special material makes a clean ball contact without applying any revolutions to the ball.
What is the impact? An unpredictable flight.