So, for all those people out there who might be new to rugby or looking for a new boot to try, the best rugby boots for forwards in the tight five positions.
Top Performer – Mizuno Morelia Neo II
There’s no school like the old school, and if you prefer a high-quality classic style boot that boosts your pace then make sure you take to the field in a pair of these Mizuno Morelia Neo II SI SG Rugby Boots.
These quality Mizuno rugby boots have been designed for players of all skill levels and roles. Made from lightweight leather and has been lasted for 24 hours to achieve the signature Mizuno “Made In Japan” fit, a flexible Pebax soleplate with removable metal studs are perfect for soft ground pitches provides as they provide solid traction and stability whilst foot positioning is maintained thanks to a removable anatomically moulded sock liner.
Lighter and more flexible for quick players looking to break apart the opposition’s defences, if you’re looking for a quality no-nonsense boot then make sure not to miss out on the Mizuno Morelia Neo II SI SG Rugby Boots.
Coming in a plethora of colours from blackout to electric blue the Morelia Neo will have something for you. A classical, some would say old school, design, these boots would suit the more understated soul. Personally I love the design, especially in blackout, elegant and classic, just like myself. 4/5
These boots feel fantastic, the leather skin giving a touch of luxury and comfort with the moulded sock liner giving great foot stability. They feel well made, giving you confidence that they will last the duration while being lightweight enough for the more speedy of back-row forwards. I don’t think there are many boots on the market that could match the comfort level and practicality of the Morelia Neo II. 5/5
Priced at £160 at Lovell rugby they may seem a little pricey for the amateur player but if you are looking for a really high end feel and a boot that will last, it could be seen as a worthwhile investment.
Middle of the Road
Adidas Kakari Elite SG Boots
• Premium leather upper for superior fit and comfort; Leather forefoot split
• Bootee construction for a precise, comfortable fit
• Laces, lace loops and support tapes built with DuPont™ Kevlar®; Kevlar®, a registered trademark of DuPont™ used under license
• Innovative studs for personalised traction; To ensure optimal performance and traction, tighten studs correctly
• Revolutionary soft-ground outsole for dominant traction
• Pebax® plate outsole for ultimate energy return and durability
• 10 mm heel raise for dynamic foot positioning
• Synthetic and leather upper / Textile lining / Synthetic outsole
Conquer chaos on the pitch in these men’s lightweight rugby boots. Designed for improved scrumming and dynamic forward play, they feature a premium leather upper for an ideal fit. Laces, loops and support tapes built with Kevlar® enhance lockdown, while a 6×2 stud configuration offers optimal traction.
The Kakari rugby boots have been around a long time now and the design doesn’t seem to change, but obviously this must be a good thing as they are a huge seller and probably the most popular forwards boot on the market. Personally I find the styling a little boring and generic but with plenty of colour options, I’m sure you’d find something that tickled your fancy. It’s not an ugly boot by any stretch just nothing to get excited about. 2.5/5
Though the foot support feels good and the slight heel raise is always good in my opinion I feel the Kakari feels a lot cheaper than the Mizunos. With a synthetic upper it just doesn’t have that quality comfort feel. Again, the same as the looks it’s not bad at all, there are just much better about. 3.5/5
Now, this is where the Kakaris will look much more appealing, depending on the colour you want, Lovell Rugby has them at as little as £43 up to £75. But to be honest, even at £75 they are a bargain. These are perfect for the player that wants a good set of boots without spending a fortune. 5/5
Bargain Basement – Gilbert Kuro 8 Stud
Excellent rugby specific boot, solid and durable enjoy lasting comfort and support when you wear the Kuro 8 Stud SG Rugby Boots in Black from Gilbert.
Gilbert’s boot range offers style with a performance at every level. The Speedplate HYB outsole has helped to create a range of strong, responsive yet incredibly light boots. The Bio-Frame 8 outsole gives maximum traction for scrummaging and is suitable for front 5 forwards or back rows looking for additional traction provided by the pro tip studs.
Bear with us here, we know this isn’t the best looking boot you’ll ever see but to find a decent boot at such a cheap price, we had to make a few sacrifices. It’s pretty classic in design if not a bit boring and bulky. 1/5
The Kuros feel very sturdy, very strong and will suit the rigours of playing, especially in the front row. Comfort isn’t too bad, they don’t match up to the Mizunos but are around the same level as the Adidas. One area the Kuro will excel is the grip level, they dig in really well which is perfect for propping on a lovely soggy pitch. 3/5
The Kuros are very competitively priced at £38 from Lovell. For that price, these are an excellent starter boot and a good pair of workhorses for any front row forward. At that price, to be honest, they’re probably worth having as a spare pair. 5/5
So there you have it, the best rugby boots for forwards if you’re in the first five club, if you have any thoughts on the tight five rugby boots then leave us a comment below.