Suit up for battle
Don’t let the downpour dampen your performance with this selection of wet weather gear
WATERTIGHT TOUCHNike’s All Conditions Control (ACC) boots
With input from master technician Andres Iniesta, these ACC Nike boots were given special treatment during development to create the same feel for the ball in wet and dry conditions. Visit nike.com to see the full ACC range. £145 at nike.com.
STAY IN CONTROLNeo 2 Pro football
You’ll be able to spot this flashy orb flying towards your chops through a curtain of rain. With its 14-panel design the Neo Pro 2 offers a clean strike zone and true, natural flight. The outer casing has been designed to provide elasticity and a softer touch. £60 at umbro.com.
GET A GRIPPuma King Aqua gloves
A drop of rain can turn the ball into a bar of soap, but the latex palm on these gloves will help you keep out those howitzers. Even if you only get a thumb or wrist in the way, the ball should stick due to grip technology wrapped around the glove. £45 at prodirectsoccer.com.
SOAK IT UPAdidas F50 Windbreaker
When you’ve been lumbered with running the line in a downpour, keep yourself dry and ready for action with this hooded Climaproof windbreaker. And when you get the nod to come on, the jacket can pack into itself for easy storage. £65, available at adidas.co.uk.
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