Product Review – Nike Pitch Premier League Football 2018/19
Guarantee: 2 years shape and stitches
Size: 4 different sizes
The Nike Pitch Premier League Football offers a value proposition as far as footballs go. Its glossy exterior and strong colouring make it an attractive option, designed to be highly visible on the park. Its slick surface and cushioned softness lend it more towards a match ball though could easily be used at training (and is the right price when buying multiple training balls).
The Pitch Premier League football comes in a range of sizes and colours.
According to Nike:
Size 1, the smallest, is designed as a skill development ball. Touch, turns, kicking and control are always more challenging with a smaller ball.
Size 3 – for years aged 9 and under
Size 4 – for ages 10 to U12
Size 5 – for ages 12 and up
Nike Pitch Premier League Football – Yellow
Nike Pitch Premier League Royal Blue, Red and White
Nike Pitch Premier League Football – Volt, Purple White and Blue
Nike Pitch Premier League Football – White, Blue and Purple
The Ball is machine stitched with 12 pentagonal panels. Machine stitched balls won’t generally last as long as those that are hand stitched though are considered to respond more consistently when used. As a result, the Pitch football is better suited as a match ball.
Whilst many match balls will use latex bladders, the Nike Pitch PL 18/19 uses a rubber bladder. The benefit, to rubber as against latex is that the rubber will retain air pressure for longer. Latex bladders will often need to be pumped up weekly or fortnightly, depending on usage. The rubber bladder may retain adequate air pressure for up to 3 months.
In addition, the rubber bladder, being more durable than latex, the ball will retain its shape for longer.
The slick exterior surface is insulated with internal polyurethane. This ensures connection with the ball is cushioned when striking.
Pros and Cons
Like all product of this nature, there is the risk of machine stitching coming apart more easily than hand stitched balls. This is the risk you take as the less expensive option will usually be the machine stitched balls.
The bladder maybe heavier than latex, however the ball has adequate cushioning to ameliorate the effect of the bladder’s firmness.
The rubber bladder means the ball will retain air pressure for longer. This is one of my real issues with footballs. When you arrive at training or games on time, only to find the balls have lost air in the last couple of days. Having to spend 5 to 10 minutes pumping up balls when you just want to get on with training, team talks or the match is just frustrating.
The balls have great aesthetics and the manufacturing ensure there will be both consistency and durability. The bladder ensures maintenance will be kept to a minimum.
Nike back their manufacturing with a 2 year stitching and shape warranty which is a great comfort given these are the two things that can really go wrong with a football (wear and tear scuffing is normal).
While Nike has a suggested price of US$30 per ball, alternate websites and stores will have it on sale from time to time. Sportsdirect.com currently has a multi purchase deal at 2 for 20 pounds. At this price they are great value.
Should I buy it?
The Nike Pitch Premier League Football 2018/2019 represents great value for a football of its quality. You are not getting the ball Kane and Salah are knocking into the back of the net. What you are getting is a less expensive version that will suit park football or training sessions. One that will give you excellent consistency, longevity and won’t require you to pump it up every week. If there are any issues with shape or stitching the guarantee has your back.by