As you head back to the gridiron this fall football season, you don’t need just any cleat or glove — you need the best gear possible. That’s why we at Eastbay huddled up and created your 2019 Football Gear Guide — an in-depth breakdown of the best football gear for this fall season. We even divided it by style of player. So whether you’re an explosive speedster, a dynamic playmaker, or a trench warrior, we’ve got gear built for you. And whether you’re Team
FOR THE EXPLOSIVE SPEEDSTERS
The lightest for the fastest. Adidas adizero 5-Star 7.0 football cleats are incredibly lightweight and designed for unstoppable speed. They are available in mid and low options and a variety of colorways. The matching glove feature GRIPTACK in the palm for an incredible grip during any weather conditions. The McDavid Rival Pro 5-Pad Short-Sleeve Shirt and Girdle products stay lightweight while helping absorb contact in high-impact zones. Make sure to complete your look with the Shock Doctor Gel Max Mouthguard, which offers a personalized fit and reliable protection.
When it’s time to talk about speed cleats, you have to start with the Nike Vapor Untouchable 3 Pro. From the explosive carbon fiber plate to the Flywire cables along the midfoot, these cleats are built to take you from fast to untouchable. As you tear around the field, make sure your hands stay breathable and comfortable all season long with Vapor Knit 2 gloves. Nike Hyperstrong compression, including the Sleeveless Core Padded Top and Hardplate Core Short Girdle, ensures that you receive a total range of motion while getting that added padding you need to stay safe. The Nike Pro Hyperflow Mouthguard and Nike Pro Dri-Fit Sleeve 3.0 are also ideal additions if you want to stay safe and locked-in for every snap.
UNDER ARMOUR ATHLETE
When the game gets tense and the team is relying on you for a big play, gear up in Under Armour Spotlight Cleats and Gloves. From the ultra-lightweight speed plate on the footwear to the UA GlueGrip Catch tech on the glove, they have exactly what you need to deliver in the clutch. Make sure to get the Under Armour Football Padded Top and 5-Pad Girdle, too, for safety where you need it and a distractionless fit everywhere else. The Battle Sports Oxygen Carbon Chrome Mouth Guard and UA Graphic Arm Sleeve make the perfect accessories to complete your look.
If you’re looking for that added layer of swag in your gear, you should start with the adidas adizero 5-star 7.0 adimoji. Whether you’re always giving 100 or trying to be the GOAT, they’ve got just the cleat you need to turn heads. The adimoji pack is available in glove options as well. Nike Hyperstrong Tops and Girdles look great without sacrificing any safety or mobility. The Battle Sports Oxygen Predator Mouthguard lets you show off how dangerous your game is while the Nike Pro Dri-Fit Vapor Fade Sleeve has way more style than your average arm sleeve.
FOR THE DYNAMIC PLAYMAKERS
As a versatile athlete, you need to be fast AND strong. Lucky for you, the adidas Freak Mid and Low is just what the doctor ordered. They feature IRONSKIN in key areas for added durability and strength while still staying light and responsive. The adidas Freak 3.0 Gloves are similarly versatile — with a seamless palm for elite performance and impact protection zones. We also recommend the McDavid Rival Pro Short-Sleeve Shirt and Girdle for enhanced air flow and long-lasting protection. The Shock Doctor Lip Guard helps relax the jaw for advanced comfort, and the Schutt Optics Elite has the clarity and durability you’re looking for in a visor.
If you need reliable support, but still want that elite explosiveness, Nike Vapor Untouchable Elite or Alpha Menace Elite cleats will be the perfect fit. Nike Superbad 4.5 gloves have padding on the back of the hand to keep you safe and have a breathable knit construction for max ventilation. From the Hyperstrong Padded Top and 3/4 Tights to the Hyperflow Lip Protector Mouthguard and Pro Hyperstrong Padded Arm Sleeve, Nike offers a variety of accessories that are the perfect combo of performance, safety, and comfort. The Nike Gridiron Eye Shield w/ Decals offers precise vision, complete eye protection, and even has a multi-color decal pack.
UNDER ARMOUR ATHLETE
The Under Armour Highlight cleat has been a favorite among dynamic players for years now, and it’s easy to see why. Its high-cut upper and advanced cleat stud design provide you with unrivaled stability and unbelievable traction. Under Armour F6 Gloves are just as outstanding, with a UA GlueGrip palm for consistently sticky grip and silicone molding over the fingers for added support. The Under Armour Football Padded Top and Under Armour 5-Pad Girdle are both made with 4-way stretch compression for advanced mobility. Don’t forget to pick up a Shock Doctor Lip Guard, an Under Armour Gameday Padded Arm Sleeve, and an Under Armour Football Visor to finish off the collection.
There’s no better way to stand out than by rocking one of the greatest footwear silhouettes of all time: the Jordan Retro 11. Jordan Brand has brought some of their most iconic colorways onto the gridiron and updated them for the modern football player. The Retro 11 cleats are available in mid and low cuts. The Cutters Rev Pro 3 and Nike Vapor Jet 5.0 Gold have that added level of swag that most gloves don’t without sacrificing any ounce of performance. Ditto for the Nike Hyperstrong Padded Top and 3/4 Tights. You can’t go wrong with the Battle Sports Oxygen Mouthguards, Nike Pro Dri-FIT Vapor Fade Sleeve, or Oakley Football Eyeshield either.
FOR THE TRENCH WARRIORS
It’s time to showcase the true MVPs of their team — the linemen. The adidas Freak High has an incredibly strong and stable platform so that you can push the pile with force. The adidas Scorch Destroyer lineman gloves don’t feel bulky, but are as rugged and durable as possible. You’ll want the McDavid Rival Pro Short-Sleeve Shirt and Girdle to get five-pad impact protection that contours and stretches to the shape of your body. Shock Doctor Mouthguards, the McDavid Hex Forearm Sleeve, and the Schutt Optics Elite Visor all are ready to do battle all game long.
Strong, supportive, and comfortable. The Nike Force Savage Elite is actually built specifically with a lineman’s foot in mind for perfect cushioning and fit. Nike D-Tack 6 lineman gloves have protective gel padding for impact absorption and enhanced range of motion. The Nike Hyperstrong line (Top and Girdle) has the padded compression apparel you need for heavy-duty protection. Stock up on essential accessories like the Nike Pro Hyperflow Mouthguard, the Nike Amplified Padded Forearm Shiver, and the Nike Gridiron Eye Shield.
UNDER ARMOUR ATHLETE
Let’s start with the Under Armour Hammer cleat. Thanks to its 4D foam footbed and strong upper, it locks your foot into place and gives you the power you need to dominate. The Under Armour Combat 5 glove is ready for war. With its Armour DuraTack palm and removable power strap, it has your back time in and time out. The Under Armour Football Padded Top and Under Armour 5-Pad Girdle are designed for total comfort and protection. Grab a Shock Doctor Mouthguard, Under Armour Gameday Armour Padded Forearm Shiver, and Under Armour Football Visor to step into the trenches with confidence.
Unfortunately, linemen often don’t have the selection of colors for their gear that other positions have. But that’s changing! Great cleats like the Nike Force Savage Elite are available in special The Opening colorways, so you can upgrade your style while staying dominant in the trenches. Nike D-Tack 6gloves and Nike Hyperstrong padded compression (Top and Girdle) let you stay strong and stand out. Shock Doctor Mouthguards have plenty of great looks to choose from, and the Nike Pro Hyperstrong Padded Forearm Shiver and Oakley Football Eyeshield are ideal ways to add some swag to your game.
There you have it — our picks for the best football gear of 2019. Which products will you gear up in as you head back to the gridiron? Let us know in the comments, and if you want to explore our full collection of football gear, click here.