Empowering Women at Intersport Elverys | International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day, Intersport Elverys is thrilled to spolight how we embrace and promote Women in Sports Empowerment.

We are celebrating our many talented female staff members and Brand Ambassadors.

Their inspiring stories are not just about sports, but also about how resilience and teamwork can lead to success.

At Intersport Elverys, we are actively supporting our female athletes and staff members, from the grassroots to the elite, to be the very best they can be.

Our goal is create an inclusive and supportive environment where woman can thrive in their sports.

In this blog, you will hear from a female elite referee, para-rower, International sprint hurdler and runner, gaelic football, soccer and camoige stars.


Empowering Women in Sports Q&As

Sharlene Mwadsley – Irish Athletics 400m Runner

Q. In what ways do you think sports can empower women, beyond the field or course? 

A. “Sport brings a lot of women together.

“For me it’s always a conversation topic. People ask me about it and they’re actually genuinely interested. People coming up to you telling me I’m a huge role model – that’s something that I never even dreamt that I would be.

Outside of the track and field, sport gets people to enjoy what they do and even just to have a healthy lifestyle – you’re on the on the right path.

Q. What sportswoman or team inspires you the most?

A. “In athletics there’s obviously so many great and amazing girls at the moment – Rhasidat Adeleke, Ciara Mageann but also my 4 x 400m women’s team because no matter what, there’s such a huge support within the team itself so just being a part of that team like that really inspires me.”

Q. What advice would you give to your 16 year old self?

A. “Don’t be so hard on yourself.

“You really get caught up in the moment of what’s going on and transitioning into being a senior athlete isn’t the easiest thing, so I definitely would tell myself that it’s actually okay to not put so much pressure on myself and that to succeed, just to trust the process.”

 Q. What guidance would you offer to girls contemplating quitting sport?

A. “I would say ‘Don’t – keep trying!’ And ‘You never know if you don’t try’.

“When I was younger I was never really good. I was just always pretty average and then it was just that I ended up having a breakthrough when I was around 17 and I wouldn’t have known that I would have ever had that breakthrough if I didn’t keep going. 

 Q. Who is the woman you admire or look up to that was outside of sports?

A. “My mom, haha! Does everyone say their mom?

“My mum had me when she was quite young and I feel like she did everything she could to make sure that I always had everything that I needed and she always put me into anything like any sport that I wanted to try out.

“Even now every meter that I run on the track, I know she runs it with me and she’s the most nervous person – even more nervous than I am.

“She’s someone who’s always been there for me, through the highs, through the lows, and I know that she’ll be there till the end. I was very blessed that my mom was like that.

“All it takes is one influential voice and even if that was me saying that to one person and they took it onboard.”

Q. What challenges have you faced as a female athlete and how have you overcome them? 

A. “For me I have just faced challenges in my own performances, and I don’t think I have had any in athletics – I feel it’s 50:50 with males to females so I’ve only ever dealt with the disappointment that I have had to overcome in my own athletics career.

“Not going to the Olympics in ‘21 was really disappointing for me but I obviously came back from that and I’m a lot mentally tougher because of it.” 

Katie O’Brien – Irish International Para-Rower and World Champion

Q. Who is a woman you admire or look up to? 

A. “My Granny is a women I admire.

“She is extremely intelligent, kind, caring and is constantly doing nice things for other people but never looks for anything in return.

“She’s is just quietly impressive, loving and most definitely admirable.”

 Q. What sportswoman or team inspires you the most? 

A. “Katie Taylor is my sporting hero.

“She’s insanely hard working, always striving to be her best, and is such a lovely person.

“I love how she inspires both men and women of all ages.”

 Q. What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self? 

A. I think I’d tell her to have more confidence in herself and who she is. I think all 16 year olds need to hear that!”

 Q. What guidance would you offer to girls contemplating quitting sports? 

A. “I’d say to keep up something, it doesn’t have to be competitive, but find something that you enjoy doing!

“There’s  so many options out there, you may just not have found your sport yet!

“I didn’t find rowing until I was 16.”

Q. In what ways do you think sports can empower women beyond the field or court? 

A. “Sport teaches you so many lessons.

“It shows you how to work hard, how to believe in yourself, to feel strong, how to be brave and how to face a challenge face on. ”

 Q. What challenges have you faced as a female athlete, and how have you overcome them? 

A. “Fortunately, within rowing there is very little disparity between the interest in male and female racing.

“So I’m quite lucky in that respect. ”

Claire Purcell – FAI Elite Referee & Intersport Elverys Staff

Claire is a member of the FAI Elite Referee Panel.

She was the first female official to referee a Junior Cup Final in Ozier Park and refereed the Senior Women’s Cup Final in 2020. 

Claire has had quite the journey with Intersport Elverys since she started as a Sports Adviser in Waterford in 2016, promoted to Key Holder in 2019, took part in our Emerging Manager programme in 2021 and was promoted again to Assistant Manager in Waterford in 2022. 

Q. Who is a woman you admire or look up to? 

A. “A woman I’d look up to is my mam.

“She’s hard-working, caring and is always willing to help with anything.

“She always puts everyone before herself and without her, I don’t think I would be half the woman I am today.”

Q. What sportswoman or team inspires you the most? 

A. “A sportswoman I would look up to is Stephaine Frappart.

“She is a female referee from France. She has achieved a lot for female referees.

“She was the first female to referee a mens UEFA champions league match in 2019 and first female to referee in the mens World Cup. She is very inspirational and paved the way for future female referees.”

Q. What/Who inspired you to pursue a career in sports? 

A. “My dad inspired me to be a referee.

“He is a referee too and noticed that there weren’t many female referees and encouraged me to take up the whistle.

“I have always been involved in sport and always loved to run so it’s great to be able to do both.”

Q. What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self as an aspiring athlete? 

A. “Keep believing in yourself.

“Always push yourself to the next level. It’s not always going to be easy but there are many positives that come out of it.

“A quote I would tell my 16-year-old self would be: ‘Without rain, there would never be rainbows’, meaning that all the challenges you face will pay off in the end.”

Q. What guidance would you offer to girls contemplating quitting sports? 

A. “Don’t give up.

“Sport is so good for your mental health and offers an escape from a mundane type of lifestyle.

“It can build confidence in social aspects but also in physical aspects. I you genuinely love doing sports, you should never let a small factor hinder your passion.”

Q. In what ways do you think sports can empower women beyond the field, track, court etc? 

A. “I feel like on the field, I have a voice which then empowers me to speak up in certain situations in life.

“As a referee, we need to be fit which off the field, gives a confidence boost.”

Q. What challenges have you faced as a female athlete, and how have you overcome them? 

A. “As a referee, when I started, it was difficult as there wasn’t many female referees and didn’t feel confident in myself and sometimes doubted myself.

“Over time, my confidence grew and have made friendships along the way.”

Q. For you, who is the most inspirational woman on the planet, and why? 

A. “For me, I think that Molly-Mae Hague is an inspirational woman as she is a person who overcame what people thought of her.

“She is very young and has achieved her own brand, clothing collaborations and made herself an entrepreneur.

“She always talks about how to forget what people think and to do what makes you happy. She is very family orientated too, which is something I can relate to.”

Sarah Dillon – Westmeath LGFA & Intersport Elverys Staff

Sarah was the 2021 TG4 Intermediate Players’ Player of the Year after.

Her county, Westmeath beat Wexford in the Mary Quinn Memorial Cup to win the Ladies All Ireland Intermediate football championship title.

Sarah scored 1-6 in the final and was player of the match. 

She has been a Sports Advisor in Elverys Lakepoint since 2020.

Q. Who is a woman you admire or look up to? 

A. “One of the most iconic sports people of all time in my opinion has got to be Katie Taylor.

“Katie came from a humble background and is living proof that hard work pays off.

“She is such an inspirational figure and a perfect role model for all budding athletes.”

Q. What sports woman or team inspires you the most? 

A. “Growing up my biggest aspiration was to play with my local club, Milltown Ladies.

“I followed them from a very early age and looked up to numerous players on our team who represented both club and county.

“My dream was to play with them and it wasn’t long before I was training with them, playing with them and became part of a huge sporting family who have helped me and inspired me through many difficult times in my life.

“Being part of a dedicated hard working and inclusive team makes playing sport so enjoyable.”

Q. What/Who inspired you to pursue a career in sports? 

A. “Both my parents encouraged me to take part in sport.

“They both played sport and believed that the values learnt from sport would help in every aspect of life.

“My mam was the coach of our local basketball team and my dad is the Milltown Ladies coach and both have inspired me to pursue my love of sport instilling in me a good work ethic and never give up attitude that can be incorporated into everyday life.”

Q. What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self as an aspiring athlete? 

A. “I would have told my 16 year-old self that recovery and injury prevention are vital parts of enjoying sport and prolonging your career to play at a high level.

“I would encourage my 16 year old self to enjoy the moment more and to not put as much pressure on myself to perform.”

Q. What guidance would you offer to girls contemplating quitting sports? 

A. “Don’t …….. just think about all the things you would be giving up.

“The obvious benefits are your health, wellbeing, fitness and the social element.

“The most important part is the lifelong friendships that you form. The exciting roads that sports lead you down and the numerous doors that sport open for you.”

 Q. In what ways do you think sports can empower women beyond the field, track, court etc? 

A. “I believe to be successful in sport you have to follow some simple life rules, which are work hard, work as part of a team, take criticism and try to improve yourself upon it, follow direction and remember you can get nothing for nothing in this world you get out of life what you put in.”

Q. What challenges have you faced as a female athlete, and how have you overcome them? 

A. “By playing sport at a high level can often come with injuries – unfortunately I have sustained bilateral ACL reconstructions and bilateral shoulder reconstructions.

“These injuries have taught me resilience and to appreciate how precious a sports career can be, it has taught me not to take for granted the privilege of being involved in sport.

“These injuries helped me deal with setbacks in life and the importance of preparing your body and mind to the best of your ability let that be in the gym, mindfulness, and nutrition or anything that is required to help you achieve your best in anything you do in life”

Q. For you, who is the most inspirational woman on the planet, and why? 

A. “For me the most inspirational women is Michelle Obama, I believe her outlook on life teaches us that we are able to do anything that we put our mind to let that be in our life choices or in sport.

“She was famously quoted in saying ‘Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourself with a good education then get out there and use that’.

“I have brought this mentality into my sport and feel that it has helped me reach higher goals.”

 Sarah Quinn – Irish Sprint Hurdler

Q. Who is a woman you admire or look up to? 

A. “So many but I’d have to say my Mam!”

Q. What sports woman or team inspires you the most?

A. “Sarah Lavin .”

Q. What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?

A. “You’re on time for your own life .”

Q. What guidance would you offer to girls contemplating quitting sports? 

A. “There is a world of opportunity out there if you’re willing to work hard, stay the course and focus on your own journey! ”

Q. In what ways do you think sports can empower women beyond the field or court?

A. “Sport can give you confidence and an ability to tackle any situation that comes your way.

“If you’re able to tackle setbacks on the track/pitch then you’re better able to handle them off the track/pitch too. ”

Q. What challenges have you faced as a female athlete, and how have you overcome them?

A. “I would say I’m very fortunate to be involved in a sport that doesn’t have much gender bias within it.

“The challenges I’ve faced are what you would normally imagine within any sporting environment.

“Fun, patience, perseverance and hard work have seen me through all of my setbacks! 😊 “

Lauran Robinson – Dublin Camógie & Intersport Elverys Staff

Lauran plays on the Dublin Camógie team.  

She started with us in Santry & Henry Street as a Sports Advisor and moved to Suffolk Street after Henry Street Closed and was promoted to Key Holder this year.

Q. Who is a woman I admire or look up to? 

A. “One woman I admire and look up to is Malala Yousafzai.

“Malala is a Pakistani activist for female education who gained global recognition after surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban at the age of 15.

“Despite facing adversity and risking her life for her beliefs, she continues to advocate for the rights of girls to receive an education.

“Malala’s courage, resilience, and unwavering dedication to promoting education and gender equality serve as an inspiration to millions around the world, including myself.”

Q. What sports woman or team inspires you the most? 

A. “Serena Williams is a tennis legend who has dominated the sport for over two decades.

“Her incredible athleticism, determination, and resilience have made her an inspiration to athletes around the world.

“Despite facing numerous challenges and setbacks throughout her career, including injuries and health issues, Serena has consistently demonstrated her unmatched skill and mental toughness on the court.

“Beyond her achievements in tennis, Serena has also been a powerful advocate for gender equality and social justice, using her platform to speak out on important issues.

“Her impact on the world of sports and beyond is truly remarkable and continues to inspire generations of athletes.”

Q. What/Who inspired you to pursue a career in sports?  

A. “Starting off playing GAA for my local club there wasn’t a girls’ team that I could join so I used to train and play matches with all the boys’ teams.

“So, that gave me the foundation of skills and confidence, so when it got to the time there was a girls’ team, I always stood out and wanted to try being the best I could, and that passion has just continued.”

Q. What advice would you give to your 16 year old self? 

A. “I would tell myself that you only learn by making mistakes.

“So, making mistakes is completely okay cause how else are you meant to learn?”

Q. What advice would you offer girls contemplating quitting sports? 

A. “Sports is such a good way to be able to take your mind off things and make so many friends.

“Some of my best friends today I have met through playing camogie.

Going to training meeting your friends outside of a school setting 2/3 times a week will be the memories you’ll always reminder as you start to get older.” 

Q. In what ways do you think sports can empower a woman beyond the field? 

A. “I think sports can teach anyone about resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity.

“Dealing with losses of important matches, setbacks like not making the starting 15, and injuries on the field, learning these from a young age can help anyone  bounce back from challenges in other areas of life too, such as academics and careers.

“It’s just like going back to training the following week and putting 110% effort even if you lost that match or didn’t start or the job interview or test didn’t go as you’d of hoped you are back training the next week just like you apply for another job or study harder for the next test.”

Q. What challenges have you faced as a female athlete? 

A. “Well, I think from the start even from there not being a girls camogie team for when I wanted to join, I think that challenge of the equality in sports between men and women has always been prevalent throughout my whole career.

“From money allocated to the boys team vs the girls, pitch times and conditions of the pitches that we got versus the boys and also even down to the gear we are given and the amount of food we were given after matches.

“Although there have been many strides to rectify this in recent years, it is still a relevant topic from county teams down to club levels too.”

Q. Who is the most inspirational woman on the planet? 

A. “I’d have to say without a shadow of a doubt my Mam who is my best friend has always been my biggest inspiration to me.

“She embodies the essence of strength, resilience, and unconditional love, serving as a constant source of guidance and support throughout my entire life’s journey so far.

“From all the ups and downs from winning back-to-back Ireland finals with college to losing championship finals with club and facing relegation in county and many injuries along the way, she’s the first person there with the biggest hug no matter the occasion.”

Jenna Slattery – Galway United & Intersport Elverys Staff

Q. Who is a women I admire or look up to ?

A. “My Mother.”

Q. What sports woman or team inspires you the most?

A. “Katie Taylor”

Q. What/Who inspired you to pursue a career in sports?

A. “My Family.”

Q. What advice would you give to your 16 year old self?

A. “Never give up, keep believe in the process.” 

Q. What advice would you offer girls contemplating quitting sports?

A. “Don’t quit unless you are sure it’s the right decision for you.

“Have a good think of all the positive effects it has on your life no matter how little or big each little positivity sports brings to you is a reason to not give up, sports can develop you as a person in the everyday world and it’s not just in sport.

“My advice would be to sit down and reflect on why they are thinking of quitting but on those reasonings. I would try see if I could see the alternatives to these and trying to find a way to turn the negatives of why you should quit to, how can I change this and flip that thought in a positive effect.”

Q. In what ways do you think sports can empower a woman beyond the field?

A. “Sports gives you a drive to be the best version of you wether that be on the field or off the field, it empowers females to have greater confidence in themselves as the strive in sports showcasing their abilities, talents gaining a sense of empowerment and self-worth.

Q. What challenges have you faced as a female athlete?

A. “I have faced many challenges in my playing time, from at a young such as not getting picked for the Munster squad and being in the final 2 to get dropped aswell as when moving to a different club trying to balance school and football then trying to push to be my best in training and matches.

“I have pushed myself ever since having set backs which are not always a bad thing, if you go the right way about them they can have a positive effect on you as a person and always your playing time.

“You learn who you are as a person and how you can build yourself back up to be a bigger better and stronger person.

“I’ve had to get an understand of when you put your head down focus on your belief, understanding that there is a process to everything and if you but your head down you’ll find a way to achieve anything once you work hard and believe.”

Q. Who is the most inspirational woman on the planet?

A. “For me to be the person I am today, my mother is the most inspirational woman I know, even though my mam has had upsets in life she never stops been the amazing woman she is.

“Everyday she gets up and is determined to make the most out of the day no matter if it’s on tough days or good days she never fails in providing the best for herself and not only herself but for us as a family.

“My mother is strong, independent, beautiful, empowering, she has made me become the person I am today.”



We love our sports at Intersport Elverys.

And we also love to promote inclusivity and empowerment with our female athletes through sport.

Check out our website for more information.

Expert Tennis Racket Reviews 2024: Find Your Perfect Match

Picking a tennis racket can be like choosing breakfast cereal – there’s so many on offer it can be overwhelming! That’s why we’re going to make your life a lot easier with this Tennis Rackets Reviews for the 2024 range.

If you’re a seasoned played, new to the game or a parent buying for your little one, this is packed with information you should know before you buy.

We’ve picked out our most popular rackets for our reviews.

There is one for all abilities, shapes and sizes.

Things to consider are weight, balance, grip size and string tension.

Keep reading to learn more.

Or, this blog delves into the different styles of players and what racket suits them. 

What to Consider when Buying a Tennis Racket

Before we get into the tennis racket reviews, you should know what to look for when you’re buying.

Firstly, the size of the tennis racket to yourself is critical.

This Tennis Racket Size Guide delves deep into that.

But in short:

  • A lighter racket with smaller grips is ideal for Junior players’ development
  • Beginner adults and intermediate level players should look for rackets with a blend of power, control and a comfortable grip
  • Advanced players tend to go heavier on their rackets with smaller heads that emphasize precision over power

Tennis Racket Reviews for Ireland in 2024

Wilson Tour Slam Lite Tennis Tackets Review

Price: €45

The Wilson Tour Slam Lite is designed to give players a nice blend of power and maneuverability.

Its lightweight design and more forgiving head size make it suitable for players across all skill levels too.

You can deliver powerful shots with less effort, vibrations and still feel like you’re in control of the racket.

You’ll also get a top-quality racket for a very affordable price.

Racket Specs & Features

  • Power Bridge: Enhances the length of the main strings, optimising rebound speed and power for forceful shots.
  • Stop Shock Sleeves: Positioned at the 3 & 9 o’clock points of the frame, these sleeves significantly reduce string vibrations, offering a cleaner and more comfortable feel.
  • V-Matrix Technology: A unique throat design that expands the sweet spot, providing extra power and forgiveness on off-center hits.
  • AirLite Alloy: The aluminum composition of the racket not only ensures durability but also contributes to its lightweight strength, making it easier to handle without sacrificing power.
  • Head Size: 722 sq cm, offering an oversize head that generates impressive power and adds forgiveness, thanks to the enlarged sweet spot.
  • Length: 69.9 cm, providing extended reach and coverage.
  • String Pattern: 16×19, allowing for a balanced mix of control and power in your shots.
  • Strung Balance: 33 cm, offering a stable and even feel throughout the swing.
  • Strung Weight: 291 grams, striking the perfect balance between lightweight agility and the necessary heft for powerful strokes.


  • Improved control and power, thanks to its well-balanced weight distribution.
  • Enhanced comfort during gameplay due to the shock-absorbing properties of its design.
  • The sleek navy colour scheme adds an aesthetic appeal that stands out on the court.


  • May not be ideal for players looking for a racket with a heavy frame for groundstrokes.
  • Novice players may struggle with switching to this model if they are accustomed to using a significantly heavier racket.

Check it out HERE or below.

the wilson tour slam lite tennis racket review

 Pro Touch Ace 500 Tennis Racket Review

Price: €20-40

The Pro Touch Ace 500 gives the player a great blend of feel, control and power.

At an exceptional price too.

It lightweight graphite frame has an even balanced point that lets a player enjoy great freedom in its use.

It’s quite versatile, so can suit players of all levels. But we recommend this for beginners in particular.

Racket Specs & Features

  • Racket Length: 68.5 cm long, allowing for an ideal reach to execute different shots.
  • Weight: 275 g, perfect for quick movements and powerful shots.
  • Balance Point: The balance point is evenly distributed at 34.5 cm, providing stability and control with each stroke.
  • Material: Made from a graphite composite, this racket provides durability while maintaining responsiveness.
  • String Material: Made from Polyamide (Nylon), offering a blend of resilience and performance.
  • String Tension: Set at 28kg to achieve a perfect balance of control and power.


  • The graphite composite frame decreases the racket’s weight while improving its strength, enabling players to effortlessly deliver powerful shots.
  • The even balance point is meticulously designed to offer players exceptional control over their shots, making it a perfect option for those who prioritise precision.
  • The polyamide stringing provides a durable and sensitive contact area, enhancing the racket’s feel and performance while playing.


  • Although the racket is designed to suit a variety of players, newcomers may struggle with the initial switch to this more advanced configuration.
  • The optimised string tension, although suitable for most players, might need to be fine-tuned for those with particular preferences.

Check it out HERE or below.

the pro touch ace 500 tennis racket reviews


Babolat Evoke 102 Tennis Racket Review

Price: €60

If you’re a recreational tennis player, or just starting out your journey, the Evoke 102 is a great addition.

You will find yourself improving very quickly using this ‘Wimbledon’ stlye racket.

Mainly due to the lightweight design and adapted head that gives ample control and power.

More expensive than the others featured so far, but it’s a great racket that’s not quite at the professional grade but has plenty to offer.

Suitable for newcomers or intermediate players.

Racket Specs & Features

  • Head Size: 660 cm², providing a generous sweet spot for increased forgiveness on off-center hits.
  • Length: 685 mm/27 inch – standard length for good reach and coverage.
  • Weight: 260 g +/- 7g – making it lightweight for ease of maneuverability.
  • Balance: 330 mm +/- 10mm – offering a balanced feel that aids in control and stability.
  • Stringing Pattern: 16/19 – a versatile pattern that offers a good balance between control and power.
  • Stiffness (RA): 58, indicating a frame that provides a good feel with reduced shock on impact.
  • Composition: Fused GRAPHITE, offering durability and a lightweight frame for players at all levels.


  • Its lightweight and balanced design caters to recreational players who appreciate its ease of use and manoeuvrability.
  • The racket’s generous sweet spot and fused graphite composition enhance its forgiveness and durability, making it ideal for players seeking to enhance their game.
  • The combination of black and yellow colours brings a vibrant touch to the racket’s overall appearance.


  • Experienced players might consider the racket’s specifications less ideal for top-tier competitive matches, as it is designed more for recreational purposes.
  • Players with specific performance preferences may need to customise the recommended string and tension.

Check it out HERE or below.

the babolat Evoke 102 tennis racket reviews


Head Radical 27 Tennis Racket Review

Price: €40

The Head Radical 27″ is tailored for entry-level adults that want performance but also forgiveness and ease of use.

If that sounds like you, look no further.

Well do.

But the aluminium frame is very distinguishable by its Damp+ insert, a feature designed to isolate impact and reduce nasty vibrations for those off-centre hits.

Hey, they happen us all!

It’s endorsed by American professional tennis player, Taylor Fritz too.

If you’re a beginner, this option is ideal for you. Or if you’re a recreational player looking for no-frills performace, this ticks that box.

Racket Specs & Features

  • Weight: 275g, balancing lightness with the necessary heft for controlled swings.
  • String Pattern: 16/19, a versatile configuration that supports a good mix of power and control.
  • Head Size: 700cm² / 108in², offering a large sweet spot for enhanced forgiveness on off-center hits.
  • Handle Grip Size: 4.25 inches, ensuring a comfortable grip for a wide range of hand sizes.
  • Head Cover: Comes with a full-length cover featuring a half zip and carry strap for easy transportation and protection.
  • Length: 27 inches, a standard size for adult players providing ample reach and coverage.
  • Frame Material: Aluminum, known for its durability and lightweight strength, complemented by o’ beam technology for improved performance.


  • The Damp+ insert helps reduce vibrations, providing a comfortable feel upon impact, which is great for beginners who are sensitive to racket feedback.
  • The lightweight design allows for easy movement, making it ideal for players looking to improve their swing and technique.
  • Adding a head cover with a carry strap enhances the racket’s protection and convenience when not in use.


  • Although ideal for newcomers and casual games, experienced players may prefer a racket with advanced features designed for competitive matches.
  • Although the aluminium construction is durable and lightweight, it may provide a distinct feel and response in comparison to more premium composite frames.

Check it our HERE or below.

the head radical 27 tennis racket review

Pro Touch Ace 21 Tennis Racket Review

Price: €17.50-35

For aspiring young players, the Pro Touch Ace 21 is ready made.

It comes complete with a free backpack to keep all their bits and pieces in, this tennis racket is packed with performance for exceptional pricing for all you hardworking parents.

It places huge importance on the size, weight and tension to suit kids and get them enjoying the sport.

Who knows what the future could hold for them.

Racket Specs & Features

  • Type: Kids Tennis Racket, specifically designed to accommodate the ergonomic and play needs of young players.
  • Weight: 220 g, making it exceptionally lightweight for easy handling by kids.
  • Bag Included: A practical carry bag is included, enhancing convenience for transportation and storage.
  • Material: Constructed with Aluminum for the frame, providing durability and lightness, and Polyurethane (PU) for a comfortable grip.
  • String Material: Polyamide (Nylon), offering a good balance between durability and playability.
  • Length: 53 cm, appropriately scaled down to fit young players comfortably.
  • String Tension: 24 kg, optimised for kids to enjoy a blend of control and ease of play.

Buy it HERE or below – while stocks last.

Wilson Six.One Lite 102 Tennis Racket Review

Price: €140

Certainly the most expensive of all the tennis rackets in this review blog, but for a reason.

The Wilson Six.One Lite 102 racket is an exceptional choice for young players moving up to their first adult-sized racket. .

It is really lightweight and forgiving, but equally designed to support and improve the talent up and coming players.

The colour shading makes it stand out from the crowd to compliment its performance.

So if your son or daughter is starting to make progress in their tennis game and want to take it to the next level, this is an investment for them.

Racket Specs & Features

  • Type: Racket, tailored for young or transitioning players seeking an adult-sized frame.
  • PWS (Perimeter Weighting System): Reinforcement between 3:00 and 9:00 in the frame, significantly boosting the power this racket delivers.
  • Weight: At 264g, this racket offers extraordinary maneuverability, making it perfect for players who prioritize comfort and agility.
  • Head Size: 665cm², a large head size that aids in centering the ball, enhancing ease of play, and optimising power through an improved trampoline effect.
  • Balance: 33cm, aiding in accelerating the racket head to achieve excellent ball speed.
  • String Pattern: Versatile 16×20 pattern, catering to players who enjoy generating spin, offering good ball length from the baseline.
  • Colour: White, with a stylish design that is both sleek and eye-catching.


  • The PWS reinforcement boosts the racket’s power while maintaining its lightweight design, allowing young players to have both agility and strength in their shots.
  • This racket is perfect for players looking to improve their precision and technique, thanks to its large head size and forgiving design.
  • The balance and string pattern are carefully crafted to support a quick learning process, offering the speed and spin potential desired by ambitious players.


  • Ideal for those starting out or at an intermediate level, advanced players may prefer rackets with specialised features for competitive matches.
  • The unique style, while attractive, may not suit everyone’s preferences, especially for players who prefer more understated or classic designs.

But it now HERE while stocks last.

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Wilson US Open 21″ Junior Tennis Racket Review

Price: €35

If you’ve an aspiring young Novak Djokovic or Serena Williams, then this Wilson US Open 21″ Junior tennis racket will get their dreams started.

Designed with the backing of the United States Tennis Association, it is commonly seen on the courts of USA junior events.

Specifically suits kids that are 10 years and under, the construction of it supports the development of the basic tennis skills.

It’s very lightweight, offers great playability and should provide them hours of fun at the very least.

Racket Specs & Features

  • Type: Tennis racket, specifically approved for 10-and-under tennis, making it an excellent choice for beginners.
  • Lightweight Power: Engineered for easy swinging, allowing young players to develop their skills without the burden of a heavy frame.
  • C-Beam Construction: Enhances the racket’s stability, providing a solid feel that boosts confidence with every stroke.
  • Design: The vibrant and colorful frames not only make this racket visually appealing but also ensure it stands out on the court, adding a fun element to the game.
  • String Pattern: 16 x 18, a pattern that offers a good balance between control and power, tailored to the needs of junior players.
  • Length: 21 inches, perfectly sized for young players to handle and maneuver with ease.
  • Strung Weight: 186g, further emphasizing the lightweight aspect for optimal swing speed.
  • Head Size: 92 square inches, providing a suitable sweet spot for this age group, encouraging effective hitting and learning.


  • Its lightweight design and easy swinging capability make it ideal for beginners, allowing them to enjoy the game without any strain.
  • The C-Beam construction not only enhances stability but also supports the development of a young player’s technique, providing a consistent feel during play.
  • The vibrant design serves a dual purpose by not only enhancing the aesthetics but also appealing to young players, thereby making tennis a fun and engaging activity.


  • Young tennis players will need to switch to a bigger racket size as they develop and improve their skills.
  • This design and its features are geared towards beginners, which may not meet the needs of more advanced young players seeking competitive features.

Check it out HERE while it’s still in stock.


We hope you’ve learned something from this tennis racket review guide.

Intersport Elverys is proud to have an extensive selection from all the top brands.

So whether you’re a junior starting out, or a high level adult, there’s a racket for you.

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Discover What are the Best Football Boots for Weak Ankles

If you’ve had an ankle injury before, knowing the best football boots for weak ankles will help you.

It could also be the difference in you getting to take part in your sport and not.

Anyone who has suffered a bad ankle injury in the past knows how easy it is to pick them up again.

They are always lurking around the corner.

If you are a footballer, hurler, rugby player, or soccer player, you cannot overstate the need for the right support.

Research has shown that an ankle injury costs over €300, and that 80% of these injuries result in time off work!

This blog will help you choose the best football boots for weak ankles and prevent sprains.

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The Best Football Boots for Weak Ankles: How it Works

Ankle injuries are really common in field sports, particularly ones with multi-directional movements and physical contact.

Soccer, GAA, rugby and more.

In Great Britain, a study was conducted on 91 football clubs. The study found that ankle sprains accounted for 11% of all injuries over two seasons.

So while ankle injuries and sprains can be impossible to fully avoid, choosing the right boots can help prevent them.

Here’s how:


Special football boots with added ankle support reduce the chance of rolling or twisting during play, making you more stable.

It’s important to be extra careful, especially on uneven playing surfaces like the ones in Ireland!

In sports like football, soccer, rugby, and hurling, players often encounter quick and unexpected movements.

Shock Absorption

Landings or sudden stops can exert significant pressure on the ankles.

Wearing cushioned boots absorbs impact, distributes shock evenly, and reduces strain on ankle joints.

When pitches get hard in the summer time, this becomes even more important.

Improved Proprioception

Football boots, like physiotherapists, provide athletes with improved feedback on the position and movement of their ankles, increasing their awareness.

This helps athletes become more mindful during their performance.

In plain English, this means having better awareness of your foot when you’re running or jumping.

Being more aware can improve control and stability during physical activity, reducing the risk of injury.

Reduced Overpronation

Many athletes suffer from overpronation, where the foot rools inward excessively when running or walking.

That’s why choosing football boots with proper arch support can help correct this and protect your weak ankles.

Prevention of a Re-Occuring Injury

Getting an ankle inury is annoying.

Having a re-occurence can be even worse.

So choosing and knowing what is the best football boots for protecting your weak ankles can keep you off the sidelines.

Wanting a quick return to sport? Invest in the right boots to help.

Best Picks for Football Boots for Weak Ankles

When choosing football boots that provide excellent ankle support, it’s crucial to take into account features that improve stability, comfort, and help prevent injuries.

Here are the top recommendations for players with weak ankles:

Nike Phantom Luna 2 Pro High Top

Nike Phantom Luna 2’s are made for stability. The high top design provides extra ankle support.

The stretch Flyknit upper provides both comfort and lightweight, ensuring that it does not impact your mobility or speed.

The Nike Cyclone 360 traction stud design helps improve agility and reduce rotational movement from foot to floor, so you can get a bit confidence when making sharp cuts.

And finally, the repositioned lacing pattern allows for increased midfoot adjustability with is designed for players with flatter or high arches.

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Puma Future 7 Ultimate

Puma’s latest line of boots are really versatile and built for support.

A real all-rounder, meaning they are suitable for all grass and field sports, thanks in part to the evoKNIT PO upper and FUZIONFIT+ compression band tech that secures your foot in place.

Pull them on and you’ll really know what we mean here.

If you have a previous ankle injury, these are really worth trying for the foot-to-grass feel you get and the support to back it up.

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Nike Mercurial SuperFly 9 Elite

The Mercurial SuperFly is keeping with Nike’s legacy of speed and precision based boots, but now with added ankle support.

The Zoom Air unit is made specifically for soccer players, so important to keep in mind, but they are also popular across other sports too.

Their tri-star stud design allows quick and confident change of directions while the improved Flyknit warps your ankle for a really secure feel.

It’s not every athete’s cup of tea, but this new design stimulates the foot much better, Nike say, after testing it on hundres of athletes.

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If you’re looking for a look at our full range of football boots, we’ve conducted a Ultimate Football Boot Review for 2024. 

Fitting Guide to Maximise Ankle Support in your Football Boots

Choosing the appropriate football boots is just the initial part of ensuring the protection of your ankles from potential injuries.

The fit of those boots plays a crucial role in how well they provide support and help prevent sprains.

Here’s a complete guide to help you make sure your football boots provide the best possible ankle support:

Measure your Feet

It is important to have your feet measured before purchasing new boots, as foot size can vary over time.

Take into account both the length and width to determine the optimal fit.

Get the Right Fit

For football boots to fit snugly and not cause any discomfort is important.

Ensuring that there is only a small gap between the toes and the front of the boot is important.

By securing the foot, you greatly reduce the chances of sliding and potential ankle injuries.

Check for Ankle Support

Boots with high-top design or a dynamic fit collar provide extra support for the ankle.

Experiment with various styles to determine which offers the optimal combination of support and flexibility for your specific requirements.

Get the right Socks

It’s important to try on boots with the socks you plan to wear during games, as they can impact how well the boots fit.

Compression socks can provide additional support if you need them.

Try out the Boots

If you can, give the boots a test run on a surface that closely resembles the one you’ll be playing on.

Be mindful of the sensations in your ankles when you perform turns and sprints.

The boots should provide a good balance between stability and freedom of movement.

Consider Orthotics

If you have specific foot conditions or require additional support, orthotics may be a helpful option to explore.

Some boots have removable insoles, so you can put in custom orthotics for better support that suits you.

Break-in Period

Give your boots some time to conform to the shape of your feet.

Good football boots will shape to your feet over time, giving you more comfort and support, like a sports physio.


Knowing what is or what is not the ideal football boots for weak ankles is essential to staying injury free.

To avoid ankle injuries, understand the characteristics of good ankle support, ensure proper fit of your boots, and maintain them correctly.

For a broader look on choosing the right football boots, check out our Ultimate Guide blog.

Keep in mind, staying injury-free is all about being proactive, and having the right pair of football boots is crucial for achieving that goal.

Discover the ideal pair of football boots at Intesport Elverys and elevate your game with added ankle support, giving you the confidence to excel on the pitch.


Best Football Boots in Ireland Review: Nike, Adidas, Puma

When it comes to picking the best football boots for you, there are a lot of aspects to consider. Style, brand, weight, studs – all these come into play. Which is why we’ve put together this Ultimate Best Football Boots in Ireland Review ahead of the 2024 season.

Whether you’re a parent buying boots for your child, or a GAA, soccer or rugby player, understanding what makes a football boot good is crucial.

Because we all know how picky footballers can be about their boots!

We all have different tastes, foot types and requirements that are needed for the best pair of football boots if you’re playing field sports in Ireland this year.

This Best Football Boots Review Guide for Ireland will tell you everything you need to know.

Because Gaelic football, hurling, soccer and rugby all have different movements and skills, so a good boot for one may not be a good boot for another.

Let’s check them out.

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Choosing the Right Football Boots in Ireland: Review for 2024

Choosing the perfect football boots can make a significant difference, particularly in sports such as Gaelic football, hurling, soccer and rugby where the margins are so fine.

Understanding the specific requirements of different sports is crucial when selecting the right footwear.

It’s important to find boots that not only provide comfort but also enhance performance, this Ultimate Guide to Football Boots will share some great tips and insights.

Below is a quick taste of factors to take into account.

  1. Fit and Comfort: The boot should snugly fit your foot, providing stability without causing discomfort. Remember, a well-fitting boot improves control and reduces the risk of injuries. You don’t want it too loose, but equally not too tight that you’re limping off the pitch after every game! Got weak ankles, this blog on the best football boots specifically for them will help you massively!
  2. Material: Leather boots offer flexibility and comfort, molding to your foot over time, while synthetic materials provide durability and resistance to water and mud. A lot of the classic boots go for the soft leather, while the newer modules are more synthetic.
  3. Studs: The type of pitch you play on largely determines the studs you use. For firm ground, like we have in the summer in Ireland molded studs (FG) offer better grip and maneuverability, while metal (SG) studs provide more traction on soft ground like the wet winter months.
  4. Playing Position: Consider your role on the field. For example, midfielders and forwards might prefer lightweight boots for agility, while defenders may opt for something more robust for protection during tackles. Likewise with rugby players, the wingers often go for a lighter boot; the forwards ones with larger studs and more durable body.
  5. Style: There are lots to choose these days. Are you a lover of a the classic adidas boot with tongue strap? Or the ankle sock on the Nike Mercurials? Or a simple Puma Kings to the adidas Copas stalwart that are no frills quality.

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Football Boots Review: Nike Football Boots

Nike Phantom GX Pro Dynamic

Price: €125

Overview: Nike’s Phantom GX Pro Dynamic combines comfort, durability, and precision in football footwear. Designed for players who require a boot that adapts to fast-paced and precise playing styles, the Phantom GX Pro stands out in the mid-tier boot category.

Certainly a favourite with soccer players, with the extra ankle protection collar and lacecover design, this boot is built for speed and a soft touch.

Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden all wear Nike Phantoms.

Key Features:

  • Fit and Feel: This boot offers a snug fit, ideal for players with medium to wide feet. The raised edge around the forefoot in the soleplate not only adds durability but also enhances the boot’s lifespan, especially for players frequently on astro-turf.
  • Performance: Nike say this boot is engineered for players who excel in precision and control, the Phantom GX Pro is perfect for those who want to dominate the game through accurate passes and intricate dribbling.

Pros and Cons:

  • Pros: The boot scores high on comfort, offering a smooth surface area in the forefoot and adequate heel padding. The durability aspect is enhanced with a well-thought-out soleplate design.
  • Cons: The boot runs slightly long, and some players might find adjusting the laces a bit challenging due to the ghost lace cover.

Suitability for Sports: While the Phantom GX Pro is well-suited for Gaelic football and soccer, offering the required balance of agility and control, it might fall short in providing the additional protection and bulk needed for rugby.

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Nike Tiempo Legend10 Elite

Price: €200-€250

Overview: The iconic Nike Tiempos have been around the block for a while now – remember Ronaldinho’s amazing white and gold stunners from back in the day? The newest version are embracing sythetic materials and really challenging the traditional leather designs.

The Nike Tiempos are a great all-rounder – stylish but also minamalist enough for traditionals as its available in black and white options. And certainly transferable across Gaelic, hurling, soccer and rugby.

Virgil van Dijk is a big fan, so they must be impressive, whilst Kerry’s David Clifford and Dublin’s Brian Fention do their  magic in them too.

Key Features:

  • Upper Design: The boot showcases a textured pattern using FlyTouch Plus material, giving an appearance similar to natural leather. Micro dots on the upper enhance ball traction, essential for precise dribbling and passing.
  • Comfort and Fit: The boot cradles the foot well, offering a good amount of lockdown. The forefoot features a lightly padded lining, while the midfoot has a mesh weave liner for added support.
  • Performance on the Pitch: The thinner synthetic upper provides a distinct barefoot feel, diverging from the plush sensation typically offered by leather boots. The boot’s design facilitates a close ball feel, essential for controlled plays and accurate passes. It’s also ideal for hurling as it offers comfort, durability and speed.

Pros and Cons:

  • Pros:
    • Improved heel shape for better lockdown.
    • Lightweight and comfortable.
    • Offers a rich, plush, and pliable k-leather experience.
  • Cons:
    • The memory foam pods provide more of a cushioned feel rather than enhanced control.
    • The mesh tongue is not as premium as previous iterations.
    • Some players may experience minor stud pressure on the forefoot.


Suitability for Sports: The boot balances tradition and modern technology, appealing to both leather boot purists and players excited by new advancements. It stands out as a lightweight, comfortable option that delivers a secure, locked-in fit, redefining touch and control in football boots.

Popular across soccer and GAA, you’ll find the Nike Tiempos grace a lot of turf over the summer, in Ireland and England.

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Nike Mercurial Superfly 9 Elite Football Boots Review

Price: €230-€280

Overview: The Nike Mercurial Superfly 9 Elite boots are Nike’s newest innovation in their very popular Mercurial range.

Designed with speed and agility in mind, these boots are a favorite among players who seek a lightweight yet responsive experience on the field. One Cristiano Ronaldo is a long-term wearer of these boots, while recetly Kylian Mbappe and Vinicus Junior are big fans.

You’ll also find them on some speedy rugby wingers like South Africa’s Duhan Van Der Merwe.

Key Features:

  • Upper Design: The Vaporposite+ upper, inspired by the Superfly 7’s Flyknit, offers a snug yet not restrictive fit. The boot is designed to accommodate narrow feet, providing a roomier midfoot and a slightly higher toe box.
  • Comfort and Performance: The Zoom Airbag technology in the soleplate offers a comfortable and cushioned feel, enhancing the player’s interaction with the ground. While it doesn’t provide an aggressive propulsion, it contributes to a balanced and responsive gameplay.
  • Traction: The new Tri-star stud design delivers multidirectional traction, ensuring quick and confident direction changes. The studs are multi-directional and provide a firm grip on both firm ground and turf fields.
  • Fit: These boots are very accommodating, making them suitable for a wider variety of foot types than ever before. They are recommended as a true to size option, fitting well for players with medium to wide feet.

Pros and Cons:

  • Pros:
    • Snug but flexible fit, ideal for speed-focused players.
    • Lightweight and comfortable, with a barefoot touch feel.
    • Multi-directional stud pattern for superior traction.
    • Suitable for various foot widths.
  • Cons:
    • The Zoom Airbag doesn’t provide as much energy return as some players might expect.
    • May not be the best choice for players who prefer a more conservative stud configuration.

Suitability for Sports: The Nike Mercurial Superfly 9 Elite is highly regarded for its technologically advanced features and performance on the field.

It represents a shift towards a more inclusive fit, catering to a broader range of players while maintaining the essence of speed and agility that the Mercurial line is known for.

These boots are a significant choice for players who prioritise speed, precision, and a close ball feel in their game. Not that popular with GAA players, however.

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Football Boots in Ireland Review: adidas Football Boots

adidas Predator Elite

Price: €260


The adidas Predator Elite Football Boots are the latest range in the famous Predator dynasty.

These boots are designed to accommodate a variety of foot shapes, providing a snug fit in the heel and midfoot with a roomier forefoot.

This boot is a throwback to classic Predator designs, balancing traditional boot features with modern innovations, and the latest version also comes with their tongue.

A staple with the greats in Gaelic football (David Clifford), soccer (Zidane, Jude Bellingham, David Beckham) and rugby (Dan Carter, Brian O’Driscoll. They really don’t come more iconic than Preds!

Key Features:

  • Fit and Comfort: The boots offer a true-to-size fit with a decently wide forefoot cavity. The internal structure remains consistent over time, ensuring a predictable fit from the first wear.
  • Performance: On firm ground (FG) and soft ground (SG), the Predator delivers a solid performance. The boot’s configuration is versatile, catering to different surfaces without being overly aggressive too.
  • Design and Build: Packed with performance features, such as the Textile upper with Strikeskin grip elements, adidas PRIMEKNIT collar, Hybrid touch 2.0 on forefoot and the Control frame 2.0 firm ground outsole.

Pros and Cons:

  • Pros:
    • Accommodates most feet shapes, offering a snug fit.
    • Decent wide fitting option.
    • The anatomical soleplate provides a firmly planted sensation.
    • Aggressive strike elements enhance ball control and spin.
  • Cons:
    • The boot can feel heavy and less dynamic on the field.
    • The thickness of the upper and rubber elements might reduce the closeness of touch for some people compared to Nike designs, which are thinner.

Suitability for Sports: The Adidas Predator is a tank-like boot, built for players who don’t mind a slightly heavier, more substantial football boot.

It’s a fitting choice for those who value a robust and durable design, reminiscent of older Predator models.

The new Predator is especially suitable for players who prefer a boot that can endure intense physical play and still deliver excellent ball control and striking capabilities, so whether it’s GAA, soccer or rugby, the Predator is able for it all.

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addias X Crazyfast.1

Price: €260

Overview: The Adidas X Crazyfast .1 Boots represent a significant advancement in the Adidas X series, focusing on speed and precision.

These boots are designed for players who prioritize agility and a close ball feel, combining innovative materials and design to deliver high-performance footwear.

So it’s not surprising to hear the likes of Lionel Messi and Mo Salah are wearers of the adidas X!

Key Features:

  • Fit and Comfort: True to size with extra toe space. The boot provides a secure lockdown, combining a padded heel cup, laces, and knit for a snug fit.
  • Upper Design: The upper has a rough texture, which is less grippy than the plus model but provides enough traction for ball control, especially in wet conditions.
  • Touch and Control: The thin upper offers a sharp and direct touch on the ball, ensuring precise ball control and straightforward passing.
  • Performance on the Pitch: The Adidas X Crazyfast 1 is known for its responsiveness and traction, facilitated by its Speedframe with edged triangular studs.

Pros and Cons:

  • Pros:
    • Excellent lockdown and comfort, especially around the heel.
    • Accommodating toe box.
    • Good traction and responsiveness.
    • Direct touch on the ball.
    • Aesthetically pleasing design.
  • Cons:
    • The upper feels somewhat plasticky and requires break-in time.
    • The fit may not accommodate very wide feet.
    • Priced at a premium.

Suitability for Sports: The Adidas X Crazyfast 1 FG Boots strike a balance between traditional speed boot properties and modern comfort enhancements.

While the heel padding is significant, it does not compromise the boot’s speed-focused design. With that in mind, it’s probably less suited to the robustness needed for Gaelic football, while hurlers will get away with it.

Likewise for rugby, the lack of protection may be an issue.

adidas Copa Pure 2 Elite

Price: €160-€230

Overview: The adidas Copa Pure 2s are a classic option that the adidas traditionalists love!

They are one of the comfiest boots available on the market, consistent in you know exactly what you get after a purchase, and give you all the feel and look of a traditional boot with modern technology.

PSG’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is a big fan, as is Barcelona’s Pedri, while you are guarenteed to find them scattered around every GAA ground in Ireland, such as on Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea.

Key Features:

  • Upper Design: The forefoot of the Copa Pure 2 features a clean pattern that gives a nod to the classic adiPure, while the Fusionskin leather forefoot provides a snug, one-piece construction.
  • Comfort and Fit: These boots are noted for their exceptional comfort, fitting true to size and providing a warm, snug embrace for the feet. The thick upper ensures a satisfying feel on a football and a really sturdy punch point on the ground.
  • Performance: The soft leather make these boots ideal for footballers who appreciate feel. While the padding and comfort means covering high mileage in tough conditions a possibility too. However, they may feel slightly sluggish for some looking to be a bit more nimble.

Pros and Cons:

  • Pros:
    • Superior comfort and fit.
    • Excellent touch and feel on the ball.
    • Protective and robust for tackling.
    • Versatile stud pattern for different ground types.
  • Cons:
    • Lockdown might feel slightly less aggressive.
    • May not suit fast-paced wing play due to a bit of sluggishness.

Suitability for Sports: The Adidas Copa Pure 2 Elite is a delightful blend of tradition and innovation.

Its comfort, coupled with a modern design, makes it a strong choice for players who appreciate the legacy of leather boots but desire modern features.

It might not be the flashiest boot out there, but in terms of performance and reliability, it’s as good as you can get. GAA, rugby, soccer – it is capable of performing in all three.

Football Boots in Ireland Review: Puma Boots

Puma Future 7 Ultimate

Price: €230

Overview: The Puma Future 7 Ultimate Football Boots are Puma’s most innovative boot yet.

The re-engineered upper combines PWRPRINT, PWRTAPE, extra stretchy knit, and soft dual mesh for a next-generation adaptive fit.

The Dynamic Motion System provides traction and agility for quick cuts and changes of pace.

Man City’s Jack Grealish sports these on a weekly basis., while Brazil star Neymar does too. On the hurling pitch, Limerick’s Gearoid Hegarty has won his numerous Celtic Crosses sporting Futures.

Key Features:

  • Design and Fit: The Future 7 Ultimate features a revamped FUZIONFIT360 system with revised PWRTAPE and PWRPRINT positioning, ensuring a locked-in fit like never before. The mesh-based upper and knitted collar enhance the boot’s overall comfort.
  • Performance: The 3D PWRPRINT textures add friction for better ball control, and the Dynamic Motion System FG/AG soleplate ensures agility and responsiveness on firm ground.
  • Soleplate: The FG soleplate is designed to be aggressive, ideal for natural grass. However, it may be too clingy for artificial grounds, necessitating a switch to MG or turf variants for such surfaces.

Pros and Cons:

  • Pros:
    • Excellent fit and lockdown.
    • Comfortable due to the softness of the knit and mesh upper.
    • 3D textures provide balanced ball touch.
  • Cons:
    • FG studs may not be suitable for artificial ground.
    • High-arched foot types might find discomfort with PWRTAPE.
    • The soleplate might be too aggressive for some playing styles.

Suitability for Sports: The Puma Future 7 Ultimate is an exceptional football boot, offering comfort, excellent fit, and innovative grip textures.

While it stands out in performance, particularly on natural grass, players should consider the right soleplate for their playing surface.

This boot is an excellent choice for players who value comfort and agility in their game. It’s more popular for soccer than GAA and rugby, but we don’t see why it can’t adapt well to the others and can see them getting more popular.

Puma King Ultimate

Price: €125-€210

Overview: The Puma King Ultimate White is a modern interpretation of the iconic Puma King, offering a blend of traditional aesthetics and advanced technology.

This boot is designed for players who seek a balance between classic style and contemporary performance, and this version of the Puma King does just that.

The classic Puma Kings were a staple of the GAA world in the 90s and noughties and while they aren’t as popular anymore, the new version are bringing them back into the scene.

Key Features:

  • Upper Material: The King Ultimate moves away from traditional K-leather to a synthetic leather called K-BETTER, comprising 60% recycled nylon from post-industrial waste. This eco-friendly material also provides a soft, form-fitting experience similar to leather.
  • Fit: It features a more narrow fit compared to traditional Puma King models, making it the slimmest boot in Puma’s lineup. The boot incorporates a lightweight design, weighing around 205g, which makes it the lightest King ever.
  • Performance: The boot offers a barefoot touch on the ball, and its thin upper allows sharp dribbling. The absence of additional padding typical in modern leather boots contributes to this sensation.

Pros and Cons:

  • Pros:
    • Improved from previous King models.
    • Requires minimal break-in time.
    • Offers a close, comfortable fit.
    • Better water repellency and less overstretching than traditional leather.
  • Cons:
    • The shift to synthetic leather might not appeal to purists.
    • Some players may find the heel lockdown lacking.
    • Narrow fit may not suit all players.

Suitability for Sports: The Puma King Ultimate FG is an innovative approach to a classic, catering to players who prefer speed boots with a narrower fit.

While it retains some features reminiscent of the King series, such as the classic conical studs, the move to synthetic material marks a significant departure from tradition.

Ideal for players looking for a streamlined, modern boot with a nod to its heritage roots, the Puma King Ultimate is will work across all the major grass sports in Ireland.


Hopefully at this stage you’ve learned something new from this review to help find the best football boots in Ireland for you.

Nike, Puma and adidas are really leading the game right now, and we’re sure you’ll find something you like in the above list.

Whatever your level of ability or if you’re buying boots for someone else, understanding the nuances is key to making a right decision.

If you’re ready to make a purchase right now, check out our full range of football boots HERE..

The Real Difference Between Running Shoes and Trail Running Shoes

Running lovers – is there anything more important than having the right footwear? We don’t think so, but with so much to pick from, it’s important to know difference between running shoes and trail running shoes.

Because running is a journey, not just a sport.

And like every journey, being equipped with the right tools makes it much more enjoyable and successful.

In this blog, we’re going to dive right into the key differences, so you can make the right choice for your discipline.

The Key Differences Between Running Shoes and Trail Running Shoes

So, in short, the main difference between running shoes and trail running shoes lies in their design, which are aimed at different terrains.

The hint is in the name, obviously, and we know that isn’t too groundbreaking!

But we’ve got much more information below.

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Running Shoes Features

Perfect for the road, made with smooth rubber outsoles that are designed for pavement and tarmac etc.

Their cushioned midsoles provide good shock absorption, which is really important for lessening the impact of road running. Generally they will be very lightweight and breathable for your long runs.

We’ve done a comprehensive Review of 2024’s Top Running Shoes HERE.

Trail Running Shoe Features

Built and designed for the wild. Generally trail running shoes having rubber outsoles or deep lugs that provide unmatched traction or wet, soft and uneven surfaces,

There is a stiffer midsole to protect your feet on the rough terrain and the uppers are more durable given the dirt and moisture they experience.

The most expensive versions can have rock layers too.

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The Performance: How the Shoe Types Impact your Running

Having the right running isn’t just about comfort; it’s about performance too.

As we have covered above, road running shoes and trail running shoes are engineered for specific challenges.

So maximising their performance only happens when they are used on the right environment.

Performance of Road Running Shoes

The relative smoothness of a road or running track requires a shoe to be grippy, have decent cushioning and support.

Road running shoes are designed to absorb the shock of the tarmac surface to reduce the impact on your joints.

They are usually lightweight, which promotes speed and reduces fatigue over long distances like marathons or daily jogs.

Check out our Running Shoe range to see for yourself.

Performance of Trail Running Shoes

Unlike roads, trail runs are unpredictable and the performance of a trail running shoe has to be ready for that.

That means they need the aggressive outer soles for good traction in mud, through water, loose rocks etc.

The stiffer midsole gives stability from rugged and rough ground too, while the extra durability protects your feet.

Check out our Trail Running Shoe range to compare.

the difference between road running shoes and trail running shoes explained

 Durability or Comfort: What is more Important

When it comes to running shoes, finding the right balance between durability and comfort is crucial.

Trail Running Shoes:

Trail running shoes are designed with durability as a top priority, incorporating reinforced materials in key areas such as the toes and heels.

They have the necessary features to handle rough terrain, ensuring protection against tears and damage caused by sharp rocks and branches.

In addition, some models come with waterproof or water-resistant features to ensure your feet stay dry even in wet conditions.

Check out Ireland’s best trail runs HERE.

Road Running Shoes

When it comes to road running shoes, the main emphasis is on ensuring maximum breathability and a lightweight design.

These shoes are expertly crafted to ensure optimal breathability and comfort, making them perfect for warmer days and extended running sessions.

These products prioritise delivering a smooth and responsive experience on paved surfaces, showcasing their durability.

Popular Options for Road Runner and Trail Runner

Having the perfect brand is just as important as finding the perfect shoe.

Every brand has its own distinct features, designed to meet various needs and preferences.

Trail Running Shoe Brands

When it comes to trail running shoe brands, there are a few that stand out for their exceptional quality.

Salomon, Brooks, Hoka, ON Running and The North Face are all highly regarded in the industry.

They provide shoes with excellent traction, long-lasting construction, and features such as waterproofing for demanding terrains.

While Nike is also extremely popular.

Running Shoe Brands

When it comes to road running shoe brands, there are several top choices that cater to the needs of road enthusiasts.

Nike, Adidas, Asics, and Brooks and more among the brands that are highly regarded in this category.

These brands are experts in creating shoes that offer exceptional cushioning, a lightweight design, and optimal support for pavement running.


It’s important to consider your personal running style, foot shape, and the terrain you frequent when choosing the right brand for you. Feel free to

Factors to Consider when Buying Running/Trail Running Shoes

Choosing the perfect pair of running shoes is an adventure that demands careful consideration of multiple factors to guarantee the optimal selection for your feet and running technique.

  • When it comes to trail shoes, having good traction is crucial. Look for outsoles with aggressive lugs that provide excellent grip on rough terrains. When it comes to road shoes, having a smooth outsole with sufficient grip is absolutely crucial.
  • Fit is crucial and should never be overlooked. Make sure there is ample space in the toebox and that the shoes offer a comfortable fit without causing any discomfort or irritation. It’s important to prioritise comfort right from the start and not depend on the shoes needing to be broken in.
  • Take into account the level of cushioning. Different runners may have varying preferences when it comes to cushioning. Road runners often look for shoes with more cushioning to absorb shock, while trail runners tend to prefer shoes with firmer and more responsive cushioning.
  • Trail shoes should be built to withstand the rigours of the outdoors and provide reliable protection against various elements. When it comes to road shoes, durability is important, but the focus is on using lighter materials to enhance speed and efficiency.
  • Your personal preferences are crucial when it comes to finding the right feel, fit, and function. Every runner is unique, so it’s important to trust your instincts and find what works best for you.

Can I use Trail Running Shoes for Road Running or Vice Versa

Many people often wonder if one pair of shoes can be suitable for both trail and road running.

It’s important to note that different shoes are designed for specific conditions, despite some being marketed as versatile.

We definitely recommend regular runners have a pair of shoes dedicated to each setting for reasons such as comfort, performance, safety and life span.

However, it is also possible to use one pair of shoes for both on rare occasions.

It can be quite dangerous, for example, to take a normal pair of running shoes on a trail with rough, wet and muddy terrain.

While equally, the harder sole of a trail running shoe might cause pain and discomfort over long distances on the road.

Running shoes and Trail Running shoes: Myths and FAQs

Understanding the ins and outs of running shoes can sometimes be a bit confusing.

Allow me to dispel some common misconceptions and address frequently asked questions to ensure you have all the necessary information.


Common Misconception: “All shoes are suitable for any terrain.”

Fact: Certain shoes are advertised as being suitable for various activities, but it’s important to note that using trail shoes on the road can cause their lugs to wear down, while road shoes may not provide the necessary traction and protection on trails.

Common Misconception: Believing that the highest-priced shoes are automatically the best.

Fact: The ideal shoe is determined by factors such as the fit for your foot, running style, and the type of terrain you’ll be on. Not all products that are expensive are necessarily the best fit.

Myth 3: “Brand is irrelevant.”

It’s important to note that various brands tend to excel in specific features. Choosing a brand that perfectly suits your requirements is crucial.

Question 1: “Are trail running shoes suitable for road running?”

Yes, however, it’s important to note that they may not offer the best performance on pavement and may have a shorter lifespan.

Question 2: “Are trail running shoes worth the investment?”

If you’re someone who loves to hit the trails, getting yourself a pair of trail running shoes can really take your running to the next level in terms of both enjoyment and safety.


Having a good grasp of the distinctions between running shoes and trail running shoes is essential, regardless of whether you’re an experienced marathoner or a casual weekend trail explorer.

When you select the appropriate footwear, you’re not only prioritising your comfort and enhancing your performance, but you’re also taking proactive measures to prevent any potential injuries.

When preparing for your next run, it’s important to keep in mind that finding the perfect pair of shoes is crucial to starting your journey on the right foot.

Discover Intersport  Elverys’ wide selection of running and trail running shoes, and set off on your next adventure with absolute assurance.

Top Running Shoes 2024 – In-Depth Reviews and Comparisons

Spring is here and we know that all you running lovers are mad to hit the road! So before you do, we’ve put together this comprehensive Running Shoe Review so you get the pair that you need.

This comprehensive review examines each contender, ensuring that whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or a casual jogger, your next step is supported by the best.

So if you’re preparing for a marathon, the VHI Women’s Mini-Marathon or just a casual run, you will love this!

This year’s lineup has some amazing running shoes, that cater to diverse running styles and environments.

We’ve got all the big running brands included – Hoka, Nike, adidas, ON Running, ASICS and Brooks.

You might find some worth in our Running Shoe Size Guide Blog.

If not, read on for the best new running shoes on the market right now!

Runner Review Cushion Explained

So before we go through the contenders, it’s important that you are aware of your foot type.

If you already know, then skip ahead.

But if not, this 30 seconds could make a huge difference in your running.

On the Intersport Elverys website, you may notice discriptions like Neutral, Stability and Maximum Comfort. These are all to do with your pronation.

Make sure to call into select Intersport Elverys stores to aveil of our SafeSize 3D foot measuring service to find exactly what type of pronotation you have.

Below are the different types to be aware of.


2024 Running Shoe Review: Our Top Picks

Nike Structure 25 

Overview: The Nike Structure 25 continues with Nike’s legacy of providing both stability and support for runners requiring a bit extra due to overpronation.

It has a sleek, attractive design, stacked with performance features and also really comfortable.

You’ll get cushion and responsiveness, making it ideal for daily runs.

Key Features: 

  • Weight: 11 oz (312 g).
  • Price: €130.
  • Design: Features an engineered mesh upper for breathability and comfort, Dynamic Fit technology for a snug and supportive fit, and a Zoom Air unit in the forefoot for responsive cushioning. The shoe also incorporates a firm foam at the arch side of the midsole for added stability.
  • Performance: Ideal for runners looking for a stable ride during long runs, tempo runs, and everyday training. Its design caters to those with a moderate to severe overpronation, offering the necessary support without compromising on cushioning or comfort.
  • Fit and Comfort: Offers a secure fit with room for natural foot movement. The Structure 25 is praised for its improved upper that contours to the foot, providing a seamless and comfortable experience throughout the run.


  • Enhanced stability for overpronators.
  • Responsive cushioning with Zoom Air unit.
  • Durable outsole for varied running surfaces.


  • May feel bulkier to runners used to minimalist shoes.
  • Some runners might find it less breathable compared to other models.

Conclusion: No matter your goals, the Structure 25 is a great all rounder.

You’ll get support and stability which doesn’t comprimise resposiveness and comfort.

If you’re an overpronator, the Structure 25 is for you.

It’s not the lightest shoe on the market, but you get excellent durability and versatility for a lot of different activities.

the nike structure 25 running shoe review

Brooks Glycerin 21

Overview: If absolute comfort is what you are after in a running shoe, the Brooks Glycerin 21 is a great choice.

Designed for runners who want a soft, cushioned ride, the latest version of the Glycerin is Brooks’ best yet.

It also has state-of-the-art cushioning technology and is made with premium materials, yet is also really good on the environment.

Such as being made with 59.7 % Recycled materials in the upper and 4.1 Plastic bottles diverted from landfills.

Key Features:

  • Weight: 10.2 oz (289 g).
  • Price: €180.
  • Design: Boasts an engineered mesh upper for enhanced breathability and fit, coupled with the DNA LOFT cushioning for a supremely soft and responsive ride. The 3D Fit Print technology offers structure and stretch where needed.
  • Performance: Excellently suited for runners who prioritise comfort over long distances. It provides a smooth transition and efficient energy return, making it versatile for various paces and distances.
  • Fit and Comfort: Offers a spacious toe box and a snug, secure fit around the midfoot and heel. The shoe runs true to size, delivering exceptional comfort and support, thanks to its plush interior and cushioned collar.


  • Supreme comfort with DNA LOFT cushioning.
  • Durable with high-quality construction.
  • Versatile for various running distances and paces.


  • High price point may not suit all budgets.
  • Some runners might find the shoe slightly bulky for speedwork or races.

Conclusion: The Glycerin 21 certainly stands out in this running shoe review.

It has exceptional comfort, built to be highly durable and suitable for both short and long runs.

Yes, the price is on the higher side, and if you’re after speed this is probably not your running shoe, but the investment is well worth it given the quality you are getting otherwise.

the brooks glycerin 21 running shoe review is comfortable, supportive and durable

ASICS Gel-Nimbus 26

Overview: The Gel-Nimbus series from ASICS are one of the most popular on the market.

Known for their exceptional comfort and cloud-like running feeling, it’s the go-to for neutral runners.

The improvements in this model have enhance comfort even more and upped the performance, so you get a more responsive feel without sacrificing plushness.

The most expensive running shoe in this review, you can use this as your daily trainer or a log-distance run.

Key Features:

  • Weight: 10.9 oz (309 g).
  • Price: €200.
  • Design: Features an updated mesh upper for improved breathability and a better fit, GEL® technology cushioning in the forefoot and rearfoot for superior shock absorption, and a FlyteFoam® Propel midsole for a more energetic return. The AHAR® outsole enhances durability and traction.
  • Performance: Offers a balanced ride with excellent shock absorption and responsiveness, making it suitable for long runs, recovery days, and everything in between. The improved stability is a bonus for runners with a neutral gait.
  • Fit and Comfort: The shoe offers a comfortable, glove-like fit, thanks to its updated upper design. It runs true to size, providing ample room in the toe box while ensuring a secure fit through the midfoot and heel.


  • Superior cushioning and shock absorption.
  • Durable construction, suitable for high mileage.
  • Responsive and comfortable for various types of runs.


  • The high price point may put some runners off.
  • Some may find it heavier than other options, potentially affecting performance in speed-focused runs.

Conclusion: The Gel-Nimbus 26 is a premium choice of running shoe that has comfort, support and performance.

There is also increased durability, which is expected given its higher price point.

If you can afford to stretch to it, you will not be disappointed with the Gel-Nimbus 26 from this running shoe review.

the asics gel nimbus 26 running shoe review

Hoka Arahi 7

Overview: Hoka running shoes are massively in demand these days.

They offer some of the most stylish on the market, yet are one of the most affordable.

And they punch well above their weight.

The Arahi 7 is a popular stability show for runners who like a bit more support without extra weight.

This version from Hoka has innovative J-Frame Technoloy rhat makes it excellent for long runs and quick jobs.

We expect this shoe to be massively popular.

Key Features:

  • Weight: 9.6 oz (272 g).
  • Price: €150.
  • Design: Features a lightweight, engineered mesh upper for enhanced breathability and comfort. The J-Frame™ technology provides support and stability without the use of rigid and heavy materials. The EVA midsole delivers Hoka’s signature cushioning.
  • Performance: Excellently suited for overpronators or runners seeking stability without sacrificing speed or comfort. The shoe offers a smooth ride with its balanced cushioning and supportive design.
  • Fit and Comfort: Fits true to size with a roomy toe box and a secure midfoot fit. The padded tongue and collar enhance the overall comfort, making it suitable for long-distance running.


  • Lightweight design with stability features.
  • Comfortable and breathable upper.
  • Suitable for a wide range of running activities.


  • May not provide enough support for runners with severe overpronation.
  • The design might not appeal to all aesthetic preferences.

Conclusion: The Hoka Arahi 7 is perfect is you’re looking for support but don’t want to be weighed down from it either!

It’s versatile for your training runs, jogs and longer distances.

Might not be suitable for those with significant overpronation, however, more ideal for the majority of stability seekers.

For value for money, you can’t get better than this stylish all-rounder.

the hoka arahi 7 running shoe review

Nike Zoom Fly 5

Overview: The Nike Zoom Fly 5 stands as a transformative update in the Zoom Fly series, shifting from a fast workout/tempo run shoe to one that caters to

long, slower runs.

It’s noted for its increased comfort, stability, and cushioning.

We also think it’s one of the most asthetically pleasing in this running shoe review.

Key Features:

  • Weight: 9.5 oz (270 g).
  • Price: €170
  • Design: The Zoom Fly 5 features a full-length ZoomX core in the midsole, a more traditional upper with a detached, gusseted tongue, and a wider midsole base for extra stability.
  • Upper: The upper unit has been revised for better comfort and lockdown, feeling more like a daily trainer.


  1. Improved outsole durability.
  2. The most stable version in the Zoom Fly series.
  3. Softer and more comfortable than its predecessors.
  4. Excellent upper comfort.
  5. Increased cushioning.


  1. Slower than previous versions of the Zoom Fly.
  2. The ZoomX core does not feel as bouncy as expected.

Conclusion: The Nike Zoom Fly 5 has evolved into a shoe better suited for longer runs, offering a softer and more cushioned midsole.

However, it’s noted for a lack of bounce and energy return, making it less suitable for speed work or uptempo runs.

The shoe offers stable and protective padding for long distances but falls short in responsiveness and agility compared to other options in the same category​​​​​​.

However, it’s still a great all-rounder and everyday shoe for you busy people.

the nike zoom fly 5 running shoe review

Adidas Adizero Boston 12

Overview: The Adidas Adizero Boston 12 has evolved to feel more like a daily trainer than a speed trainer.

It features a softer ride and more flexible Energyrods, making it less rockered than previous versions. And we have to say, it looks really, really cool.

Key Features:

  • Weight: 9.4 oz (266 g).
  • Price: €160.
  • Design: Updated midsole with Lightstrike Pro foam and glass-fibre energy rods, softer and more flexible forefoot.
  • Upper: Lighter and more flexible than previous version, but less comfortable.


  1. Softer and more stable ride.
  2. Sleeker design.
  3. Weight reduction.


  1. Less rockered.
  2. Less akin to the ride of the Adios Pro.

Conclusion: The Adidas Adizero Boston 12 is best suited as a durable daily trainer for those easy runs.

While it provides a softer ride and is lighter compared to its predecessor, it leans more towards being a daily trainer than a workout shoe or speed trainer.

The durable outsole, featuring Continental rubber, is a standout feature for its longevity, so you will get a good healthy lifespan out of it.

However, it may not be the top choice for runners seeking a shoe similar to the Adios Pro 3 or a more energetic, light speed trainer​​​​​​.

Brooks Ghost Max

Overview: The Brooks Ghost Max is a well-rounded daily trainer offering a balanced ride with good stability.

As a spinoff of the regular Ghost series, which has proven hugey popular with Intersport Elverys customers,  it offers a softer, more cushioned, and lively ride compared to the Ghost 15, making it a good choice for various runs.

Plus, it looks really cool too!

Key Features:

  • Weight: 10 oz (283 g).
  • Price: €160
  • Design: Higher stack height, softer cushioning with DNA Loft v2 foam, and a stable, wide base.
  • Upper: Comfortable fit, true to size, but laces may fray easily.


  1. Comfortable, luxurious upper.
  2. Softer and more cushioned than the regular Ghost.
  3. More forefoot cushioning.
  4. Modern and stable ride.


  1. Lower than average outsole durability.
  2. Laces prone to fraying.

Conclusion: The Brooks Ghost Max emerges as a more modern and engaging version of the traditional Ghost.

It’s suitable for a variety of runs, offering a balance between softness for easy runs and firmness for uptempo paces. However, it may not be as stable as the regular Ghost due to its firmer midsole and more lean bias.

The Ghost Max is ideal for those who found the Ghost 15 too firm but might not appeal to Ghost loyalists who prefer its consistent firmness and stability​​​​​​. The Ghost 15 was one of the best all-rounders we’ve ever had and this is picking up where it left off.

ASICS Novablast 4 

Overview: This shoe is designed with energy return in mind, and ASICS have spent hours testing it at their Institute of Sports Science (ISS) in Japan.

The NOVABLAST™ 4 is characterised as a firm-riding daily trainer, leaning more towards faster-paced runs.

Compared to its predecessors, it offers increased stability but sacrifices some of the signature bounciness that Novablast shoes were known for. But that might suit a lot of you die-hard ASICS fans!

Key Features:

  • Weight: 9 oz (255 g).
  • Price150
  • Design: New FF Blast+ Eco midsole for better stability, modern upper design.
  • Performance: Suited more for uptempo runs due to its firmer ride.


  1. Better stability with firmer midsole.
  2. More comfortable and cooler upper.
  3. Faster ride compared to previous versions.


  1. Less bouncy and fun than earlier Novablast models.
  2. Increase in weight.
  3. Firmer ride, which might not be suitable for all runners.

Conclusion: The ASICS Novablast 4 marks a shift in the series, moving away from the playful and bouncy characteristics towards a more stable, but firmer ride.

This change might appeal to runners looking for a firmer, more responsive trainer but may disappoint those who enjoyed the distinctive bouncy feel of the earlier versions.

While its design remains sleek and modern, the Novablast 4’s firmer direction has altered its overall appeal and versatility​​​​​​. Plus, there’s a variety of colours to choose from.


ON Cloudflow 4

Overview: The ON Cloudflow 4.0 is an evolution of its predecessor, designed as a lightweight training/performance shoe with a versatile and low-profile build.

It excels in stability and responsiveness, making it a standout option among the lightest daily trainers available​.

ON Running shoes really make you stand out from the crowd the Cloudflow 4 will do just that too.

Key Features:

  • Weight: The shoe is impressively light, weighing 8.7 oz (247 g)
  • Price: €170.
  • Design: It features a new engineered woven upper for breathability and a new dual density Helion midsole with a spoon-shaped speedboard. The shoe also has a new outsole with a closed channel to prevent stone trapping​​.
  • Performance: Classified as a lightweight training shoe, it offers firm and responsive cushioning. The shoe is designed with a Rocker geometry around the forefoot area, enhancing forward momentum. Suitable for various paces and distances, it’s particularly effective for interval training speeds​​​​.


  1. Comfort and Fit: Fits true to size with a medium width, accommodating average-sized feet. The upper is breathable, flexible, and roomy, providing comfort during runs​​​​​​.
  2. Performance Enhancing: The rocker geometry combined with the new speedboard aids in smooth transition and forward movement. It’s excellent for tempo training and offers an enjoyable rolling momentum​​.
  3. Sustainability: ON incorporates sustainably made, recycled materials into the shoe, showcasing a commitment to eco-friendly practices​​.


  1. Price: Some may find it expensive relative to the features provided​​​​.
  2. Cushioning: The foam may be excessively firm for some runners, particularly those who prefer a softer, more cloud-like feel​​​​​​.
  3. Narrow Fit: The midfoot fit is somewhat narrow, potentially making it less suitable for those with wider feet​​​​​​.

Conclusion: The ON Cloudflow 4 is a high-performance, moderately cushioned running shoe that shines in tempo training. Its innovative design, including the rockered forefoot and lightweight, breathable upper, offers a unique running experience.

While its firm cushioning and price point may not appeal to everyone, its stability, durability, and unique rolling momentum make it a strong contender for those seeking a reliable and versatile training shoe.

It is particularly recommended for fans of the ON brand looking for a daily trainer suitable for various paces and distances, as well as for those seeking an environmentally conscious option​.


The 2024 running shoe lineup brings forth an array of options that excel in durability, comfort, and technology from Intersport Elverys.

We love our running and we’re committed to bringing you the best Running Shoe Review you can get.

So we hope you enjoyed this blog and all your running for 2024.

Don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Running Blog. 

Remember, the perfect running shoe not only complements your stride but also enhances your journey towards personal bests and beyond

Don’t forget about other important pieces of equipment you might need too.

Our Guide to Finding the Right Sports Bra and our Guide to Finding the Right Leggings is sure to help.

Enjoy the run, we’re with you every step of the way.

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