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July 24, 2020 4 min read

Studs

Studs are either molded or detachable, are made for soft or firm ground, and are tailored to certain positions on the field.
It is important to get the correct studs for the playing surface and playing style to avoid damage to the boot and possible injury to the player.
Note: Most boots with replaceable studs arrive with a tightening tool.
It is important to tighten studs before using your boots for the first time.
  

Molded Studs

  • Permanent studs made of rubber or another non metal material
  • Seen on Firm Ground Boots, soft ground hybrid boots, Artificial Grass Field Boots and Turf/Hard Ground Boots. Firm ground pitches are usually in sunnier, dryer climates.
  • Usually tailored to backs

Detachable / Replaceable Metal Studs

  • Replaceable studs made of aluminum
  • Seen on Soft Ground Boots
  • Allow players to tailor their boots with the stud lengths they prefer based on field condition, playing style and position.

Pros of Metal Studs

Metal studs wear more evenly than molded studs. If you take care of your boots by
cleaning the leather and replacing the studs when they wear down, your boots will last longer than molded boots.

Shorter vs Longer Studs:

Studs are available in 8mm - 21mm lengths

Shorter:

Backs tend to push less than forwards. Consequently they require less grip in
the ground. Backs typically use shorter studs that make for a lighter boot
and therefore, faster movement and pivoting.

Longer:

Forwards tend to shove, push and bulldoze forward meaning they need
better grip, especially at scrum time. Therefore, forwards use longer studs.
Many players push from the front of the foot. However, a longer stud at the
rear of the boot improves standing poster and helps the player lean forward
ever so slightly, making it harder to push him/her back. Therefore, the back
2 studs are often longer. Longer studs are also an asset in wet conditions.

Outsole Stud Designs

Firm Ground Boot Outsole Stud Design

  • consist of 10-14 molded studs made of rubber or another non-metal material
  • grip better than soft ground boots
  • tailored to all positions in dryer parts of country
  • if you only own one type of boot, this is good unless you live in a very wet part of country as they can be used on soft but not wet fields
  • studs are bladed, conical or a mixture of both. The more one cuts and jukes, the more bladed
  • the design should be, the more one twists and pivots, the more conical the design should be.

bladed studs are thinner with a knife-like edge and work well for lateral
movements and cutting but not as suited for twisting and pivoting. These studs are legal as long as they are not deemed “sharp or abrasive” by the referee.

conical studs are round, better for pivoting and allow for more twisting

mixture of bladed and conical studs - typically 4 bladed under heel for
planting and cutting and rounded under forefoot for pivoting; good all
around performance

Turf/Hard Ground Boot Studs

  • short, usually rubber studs uniformly across the outsole
  • great force displacement
  • grips ground with shallow studs that just penetrate surface of field

Soft Ground Outsole Designs

6 stud

  • 4 up front and 2 on back heel
  • allows for faster foot turn over for cutting and moving
  • tailored to backs and loose forwards who want a lighter boot for cutting
    and pivoting

8 stud

  • 6 up front and 2 on back heel
  • slower than 6 stud design but has better traction
  • tailored to tight 5 players or loose forwards who want increased traction and grip

7 stud (less common)

  • 5 up front and 2 on back heel
  • balance of speed and grip
  • geared toward loose forwards

Boot / Stud Compatibility

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Gilbert Boots                                                                              

Gilbert Kaizen 1.0 KN 6 Stud SG Boots   Gilbert Prolite 14 mm Studs
Gilbert Kaizen 2.0 Pace 6 Stud SG Boots Gilbert Prolite 14 mm Studs
Gilbert Kaizen 2.0 Power 8 Stud SG Boots Gilbert Protip Studs
Gilbert Kaizen 3.0 Pace 6 Stud SG Boots  Gilbert Prolite 14 mm Studs
Gilbert Kaizen 3.0 Power 8 Stud SG Boots Gilbert Aluminum Studs
Gilbert Kuro 8 Stud SG Boots Gilbert Aluminum Studs
Gilbert Kuro Pro 8 Stud SG Boots Gilbert Protip Studs
Gilbert Kuro Pro L1 6 Stud SG Boots Gilbert Prolite 14 mm Studs
Gilbert Shiro 6 Stud SG Boots Gilbert Prolite 14 mm Studs
Gilbert Sidestep V1 8 Stud SG Boots Gilbert Aluminum Studs
Gilbert Sidestep X9 8 Stud SG Boots Gilbert Aluminum Studs

            

Gilbert Aluminum Safety Replacement Rugby Studs:
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Gilbert Prolite
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Gilbert Protip
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adidas Boots                                                          

 adidas FW20 Kakari Elite SG Boots adidas Aluminum Studs
adidas FW20 Kakari SG Boots adidas Aluminum Studs
adidas FW20 Kakari Z.0 SG Boots adidas Aluminum Studs
adidas FW20 Malice Elite SG Boots adidas Aluminum TRX Studs
adidas FW20 Malice SG Boots adidas Aluminum TRX Studs
adidas FW20 Predator Malice Control SG Boots adidas Aluminum TRX Studs
adidas Kakari Light SG Boots adidas Aluminum TRX Studs
adidas Kakari SG Boots adidas Aluminum Studs
adidas Kakari SG Boots adidas Aluminum Studs
adidas Malice SG Boots adidas Aluminum TRX Studs
adidas Orange Predator Malice Control SG Boots  adidas Aluminum TRX Studs
adidas Predator Malice Control SG Boots adidas Aluminum TRX Studs
adidas Predator Malice SG Boots adidas Aluminum TRX Studs
adidas Predator XP SG Boots adidas Aluminum TRX Studs
adidas World Cup SG Boots adidas Aluminum Studs

 

adidas Aluminum Studs
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adidas Aluminum TRX Studs:
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Other                                                                                                    

 Canterbury Stampede 2.0 SG Boots Gilbert Aluminum  Studs

 

Gilbert Aluminum Replacement Studs
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