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      10.10.2010 14:55
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      Pretty good

      The Adidas Terrestra Replique is a grandly titled football that I've had for ages and ages but haven't used excessively mainly because I also have a Mitre football which I've used a lot more. The Adidas Terrestra Replique comes in sizes 3, 4 and 5 and - once pumped up - is as good as most footballs in the more modest £20 or under price range, scoring well in the durability and bounce tests. It is Machine stitched with TPU panels and has a Latex bladder, whatever that is when it's at home. It is of course FIFA Inspected and not a ball that has ever come in for any major criticism. The Adidas Terrestra Replique football is certainly a decent one for booting around in the park. The ball is festooned with little leather hexagons which makes it more busy and surreal looking than your usual football pattern. There is a lot to be said for a simple and classic football design but this one looks quite spiffy when it flies through the air.

      The ball is designed so that the black creates white circles around the surface and it's quite a striking design with all the intricate hexagons. My Terrestra Replique is size 5 (match size) and the ball has very good flight and weight I find. It has a consistent arc and hang in the air and swerves quite well too. The bounce is good and while the ball will inevitably scuff up if you use it a lot it has maintained its shape and integrity relatively well. I used it a lot at first but have allowed the ball to be unloved and slightly forgotten in a dusty garage or cellar a couple of times, especially when I got an excellent Mitre football. If you pump the Adidas Terrestra Replique up properly again though so it's as good as new and take care of it you'll have a good football that should last a long time.

      I find the ball to be responsive to chips and lobs and you soon gauge the weight and distance of the ball - particularly when you are belting it back and forth to someone in the park. The ball is consistent and maintains good purchase and weight so, even on a gusty day, is a reliable performer for anyone who feels like a good kick around. This is not a ball that is going to hang in the air unreliably and get lost on the breeze. Since I pumped it up again, the ball has had no real problems and seems sturdy enough - even when bouncing off the concrete paths after a stray pass sends it off the grass. This ball has been up more trees than Tarzan and one of those Predator aliens at a tree climbing competition and although a bit scuffed here and there (I have had it for several years) still seems in good condition, even after some good thwacks against branches and the odd hedge or two. It's never punctured and as long as you invest in a pump you should be able to get good value out of one of these footballs.

      If you put a gun to my head I think I would say I probably slightly prefer my Mitre Ultimach as I use it a lot more and I love the feel of that ball when you belt it and watch the predominantly white sphere zoom off into the distance afterwards. This hexagonal alternative is not far behind and - like my Mitre ball - avoids feeling either slightly too heavy or slightly too light. The fact that this is a slightly unusual looking ball might be appealing to some people looking for something a little bit different. It's certainly one of those footballs where they tried to make it look a bit different rather than go for a basic and traditional design. This ball looks like a more surreal version of that dome Richard O'Brien used to be in at the end of The Crystal Maze and is quite striking sometimes when it spins through the air in hexagonal black and white splendour and catches the sun coming in through the clouds.

      Since becoming reacquainted with my Terrestra Replique I've been quite impressed with the performance of this compact ball and I like the pleasing and audible thud it dispenses when struck with force. It responds in corresponding fashion to the amount of welly you apply to its hexagonal themed contours and is subtle enough to twist, lob and curve in the air, whether this effect is caused by design or simply by someone playing like Billy Dane having to play without Dead-Shot Keen's haunted football boots in Tiger. The fact that the ball is available in sizes below standard match ball size means that it's not a bad ball for children to own as it should last a long time, especially if just kicked around in the garden (assuming of course you have a decent sized garden). I've never used this with football boots as I don't play that type of football but it is a proper match ball and can be used for this purpose.

      The Adidas Terrestra Replique football is a good solid football on the whole and not bad value for money at all in this price range. In terms of something not outrageously expensive for the odd kick around in the park the Terrestra Replique is very good and has been impressively reliable in terms of its performance. You could certainly do a lot worse if you were looking for an inexpensive but relatively durable football to buy for a kick around now and again.

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        30.07.2010 17:04
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        Get this if you can find it!

        Ten whole years ago, I bought an Adidas Terrestra football - it was the official ball of the Euro 2000 tournament, but unlike the Jabulani of this years World Cup, it was not subject to huge criticism.

        The ball is traditional in its look - it is made from many (32 I think) leather hexagons, but rather than having the famous 1 black hexagon surrounded by white hexagons, this has a dotted pattern, which leaves white circle shapes in the leather - some of these circles contain logos, such as the adidas logo or the word "Terrestra".

        I did pay a fair amount for this at the time I bought it, around £35, which is quite a lot, but then whilst it is very tatty now, it is still in usable condition for a casual bit of footy in the garden. I have to pump it up quite a lot and some of the panels are fraying, but what do you expect after ten years playing on a mixture of grass, pavement and hard courts?!! I must admit it isn't the only ball I have used in that period, but it is definitely the longest lasting ball I have ever had.

        It is a size 5 - the standard match ball size, and if you can find one, I suggest you buy it - although the chances now are probably quite slim.

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