Product Type: Mitre Ball Sport
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Mitre Ultimatch 18 P
Member Name: Jake Speed
Mitre Ultimatch 18 P
Advantages: Good solid football
Disadvantages: No major problems
Like many people I've owned about a gazillion footballs. Some have punctured, some have gone flat and been forgotten in some cupboard or dusty corner of a garage and one was paddled away with by an annoyed posh canoeist near Canterbury Cathedral after he was the unfortunate victim of a stray pass. I like to have a decent football to hand for a kick around in the park now and again when the weather is pleasant and you feel like being outdoors and this Mitre Ultimach 18P Football has lasted longer than most I've had and shown very good durability on the whole. This is apparently a popular football for Academies and comes in sizes up to 5. My football is the size 5 one and the Mitre Ultimach - at the time of writing - can be purchased for around £14 or so. The ball is suitable for use on both grass and astro turf and is quite attractive to look at too with the blue markings around it. One of the key things about any football you buy is the flight and of course also how it feels when you kick it. This football feels excellent in this latter regard and dispenses a pleasing little thud when you boot it one.
The flight with the Mitre Ultimach 18P is straight and true and the occasional bend you put on the ball (whether on purpose or by accident) feels good too - certainly in relation to that ridiculous ball they used during the World Cup and some of the cheaper or less reliable footballs I've owned over the years. I would say this is a great ball for a game or kick around in the park and although I haven't used this with football boots it is designed to be a real match ball too. One of the most annoying things about footballs is when you end up with one that gets caught up in the breeze a little too much and hangs in the air more than it should do. It's incredibly frustrating when you are having a match of some sort or just even booting a ball back and forth with two people. What I really like about this football is that once you start to judge the distance you are attempting to boot it to someone it stays consistent and therefore you can build up a rhythm and get more and more accurate.
The ball has a really good bounce too I found. You want a football that is going to bounce but not to a preposterous degree and with the Mitre Ultimach you can start to judge the bounce of a particular hoofer when you've had it for a while. It's a reliable and consistent ball in this category. I do love the feel of this ball when you get good purchase on it too and watch it zoom off in the distance and bounce off the grass for someone to chase down. The 'hang' of the Mitre Ultimach 18P when you whack it to someone miles away in the park is excellent and it responds in true fashion to the degree of power you manage to get on it. The football is quite subtle too for chips and lobs and has lovely flights and arcs and spin on a nice day. Out of all the footballs I've owned this is probably up there with the best and the relatively modest price adds to the general appeal. It's a good solid football and fun to kick around in the park.
Another thing I like about the ball is that the weight feels good. A football that feels slightly too heavy is annoying and a football that feels slightly too light is equally annoying - probably even more so when it comes down to it as you feel you never quite have total control over it. The Mitre Ultimach has what feels like a perfect sense of weight and this - and the excellent feeling of reliability - makes it a very good product when it comes to this market. In terms of durability this football has also been impressively reliable so far. It hasn't scratched or scuffed up to the same degree as some other leather footballs I've owned in the past and has survived unplanned trips to gravel and concrete around the park without any noticeable damage or change in its shape or performance. The ball has also survived collisions with trees and branches on more than one occasion although I haven't put it through the old thorn test or had it fired into any particularly nasty looking hedges.
I think if you bought the appropriate size this would be a decent football for children as it is fairly sturdy and would last a good while. It might be a bit dangerous to deploy in a smallish garden though. In terms of something not outrageously expensive for the odd kick around in the park the Mitre Ultimach 18P is a very solid purchase I think and good value for money. I love the feel and flight of the ball and it has retained its shape and bounce very well even when given plenty of welly during the World Cup and in the long summer evenings. You should remember though to choose a size according the age of the person/people who will primarily use it and make sure it is not used in the proximity of any windows or greenhouses as this ball is sturdy and can be hit with good purchase if you strike it cleanly.
If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive football with good durability, weight and a good flight then I would recommend the Mitre Ultimach 18P as a decent purchase. I've had no real problems with this football and look forward to booting it around in the park for a few years to come yet. I would have no hesitation in recommending the Mitre Ultimach 18P as a good solid football.
Summary: Quality football