Mitre are reviving a true legend in leather with the news that their famous ‘Delta’ will be the official matchball of choice up and down the Football League next season.
The Mitre Delta was a staple of English football for many years, being the very ball that Paolo Di Canio spanked home to score *that* volley with, that David Beckham whipped over the wall to score *that* freekick against Greece, that Eric Cantona chipped over Lionel Perez, etc, etc.
No doubt there are also ex-Sunday League players of a certain vintage out there who still have the original chevrons forever branded on their upper thighs from cold December morning’s past. It’s a badge of honour.
Just listen to the spec involved and marvel at how high-tech Mitre’s latest creation is:
The most advanced football from Mitre features brand new technology including a textured surface for instinctive aerodynamic control.
The added embossed grooves provide up to 400% more stability at speeds of 30 to 45 mph as well as greater accuracy versus a flat panel construction of the same ball.
A distinctive 14 panel design with innovative Hyperseam™ technology ensures optimum energy dissipation and a super accurate flight.
Combining the benefits of bonded and stitched seams guarantees superb speed and pin-point accuracy with a consistent feel, almost zero water uptake and superior durability.
A laminated bladder combined with a rubber sheet constructed in between two layers of foam backing give explosive power coupled with improved control.
It never ceases to amaze us just how much work goes into designing a spherical bag of air these days.
Should you wish to procure yourself a Mitre Delta of your very own, the official full-blown version is available to pre-order for £115.
Should that be a little over-budget, you can also get snag yourself a replica version for an altogether more reasonable £12.