I don’t think I’ve ever been more annoyed with a boot release that I was when the Magista Obra and Opus were announced. I’d never tried the boots on and basically had never seen the Opus and I already decided I was against them. Why? Well because I was, and still am a huge fan of the CTR 360 Maestri line, with the Maestri III being one of my personal favorite boots of all time. However, once I stopped sulking and tried the new Magista silo, particularly the Opus I found myself with very little to complain about and I would now also confidently say the Opus is still one of my favorite boots to wear to a game even in 2020.
Here I will try and give you a breakdown of exactly why I love this boot and why you might want to consider picking up a pair.
The Magista Obra obviously took center stage when the new Magista silo was released. It came before the Opus, was the first boot to feature Nike’s dynamic fit collar and of course gave us flyknit on a football boot for the very first time. Considering all the elite level models in Nike’s current line up feature a flyknit upper, you can see how important this release was. However quietly released alongside the Obra was little brother Opus, it didn’t have the flashy dynamic fit collar and it kept faith with the Kanga Lite material Nike had been using on the now replaced CTR line. Kanga Lite is a synthetic leather material designed to replicate the touch and feel of leather without the drawbacks of water retention or overstretching just to mention a couple.
The difference in simple material terms from the CTR was that the Kanga Lite was now in partnership with performance mesh, the Kanga Lite making up the main structure of the boot, you see it in the solid colour and the outline of the almost oval type shapes, making the upper look similar to the Obra. The Performance Mesh then filled in the gaps, the center of those oval shapes. This meant that the Opus was the thinnest Kanga Lite upper that Nike had ever produced. This also meant it still retained some of those leather-like characteristics from the CTR but in a package that gave a sharper touch on the ball but with some nice grip and texture, with just enough padding, as a result of the dual material upper. Despite looking similar to the more expensive Obra I always found the touch and feel to be significantly different and I always preferred what I felt to be a more refined product in the Opus.
As a person who hasn’t bought a Tiempo in many years, if I want older Tiempo like traction I can always turn to the Opus, the stud layout, shape, and profile are all very Tiempo like, as you might expect from a ‘control boot’ that is designed to give you great rotational movement. The Opus certainly achieves this and while it’s not the most aggressive traction in the world it feels fairly natural and uninhibited with enough bite from the studs so that you’re never worried about slipping. If you have ever owned an Obra there is a difference here too, while they both, on the surface seem to offer an identical soleplate and stud pattern, I have always found the Opus to be more flexible in the forefoot and toe box, which I think suits the boot nicely.
Of course, weight is dependant on the size you buy, but we are in a world where Nike’s lightest boot is just sub 200g and Puma is set to release their Ultra line very shortly with a reported weight of 170g, which is being touted as amazing. The Opus, without even trying comfortably comes in at under 180g in most sizes, if you’re looking for a lightweight boot that isn’t in the speed boot category, then look no further.
We already touched on the lack of a Dynamic fit collar, this also means that the Opus has the semi one-piece upper construction that Nike had been going with for a while, which for some people is certainly going to be a benefit when getting the boots on. The colourways range from the iconic, with the launch volt, the more classy in the wolf grey, to the more controversial with the sunset fade. Overall a low cut option that I personally think looks pretty fantastic.
FIT AND COMFORT:
Important when buying any boot, are they going to fit your feet! The Opus was built on a slightly strange Nike last which means that for many people you will want to consider going half a size up. Personally I went true to size and I really like the fit, but on the whole, I like my boots to fit as tight as possible. If you do have a wider foot or you’re concerned about sizing, going up half a size wouldn’t be a problem at all, and be aware the boot does narrow towards the end of the toe box. Due to the construction I mentioned earlier, the tongue area means the boot is pretty easy to get on, and unless you have a really wide foot they should fit most people and will give a snug fit around the width of the foot in general, and overall no lockdown issues.
In comfort terms due to how soft the performance mesh and Kanga Lite upper is right out of the box, I find these an incredibly comfortable boot to wear, no break-in time required, throw them on and you’re good to go. Don’t expect boat like comfort as if you’re wearing a Copa Mundial, but a soft, flexible, natural feeling with minimal weight that offers you just a touch of padding in an overall responsive package.
For me, this is a super easy review to write for a boot that is a personal favorite of mine and one that I would gladly break out and wear any time this season. A great boot if you’re a collector, but one that I think is still ready for game time.