We found the best cleats so you don’t have to.
As of now there is no official shoe maker that designs cleats solely for Ultimate Frisbee. So we Ultimate players must adapt by using shoes from other sports such as Soccer, Football, and Lacrosse.
Here is a chart of our personal recommendations for outdoor Ultimate Frisbee cleats. This chart contains 15 of the best Ultimate Frisbee cleats that range in colors, quality, and price. Our goal is to bring you affordable cleats that can withstand the wear and tear of Ultimate Frisbee. The quality of all the cleats below are greater than their price mark. Also, each cleat listed is allowed in official tournaments and teams everywhere.
In my opinion, the best men’s cleat is the Adidas Copa Mundial Soccer Cleat, you can read my in-depth review here (it’s #2). The Copa Mundial is the most comfortable and durable cleat in its class. Although the shoe lacks in color options, I am 110% satisfied and plan to use this cleat for the rest of my career. It is virtually unbreakable.
The best Ultimate Frisbee women’s cleat is definitely the Under Armour Quartz Gre because of its tremendous durability. This cleat will probably last you the majority of your Ultimate Frisbee career. The quality of this shoe it far beyond its $60 price mark and it is pretty stylish too. Remember, many “guy” cleats typically offer sizes as low as 6 men’s which can fit some ladies who are a size 8 in women’s.
Click the picture or the link to find out all the information you need to know about the product. There is a key located at the bottom of the page.
Product Company Material Overall Rating Price
Product Company Material Overall
Adidas Copa Mundial Soccer Cleat
Adidas Kangaroo Leather, Direct-
injected outsole, Most
comfortable cleat on the market,
High Quality, Legendary
Women's Quartz Gre
Under Armour Synthetic, Light weight
design, Die-cut Sockliner, TPU outsole, bladed heals
11Questra FG Soccer Shoe
Adidas Man-Made, Synthetic Leather, Vamp Stitching, comfortable 4.4 $$
Hypervenom Phelon II
Nike Ten.O trophy Synthetic
UA Saber Mid D Football
Under Armour Die-cut 4D Foam®, Synthetic
Leather, Detachable Cleat Plate,
Evospeed 5 FG Soccer Cleat
Puma Manmade sole, Synthetic,
SpeedCELL Tech, One-
piece TPU injected outsole
Nike Mercurial Victory IV FG
Nike Synthetic Leather, Extremely
UA Banshee Lacrosse Cleats
Under Armour Ultra support ankle, Lightweight, 4D Foam, Bladed cleat design 4.5 $$$
F10 TRX FG
Adidas AgION anti-microbial treated
lining, Synthetic, Manmade
King FG Soccer Cleat
Puma Premium Leather, Lightweight
Pebax outsole, protected heel
Vapor Carbon Elite
Nike Leather, Synthetic, Detachable Spikes, Lightweight feel, Breathable Mesh, Molded PU Foam Sockliner, Built for Speed 4.8 $$$$
NItro Lacrosse Cleats
Under Armour Synthetic, Light-weight,
translucent TPU plate,
Best shoe for turf fields
Women's Matteo NUA Soccer Shoe
Adidas Synthetic Leather, light
weight construction, asymmetrical lacing system
Adidas Synthetic. The LIGHTEST
cleat in existence, Traxion
2.0 outsole, Sprintskin, High
Women's Universal Soccer Cleat
Puma Real Leather, PU-injected
outsole, Manmade sole,
Best quality for price
DS Light Wide Soccer Cleat
Asics Synthetic leather, Rubber Sole, Kangaroo Leather Vamp, Removable Sockliner, Detachable cleats, Arch Support 4.4 $$$$
The main feature is traction. Cutting and juking is crucial in Ultimate and the cutter is only as good as his cleat. In my opinion, the rounded studs found on most soccer cleats offer the best traction for the multidirectional cutting of Ultimate. Although the flatter, blade-like studs excel in side-to-side cutting. Remember, metal spikes are not allowed in Ultimate.
The next is durability. I once found cheap cleats that had tons of traction but the shoe was not structurally capable of handling all the cuts of Ultimate. After just one season the sole plate disconnected from the shoe and I had to throw them out. Ultimate Frisbee is made up of all the running of soccer with the intense cutting of football. You need a cleat that can handle 70 minutes of cutting at a time for more than just one season. What I have discovered is if you splurge on a pricier cleat it will end up saving you money in the long run by significantly outlasting a cheaper model.
The same goes with comfort. With all the running we do in practice and games we deserve to be as comfortable as possible. Although those $15 clearance cleats at Dick’s Sporting Goods look appealing I assure you they are blisters waiting to happen. Unfortunately, the way cleats work is the more you spend on them the comfier they get. I recommend cleats around the $50-60 mark since they seem to minimize blisters and ankle pain while offering decent durability.
Overall, you want a cleat with traction, durability, and comfort for a reasonable price. The shoes listed in the chart above are the best cleats for Ultimate Frisbee that gave us exceeded expectations in quality. They were picked for you by Ultimate players so you can become the best player you can be.
Most cleats will do just fine on a turf field. But if you really want an edge take a look at the Under Armour Nitro Icon Lacrosse Cleats. The Nitro’s traction was created with turf fields in mind. The lightweight translucent TPU plate features skinnier studs than normal which perform significantly better on artificial surfaces. In terms of comfort, the cleat sports a molded 4D foam sole which reduces the slipping of your foot within the shoe. There is also a slightly raised ankle support on some models for increased comfort when cutting. The shoe performs awesome on non-turf fields as well. In other words, this is one bad-ass cleat. I highly recommend the Nitro III’s mid-cut or low-cut if you regularly play on turf.
If you have been playing Ultimate for a few years you probably know that our ankles are the first to go. Well, I hate to tell you that there is nothing to stop twisting that bad ankle. However, there are cleats that can help reduce the chance by adding additional ankle support. What you want to search for is Mid cut or High cut cleats. Typically Lacrosse and Football cleats offer this feature because Soccer cleats need full ankle mobility for ball control. There are a few cleats in particular worth mentioning that have helped players reduce ankle injuries.
Reebok Men’s Bulldodge Mid M2 III KFS Lacrosse Shoe
Key for Ultimate Frisbee Cleats
Rating: 1 being the worst, and 5 being the best. The overall rating includes materials, amount of colors, quality, life expectancy, and price.
Material: The main materials and features of each cleat
$ 50 dollars or less
$$ 50-70 dollars
$$$ 70-90 dollars
$$$$ 90-150 dollars
$$$$$ 150 dollars or more