It’s very rare that we’re able to get a pair of football boots to review a whole month ahead of release, so when we do, we’ve got to make sure they’re worthy of the honour. We certainly feel that the adidas adiPower Predator, as the biggest launch this year, fit the bill – but are they up to standard?
Let’s find out!
Comfort & Fit
Built around the adiZero’s well-regarded SprintFrame, but with a Taurus leather upper and an exceptionally comfortable lining, the adidas adiPower Predator has a great fit, but is strangely versatile in a way that few other football boots can claim to be.
But that’s not necessarily a brilliant thing; if you’re thinking of snapping up the adiPower when they launch in July, you’re going to have something of a dilemma on your hands.
If you have wide feet, stay true to your size, there’s enough give in the lacing system to accommodate a wider forefoot. However, if you prefer a snug, yet full comfortable fit the adidas adiPower Predator might well be worth going half a size down.
Personally, I’d recommend it – much like the leather adiZero, there’s enough give in the Taurus leather to offer a supreme fit after the leather stretches, and as the adidas adiPower Predator features a focus on control, that feeling of closeness to the ball is highly recommended, if not mandatory.
As for the rest of the cleat, adidas have held steady on their recent good run of well-fitted boots and you won’t find any blistering my toes or heels after some intense sessions in these boots!
Feel & Touch
Similar to the Predator_X, the adidas adiPower Predator has a really solid ‘feel’ on your feet, which is great for one-to-one contact with the ball.
The stitching all across the toes is very cleverly designed by adidas on the adidas adiPower Predator, as it ‘traps’ the leather to give a soft touch for receiving on the instep, whereas the toes have a more classic ‘lateral ‘ stitching, that makes the upper thinner and more flexible – which is perfect for last-minute changes of direction and the scoops and stabs that start the basis of any good trick.
I can’t say that I felt the newly-positioned vamps on the instep aided my control in any way, a-lá the CTR360 II’s pass and receive pads. They’re a tiny bit too high for your standard instep receive, but they never got in the way either; the new low-profile element is flexible and lightweight enough to happily co-operate with any of your foot’s movements.
Is there any doubt that this is one of the best-looking modern style football boots adidas have created?
It’s technical without being busy, bright without being gaudy and whilst some have maligned the white soleplate, I definitely think it’s a nice addition to the colourscheme.
The devil really is in the details when it comes to appreciating the design of the adidas adiPower Predator; The futuristic, hexagonal inlay on the heel lining is a great touch, and the carbon fibre-aping design on the tongue brings it into a similar aesthetic language to the adiZero Prime, keeping adidas’ football boots line-up looking as uniform as their new adi-prefixed names.
I don’t know whether it’s something that I’m being too harsh on, but the adidas adiPower Predator is just one of those football boots that will never be as pristine as you’d like it to be, even after a single wear.
The Sharp Blue colourway is a sight to be behold when they’re box-fresh, but at the end of the day they are leather – which creases and traps dirt and dust like any other boot – and the metallic edge soon starts to fade.
Also, all the FG studs have tiny channels in them, seemingly for no reason, which capture and retain mud, no matter how well you clean them!
On a durability note, the adidas adiPower Predator are one of many top-level football boots that have a plastic ‘lip’ between the sole and the upper. Whilst this is a real godsend for stopping mud getting between the SprintFrame and the Taurus leather and causing it to separate prematurely, this can really take some abuse on older synthetic surfaces if you drag your toes when striking – so if you want your adiPower’s life to be a long and happy one, be mindful of where you play in them!
The Footy-Boots.com comments have been alight with people pondering the new Predator element’s placement along the ‘top’ of the instep of the foot. Well, it’s definitely more Predator_X than Predator PowerSwerve, that’s for sure – but it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
The ridges on the ‘stripes’ of the instep offer a more aggressive contact than the dimples of the Predator_X which offers a whole new type of Predator experience on the adidas adiPower Predator.
Whilst the boot relies on you to generate your own spin using good technique, the new strikezone and PowerSpine allow you to get some real purchase on the ball when striking with a ‘straight leg’, and can put some vicious dip and swerve on a strike, which I’d compare to the Mukaiten from the Wave Ignitus.
The weight is also exceptional on the adidas adiPower Predator, if you’ve been wearing boots like the adiZero or Vapor, you’ll find there’s still enough ‘meat’ to the adidas adiPower Predator to keep it substanital, but if you’ve worn the Predator_X, Laser III or CTR360 II, you’ll definitely feel half a yard quicker.
At £155, there are plenty of boots that are cheaper and more expensive, adidas seem to have calculated the mean price of top-level football boots on the market at the moment.
Whilst I still don’t think we should be paying over £130 for any cleat on the market, I begrudgingly am starting to accept that around £155 might well be the new baseline price for an ‘elite’ pair of football boots.
So, the least adidas could do is make them durable, attractive and packed with features. And they have.
So whilst I’m still unwilling to say they get ‘top marks’ for value, what I will say is that you could pay a lot more, and do a lot worse.
Some football boots suffer from an identity crisis, but the sadistic adidas adiPower Predator revels in it. A new focus on control, but still distinctly Predator. Powerful enough to reward those with a good technique, yet only 5g lighter than the Mercurial Vapor VII.
I do wish the Predator element extended more towards the toes (like the old days!) but the trade-off for such a great all-around boot is just about worth it.
If someone asked me what the benchmark for a modern soccer cleat is two weeks ago, I’d have said the Nike CTR360 II without hesitation. Now, I don’t think I could choose between the two; the adidas adiPower Predator really is that good.
Nice review! Now im surely gonna buy those.
But then in the traditional predator colourway!
Awesome review! I want these boots so bad!!!
I know some people have said they are not like the classic predators, but for me they are taking the pred to the next level.
IMO they blow the Mercurials out of the water, agree?
How come your AdiPowers don’t have that slight/extra wrap-around bit at the top of the laces?
I’ve seen photos of these in various online stores with and without this extra plastic bit…
The oldschool colourway is gonna fly off the shelves.
this review captivated me
“So, the least adidas could do is make them durable, attractive and packed with features. And they have.” Â how can you comment on durability after a few training sessions on a perfect surface running around by yourself. Â try playing for several months on what the average consumer would play and against real players hacking at your feet. then you can make a comment on the durability of these boots. i am sure it will be nothing better than the x’s. Â no shoe in this market will ever last longer than a year its just the way it is now. Â and its a shame that yet again becks will not have a powerspine one of the major specs of the pred and one of the major reps is not even using it. Â doesnt that say a lot about the feature? Â hard shot this hard shot that instep pad here and there its all bs.a true footballer doesnt need any of this.Â
nice boots :-),don’t know wich to take,F50 or Predator?? 🙁
@f9a6c53ac64a5b5f4817802ff74f0689:disqusÂ Disagree wholeheartedly about boots not lasting more than one season. If looked after your boots may last many seasons. I play Saturday and Sunday football each week of the season and have boots that are at least 3 seasons old still. It’s down to how you take care of them, as well as the boot in question being of good quality.
I bet other footy boots fans have boots for more than one season too…??
This was what I was waiting for an proper adipower review! And I agree with the others it is a good review. What I’d like to know is whether you think the bladed studs would be good enough for a Scottish winter?
@c78dd94170338603cb2d27271e68daf9:disqusÂ Not just that, but also his adipower seems to have an additional plastic lining/guard on the toe/bottom front of the boots.Â
You’re right, but “true” boots don’t sell to the younger generation that think they need to choose the boot that fits their position. It’s all marketing.
Excellent review. Well done guys.
So if I wear a 10.5 in vapor vi’s an they are a very snug fit and I have a narrow foot , should I be looking for a 10 in these?
Great review ! Looking forward to getting hold of a pair of these in the near future…..
These soccer cleats kick ball and shatter testicles
thnx now im more confident about getting these boots
Review was, like “harry” said, captivating. The review helped out a lot and, I have to agree with a lot of what he said. Although i am sort of biased that adidas is better than nike, I will have to agree that its tied with maestri ctr360 II. plus its a masterful written essay.
Dont bother getting them from Kitbag. Ordered Saturday. Recieved an email Wednesday to tell me the size I ordered (which was obviously showing as in stock) wasnt there. Pathetic
Want Predator Accelerator back!!!
just got white and purple ones:) love em