Just when you think adidas couldn’t possibly defy expectations anymore – they pull something like the new adidas Predator SL out of their hats. Prepare yourselves ladies and gentlemen, for one of the football boots releases of the year.
adidas Predator SL Overview
The adidas adiPower Predator has redefined what we came to expect from the range since it’s reveal in May. No longer the power-oriented, bulky Predator of generations past – it was changed for a new era of players that demand the tightest of control and the fastest of football boots.
Now, it’s set to go a step lighter. 190 grammes, in fact.
The adidas adiPower Predator SL builds upon the Sprintframe foundations set down the the adiZero range, and adds another F50 staple – SprintSkin.
Replacing the Taurus leather of the adidas adiPower Predator is the SprintSkin that helped the adiZero break the record of lightest football boots ever back in 2010. This single-layer synthetic soon gained a reputation for great ball feel as well as it’s weight-reducing qualities, which is presumably why adidas saw fit to incorporate it into the design of their flagship cleats.
One compromise comes in the signature ‘Predator Zone’, which, on the adidas Predator SL isn’t the silicon rubber element we’ve come to expect. Instead it’s composed of coated SprintSkin to similar effect, increasing spin and control on the ball.
adidas Predator SL Launch
The adidas Predator SL was revealed at the end of June, with an October release date to coincide with the start of the 2011-12 football season.
Much like the adiPure SL, the adidas Predator SL receives no official on-pitch support from key athletes, and retails at £210/$300.
adidas Predator SL Specifications
FG Standard Stud Configuration for excellent traction on firm, natural ground
Lightweight, welded SprintFrame for optimum support
Ultra-light SprintSkin upper for great ball feel
PowerSpine under the forefoot for exceptional shooting power
Signature adidas Predator technology in the forefoot for more power, swerve and ball contact
AgION anti-microbial treatment stops odours and prevents bacterial and fungal growth (ultra-light sockliner only)
Footy-Boots.com˘ Alan reckons'¦
”There’s no doubt that adidas are setting new boundaries for football boots of all types with releases like this – and WOW what a great looking shoe! BUT did they have to release it so close to the retail launch of the standard adiPower? Paying customers have only just got their new cleats, and already there’s something newer on the shelves…”
Let us know what you think of the adidas Predator SL below!