After months upon months of speculation, black-outs, leaks, Tweets and rumours – the Three Stripes finally reveal their latest football boots; the adidas adiPower Predator!
The adidas adiPower Predator represents a bold new direction for the Predator range that will see the silo become what adidas are billing as the ultimate hybrid of Power and control.
adidas adiPower Predator Overview
The new adidas adiPower Predator builds upon the Predator_X’s legacy of streamlining the ‘power’ football boots market. Rather than being weighty, clunky cleats – the adidas adiPower Predator has a strong emphasis on comfort and a snug fit that brings the ball under a player’s spell – instantly.
But ultimately, the adidas adiPower Predator is power by name and power by nature, packing a remastered Predator Element, that not only ads to the control aspect of these football boots, but enhances power and provides consistent spin and swerve in all weather conditions.
The adidas adiPower Predator also sees the return of the PowerSpine. Despite offering an excellent energy return and making for an overall lighter pair of football boots the PowerSpine wasn’t a universal hit, with the likes of David Beckham, Xavi, Dimitar Berbatov and Anderson all opting for the older ‘PowerPulse’ system from the Predator PowerSwerve.
This will make for an interesting experiment as we see which players take the longest to switch to the new adidas adiPower Predator (as we doubt that it’s possible to add a PowerPulse chamber to the all-new soleplate).
Speaking of the soleplate, the adidas adiPower Predator uses same SprintFrame chassis as adidas’ wildly-successful adiZero range of football boots.
The result is not only the lightest Predator ever at 230g per boot, but also one of the most stable.
The Upper is again made of adidas’ Taurus leather for great comfort and ball feel, and the heel is lined with Alcantara-like leather, which is not only soft and comfortable, but also designed to reduce slippage and irritation.
adidas adiPower Predator Launch
The adidas adiPower Predator have the dubious honour of becoming the most expensive Predator ever at £155. adidas’ new football boots are set to be officially unveiled on the 17th of May, and begin shipping on June 1st, with pre-orders available from noon today.
Curiously, the adidas adiPower Predator received it’s on-pitch debut the weekend of the 14th of May, on the feet of stars such as Nani, Kaka, Fletcher, Charlie Adam and David Beckham.
The lead launch colourway was Predator Sharp Blue Metallic/Electricity/Black.
adidas adiPower Predator Specifications
– Taurus Leather Upper
– Alcantara-style leather lining for reduced slippage and increased comfort
– 230g/8.1oz, putting them within grammes of the Mercurial Vapor Range
– Unique Predator Element, redesigned for consistent swerve
– Energy-returning PowerSpine for improved shot power
– Anatomically-moulded EVA insole for comfort
– Ultra-lightweight SprintFrame construction
– Ergonomic Stud Placement
– External Heel counter
– TRAXION Grip on FG Model, new hybrid stud config on SG Model
adidas’ Aubrey Dolan Reckons….
“There is a new kind of player that requires a new kind of Predator football boots. These players are young, confident and have the skill and ability to shape games as they please. With the all-new adipower Predator featuring technologies like Sprint Frame, Powerspine and a refined Predator element, the game is theirs to own.”
Footy-Boots.com˘ Felipe reckons'¦
”Wow, a new Predator that’s 230g AND based on the concept of ‘control’ – adidas are really breaking the mould with this Predator! The question is, is this what Predator Players want from their football boots?”
Let us know what you think to the adidas adiPower Predator in the comments below!