For a generation of professionals and the Sunday leaguers, the Predator was THE boot to have. It had the looks. It had curve. It had dip. It had swerve.
It had everything.
As updated models were released, so too were the number of footballers wearing them. With each new model, so too were iconic moments created.
David Beckham led the way. There was also THAT goal by Zinedine Zidane. But just like that, the Adidas giveth and the Adidas taketh. For someone like me, a devout believer in the Predator I was devastated. I couldn’t understand why Adidas had chosen to take the best boot I’ve ever worn away from me.
Here we are, just a few years later. Adidas have unleashed the beast. It’s back. Predator reawakened. It’s arguably the most popular boot, if not the most iconic, ever. No other company could come close to matching the Predator and those that did failed.
The new Predator clearly doesn’t look like its predecessor, which disappointed me. At first. But you quickly realise that while it doesn’t have the rubber elements that defined the first 20 years of the Predator, this is a boot made for a new generation of footballers.
It definitely has the Predator DNA running through it. There’s the red tongue that reveals itself when you put on the boot. There are stylised ripples on the forefoot, which is a nod to the Predator’s rubber element past.
It also has all the modern upgrades that footballers, both professionals and pub players, crave.
The Predator features an updated Primeknit SOCKFIT collar, while Primeknit is prevalent through the boot and supported by a layer of CONTROLSKIN for optimal grip in any condition. There’s also an ANATOMICAL UPPER which mimics the heel’s shape to provide the ultimate lockdown.
Adidas’ PURECUT LACELESS system provides maximum surface control, while a FORGED KNIT midfoot support structure creates medial and lateral stability to support complex movements.
The CONTROLFRAME technology has been updated with high performance polyamide layers, designed to stabilise movement. The hybrid stud tip configuration amplifies rotation and traction. Finally, there’s a full-length BOOTS midsole to provide energy return with each step.
What does all this mean for the pitch? Having put the Predator 18.1 through its paces, it’s a boot that has benefited from the experiment of the short-lived ACE series.
The feel of the new technologies in the new-age Predator provides a unique feeling. While laceless technology and its associated tech have only been around for a few years, the Predator has clearly benefited from Adidas’ innovation.
The feel of the boot is unlike other boots on the market. The feel of the ball against your instep is great. And yes, laceless technology provides for a greater striking area on the ball, especially with the ridges on the forefront of the boot.
It’s a boot that is comfortable on your feet, giving you the freedom to do what you do best: play football.
No, this isn’t the Predator of 1994 – 2014. This is the Predator for the next generation. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages. Savage control is back with a bang.
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