The new Adidas adiPower Predator was officially launched at a celebrity packed event in London earlier today. International stars including Kaká (Real Madrid), Nani (Manchester United), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Jack Rodwell (Everton), JonJo Shelvey (Liverpool), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Club Bilbao) and Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina) took part in unveiling the 11th version of the Predator.
The most important thing I got from the launch was some pretty clear details on how the new Predator element functions. Basically, Adidas has re-engineered the technology to perfect ball handling/control. Featured on the medial side of the cleat, the Predator Element is an injected silicon-rubber component welded onto the base material that features two specific zones. One zone is designed to improve spin and power when striking the ball, while the second zone maximizes contact time with the ball to ensure perfect control no matter what weather conditions you are playing in.
Also, Adidas confirmed that the adiPower Predator weighs in at 8.2oz, just as I stated when they were released. The integrated revolutionary Sprint Frame outsole construction featured in the adiZero F50 actually reduces the weight of the cleat by 25%.
If you are want to catch some MLS stars wearing the cleats, watch out for Omar Gonzalez of the LA Galaxy, Kenny Cooper of the Portland Timbers, Shalrie Joseph of the New England Revolution and Teal Bunbury of Sporting Kansas City.