As always, Adidas are full of surprises, and today they unexpectedly dropped the new Predator Kinetic SL (or adiPower Predator SL) – a completely hybrid lightweight/power boot! Basically, you are getting the adiPower Predator that has been paired down to offer the lightest Predator to date. Instead of the Taurus leather upper, Adidas use a SprintSkin single layer synthetic upper and the Predator Element has a new design with less dimension, resulting in a 7.4oz boot (the adiPower weighs in at 7.8oz.) The initial roll-out comes in a Black/Electricity/Sharp Blue Metallic colorway, with a Running White/Black/Sharp Blue Metallic also set for release.
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the design of this release – in fact they are one of the best looking boots I have seen in a while. But I am curious as to why Adidas have decided to release them right now, considering players are only just getting their hands on the adiPower Predator. And additionally, they only weigh 0.4oz less – not quite the SL I was expecting.
In similar fashion to the adiPure IV SL, you will not see professional players wearing these as companies tend to keep players in the more mainstream releases. Price wise, they will retail at or around $250, which is $50 up from the adiPower Predator. The real key to their value will be in testing – and I plan to get a pair as soon as I can to give you the complete lowdown on what the Predator Kinetic SL is all about.
|Available From||Colorway||List Price|
|Running White/Black/Sharp Blue||$250|
*all prices are subject to change over time