There is something very simplistic about this release that makes them look like your everyday, run-of-the-mill adidas boot. But, don’t be fooled – I have a feeling they will pack a pretty killer punch in action! The Adidas adiPure 11Pro SL has been released and it hits the market as the lowest weighing adiPure ever. If there were any doubts about the direction Adidas was headed, then this release answers those questions. At 6.4oz, these fall more into the lightweight category than the heritage, with Adidas trimming them down to the bare bones.
For those of you that were disappointed about the adiPure 11Pro not featuring a K-leather upper, Adidas has a response. This SL version features a soft K-leather upper with an ultra-thin layer of protection, called DuraCoating, providing an extra level of durability around the strike zone. Not what many players were expecting! As with all current release, Adidas employ their SprintFrame soleplate and the ability to use their miCoach performance tracking system. The chip sits in a cavity in the soleplate.
The official colorway for this release is Black/Running White/Core Energy and they offer a very classic feel. These are the traditional colors used in the Predator range, although the blending effect through the midfoot gives them a more unique look. I like how the classic black leather upper looks, but ultimately I am not a fan of the blending used and the adiPure IV SL release appeals to me far more than these. This is the type of boot I could absolutely see someone like Steven Gerrard wearing – the no-nonsense, hard working, center mid that likes to pop up all over the field, only these boots offer a lightweight feel also!
With that being said, I am eager to test these out and see what their performance is like in game. And of course, the question of comfort has to be addressed since they are lighter than any adiPure we have seen before. The ability to use miCoach is included, so you can track your performance through wear. Retail wise, they are currently available to pre-order and are listed around the $250 mark.