There is another wave of Adidas releases currently hitting the market, with this new Predator LZ colorway topping the popularity stakes. They are officially listed as a Predator Running White/Black/Infrared/Bright Blue and the mesh of colors goes together very effectively. The White to Black transition reminds me of a toasted marshmallow, with the red Lethal Zones adding some extra pop.
This is a bold new look from Adidas that we have never seen before. The White forefoot might be a concern to some players that want to keep a clean looking boot for an extended period of time, but with the Black design spreading right through the heel of the boot, it becomes less of an issue. This is the 4th release we have seen on the Pred LZ to date.
In terms of retail, these hit the market at the same $219.99 price point as other Predator LZ releases.
So, what makes the new Predator so different from previous editions? On this release, you get 5 different areas where technology has been employed, producing 5 different levels of performance. Rather than being a Power boot, this latest release is more of a hybrid that offers players more control right throughout their game. The 5 Lethal Zones are as follows:
- The large First Touch zone has recessed ribs to cushion impact and stop the ball. It’s a vacuum effect for instant control.
- The Drive zone has a raised and thicker 3D shape following the natural curve of the instep to help create rebound distance and open the game.
- The Dribble zone is designed for quick contact with the ball and close control.
- The large Control/Pass zone is memory foam with a sticky coating on top. This ensures consistency, precision and killer passing.
- On the Sweet Spot zone 3D ribs ensure longer contact with the ball to generate speed and spin.
As is the current trend with new releases, the upper has been re-engineered to combine the properties of a leather and synthetic upper. The material used is a mix of synthetic and a new Hybrid SL, adding an interesting twist to the release. The real test will be how they perform in game – something I will update on after this weekend. The Predator Zones are each composed of a SL rubber that adds a new element of control.
In terms of weight, they come in at 8.0oz, which is just a slight bit heavier than the adiPower Predator and is definitely lightweight for a power boot. Within the soleplate, Adidas has again placed a cavity for players who want to take advantage of miCoach technology. Finally, they are going to have an initial retail price of around $220.