Surprisingly, here is a boot that I’ve had in my closet since before I started SoccerCleats101, yet I don’t have a post about them. This particular pair of Adidas Predator Absolute also has a pretty big significance for me – they are the actual pair I wore when I made my professional debut for New England Revolution!
The PowerPulse was the 8th series and the 2006/07 Predator release. Pictured is the SG version, which features interchangeable aluminum blades. They weighed in at around 10.2oz, which at the time was a midrange weight point and pretty ideal for a Power boot. But the major talking point about these was the interchangeable insole, that allowed you to change between a regular insole and a slightly weighted version. Adidas built of the same concepts used in golf clubs, where the added weight provided extra momentum as you swing, increasing the force exerted on contact with the ball.
For those interested in picking up a pair, rest peacefully knowing that they can be found! eBay is the best place to look, with plenty of pairs and sizes currently on offer.
As for the all important Predator strike zone, it featured specifically positioned rubber elements that were segmented to allow for increased surface contact of the ball. As a result, there was more opportunity to put spin on the ball and off course you got a little extra power to boot.
When released, I was pretty enamored with this release and touted them as the best boot ever! Looking back on it, it was probably related to the fact that I was getting pairs for free. Now, if you take a snapshot of the entire history of the Predator and the latest Predator LZ, they definitely fall down the popularity line. Most Adidas fans will tell you that it is the look rather than the performance aspect of the boot that leave it as a slightly forgotten legacy.
In your opinion, how do these boots rate against the newer Adidas Predator releases? Leave your comments below – I’m interested to read your thoughts on the evolution of the range!