For those in need of a more classic look from Adidas in the Predator LZ range will be happy to see this latest release, which comes in a Blackout. Well, actually the exact colorway is listed as a Black/Black/Green Zest with some Green logo detailing on the tongue and soleplate, but a far as things go, this is a definite Blackout in my eyes.
It truly is a stealthy release and the look is sure to confuse opposing players who won’t know what has hit them as you curl balls top corner. Ok, so they won’t actually transform your game, but they will add a different style to your game. It is vastly different to the White/Prime Blue version we saw released a few weeks back!
In terms of retail, these boots are currently available to order for $219.99.
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.