The latest and most advanced boot in the Predator range has been released – the Adidas Predator LZ. The LZ stands for “Lethal Zones” and gives you some indication about the direction Adidas has headed with this release. This weekend, the boot makes it official debut and we will be at the Adidas release event to bring you full details on the boot, will some play test details.
Until then, here are the basics that you need to know to get you up to speed on the new boots. As reference, as of today the initial Bright Blue/Infrared/Collegiate colorway is available to order at both Soccer.com and WeGotSoccer.
What is so different about these boots is that there are 5 different areas where technology has been employed, producing 5 different levels of performance. Adidas teased us before release with the following descriptions of each zone:
- First Touch is magnetic. The ball can’t resist its grip. Kill the ball with one move and kill them with the next.
- Drive is a sledgehammer. Take a swing and nail that explosive long pass.
- Dribble is voodoo. Leave a trail of spellbound defenders behind.
- Pass is a skeleton key, opening any defense with speed and precision.
- Sweet Spot is a sniper who can curve a bullet. Take aim, fire and wait for the crowds to explode.
Check out more details on each zone and extra images below….
But taking a deeper look, there is more to each strategically positioned zone that serves its own specific purpose.
- 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 around the $220 mark.
Stay tuned for a much more detailed look in to the new Predator Lethal Zones over the next few days.