Its a funny old world sometimes! Today, Adidas officially released the Predator Instinct, several months after its introduction to the market. You might recall seeing the Instinct as part of the World Cup Battle Pack collection and it was also widely on show in Brazil. But, at that time we were not offered much information about the boot and it was only through research and our testing process that we found out exactly what the control silo was all about.
Finally, it has come full circle and it now seems like the German brand were not fully committed to unleashing their latest Predator edition before the World Cup. Instead, it made its debut and was showcased minus the exclusive detailing we expect when new boots hit the market. Players got a first hand-look through that distinct Black/White design but performance terminology was avoided.
We have already tested and reviewed the Predator Instinct (you can read that here) so below we are offering the full details adidas has offered with the boots release.
Adidas today announced the launch of the Predator Instinct range, the latest incarnation of the iconic Predator football boot and timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of its original release. The Predator, made famous by players including David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane, has been re-imagined in a design that celebrates the heritage of the boot alongside the animalistic instincts of the players that wear it. The ‘Predator Instinct’ boot launches the range with a return to the classic red, white and black colorway.
The new technological features of Predator Instinct mean the boot remains all about control. The biggest innovation comes in the form of a revolutionary control frame, which extends around the boot and down onto the forefoot, ensuring ultimate levels of grip, touch and control of the ball – ideal for quick dribbling and change of direction. Precision engineered materials including a new gel pad and hybridtouch material provide optimum control and comfort, while the new TPU outsole ensures greater flexibility of movement.
The design patterns of the Predator Instinct range is inspired by the predatory animals that use their instinct to hunt. This instinct ties into the attributes of the players who wear Predator such as Mesut Özil, with anticipation, touch and vision vital to control the game. The new ‘Predator Instinct’ serves as a physical embodiment of these qualities in football and in nature.
In its 20th anniversary year and to celebrate the previous 14 generations of Predator, adidas is releasing 14 new versions of the Predator Instinct during 2014. This includes Revenge Instinct, a heritage set of three Predators based on the original designs of the 1994 Predator, the 1998 Accelerator and the 2002 Mania. A special Solar Blue edition of the Predator Instinct is also available to buy exclusively from Intersport (in Intersport markets only). Players to wear the exclusive Solar Blue colorway of the boot on field will include Edin Dzeko, Xavi Hernandez, Andrea Poli & Julien Draxler. In non-Intersport markets, the Solar Blue colorway will be sold via other selected retailers.
Some of the biggest global footballing stars, including Mesut Özil will wear the boots when they return to their clubs after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
For those looking to pick up a pair of the new Infrared/Black design, you can get them directly from adidas.com or from soccer.com.
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