If you are looking to take your boot performance up a notch, how about a pair designed to keep your toes warm during those cold frosty Winter game days? That is what adidas has created with the new Cold Mode Pack, each boot in the silo featuring PrimaLoft insulation, a new inner lining intended to provide better insulation so your feet stay warm in the coldest of weather. Sounds pretty good right? A few weeks back, we picked up a pair of Predator 18+ to see what they are all about.
We have received a lot of questions from players who are interested in buying a pair, but want to know exactly what they are getting. So, we decided to put this Q&A together to give you some of the answers.
If we’ve missed anything that you want answered, let us know in the comments!
What exactly is PrimaLoft Insulation?
PrimaLoft is a synthetic microfiber thermal insulation material that was developed for the United States Army in the 1980. It is basically a lining that keeps heat locked in while creating a waterproof barrier against the elements.
Where is used PrimaLoft on the boots?
It runs right through the inner lining, basically surrounding your entire foot. When you look inside the boot, it is the thin layer of black material. Obviously, it is around the toes where you are going to feel its impact the most, but it also runs around the midfoot and heel.
Does it keep your toes warm?
I haven’t had the opportunity to wear them in freezing conditions, but we have had some frosty mornings when I’ve got to take them out. The one thing I noticed was that the immediate impact is determined by the conditions where you put them on. So, if you’re feet are cold starting out, it is going to take some movement to get the feeling back. In other words, it has a lot to do with the effort you put in creating heat that surrounds your toes. But if you put them on in your house, where you’re feet are at room temperature then go out into cold conditions, the conditions won’t impact as much. It seems to act as a shield to stop the cold air from affecting your foot temperature inside the boots.
Can you feel it in the boots or does it impact touch?
Honestly, it is extremely tough to tell the difference between the standard and Primaloft version. Even side by side under direct examination, it is tough to discern what makes them different. They feel the same to the touch and there isn’t a whole lot of difference in the thickness of the materials.
Are they worth their $299.99 price tag?
That depends on how much you hate playing with cold feet. And of course, the conditions you generally play in. From my experiences growing up, playing in Ireland, I would have absolutely loved a pair of boots that helped in anyway when the weather got very cold. There is nothing worse than trying to try strike a shot when your feet feel frozen solid! So, if you regularly play in freezing conditions I’d definitely recommend checking them out.
Note that the boots pictured here are the Predator 18+ and they retail at $299.99. The next option is the Predator 18.1, which is listed at $224.99. I personally prefer the laced 18.1, just because I like to dictate how much I tighten them, but both feature PrimaLoft insulation.