Released as part of the adidas Encryption Pack, you wouldn’t be too far wrong if you mistook these Predator 19+ as being part of some camo style pack. Technically, the concept of Encrypting something would be to encode a message or information in such a way that only authorized parties can access it and those who are not authorized cannot. So, in a sense these fall under a very similar category as a camouflage style release. You can wear them and keep your teammates in the loop, but the opposition won’t know what you are doing!
It also serves as an excellent winter look, blending in with darker shades that make you look stylish, while allowing you to focus on just playing the game. There is no real flash with these, it is more about giving you a unique look that matches the seasonal pitches they will be worn on.
Check out the Predator 19+ Encryption at soccer.com. (they are on sale!)
Lets talk performance and what the Predator 19+ has on offer. First thing to note is these boots are so extremely versatile. It is actually difficult to define them to one player and as a result I’m pretty certain there really isn’t a player that won’t enjoy the performance on offer. Consider them to be a hybrid for all positions!
The Primeknit upper provides the snug, sock-like fit that is absolutely necessary to wear them without falling off. And, of course, one of the most common questions I’ve received surrounds whether they actually do stay on your feet or not.
The answer will all depend on your natural fit. The wider your foot, the more space you’ll take up inside the boot. Obviously, they are not designed to slip off your feet in play. That wouldn’t make sense. In fact, it takes some effort to get your feet in through the narrow and constrictive ankle opening, so as it turns out that is actually the bigger challenge!
The one thing that excites me about these boots is just how accommodating they are for a wide variety of players and foot shapes. Because of the laceless style and the inclusion of a very tight ankle entry, there is bound to be a selection of players that immediately determine them to be a bad option. But, I say give them a chance. Once you slip your feet in, the actual fit and feel is pretty terrific with the upper stretching in a very unique fashion.
ControlSkin, a super soft synthetic material, is employed by adidas to create a clean and effect touch on the ball. To the touch, it is absolutely glorious and not what you would expect. From images, the tiered Predator styling on the front of the boot looks rigid and stiff. But, it is actually a built-in foam structure that is incredibly pliable, and so super soft under your fingers.
It has also has a stretch like feel to it, something that makes it very different from your standard types of synthetic you’d find on other boots. And given the fact that the tiered design does keep it step-to-step shape through wear, makes it even more impressive. The concept is to add some additional definition for enhanced control on the boot, with the material having more angles to cushion while also providing a little extra rebound when you are striking shots.
Although this might not be a typical Predator with a Predator rubber element and although it might not fit perfectly into the power category, I find these to fill the needs of players that crave a modern shooting boot. They fit so well and the tiered forefoot gives just enough definition to make them ideal for moments where you need to feel confident striking shots or playing a key through ball. These rank as one of my top recommended boot options on the market right now.
Find the Encryption Pack Predator 19+ available at soccer.com.