adidas has introduced the latest generation of Predator, with the Predator 20 Mutator series. The big talking point with this release is DEMONSKIN, an all-new technology developed to enhance grip on the ball and maximize control.
DEMONSKIN is a new breakthrough technology for adidas, made up of a textured spike layer on the Predator 20 Mutator upper. And this is where the design goes all futuristic! Informed by years of data-based research and testing, DEMONSKIN is the result of a computer algorithm being used to create an entirely new interface between boot and ball. DEMONSKIN spikes have been deliberately crafted to wrap the front and side of the boot in a formation that aligns to key contact points with the ball, combining to give players enhanced control and touch on the ball, while also promoting spin when striking.
Since its inception, the design of Predator has been informed by nature’s most dangerous creatures – symbolic of the powerful and dynamic tendencies that the boot instills in the wearer to give them an advantage over opponents. Taking cues from the extremes of nature, Predator 20 Mutator sees the boot’s iconic shape re-imagined further, with a striking silhouette centering on a high collar and low-cut front creating a sharp and streamlined design mutation.
Always evolving, the new Predator 20 Mutator has been designed with maximum movement in mind. The silo features new outsole enhancing control zones, while the addition of high-performance polyamide-injected layers help stabilize movement further. Underfoot, the footbed has a split-plate design and stud configuration that reduces weight, allowing for a 360 design where the upper material wraps under the foot. This construction, together with the Sockfit collar that locks down and adjusts to the unique contours of the wearer’s foot, ensures anatomical fit for added support. The inclusion of Hybrid studs further amplifies the boot’s level of rotation and traction.
“FOR 2020 WE WANTED TO UNLEASH PREDATOR TO A NEW GENERATION. WE KNEW THAT WE HAD TO CREATE SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, GO BEYOND EVOLUTION AND DELIVER A NEW INNOVATION, SOMETHING THAT WOULD INTIMIDATE OPPONENTS. DEMONSKIN IS AT THE HEART OF THIS.”
Made iconic by greats of the game like David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane and Steven Gerrard, the legacy continues with a new generation of players making their mark. The all-new Predator 20 Mutator will be worn by Paul Pogba, Becky Sauerbrunn, Marc-André ter Stegen and Tessa Wullaert.
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