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Adidas are a German based sports equipment and clothing company and have been making top class football boots for years. The Copa Mundials are still regarded as legendary amongst many professionals and some still chooses to wear these over more modern boots.
Adidas genuinely struck gold in 1994, when former Liverpool forward, Australian Craig Johnston designed and created a prototype of the Adidas Predator. This design was to go on and be world famous and the legacy has lived on ever since with Adidas producing eleven different styles of the predator; each with a cheaper version also available without the predator technology, something which I think is a great idea as too often nowadays sport is all about the money!
The predator has always been unique because it has rubber strips on the laces part of the boot, designed to increase the striking friction between the boot and the ball, therefore increasing power and accuracy in passing, shooting and dribbling. I have owned for pairs of predators over the years and have never been dissapointed. The boots are extremely comfortable and feel very natural on the foot, not at all cumbersome or difficult to run in. The materials used are nice and soft and provide adequate support in the areas required to reduce the risk of injury, eg around the heel and ankle regions.
Adidas claim that every predator boot they bring out is better than the last and has been updated with modern technology in some way. Every season there seems to be a new boot released and at currently £149.99 a pop this could be very expensive if you were to buy a new pair every year! Mine always seem to last me a couple of seasons so I would never replace them after just one.
They used to come in just the typical black, white and red, but nowadays you can buy a pair in virtually whatever colour you wish and you can even have them personalised by having your name and number stitched into the tongue.
The boots have always been a favourite with the top professionals and at one time near enough the whole England national team was wearing them. Now though it seems there is more competition amongst boot manufacturers, but many top players have worn them and still do, some include:
Johnny Wilkinson (many rugby players choose to wear them too as they are so comfortable and light)
It would appear that although the Adidas predators have always been somewhat strange looking, but always very popular amongst both recreational footballers and prefoessionals! I would certainly recommend them and will continue to wear them in the future for however long I continue playing.
Thanks for reading, feel free to comment. Beanie8844
Adidas Predators first came out many years ago and quickly established themselves as the most popular football boots on the market despite a relatively hefty price tag.
I purchased a set fairly early on and was extremely impressed with the quality of the boot, the feel, soft nature of the inside and mostly, the control that the revolutionary metal blades gave me. Playing both, football and rugby I wanted something that I could use for both sports & that was good for changing direction and ball control. Adidas have managed to ensure the Predator series of boots does more than enough to suit these needs. The metal blade versions have been the only blades officially approved by the IRB for Rugby use and the shift of the laces to the side from their traditional central position allows Adidas to place special patches of material on the 'cheek' of the foot for ball control. It is particularly interesting that most of the competitors have since adapted this styling feature.
Since owning my first pair, I have purchased two further Predator pairs and have been very satisfied with each one. I do think that the earlier versions are better in terms of the materials used and the longevity as well as styling, but that is very subjective opinion. Moreover, the sheer abundance of different models and model years means that you can sometimes pick up very good Predator boots at a fraction of the price. I once bought a pair of extremely good white & blue Predators from Sport Soccer for a mere £30 because they happened to be last season's range. I personally never understood why a football boo that was deemed to be the best available a few months ago suddenly becomes a sale item, but hey! I can't really complain!
Adidas predators are my football boots and when I was a younger chap I used to play pretty regularly on a Sunday morning. These were and are still my boots when I play (which is becoming increasingly irregular) and have so far stood up to about 6 years of constant use and now 2-3 years of sporadic use without really looking like they are going to fall apart.
Adidas predators are boots which came out in the early Nineties and I think we're partially developed by ex-Liverpool forward Craig Johnson who with his long curly locks played with distinction in Liverpool's title triumphs in the mid Eighties. He when he stopped playing started playing with designing a football boot which would aid the player in terms of controlling the football and imparting more power, swerve and dip on the ball. The original plan was that these boots would be training boots for teenagers helping them with their ball skills before going out on the park for the real thing. That was the plan but of course they became converted into real football boots and for a period where the best known football boot in the UK. They then hit the market but where rather expensive with a pair usually costing about £150.
Predator boots have a revolutionary set of curves and grooves on thier front which when that area hits the ball imparts more power and swerve through the ball. This has been scientifically proven and the ridges appear to momentarily increase the time the foot touches the ball with the cause of increasing the desire of the user onto the football.
That was then but what about me?
So that's history of the predator and when they came out I was still a young man playing football at university, I didn't at the time have the money to buy a pair so could only watch on as fairly average players who had bought the boots became better players. Whether this was psychological is a moot point but it did appear to make those with the boots appear to play better than those without compared with their previous skills on the football field.
So I had to wait until I had a "proper job" that's my Nan's speech marks and had enough money to justify buying a better pair of football boots so armed with my cash I went into a shop and came out with a brand new pair of shiny new predator boots for the price of around £90. Armed with these new beasts I firmly expected not only to be the star of the next Sunday morning match but of course the scouts would be tipped off about this wonderful hitherto unknown figure who was dominating Sheffield Sunday morning football. How much I was going to dominate from left back is another matter but I thought that my new boots would somehow make me faster and stronger in the tackle.
Playing in predators
So the day came and after loving bringing them out of the football bag and waiting for the non-existent oohs and ahhs of my team mates I put on my boots. Firstly my boots are black with red grooves at the toe, the iconic Adidas symbol on the tongue and a set of the famous three white lines running down the side of the boot. They are similar to the picture here but the grooves swirl more and shoestrings are more central. Slipping them on was a great feeling, the tick tacking of the studs on the floor is and always will be the sign of football is coming home. The boots have embedded studs which can be removed but it is a challenge to do so and to be honest I've never had the need after giving the boots a good clean after the game.
Seriously do they make you a better player?
Well they do appear to give you more bang for your buck, there is a sense that the desire of the player will come through the boots onto the ball more than other boots. Of course this is a good thing is the ball is struck sweetly and therefore does what you want but it can magnify errors as well. Generally, the boots are of such high quality that they make the player feel more secure in himself on the football field, there is a sense that the boot will protect the foot and that is in itself an important factor. The power and swerve aspects of the boot appear to be true and do give the player more feeling for the football, as the boots are solid leather than there is a nice transference of this desire to the ball.
As I said I've now played football with these boots for approaching 10 years, apart from the colours going a little bit due to wear and the shoestrings getting a bit frayed they are still in remarkably good condition considering the abuse they have suffered over the years. So my £90 spent nearly a decade ago was I think in hindsight a great investment and through these boots I have continued enjoying playing football over the last few years.
I bought these shoes a few years ago because I simply love the brand and a friend of mine recommended these shoes. I first time I tried them on they felt really comfortable and they looked nice so reason enough to buy them.
The Predator shoes are around for quite awhile and about fifteen years ago Craig Johnstone designed the first pair. Since then they have been quiet popular. Since the first release there have been over 9 designs and of course with every design Adidas claims this one is even better then the last one. The shoes should give you more control and power but I'm a little bit doubtful about that.
The reason why I bought them is because I do like the brand. From the first moment I tried the shoes on it felt like I have been wearing them for the last 10 years. Really comfortable perfect fitted around my foot and flexible. I knew right away these where the ones I wanted to buy.
Most important of course how they are while playing football. While no surprise really also comfortable. The shoes feel very flexible and the shoe really moves with your foot while playing which gives you the idea that you aren't really wearing any shoes. As they really give me more control, power, grip and all that kind of stuff? Well I do think so at least they really make me feel comfortable while playing. Like I said it's like not wearing any shoes so if feels very natural.
You can buy the Adidas Predator for around 120 pounds which mean they are quiet of bit more expensive than some other shoes of Addidas. Are they worth it? I think so. They are really good quality and even now they still look good, just dirty. But they look good in the beginning and I do think they give me a better grip which means I can play better so those 120 pounds are definitely worth it.
When I was in junior school the Adidas Predators were the be all and end all of football boots. Whether you were good or not there ways a certain aura about players who came out on the dingy school pitches wearing a shiny new pair of Predators and to this day that still remains. Despite hefty competition for other brands the Predators remain the boot to be seen in and even now it's the pub league rather than the school league I play in they still remain the boot of choice.
The first thing is the comfort. Football boots tend to becoming lighter and lighter to the point you hardly can feel them on your feet. The first time you lace up a pair of these Predators you will feel the comfort. Fitting nicely around your foot, giving it room to breath and not "digging in" like rival boots have a tendency to do. It's a smooth feel with no irritation. They lace up well and the laces again don't dig into the foot and the nice side positioning of them add some extra control.
The leather is nice and solid and the boot can put up with hefty use. My Predators easily last me 2 years but I usually change by choice rather than them breaking. I assume for the thrice weekly use they get from me they could last 3-4 years if I pushed it.
How does it feel when your playing? The word I like to use is natural. The boots feel like they should, an extension of your foot. Some boots are hard to play in and take getting used to but the Predators don't. They have a natural feel from the off whatever the conditions and there is definitely an added feeling of control over what you are doing. They don't limit pace or speed and the blades are tight and solid meaning you can stop, turn, twist and tilt anyway you want without restriction.
The boots are also well priced. As market leaders and with such a glowing reputation you would expect a heftier price but that's not to be here as the boot is at least half the price of the top priced items and with the superior quality its definitely the way to go for budding footballers of all ages and abilities.
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Adidas Predators are often touted as by far the best football boots you will ever wear, and to a certain degree they are. They are far more comfortable than other expensive boots from Nike etc, and in my opinion have a far better "feel" for the ball, and for the pitch. So, based on that, you would think they would be worth the amount of money which Adidas suggest as the recommended retail price. On first inspection, they are. They are great football boots to play in and the most comfortable boots I have ever worn without doubt. However, they aren't perfect, far from it. They are very difficult to keep clean, and near on impossible to keep that "new boot shine" no matter how often they are cleaned and polished. Worst of all, they are not very durable at all, I have yet to have a pair last over a season (having owned three pairs), so I have now given up on these!
The Adidas Predators are about as iconic as footwear can get. International footballers including several big names from the England squad use these regularly - and who d'ya think is going to get the best football boots possible? Why Frank Lampard of course! At a little under £120 the predators are reasonably priced considering footballing legends wear them professionally.
I was bought these as a birthday present and adore them. Mine are red (as pictured) and simply look stunning. It's clear that Adidas spent an extensive amount of time designing these and they deserve the praise they have been given for their predator range.
The predators have more to offer than just looks, however. They feel great to wear and the soft leather feels smooth - not rough or irritating like some boots. The hood sits well and the heel support is very effective, even after extended sessions of use.
All in all, I think the Adidas Predators are the best football boots on the market right now. The only issue I have with them is the steep price tag, but if you play football regularly like myself then these are a very wise investment for you to seriously consider.
Hi, I am going to write about the latest predator out the powerswerve. I have recently bought the true blue powerswerve predators for the season in soft ground blades. I have used many types of boots, nike, puma, umbro, diadora etc etc so have a general idea of whats good and whats not. Cosmetcis, the powerswerve is a very good looking boot, in my opinion one of the best looknig predators ever. The simpilar colourways are stunning, the true blue ones i bought are lovely colours and the colours complement each other so well. The boots look very modern and aerodynamic. Technology, the plastic swerve seciton on the boots looks great but i am really not sure what it achieves. It may just be a gimmick that tricks you into thinking it works, i'm not sure but it doesn't hinder so it is good as it is. Durability, the durability seems good at the moment only used them a handful of times but everything seems to be ok thus far. Material, the leather is very soft which makes it comfortable on your foot aswell as protective. The heel counter is solid and feels very stable. The boots are pricey £120rrp but the materials and craftsmanship are worthy of this price tag. Overall a brilliant boot for any position on the football field, much better than naything else on the market currently.
One of the best football boots ever made. Been around for many years now, the Adidas Predator is still one of the best sold boots across the market and is defentely Adidas' best boot made.
Many different variations and colours are available since the first Adidas predator release many years ago now, with white and blue, gold, silver and many more all available, and different stud options also available as well as the astroturf style.
This boot has been altered slightly by Adidas every year, and although they keep the same general look the same, just make slight changes here and there as well as colour changes. The boot ranges in size, and goes right down to kids size, so kids can even feel like they are wearing the boots of their heroes.
Prices on these boots vary from styles and colours. Colours that are more popular such as the white and blue version seem to have held their value in shops very well where as others tend to drop in price very quickly, most likely due to poor sales. Also different versions are avilable at different prices with the cheap model available at around £39, the average model at £69 and the pro version at £120. However i would recommend the £120 pair to players who are fullly committed and have a team, however if its jut for a much about the £39 boots will do fine. Price differences are for the level of football you play at.
I have had a pair of these boots for over a year now and am very happy with them, strong build, on the cheap model as well, and have no leaks or cracks, although one of the tongue bands has snapped, but thats proably through my rush to put them on.
I bought my pair of Adidas Predator Swerve Football Boots at the beginning of last season and they have served my extremely well, deep into my second season of wearing these boots.
The Adidas Predator Swerve becomes the latest major addition to the Adidas Predator boot collection and features more technology than ever before. Available in a choice of three sole plates designed to cover any surface or condition, the Adidas Predator will feature prominently across the globe in international competitions and all the top divisions, right down to grass roots footballers.
SmartFoam technology has been introduced this year and a re-designed PowerPulse system gives this boot increased ball spin for accuracy and masses of power. A very soft K-leather is used for added durability, lightness and to make the boot fit extremely comfortably around the foot.
I recommend these boots to any player who likes to get the ball down and pass; due to the increased time spent on the design and technology of the boot, it fits the foot extremely well and means ball striking becomes extremely true, resulting in you being able to move the ball in whatever direction you want to extreme precision. The particular pair I had used the soft ground studs system, I believe this to be the optimum sole for theses boots as it allows you to strike the ball cleanly without scuffing the ball when using the long studded option.
If you enjoy the shooting aspect of the game, these boots are a great choice; this is down to the new Dynamic PowerPulse technology. The PowerPulse element filled with tungsten powder, shifts weight toward the point of impact, this enables players to put more power behind every shot.
This is a highly recommended boot, and in my view has very little downsides. The only thing I could find is that the boot could be made to look more elegant as currently it looks quite rugged, and this does not suite the soft and controllable nature of the boot.
I owned the very first pair of Predator boots that were brought out some 15 years ago when Craig Johnstone (The former Liverpool Midfield meastro) first developed them.
Since my first pair, I never bought another pair unti this season and I'm gonna be completely honest and say they are a total rip-off. In essence, I think we all want to know if they help you "swerve" and "control" the ball more?
(PS just so you aware, my background is in sports science and in particular bio-mechanics and statistics, therefore I'm making my judgements on
a) how they were to play in (Subjective opinion)
b) what I've read about them. (Objective analysis)
The first pair of predators were extremely clumsy in there design, with what can only be described as huge "Finns" of rubber on the front of the boot. They were also extremely heavy and the alleged swerve that they could generate is all well and good but you were about 3 yards slower than you once were because of the weight of the things! Secondly the original model suggested greater swerve/power/control. Well I know hundreds of people who bought them and I think at the time we were all seduced into thinking "we saw the ball swerve more".....why? Because we were told thats what would happen. This is actually quite a simple psychological suggestion that marketing and sales firms use all the time. In reality the ball really had no greater swerve on it than when I wore my regular boots. FACT
Moving onto the Predator Precision. To my delight the huge finns had shrunk and on the new boot they barely extend away from the regular surface of the boot. but did the boot give me greater "swerve", "accuracy", "an increased sweet spot", "increased control". Now these are big statements to make and once again I have been left thinking that these claims are just not true........why? Because I've been wearing them and I noticed absolutly NO DIFFERENCE between Predators and normal boots.
From a subjective view, did the boots do what they said?............NO
Did they make me a better player?...................................................NO
Did I score more goals?..............................................Well yes but I was playing upfront this season!
Where the boots worth the £90 I paid................................................NO
now for the statistics bit:
Since they're release in 1994, there have currently been 9 different versions of the Predator boot through from the first "Adidas predator" through to the "Predator Swerve". On each and every release, Adidas have claimed (and check the website for this www.footy-boots is a good one) that the design of the boots have been improved and they now swerve the ball upto 8% more and 3% more force. Now if you're even slightly mathmatically minded, there are two important factors you have to consider. Firstly 9 different types of predator all improving each time at 8% means that the newest boot must be able to swerve the ball 81% more, than a regular leather boot. I think we know the answer to that one. RUBBISH, you may have a slight increase but 81% is total rubbish
Also where they get a 3% increase in force is beyond me, heres why:
Force = Mass x Acceleration
In other words the weight of your foot times the speed you kick it at!!!! How can they change that? you could change it for 1 individual by altering the weight of the boot until it was in harmony with the speed at which they kick. But this is impossible as a general rule. or in short......a load of Rubbish.
Also , and yes I am getting a bit to involved now, but a 3% change in anything is not considered statistically significant, therefore can also be considered a pointless statistic.
In short, Adidas have fooled us all and seduced with the vision of buying boots that are going to make us better players. I however still find myself playing Sunday league football and getting lumps kicked out of me..........................I do have sexy looking boots though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I bought my Adidas Predator's nearly a year ago now, and so far I have been very impressed with them.
They are made out of Kangaroo leather (which apparently gives greater feel and control), and I have to say that I agree with Adidas on this one - I can feel exactly what the football is doing at my feet. It makes passing just that little bit easier.
These boots really come alive for free kicks - you can get an incredible amount of spin on the ball (I really do feel like Beckham), and their accuracy is second to none. I tried out a few direct free kicks from just outside the penalty box yesterday, and the ball went exactly where I wanted it to go.
They provide a lot of protection for your heel, but if your toes get stamped on it's gonna hurt, so be warned.
There are interchangable insoles (one which is very light for strikers who need to sprint a lot, and one which has weight at the toe for kicks, which is the one I use).
Unfortunatley, the glue that glues the leather at the front of the boot to the sole seems to be coming off - perhaps not such good quality, which is annoying seeing as how I paid about £120 for the boots.
Overall, these are very good boots. Recommended
Over the past few years there has been a massive evolution in the way football boots are produced. My feeling on the issue however is that the big brands like adidas care more now about the commercial side of making these boots and less about the quality. Annually a new type of predator boot is released to the sports shops around the world with slight differences each time which when added together have made a big difference. However it seems these boots no longer have the quality they once did, some even feel like they give no more protection to the old metatarsals than a mere pair of socks would. I personally feel adidas care more about the fact people will buy their boots because the Beckhams of this world wear them than because they are a real quality product. I feel adidas should get their act together now or face losing customers soon.
I purchased a pair of Addidas Preditors for my boyfriend at a discounted price to £90. He was highly delighted when they arrived, having a good reputation for being a very good, worthy boot to warrant spending that much on a pair. Their reputation was the deciding factor for us to purchase them. Many world class players wear them, good advertising and reviews made me inclinded to even consider them.
After prompt delivery they fitted well and looked wonderful, it was only after they had been worn for the 10th time that the problems started to appear. (Being the 10th time, i mean hardly used and very well looked after - these boots were still nearly new). The whole undersole, the plastic part at the toe end of the boot began to crack where the studs were which held it on. During a game grass and mud started to get inbetween the plastic part and the actual boot making it incredible difficult and uncomfy to play in.
During the last game these said boots were work, the whole undersole "plastic part" broke away, leaving now grip, and no blades, rendering these boots totally useless. Obviously due to the amount i paid for them, you do not expect this to happen to a "quality" boot. If i had paid £20, then fair enough, but for £90 you expect a whole lot more and for them to last consideribly longer.
So, we were down a pair of boots. I contacted the shop i purchased them from, and returned them. After which they could not give me a refund due to the amount of time we had had them, and actually said "we'd got our wear out of them!". I found that unacceptable, £90 for ten games or so?, that's outrageous. So, I have sent them to Addidas, probably never to be seen again. The whole design of the sole needs reviewing, the gold studs which hold it on just crack around the plastic, and it needs some other way of being attached.
I believe these boots have been a complete waste of money and for the amount you pay for them, you at least should get some quality craftsman ship. Preditors are a fabulous football boot - if you don't actually want to play football in them.
I brought my pair of Precision 2 FG a month ago at a low low price of $109, normally the retail price of a pair of Predators is around the $220 range. They can be considered the most expensive soccer boots in town. My brother told me the shop were clearing out the Precision model because they are introducing the latest Mania model. However, they are worth it! Normally I wear a US size 8 or 9 but for some reason I needed a size 10 and it fitted like a glove. I gave it a test by jogging and jumping a few minutes, the boots felt very comfortable and didn't feel awkward anyhow. Next I tried passing and juggling the ball, I'm not much of a juggler because i'm more of a touch and pass player. However, the boot seem to balance and control the ball better than my previous pairs of all leather boots. I can stroke the ball around with minimal use of strength (which is good because i just came back from surgery of my knee, that made my leg pretty fragile). The removeable insole is a big plus because that made washing and maintaining the boots easier. I turn better with the Traxion blades and feel more confident when I am sprinting and stopping suddenly. I remember slipping when I was wearing studded boots. The laces where hidden under the velcro-able tongue which also means that your laces have less chances of untying itself when you are wearing them. The very hard heel area prevents injury to the heel if you are challenged from behind and the high leather heel also prevents nicks from another players boots. It hardness makes blackheels and shimmies more responsive too. Having the entire heel area made of leather is great because I had a extremely bad exprience with another pair of boots that had that part made from synthetic material which cracked and render them un-usable. I tried shooting, crossing and doing freekicks......'ol blemy! I couldn't believe the curl I could make on the ball! I'm an average free
kicker but after wearing these, i couldn't believe the accuracy and the amount of suerve i could put into the shots. Also the hard exterior of the boots made it that more power was put into the shots, whether the ball is stationary or moving. The fins/jets did the job, no doubt! I brought FGs (firm ground version) because most of the turf i play in is hard ground that means that i don't encounter any incidents of the blades falling off because FGs have molded blades not removable ones. So far the boots look fine but I am worried of the fine stitching along the fins and am worried whether they will stand wear and tear. So far they are doing fine. As for maintaining the rest of the boot, leather shoe polish is a must for the Kangeroo leather upper. I'm not shy about putting a few layers on the 3 white stripes because if i neglect them, the leather will crack over time. Most importantly I don't overdry the boots in the sun, I keep them in a cool , dry area and periodically take them out and make sure they are okie. Predators, to me seem not to need much care because the materials they are made from are very durable. The soft leather also take the boots less time to be worn in. Infact, they feel great just out of the box! I would recommand this pair to any soccer player. It might be a little costly but if you can grab one on any clearance sales, it's a big plus. It doesn't matter which model you buy actually, as long as it's a Predator, it's worth your dosh!