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30 years on: Is this the best adidas Predator to date?

Welcome back to On The Line, where we’ve got the scoop on the latest adidas Predator Elite models for 2024.

With both laced and laceless versions hitting the pitch, these boots are set to redefine the game with superior control, power and accuracy, all while being the donning the status as the lightest Predator ever!

The burning question is: Do they truly live up to the hype? Stick around as we delve into the details!

A Benchmark in Aesthetic Excellence?

Before we get into the nitty-gritty tech side of things, let’s just take a moment to appreciate adidas’s dedication to design with their all-new Pred.

The colourway is nothing less than a masterpiece—black base, orange pop, and those electric yellow accents create a stunning contrast that scream 90’s nostalgia.

And we’re not alone in our admiration, either…

The Pred has already captivated top players like Bellingham, Russo and Pedri, who will be showcasing the latest silo in the coming weeks. They are not alone, as sources indicate that Jota and Evan Fergerson may also switch from the X line to the Predator, due to its superior performance capabilities.

Predator Boots of the Past

Let’s face it, the recent Predators – Freak, Edge and Accuracy – didn’t quite set our hearts racing.

Sure, the Accuracy showed some improvement, but it lacked the magnetic charm of the iconic Predators that captured the admiration of football’s most revered players, including the likes of Zidane, Beckham, and Leverkusen, among others.

That is, until now…

From just the aesthetics alone, it seems spot on, as adidas revisit their roots, but hey, all that glitters isn’t gold, and looks can be deceiving, right?

Not in this case!

Weighing up the Change with Hybrid Touch

The Predator has undergone a remarkable transformation to become the lightest Predator boot to date, with the laceless model weighing in at a mere 195 grams, while the laced version sits at 206 grams for a UK size 8.5.

But how have adidas achieved this? By introducing their Hybrid touch 2.0 upper!

Unlike the previous generation’s Predator Accuracy, the upper of the Solar Red Predator is softer, thinner, and less padded, giving players an optimal sensation on the ball that enhances their performance.

But that’s not all, the thinner upper also affects the toe box, making it lower, more pointed and aerodynamic.

The upper even features newly shaped rubber fins that are smooth, but textured in such a way that they provide optimal grip that’s a welcome addition for players who thrive in striking one into the back of the net, or for those who like to add a bit more control to the game, offering more grip and spin.

Take Back Control with the Control Frame 2.0

Perhaps one of the most considerable upgrades to the Predator is adidas’ decision to ditch the split sole concept found on the Accuracy version in favour of the Control Frame 2.0.

The triangular studs, coupled with the two bars in the centre, ensure a stable and responsive midfoot and forefoot and the outsole is also very comfy and flexible, while the solid base enables players to launch off of firm-ground surfaces with ease.

Finding the Perfect Fit with the Predator

Taking these to the pitch, we tested a size 10 boot, and it’s safe to say, sticking to your true size is the best option, and if you’re thinking of getting yourself a pair, we’d advise you to do the same.

At On The Line, we know how challenging it can be to find the ideal fitting boot, especially for those of us with wider feet, but the Predator offers a reliable solution for wide-footed players, thanks to its generous toe box.

While it may not be as roomy as the Accuracy model now that the boot has been enhanced, it’s still a fantastic option!

And guess what? It suits well for those with narrow feet too!

Pricing & Where to Buy

If you’re looking to get your hands (or your feet), on the latest adidas Predator Elite, the laced model will set you back at £220, while the laceless model comes in at £230.

If you’re on the hunt for a frest pair of boots and the allure of the new adidas Predator for 2024 has you wanting more, head over to Lovellsoccer.co.uk to check them out!

Anu’s take on the latest adidas Predator Elite

It’s time to see how these boots perform on the field! Watch Anu’s review below, where he explains everything!

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