“adidas changed the game with the introduction of Predator nearly 20 years ago and, now, the Predator Lethal Zones is setting a new standard for the ultimate in ball control cleats,” said Antonio Zea, director of soccer for adidas America. “The game has evolved and players today can influence a match with a single touch on the ball. The five lethal zones on the new Predator allow players to accurately place the ball whether they are passing, dribbling or shooting on goal.”
The five lethal zones include First Touch, Dribble, Sweet Spot, Drive and Pass. Each zone is composed of super-light rubber and memory foam with 3-D print strategically placed on the Predator upper to help provide improved ball control, handling and feel for increased precision and accuracy with every touch.
The First Touch zone on the forefoot features recessed ribs to cushion and slow the ball on contact for instant control. The Dribble zone on the lateral side uses precisely spaced out rubber ribs to ensure optimum grip during high-speed dribbling and a large number of quick ball contacts. The Sweet Spot zone’s raised ribs on the medial side generate greater speed and spin for powerful shots and drives to the net. The Drive zone’s raised and thicker 3-D shape follows the natural shape of the instep to create a rebound effect making each pass travel further creating more space on the field. The Pass zone along the instep features a 3-D sticky print to provide more contact time between the ball and the foot for more precise passes and consistent kicks.
“In Major League Soccer, every touch on the ball matters and matches can be decided by a pass too short or a shot too long,” said New York Red Bulls forward Kenny Cooper. “The Predator Lethal Zones provides ultimate ball control on the field and gives me the confidence I need when it counts.”
Supporting the five lethal zones is a newly engineered HybridTouch upper which combines the benefits of leather and synthetic giving athletes comfort, lightweight stability, reduced water uptake and the highest quality feel in all weather conditions.
Predator Lethal Zones integrates SPRINTFRAME technology featured in the adizero F50, to provide lightweight support and at 7.9 ounces, the Predator Lethal Zones is the lightest version to date. An improved Traxion 2.0 stud shape absorbs force better to provide quicker ground penetration leading to faster cuts and on-field acceleration.
Debuting on-field today in Major League Soccer and around the world, players including David Beckham of the LA Galaxy, Kenny Cooper of the New York Red Bulls, Fredy Montero of the Seattle Sounders and Teal Bunbury of Sporting Kansas City will wear Predator Lethal Zones.
The PredatorLethal Zones is the first micoach compatible Predator, helping players measure, view and share their stats. micoach SPEED_CELL technology includes an advanced accelerometer that captures 360-degree movement and measures performance metrics during practice or gameplay. The chip’s unique on-board memory stores up to seven hours of data, wirelessly syncs with the user’s smartphone and uploads performance stats that can be shared through Facebook and Twitter.
World-class players Robin van Persie of Arsenal, Xavi of Barcelona, Samir Nasri of Manchester City, Nani of Manchester United and Angel Di Maria of Real Madrid tested and contributed valuable input to the development of PredatorLethal Zones.
The new Predator Lethal Zones will be available in Bright Blue/Navy/White/Infrared for $220 on June 1 at adidas stores, adidas.com and soccer specialty stores nationwide.