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The Complete adidas Predator Timeline

The Complete adidas Predator Timeline

Tue, Feb 26, 19

The Complete adidas Predator Timeline

With 25 years of history to its name, the adidas Predator is perhaps the single most iconic cleat in all of footballs history. Since its introduction in 1994, the Predator quickly became the go-to cleat for players looking to break the mold. Worn by the likes of Zinadine Zidane, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Raúl, Alessandro Del Piero, Robin van Persie and many, many more, the Predator has become one of the most iconic soccer cleats in history.

With the twenty five years of rich history and tradition behind it, we take a look at what made the Predator so special and how the DNA of this icon began.

The technology in soccer cleats have come a long way, and now the face of control, Predator 19+ is packed with revolutionary technology and modern materials, however the taste from each breed of predator resonates through ever predator model released. What’s next for the future of soccer cleats? Based on what we’ve seen in the past, adidas is sure to push the boundaries and continue to innovate and create.
Its always exciting to see what adidas Football produce when it comes to the Predator silo, stay tuned to Ultra Football to see what is coming next...

1994. The Predator

Back in 1994 adidas made a statement with the first ever adidas Predator. By adding rubber elements to the upper of the cleat for improved power and swerve, the same innovation and idea from table tennis bats, adidas had created something that had never been seen before. Along with the unique design, adidas kicked off the strong visual tradition of the black, red and white colorway. The 1994 Predator was a disruption that helped establish the Predator for decades to come.

The technology in soccer cleats have come a long way, and now the face of control–Predator 19–is packed with revolutionary technology and modern materials. What’s next for the future of soccer cleats? Based on what we’ve seen in the past, adidas is sure to push the boundaries and continue to innovate and create.

 

1995. Predator Rapier

A year after launching the first ever Predator, adidas set the stage for what a Predator would be know for over the next two decades with the Predator Rapier. The Rapier featured the iconic fold-over tongue for the first time along with rubber elements similar to those found on the 1994 Predator.

 

1996. Predator Touch

The Predator Touch was the next iteration of Predator and featured directional Traxion studs for the first time. With the Touch, the fold-over tongue received a small update to help give a cleaner strike zone and helped to continue to establish the classic Predator look.

 

1998. Predator Accelorator

The 1998 World Cup in France brought with it a new, wavier version of the Pred dubbed the Accelerator. Zinidine Zidane rocked these on the way to winning the Cup in his home nation. The laces of the boot were moved to an asymmetric loop allowing for a wider, more pure striking surface on top of the shoe. The three stripes were altered to curve more and play off the new transparent red outer sole that was added to the bottom lining of the boot. The fin system on top of the toe box also continued to be lowered, being reduced to a grid like system to provide for more control.

 

2000. Predator Precision

adidas released the Precision in conjunction with Euro 2000. Replaceable Traxion studs were added so players could adjust their boots to certain pitch conditions. The fold over tongue now included Velcro to ensure increased stability. The fins, which originally protruded vertically from Craig Johnston’s prototype, were now sectioned off into pinpointed groupings of thin lines. A cool design element of the three stripes thinning out towards the back of the heel was also incorporated.

 

2002. Predator Mania

The Mania was released around the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea and designed with Far Eastern stylistic elements in mind. Gone was any sense of the teeth that the Predator was originally built around, replaced by straight up Kangaroo leather around the toe. The Velcro was also replaced by a string that would go around the sole of the shoe to keep the tongue positioned over the laces. A new structure was added for heel protection as well.

2004. The Predator Pulse

The Pulse implemented adidas Power Pulse System, which is basically a PowerPulse sock liner that shifts the boot’s center of gravity closer to striking impact. Coloured accents were added adjacent to the lace loop as well as a ribbed type of midsole that saw the adidas three stripes wrap under the boot.

2006. Predator Absolute

The 2006 World Cup took place in Germany, the birthplace of adidas, and brought with it a new edition of the company’s most famous boot, the Predator Absolute. It came with changeable PowerPulse sockliners and infused ‘liquid elements’ into the design and structure of the boot for the first time. The gold and white version was created to celebrate the legendary career of one of adidas’ favored sons, Zinidine Zidane. Yes, that means these were the kicks that he was wearing when he head-butted that Italian player and got tossed from the finals.

2007. Predator PowerSwerve

This was the first edition of the Predator series to incorporate the use of Smartfoam. The idea behind it was that the foam material allows for longer and therefore improved striking contact with the ball. AKA more bend and power. Fun fact: Zidane was working them long nights in the lab to get a payday, swerve (Big Sean voice), helping to develop the boot with the Adidas innovation team. Free-kick specialists like Davey Becks and Stevie Gerrard put his work to good use. The PowerSwerve was released in a staggering 20 different colorways.

2009. Predator X

The X hit up the way back machine, incorporating the fundamental design elements from the first-ever Predator boot. Gone was the fold over tongue and back was the original styling of the three stripes along the side of the shoe. There was also the addition of Powerspine technology and a new upper made of Taurus leather. The rest of the boot was made up of a rubber silicon mix that further increased contact time on the ball.

2012. Predator LZ

The latest edition of the Predator came out in May of last year and presents a stylistic and functional blend of the speed, power, and control elements situated at the heart of the Predator line throughout the years. The ‘LZ’ stands for Lethal Zone, which further expands on the zoning idea, breaking the boot up into five Lethal Zones related to ball control and striking. This is also the first Predator with a synthetic leather upper and incorporating the adidas miCoach system.

2013. Predator LZ II

The adidas Predator LZ II is equipped for players seeking a speedy, lightweight cleat with a design geared towards ball control. Predator technology is utilized in five zones for precise control, helping to ensure accuracy. The synthetic HybridTouch upper construction of the adidas Predator LZ II is soft and lightweight, providing a comfortable on-field fit. Cushioned by a pre-molded EVA-sockliner, the adidas Predator LZ II also features an anti-slip EVA insert on the heel, ensuring the foot stays in place during the quickest of movements. Rounding out the model, a supportive SprintFrame chassis keeps the foot close to the ground, while the adidas Predator LZ II's Traxion 2.0 stud configuration provides grip on firm, natural surfaces.

 

2014. Predator Instinct

For 20 years, the Predator boot has evolved. For the Instinct, adidas has shifted the touch zones through insight from top level pros. Players were given white shoes and markers and asked to pinpoint the most crucial points of ball contact. What emerged is the "lethal zones" concept—5 zones on the upper including one for power, one for dribbling, one for passing, one for trapping (a welded gel pack), and one zone for passing and touch. The final addition is true extension of the concept: The push contact zones to the outsole of the cleat through Control frame, a soccer specific TPU that gives better control and traction off the cleats themselves around the forefoot.

2017. Predator Precision Retro

The fifth Predator made all the way back in 2000, adidas retro'd this icon boot with tastes of the year 2017 with the remake also made its way onto the streets with an Ultraboost model along with a turf shoe Worn by the likes of David Beckham, Zinadine Zidane, Steven Gerrard and more, the Predator Precision featured premium leather, a fold-over tongue and rubber elements for control, power and swerve.

2017. David Beckham Predator Accelerator Remastered

To help celebrate a partnership of about two decades, adidas got together with David Beckham himself to help design three remastered versions of the Predator Accelerator. Featuring one firm ground, one turf and one Ultraboost model, the David Beckham x adidas Capsule Collection was one of the most unique launches of the year. The three shoes all mark special moments in Beckham's career with small details found all across the collar, insole and heel.

 

2018. Predator Accelerator Retro

The 1998 Accelerator is one of the most iconic models of all time, and to help celebrate those wavy stripes, adidas released two remake versions of the Accelerator in both the OG black/white/red colorway and the electricity yellow. These both included firm ground and trainer models with a nearly one-to-one upper and modern outsoles.

 

2018. Predator 18+

It's back, and it's better than ever. After three iterations of the ACE, and a large break from the Predator silo, adidas revived the most icon boot in footballs history. Featuring modern technology while retaining some key adidas Predator DNA. The newest Predator offers players the ultimate cleats for controlling and dominating the game. A new laceless design, ControlSkin grip elements, Primeknit sock-fit collar, and ControlFrame outsole are all found on the newest Predator.

2019. Predator 19+

Near the end of 2018 adidas gave a subtle upgrade to the Predator 18. Featuring a softer knit material/pattern, a bladed external heel cap and color accents on the control zones, the Predator 19 is the newest addition to the vast Predator family. Worn by the likes of modern midfield generals Paul Pogba and Ivan Rakitic, the Predator 19 continues to set the standard for control cleats.

What was your favorite Predator cleat of all time? Where do you think the Predator will go next? Leave us a vote on the poll below!


Greatest adidas Predator of All Time?
1994. Predator
1995. Predator Rapier
1996. Predator Touch
1998. Predator Accelorator
2000. Predator Precision
2002. Predator Mania
2004. The Predator Pulse
2006. Predator Absolute
2007. Predator PowerSwerve
2009. Predator X
2012. Predator LZ
2013. Predator LZ II
2014. Predator Instinct
2017. Predator Precision Retro
2017. David Beckham Predator Accelerator Remastered
2018. Predator Accelerator Retro
2018. Predator 18+
2019. Predator 19+
Other
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