words // Brandon Richard

Adidas Soccer has unveiled the 12th version of one of the world’s most iconic soccer cleats, the Predator Lethal Zones. The new boots feature five lethal zones, each of which helps provide ultimate ball control.

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.

Located on the forefoot, the Touch Zone 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.

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.

The Predator Lethal 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 social media.

For the new season, you can pick up these innovative adidas soccer cleats in two colorways at Eastbay today.

Available: adidas Predator Lethal Zones TRX FG

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