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Academy adidas Predator Review

Dean Ariola

No better boot to have if you’re into ball grip and control than the adidas Predator. Just ask Jude Bellingham and Trent Alexander-Arnold. But if you need something more on the entry-level price range, adidas can cater that need with their Predator League. But are they good enough to serve as functional football boots? Or is it to your benefit to look at other academy boots out there?

adidas Predator League: Things to Know

  1. Has three variants: the laceless mid-cut, the laced mid and the laced low
  2. £85 for the laceless; £80 for both laced Predator Leagues
  3. In terms of football boot concept, goes head-to-head with the Nike Phantom Luna/GX 2 Academy
  4. Uses Hybridfeel upper instead of Hybridtouch 2.0; Strikescale instead of Strikeskin
  5. Has multiple soleplate type options
  6. Features alongside the X Crazyfast League and Copa Pure II League at the time of release
  7. Also produced in specific-sizing for adidas Boys 4-8 Years Old Football Boots

Predator League Soleplate Options

League Predator Firm Ground

Predator League FG

Comprised of narrow triangular shaping to sharpen the penetration of each stud

 

League Predator Soft Ground

Predator League SG

 4×2 removal metal studs setup with moulded studs; comes with stud key

 

League Predator Artificial Ground 2G/3G

Predator League AG 2G/3G

Combination of oval and oblong studs that are shortened in height and increased in number to distribute stud pressure and optimise traction in earlier generations of artificial pitches

 

League Predator Multi-Ground

Predator League MG

Perfect for the warranty it brings if you play in natural soil and artificial; mostly similar to the AG above but with less studs and more height

 

League Predator Turf

Predator League TF

Rubber outsole with very short circular triangle studs; proliferates almost every inch of space to prevent slippage on the shallowness and synthetic grass of turf fields

 

League Predator Indoor

Predator League IN

Allows you to wear this budget Predator and freestyle on the streets and/or on flat hard courts

 

Your Predator League Expert Review


adidas Predator 2024

Classic vibes with the fold-over tongue model and maintaining the best attributes of the outgoing Predator Accuracy and the lightest Predator are a great plus, though changes to the Hybridtouch composition and forefoot shape might be subject your personal preferences

Product SKU: IG1707

Product Brand: adidas

Editor's Rating:
4.9

✔️ Pros
  • Indoors to outdoors, lots of soleplate types for the Predator League!
  • Better heel fit and lockdown than the Predator Pro (Collared models especially have that nicer depth)! More than compensates for the cheaper upper package
  • Upper becomes soft and pleasant once broken-in
  • Generic last shaping at least doesn’t affect fit and comfort
  • Collared models with AG soleplates can help prevent rubber pellets/crumbs from getting inside your boot
  • Laceless Predator League one of the best adidas attempts at a budget laceless option
❌ Cons
  • Strikescale more on texturing than actual grip
  • Once broken-in, Hybridfeel not the most responsive and locked-in
  • Soleplate on the flexible side and does not have a responsive feel to them
 
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Author

Dean Ariola

Dean has worked Chief writer at the Black & Orange team since 2020, he has an indepth knowledge of all the soccer shoes from the big brands, you have him to thank for all the updates to our Boot Secrets guide and he is first on the scene with all the new releases for you!