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What is the difference between +, .1, .2, .3 & .4 adidas boots?
In the same manner as computer, smartphone, and car makers may have different variations of the same model of unit, football boot manufacturers also employ a certain levelling system. adidas, for this instance, uses +, .1, .2, .3, and .4 to label their variations of their silos.
The + represents the full and top version while the .1, .2, .3, and .4 (following the + in terms of hierarchy) are referred to as "takedowns" in the football boot industry. As implied by the word takedown, certain parts/technologies are either replaced with lesser materials/qualities or removed altogether as you go further down the level which usually means that there will be reduced pricing as well. This kind of setup allows the potential buyer to have a choice of going all out on the top line for maximum benefit or to trade off some unwanted features for more value for money, ensuring that the football boot manufacturer will be able to offer options to consumers and cover as much of the market as possible.
To illustrate, we will be discussing the +, .1, .2, .3, and .4 of the Predator 20 and Nemeziz 19 silos. The upper of the + models are made of sockfit technology and the sports taping-inspired 360 Bandage system respectively. These technologies are essentially intended to provide ergonomic fit and complement the laceless systems. They are also available in the .1s though the .1s feature laces. But as you go further down the takedowns, what is only available is the Controlskin and the laced and laceless Mesh forefoot for the Predator 19.2 and 19.3, and the agility mesh, textile agility mesh, and agility touch skin for the Nemeziz 19.2, 19.3, and 19.4.
adidas Children's Boots
adidas has made all of their football boot styles available for kids; including the top-end laceless + models, when shopping for children and their growing feet you may decide to go with a cheaper boot, like a .3 which can come as laceless or with laces, which is great as no laces can be popular with the kids, but it does lock their foot into the boot less well, unless you have a very snug fit, not ideal for growing feet. All the adidas laced .1 versions can in child's sizes which is great for a customisable fit.
Only the leather Copa for Kids misses a laceless version (for the Copa, Fusionskin is still applied, though circular knit is used as a substitute for the Primeknit used on the adult boots), while the Predator, X, and Nemeziz have both the laced and the laceless models. Tech-wise, the kids boots represent the distinct features of their respective mother silos with slight adjustments to make them better suited for our young wearers. The Demonskinned Predator's upper is made of softer knit and the collar's height resembles that of the .1 even in the laceless + to make the Predator kid-friendly. For the same child-oriented purpose, the foam inside the X-layskin upper has been adjusted in width, shape, and size, though the upper in general is similar in construction with the adult's version by showcasing the same foam-engineered warp knit combination. The height and shape of the Nemeziz' Torsion system soleplate have been scaled down to lessen possible stud pressure for young players, the soleplate of the Kids Nemeziz, as with all the adidas kids boots soleplates are FG/AG.
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In terms of solepate, all the Predators have triangular studs but the + has the advantage of Nylon ControlFrame and Boost technologies. The .1 still has the ControlFrame but the .2 and .3 only have the Nylon and TPU respectively. On the other hand, the Nemeziz 19+ and 19.1 are the same with Split sole Torsion system. The Nemeziz 19.2 contains the TPU/Nylon while the Nemeziz 19.3 and 19.4 have TPU only. All have semi-conical studs except for the Nemeziz 19.4 which has triangular studs. It goes without saying then that the soleplate configurations adapted on the takedowns affect the silos traction and speed performance thus also altering the surface types the boots can be suited on. These quality differences explain why adidas football boots are different prices with the Predators costing, in descending order; £230, £180, £130, and £85 each for the laced and laceless 19.3, while the Nemeziz cost £230, £180, £110, and £85 for the 19.3 and 19.4.
Retired adidas Old Boots
If there is a hall of fame in the football boot industry, no doubt adidas would have a lot of entries on the list, below are some of their iconic boot they don't make any more.
Founded in Germany in 1948, adidas have grown to be the largest sportswear manufacturer in Europe. Adolf "Adi" Dassler created the company recognised by the three parallel bars, known as the Three Stripes. Dominating World Cup final boot lineups and the Copa Mundial brought adidas to global football prominence.
Groundbreaking laceless cleats, pleasing to the eye designs or a shock to see like the Glitch with exchangable uppers, adidas keep pushing boundaries for boots whilst trying to maintain comfort and performance on pitch. Which pair is right for you, we can help you make that choice or find a limited release, we are here to help you.