The Predator, Nemeziz, X and Copa are the silos making up the current product lineup of adidas football boots. The + boots of each silo are the top-end models that contain the most premium build and materials that mark the distinctive identities of the said lines. Despite the differences though, the + models are all laceless, with the .1 takedowns getting the laced versions. The present Predator 20+ lives up to its iconic reputation with its most aggressive striking element called Demonskin composed of pointed rubber elements that provide the grippiest of ball touch in any modern football boots.
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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.
Your favourite Puma football boot silos are made available in Kids sizes, though only the Future has a Kids 5.1 top level option, the best available Puma One for kids is the 20.2, both of those coming with the FG/AG sole configuration. The children's Future 5.1 mirrors the knitted upper of the adult boot to give enable young players to feel for themselves arguably one of the most comfortable uppers in all football boots, with the Netfit lacing system so they can tie their boots however they want to. On the other hand, the scaled-down Puma 20.2 takedown still has the leather on the instep side with a toned-down internal ripple cage and the Sprintweb on the lateral side. Evoknit has been replaced by a cheaper material for its knitted collar, the soleplate of the kids Future and One are both modelled after their parents' Rapidagility and Rapidsprint frames respectively.
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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. Despite not being the first laceless one in history, the ACE 16+ Purecontrol had a successful launch headlined by Mesut Ozil in 2016 and started all the craze about laceless football boots. It featured a compression knit to deliver the boot's lockdown on your foot and a supportive internal knit cage on the top of the midfoot to act as a reinforcement.
The X 16+ Purechaos introduced a complex upper construction where a woven knit called Techfit makes up the majority of the upper but was concealed together with the laces by a textured Non-Stop-Grip layer. It also had nylon ribbons along the side that functions like Nike's Flywire.
The 11Pro was a variation of the classic adiPure line and was known for its use of calf Taurus leather upper mixed with synthetics to make it the lightest adiPure ever.
No one can also forget about the F50 speed boots that came after the customizable Tunit boots. The F50 line of football boots set records as its models became lighter and lighter over time, the F50 adiZero IV was one of the most successful F50s and was made of Hybrid Touch-Speedfoil combination for its upper. And in 2013, adidas added fourth silo with its short lived Nitrocharge model, whereas other boots were focused on speed or power, the Nitrocharge paid attention to energy return and player stamina with a rubber zone called 'Energysling.'
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.