Predator Freak Review
The Predator Freak is worn by the likes of Paul Pogba and David Alaba. The spiky rubber elements are designed to give you an unfair advantage on the ball with solid grip and benefits to ball control. The Freak released in 2021, replace the 2020 Predator Mutator Edition. Does the Freak suit your game and is it as good as adidas market it to be? Should the Predator Freak be your next boot and which one of the options should you chooose?...
7 Things About the Predator Freak You'll Want to Know:
- Has less Demonskin spikes than the 20+, but the elements are bolder and covers more space as a few are now placed in the tongue area; level of grip is still unmatched
- Utilises the same lightweight split sole Controlframe from the previous generation
- Sock-like tongue and collar have a 2-piece construction improves ease of entry and lockdown relative to the 20+
- High-cut back collar extended even more to complement the 2-piece construction in enhancing ease of entry
- Still uses Primeknit as its upper material
- Available in a laced and laced low-collar takedown models
- Worn by Pogba and Alaba
What is new with the Predator Freak?
First, the Demonskin rubber spikes has been reduced in number, but since they are relatively bigger and a few are placed on the tongue, the grip level remains high and runs consistently to every part of the boot. The upper is still Primeknit, but is now more pliable most probably because the lesser number of Demonskin means less items to stiffen the upper.
Next up, the collar, which is pretty high already in the 20+, is raised even more to complement the 2-piece tongue and collar construction in enhancing ease of entry. The said construction also allows the tongue to act like a midfoot compression band and enable a relatively better lockdown. Soleplate-wise, the Freak hasn't changed as it employs the Controlframe found in the 20+.
What we think of them...
Love to play with these Predators especially if we want to wear a boot that feels like essentially grabbing the ball; also able to generate more spin with the Freak boots
Can't say we are big fans of the raised collar. We like the .1 low better as you still have the benefits of the Demonskin without the lockdown issue and the flapping collar above the heel.
Expert Predator Freak Reviews:
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- The new construction around the collar works in adding more lockdown, pushing the ankles against the heel counter; not as good as the X Ghosted+ but still good for a laceless boot
- New built on the heel makes the Predator easier to put on
- Upper has improved; the reduced number of Demonskin spikes makes the Primeknit a lot softer and more pliable; comfortable out of the box
- Improvement on the upper also means it is better in moulding around the foot and that the forefoot feels a bit more wider now; Freak more forgiving to wide-feet players than the Mutator 20+
- As a narrow-footed player, Jay Mike didn't feel that the boot is sloppy or chunky because of the tight fit around the midfoot
- True-to-size recommendation
- Does feel that the Predator gives the player a mental advantage at least as the ball grip is second to none
- Grip is toned down to an optimal level where you can feel like you are control of the boot rather than the other way around (which might have been an issue with the previous generation); extremely effective in putting spin to the ball and in dribbling it and thus gives the wearer confidence in ball handling
- Difference of Demonskin spike numbers between the + and .1 is barely noticeably unlike the Mutator
- Visually looks more aggressive than Mutator
- Fewer spikes make the upper less rigid and more comfortable out of the box
- Should have brought down the height of the heel collar
- Solid upgrade; a proper execution of a facelift
- The angle, spacing, potrusion, and number of the Demonskin elements sets an optimal level of grip-noticeable but not overwhelming
- The Demonskin rubber elements have the same orientation in the .1s as in the + model; good to have the laced .1 to have as much of the tech of the + as possible
- Hoping for a fusionskin upper for the modern Predator
- Overall a great job for adidas for the release of the new-gen Predator
- Retaining Controlframe is just fair as the soleplate works
- Heel collar tab is freakishly high and could have just streamlined the height to that of the tongue;
- No massive red flags and arguably a better and refined version of the Predator Mutator
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