Adidas Predator Rugby Boots
Predators move fast and they get the job done in their prey hunting so do the back players and kickers in delivering the ball either to their tries, goal attempts, or positional kicks. Adidas has put this concept into actuality in rugby introducing the Predator XP for speedy players and the Predator Malice Control for accurate kickers.
Built for pace and power, the Predator XP is a boot that backs will certainly enjoy. They are of significant use for back players such as Manu Tuilagi but can also be worn by flankers like Tom Curry and second rowers like Alun Wyn Jones. Fly halves like Handre Pollard, Beauden Barrett, Dan Biggar, and George Ford can certainly make use of the Predator Malice Control should they decide to use their kicking abilities.
Key Points for Adidas Predator XP
The upper of the Predator XP is made of circular knit, giving the wearer all that he can expect from its sock-like sensation-lightweight, breathable, comfortable. The circular knit upper has a thin application of coating providing the boot with a structural reinforcement as well a ridged texture on the entire medial and toe box.
The dual holed lacing system is asymmetrical, providing an additional striking surface on the instep of the boot. And just around the inside of the heel and ankle is extra padding that gives out a comfortable cushioning and protection.
The soleplate is made of Nylon that offers both durability and flexibility. It has six removable metal studs (two on the rear and four on the front) and five conical studs (two just in front of the rear metal studs, two right behind the four front metal studs, and one right in the middle of the soleplate's forefoot). The shape and configuration of the studs allow the wearer to perform smooth foot pivots as well as maximum traction in all conditions. The heel counter is raised so that the wearer is readied all the time to burst into acceleration with ease.
Because the heel counter is raised for dynamic foot positioning and the upper and outsole are made lightweight, the Predator XP is conducive to explosive sprinting.
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Key Points for Adidas Predator Malice Control
Predator Malice Control
Designed for traction and explosiveness on the muddy & wet pitches
Primarily a kicker's boot, the highlight of the Predator Malice Control is the raised rubber zones scattered throughout the medial and toe box that is engineered to increase accuracy and control. The rubber zones can get more area covered thanks to the asymmetrical single hole lacing system. Speaking of the upper, the Predator Malice Control has the lightweight, breathable, form-fitting vibe thanks to the knitted material that connects to a synthetic vamp. Internally, the wearer's heel and ankle will be taken care of by the soft cushioning. The raised heel counter makes the player ready whenever and wherever he decides to give it a run.
The outsole and stud configuration is the same as the Predator XP in that it has a soleplate that is made of Nylon which offers both durability and flexibility. It also has the six removable metal studs (two on the rear and four on the front all placed near the edges) and five conical studs (two just in front and parallel to the rear metal studs, two right behind, also parallel, to the four front metal studs, and one right in the middle of the soleplate's forefoot). The shape and configuration of the studs allow the wearer to perform smooth foot pivots as well as maximum traction in all conditions.
Raised rubber blade zones, lightweight upper, and responsive soleplate make the Predator Malice Control score points both on the players and on the rugby match itself.
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Malice and Malice Elite
Adidas has takedown models for those who are looking for more affordable options but desiring the vibe of the top of the line Predator Malice Control. The plain Malice SG does not have the rubberized strike zones but does have the raised dots texture called Non Stop Grip that still gives the boot some element for ball control. The upper is purely synthetic mesh, but is breathable and soft to at least replicate the pliability of the Predator Malice Control's knitted upper. The lacing is still asymmetrical to increase the stiking surface of the boot.
The Malice Elite which is a higher takedown model than the plain Malice adds a neoprene sock lining that offers a gentle lockdown of the foot to the boot and also extra cushioning for protection. The upper much more resembles the knitted upper of the Predator Malice Control with the use of a textile material that is, for price considerations, less premium.
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