Adidas Predator Instinct FG
The Instinct was introduced as a part of Adidas' Battle Pack, which was launched for the World Cup, where it dominated.
Now the spotlight is however solely on the Predator Instinct, which comes in its very first non-Battle Pack colourway - and it will probably warm the hearts of many Predator enthusiasts to see the iconic Black/Red/White combination back. The design is the same as on the Battle Pack model, with the tree frog pattern, but otherwise it's a typical Predator with a black base, white adidas stripes and a red accent colour further forward on the boot. It smells a lot like older Predators and actually the newly unveiled instinct does feel a lot more like the older Predator models too. Adidas will launch 14 Instinct models in 2014, among them the Revenge Pack, which celebrates the Predator from 1994, Accelerator from 1998 and Mania from 2002. So there is plenty to look forward to.
With the new colourway the Instinct really step onto the main stage, but the technologies have also been changed, when compared to the predecessor Predator LZ II. The five Lethal Zones are still there, but have been given a fairly radical makeover, to give even further control and power.
The Predator Instinct is fitted with zigzag-shaped control elements made from 3D SL rubber, which is slightly sticky and provides added friction between ball and boot. This is something that ultimately gives you optimised control on the ball. The zones are also far more aggressive than before and grip the ball much more. The Pass-zone on the inside of the Instinct has also been given a newly developed gel-padding, which helps pass the ball with more precision and control the ball easier with that part of the foot.
The upper itself on the Predator Instinct is made with a second generation of adidas' kangaroo-leather emulating material, Hybridtouch. The Germans have worked on this particular synthetic for many years and have found a formula, where it is supple, durable and quite thin, all at the same time. The last - the shape the Predator is built on - has also been made slightly wider, which leads it further back to the older Predator that were known for being slightly broader.
Condition - Brand New in Box with Predator Shoebag