Adidas’ new Predator LZ has already shot to prominence in the boot would despite having only made their official on-field debut last weekend. Whenever it comes to Predators there is always one man in particular that gets a little extra attention – David Beckham.
Adidas’ eagerness to have Beckham involved in the Team GB Olympic team has not been hard to see. Now with the release of Beckham’s first bespoke signature Predator LZ White/Olympic Pink/Black colourway, that desire is even more apparent. Adidas haven’t been scared to use pink the past and have given the official Olympic ball – The Albert – a bit of pink paint. Pink ball, meet pink boots.
The LZ weighs just 225 grams and is the most technologically advanced, unique looking and innovative Predator to ever be released thanks to the five distinctive ‘lethal zones’ which aim to deliver greater ball control, touch, accuracy and power.
The ‘First Touch’ zone acts as a cushioning platform on the synthetic upper to give immediate ball contact. The inside vamp of the boot features the ‘Drive’ zone which follows the natural shape of the instep to create a rebound effect for greater distance and power. The ‘Sweet Spot’ zone on the medial side of the boot generates greater spin and pace. While the instep of the boots feature a ‘Pass’ zone with memory foam on the medial side of the boot to ensure consistency of passing. The ‘Dribble’ zone is a continuation of the SL rubber from the forefoot, to provide optimum grip on the ball for controlled dribbling.
Beckham has traditionally worn a synthetic upper rather the leather previous Predators have provided but that isn’t an issue with the new LZ. A newly engineered Hybridtouch upper combines the benefits of leather and synthetic – comfort, stability, reduced water uptake and the highest quality feel in all weather conditions. A Sprintframe construction uses geometrical learnings and offers the perfect balance between lightweight and stability. The Sprintframe outsole provides the Predator Lethal Zones with maximum grip and optimum pressure distribution on a firm or soft ground. The Predator Lethal Zones is also the first miCoach enabled Predator boot.
Beckham gave his new colourway the perfect debut over the weekend when he scored from a trademark free-kick to earn the LA Galaxy a draw against Montreal Impact. As usual DB’s boots feature a few personalization’s with the names of his four children and number 23 stitched onto the upper as well as the Beckham icon on the sock-liner.