Rounding off an almost perfect week which has seen the launches of new cleats and the release of new colorways, adidas have launched the latest model in the long and illustrious line that is the Predator, the Lethal Zone II.

adidas Predator LZ II
The adidas Predator LZ II has a bold and new look, once again pursuing the title of most innovative cleat on the market. Although some Predator purists might feel that the latest model strays too far from the initial Predator ethos, they would do well to remember that the collection has always been ahead of its time and despite initial backlash from angry consumers, new models almost always prove to be an able and award winning cleat.

adidas Predator LZ 2
Rather than a total overhaul from its predecessor, the LZ II simply builds on already tried and tested technologies. The cleat once again features a Hybridtouch upper, a super soft leather-mimicking synthetic that combines the advantages of both synthetic and natural leathers to great effect. The comfortable, water-repelling, and light upper is similar to Nike’s Kangalite that features on the CTR360 Maestri III.

adidas Predator LZ II
Although aesthetically different, the five lethal zones are for the most part the same as those that featured on the first LZ model. With advice from top professionals including the likes of Xavi, Mezut Ozil, Samir Nasri, and Nani, the five zones are designed to aid players with different aspects of their game.

The five zones are first touch, drive, sweet spot, dribble, and pass. The various zones and pads have been increased in size and surface area from the past model to offer even more performance enhancing benefits to the wearer.

adidas Predator LZ II
As with all of the rest of adidas’ top cleats, the Predator LZ II is outfitted with adidas’ signature SprintFrame and Traxion soleplate, which keeps the cleat lightweight and stable while maintaining maximum grip and acceleration. Also similar to adidas’ other cleats, the Predator LZ II is MiCoach compatible.

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