Who should buy the Adidas Predator Freak+

Soccer players who fit any or all of the following descriptions will be happy with the Adidas Predator Freak+:

  • love premium shoes and have money to spare
  • appreciate laceless constructions

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Who should NOT buy this soccer cleat from Adidas

The Predator Freak+ from Adidas won't receive accolades from soccer players who have wide feet; the laceless design may prove to be too much of a hassle. The Predator Pulse might be more suited for them.

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Also, this soccer cleat won't be for those who do not have that much time to break in their shoe.

Comfort is indeed a priority for the Predator Freak+

This Adidas soccer cleat comfortably wraps around the foot.

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Players feel less-to-no pain even after a grueling battle on the pitch.

Grip on the firm ground is surely there!

Just like the other Adidas Predators, this cleat's grip on the firm ground is described reliable. You can rest assured that your aggressive sprints and kicks are all going to be well-supported.

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An avid soccer player reports that the hybrid nature of this shoe's studs makes it suitable for both FG and AG fields. He also adds that the studs give "solid traction" on turf and also release from the ground quickly.

Ball touch, grip, and striking

When it comes to ball striking, the Predator Freak+ receives high marks from the reviewers:

  • it provides "some extra pop behind shots," according to an expert, which is awesome for long passes and strike shots
  • another expert reviewer claims that the grip on the ball is "extremely effective when you want to put a spin on the ball or start to dribble"
  • "grip is very effective which allows you to always keep control of the ball," chimes in another reviewer

But on the other side of the coin, the rubber spikes negatively affect the ball touch. They make it feel less natural, according to the testers.

Lockdown you ask? No problemo, amigo!

Because of the Adidas Predator Freak+'s firm and comfortable clasp on the foot, stability and containment are not to be questioned.

Even a player who is not a huge fan of laceless boots admits that it "fits pretty well." A narrow-footed soccer player was also happy wit the midfoot tightness of the cleat, saying that it "never felt sloppy of chunky."

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However, its laceless design made this shoe difficult to put on for some. "You do have to work your way in through the tiny opening," says a tester. At the same time, experts note that this version is still easier to slide into compared to the previous Adidas releases.

Material quality is truly A+

The materials that make up this soccer cleat are indeed of high quality. Still, they need some time to soften up and adjust to the contours of the wearer's feet.

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Most shoe experts do not recommend putting the pair right into action straight from the box. Due to the compression fit and laceless design, it might take several wears before it fully breaks in and molds to your foot.

The ControlPlate on the sole also takes some time to break in and feel a bit more flexible, according to a few.

If you want speed, this Predator Freak+ is indeed for you 

Based on the general users' feedback, the cleat feels light on the feet and surely do not hamper movements.

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Durability is premium but some rubber spikes can fall off

Most playtesters haven't had any problem with the Adidas Predator Freak+ wearing out any time soon. The pair remained as new after dozens of practices and games for them.

However, there have been a few cases where some of the Demonskin spikes have fallen off. It didn't have any affect on the cleat's overall performance though.

Go true to size in the Freak+

Length-wise, this Adidas offering proves to run true to size for the majority of reviewers. However, wide footers should be careful with this cleat. Even though one expert reports that it is more forgiving for wide feet compared to the Mutator 20+, another one "can't say they are a perfect option for wide-fitting players." He does admit however that it has a "very decent cavity size" for those with medium-to-wide feet.

Visual appeal is freaky, in a good way

With its Demonskin rubber spikes, the Predator Freak "visually matches its name to perfection," according to a reviewer. "I am very seduced by the design of the pair," shares another.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 235g
Top: Mid
Surface: Firm Ground
Collection: Adidas Predator
Lacing System: Laceless
BRAND Brand: Adidas
Release date: Jan 2019

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Akshay Kumar Malhotra
Akshay Kumar Malhotra

Akshay is a former professional soccer player turned sports journalist. His passion for the sport led him to start writing about it, and he is now a published author across various sports websites, featured on TheSportster and Sportskeeda among others. After he retired from the Singapore professional soccer scene, Akshay formed his own amateur soccer club FC Banterbury, initially just for laughs. Safe to say, soccer is an integral part of Akshay's life, and soccer cleats in particular are an obsession for him.