GEAR REVIEW: The Adidas Predator Lethal Zones – are they THAT lethal?

8th June 2012 – The adidas Predator boots have been synonymous with delivering more power, better control and accuracy for the players wearing them. Since its incarnation 18 years ago (in 1994), the Predator series have undergone a tremendous change and upgrade in terms of its design and its focus on the technical aspect of it.

Well, adidas recently unveiled its latest Predator boots – the Predator Lethal Zones. Being a football enthusiast myself, I had the opportunity to try out these boots and give it a go. At first glance, the boots do look weird with all the orange stripes surrounding the ocean blue base coloured boots. However, these “3D stripes” are said to be specifically located at 5 areas or “zones” on the boots which players such as Xavi and Nasri have identified as the spots where they have most contact with the ball. With the 5 “lethal zones” being Sweet Spot, Drive, Pass, Dribble and First Touch, question is – Do these stripes really matter or are they just gimmicks?

 To understand more about each and individual zones, you can check out this VIDEO. But on a personal note, after playing multiple futsal games with it, 3 zones really stood out for me – the First Touch, Pass and Sweet Spot.

The 5 “lethal zones” – Sweet Spot, Drive, Pass, Dribble and First Touch.

FIRST TOUCH

Really really nice. The ball was like stuck on my boots. Trapping the ball was a sublime and receiving fast passes had a nice touch to it.

PASS

With the slightly large padded pass zone, passing was a peach! Its large contact surface also provided better control and precision passing. In simple terms, putting the ball where you want it to go to.

SWEET SPOT

That little raised ribbed section at the part where you use to curl the ball was undoubtedly sensitive. It provided more power BUT at the same time, it curled the ball inwards a little more. A double edged zone i would say as you would have to get used to its sensitivity.

As for the DRIBBLE and DRIVE zones, I did not particularly utilize them as much during my futsal games. Perhaps its my playing style during the games or simply I am not the kind who dribbles and dazzle much in that small confined pitch. Ultimately, I feel that this boots are more suited for the midfield and striker positions where pin point accuracy and power is crucial. As compared to the F50 adizero Prime that I have been using before this, the Predator Lethal Zones are heavier in nature of course they both are in a different league.

The Adidas F50s are nice too. Minimal fancy, and light. The boots of speed as I would call it. While the latest Predators are the Boots of Control.

Although, at the end of the day, it is player who controls how he performs on the pitch, the Predator Lethal Zones boots act like the cheat sheet. It provides better control and more power at every touch of the boots. Personally, I am not a fan of its design (I like my boots flashy, yet simple) as I would have preferred the 5 zones to be blend in with the boot’s base colour. Nonetheless, the new synthetic upper called the Hybrid Touch allows the players to still maintain the suppleness of leather but has 4 times less water uptake and is 40% lighter.

With the retail price set at $309 (last checked at the Adidas outlet at Causeway Point) it is rather on the pricey side of boots. There is however, a lower grade model which is priced at $169. The texture of the ribbed zones are not as superb as compared to the higher grade one though. Duhh? I cannot say about its performance though because I have not tried them out. That is not how we roll here. 

All in all, the boots excelled in its first touches and passes giving the player a slight edge over its opponents. A rather technical pair of boots, the “lethal zones” increase the sensitivity of the touches one makes with the ball. It is a pair of boots worth investing in if you are one of those regular weekend football warriors and/or playing for your school team.  I would also advise you to try them on with socks  and get a half-size bigger for your feet if you want to avoid blisters. 🙂

You can win and lose your games. But don’t ever lose your friends because of it.

 Till then, Guten Tag! 😀

P.S, Fancy winning $50 adidas voucher every day? Check out unleashdeadly.com. 

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Let’s Run In Ramadhan: My experience being (one of the) Kings Of The Road.

Seriously, what was i thinking when i clicked REGISTER for the Adidas KOTR (Singapore leg)? Happening during the fasting month of Ramadhan (2nd last day to be exact) KOTR’s 16.8km route was indeed going to be one test of mental toughness. You see, running races/events has never been quite of a problem. Its a fairly simple process for me really. You start running from the get go and you keep on running till you cross the finish point.

Ok, so unrelated but i think this is the only guy who seems to pose with a 100 Plus on Google….wearing shades and looking all swag. But truth be told, the runners there were more like….

….with a little bit of exaggeration.

No time to think about girls, food, holidays and such, but merely pacing yourself and completing the race strong. Full fledged focus and a good run i must say. And thats the thing about this KOTR race. Or should i say, that is what it should have been for this KOTR. After running a mere 8km seeing runners grabbing the cool drinks from the volunteers (at the hydration point), well, my throat became dry. I was tempted to down of of those hydrating-energy “shots”.

But truth be known – I CAN’T. I didnt wanna break fast just because i ran 8km. Thats so lame. The human body i believe could do better than that. Make your body, your machine. And this body aint no scrap metal. For heaven’s sake – its Optimus Prime lah! Sadly though, this Optimus Prime’s focus was incepted and kinda lost its bearings along the way….

Breathe in, breathe out…

Thing is, this race was more than just a run to me. Unlike my previous races/runs THIS was a test of my perseverance and mental toughness to FOCUS on completing the run. Had to pace myself slower than usually inevitably to conserve my energy as well as my hydration level. I employed a simple breathing “technique” while running the 16.8km – inhale through my nose, exhale through my nose too. This is because when we use our mouths to breathe in and breathe out often, our mouths will become dry easily and thus, leading to thirst quite quickly.

I NEED SOME FEEDBACK ON THIS, O SEASONED RUNNERS. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Shit happens.

Just slightly a few metres after passing by the 4km mark, my camera which was inside my bag which i was carrying during the run, fell out of the bag. Had it been an Olympus Dunno-what-model, the one which can stand knocks and such, i wouldnt have minded at all. Of course, i’d pick up my camera first and not just let it be on the road. But thing is, this camera was a….wait for it….Nikon D40X DSLR camera! As it fell out of my bag, i saw the lens forcefully splitted itself from the main body! The runners behind me were all at shock! To be honest, i was shocked and was in disbelief to see the camera which i had planned to capture the moments during the run became UNUSABLE because the sensor could not detect the lens. FML. 

QN: WHAT WOULD BE A GOOD AND STURDY CAMERA HUH?

Was i mad? Yes. Was i sad? Even more. For a moment, i wanted to blame my friends who started off with me but then just chiong-ed ahead. Had they been there with me, they would have noticed that i was running with a bag which was slowly unzipping itself open. I also wanted to blame the runners behind me for failing to tell me the same thing as mentioned previously. But as i picked up the damaged camera, all i could blame was no one but myself. I should have been more careful and aware.

Thus, it set the mood for my remaining ~12.8km journey. I was running emo. All alone with no music to psyched me up, no friends to pace myself with AND worst of all – no camera to take photos of what i would say a very scenic route. 😦

Seeing is believing.

As i continued my never-ending journey to the finish point, my runs became erratic. At times i jogged, at times i brisk walked…hydration-less. Felt so much like Frodo Baggins from LOTR, making his way to Mount Doom in Mordor without water. I feel ya brah. But one thing for sure is that i didnt stop moving forward. Too near to give up, too far to give in.

After being left behind by my 3 friends who wanted really run, as mentioned, i was running the remaining 12.8km route all alone. And when i thought it was gonna be a solo run, i chanced upon a familiar face in the crowd running the opposite direction! It was my friend/colleague from my school gym! Shortly awhile later, i saw Catwoman! Also known as Kak Jenap. She is one helluva seasoned runner! Always pouncing on every opportunity to run in every races and/or marathons around the region! Some of you might have seen her before too! She advised me to go slow and dont push it as i was fasting. And yes, those words stuck with me as i continued on my journey to the finishing line…2 hours+ later. 😛

Later on i met another familiar face and its none other than…*drum roll please*…. ADAM! Running slowly with his fellow compatriots! Once again, advising me to go slow and dont exert too much as we’re both fasting. Awesome guy he is!

ALL IN (all)…

The Adidas KOTR is the first race which i took part while i was fasting. Although the route was mentally torturous, full of U-turns and disappointing expectations (eg. thinking that it’s gonna be a U-Turn nearby but then, apparently we had to take a right/left turn and cover another 2km first! GAAAAH! @_@ ) but i managed to overcome it and finish it at my own pace. Roughly 2hours+.

The thirst was bearable-still. Timing wise, yes, its rather disappointing. Breaking my DSLR lens was devastating. But what was most important is that i completed the race. As the old running adage goes:

“Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.”

Positive insights:
  • Scenic race route
  • Adequate number of water points
  • Volunteers were helpful
  • Not congested along any part of the run
  • Large space for runners to gather round after the run
  • Efficient clean up of the disposed cups
Things that can be improved:
  • Too many U-turns (expectations dashed)
  • Insufficient tentage for  runners to take shelter after the race
  • Probably entertainment along the way to lift up the mood of the many “U-turns” run

I went All In. Did you?

adidas Fitness Academy (aFA) at True Fitness

The adidas Fitness Academy (aFA) is actually held around the world. It consists of the adidas Yoga, adidas Zone Cycling and also adidas Personal Training. I got an opportunity to try them ALL out at True Fitness over in Suntec City last week! First time there actually! Hurhur!

The adidas Yoga class conducted is based on the techniques and methodology of Anusara Yoga, taught by Master Adi who has over 2 decades of yoga teaching experience under his belt. Or should i say that adidas pants. 😛  To be honest, I have had some yoga classes back during my JC time, and so i kinda knew what to expect. But even so, as I tried the yoga, I struggled through some of the moves which almost tested my inflexible body frame. But once the class was over, man! It were gooooood. Very refreshed and all geared up for the next course – the adidas Personal Training.

Master Adi before class. Namaste!

Next was the “dance exercise” conducted by Wendy a master trainer who has been in the industry for over 12 years. At first look, she comes across as your punk-gothic fitness instructor but only decked in singlet and the training tights. You wont believe her age and surprise, surprise – she’s a grandmother too! 😉 Anyways, back to the “dance PT”, it’s a few combination exercise to wear you out – mostly on the legs and core. I feel like I’m in army where I have to do the exercises the instructor told us to do. After 20min of lunges and squats and core exercises, I thought the tough part is over.

No personal Wendy training photo but here is Brent Callaway (in green) – official adidas Global Fitness Coach. 🙂

Lastly, comes to the session which is the zone cycling by Martin. It’s very much like spinning or in layman’s terms – static cycling. I learnt a lot of new things about zonce cycling. From adjusting of the machine to  the 3 different sets/technique of cycling. Zone cycling is the session where I sweated the most and can i say that i could feel my thigh getting tighter. 😛 Once again, 20min was all it took and the rest of the class were struggling. But im happy that my partner and i stood the test of (cycling) time and came out smiling widely and all. Where all refers to hell lot of sweat dripping from our faces and thighs.

Want some Tight thighs?

Adidas had done a good job to cater to the masses in term of fitness. Always looking for ways to cultivate a wholesome affair in terms of sports, the adidas Fitness Academy certainly had been fun and engaging. At the same time got kick-started back into my fitness regime after 10+ days of non-training period due to holidays. All in all, people who are not athlete-like can train like an athlete with adidas Fitness Academy over at any True Fitness gyms. Adidas is ALL IN. Are you?

“Fun” time with the trainers! Post-training shot! Hahaha!

(From left: Shah, Martin, Wendy, Master Adi & some guy 😛 )

 

For more info, do check out: http://www.facebook.com/adidasfitnessacademy & http://www.truefitness.com.sg/member-corner.html#tab02

Adidas: King Of The Road (KOTR) Singapore

The Adidas King Of The Road 2011 is running event that covers over 5 countries (Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia & Philippines) and distance totaling 2 marathons! That is 84km. For Singapore’s leg of the race will be held on Saturday, 28th August 2011. Kick off is at 0700H. Thats about 2 months++ from now! Start to train up people!

Flag of point will be at Collyer Quay/Esplanade Bridge (near Fullerton Hotel there) and runners will cover a distance of 16.8km….only. So i’m sure its still a manageable run for many out there. 🙂 And best part – the registrations are still open! Registration is open till the 28th of July or 10,000 runners (which ever is faster). I hope this time, runners will be the slower amongst the 2. 😛

With the finishing line at The Padang, im sure it would be a neat and wonderful feeling to complete a “King of the Road” race at a monumental place. So powerful the meaning and feeling i’d say.

Anyways, the registration cost is only $50. For a pretty “hyped” up event, i feel that $50 is still a reasonable price to pay for a run that’s >15km. I was kinda expecting $60? Prolly $70/pax to be honest. And best part, if you come and register in a group of 10, it’ll be $45/runner. Save $5! (click HERE to register)

The running singlet that’s included in the race pack is pretty nice too. Although its not very fantastically very well designed, it boast a simplistic outlook and with a collection of different colour combination, i guess it gives people some choice of preference to choose form. But who knows the organisers could be feeling a little generous and give out all 3 designs. ;P I WISH! 

I personally like the BLUE-RED and BLUE-GREEN design as i have plenty of RED-WHITE tees/singlet. Im too patriotic uh. Gotta give myself a neat wardrobe change.

Btw, race pack collection is on 12 August 2011, 1100-1900H @ Suntec City Tropics Atrium. Unless any changes comes about, stay tuned.

All in all, being a newbie runner, this is one running event that i am very interested to sign myself up for. 16.8km, a pretty comfortable distance to run and enjoy the “race”.

Well, i’ve already registered for mine. Adidas Running is In. Are you?

HAVE A BREAK & GO RUN!

P.S, and best part – Tiger Airways is giving 20% discount to runners who wants to fly off to the other 4 KOTR destinations for the race! 

Click for more info!

The Adidas all24 & Adidas Colour Missions


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Adidas is having an event unlike any other – a 24 HOUR sports cum lifestyle cum artsy-fartsy event called all24. Held at *SCAPE in Orchard Road, next Saturday (21st May 2011), the 24 hour long event is going to comprise of a few friendly sporting competitions as well as a line up of graffiti, dance and fashion events. Starting at 8pm it’ll end at 8pm on Sunday.

Anyone who’s anybody can come down to the event and chill, unwind, play and party hard over at *SCAPE on Saturday. Its open to everyone, be it you’re a part-time soccer fanatic or love shooting some hoops to someone who loves graffiti and/or wanna see some dance crew battling it out, come down to the event and soak in the atmosphere! No promises that it’ll be awesome but im pretty sure it’ll be a fun and exciting day. And ouh, skaterboi and gurls are welcome too yaw! For more info, do check out http://adidasall24.com/.

All basketball. All fashion. All football. All run. All skate. All graffiti. All dance.

Adidas is All In. Are you?

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AND FROM THE VAULTS OF myrunningaddiction…..

On a side note, im sure most of the runners in Singapore might have heard or seen the Adidas Colour Mission ads. The adidas Colour Mission comes in four uniquely colourful missions to choose from. Each Colour Mission is a dramatic scenario based around a colour, a genre and a type of trail by using sound effects and storytelling to turn your run into a colourful experience. In each story,YOU are the hero. The voice over speaks to you in the second person and tells you why you are running and what you are trying to achieve. Sound effects are used to bring these unusual settings to life, while music will be used to effectively create the mood. Each story and mission will feature bright colours and will allude to the cool, lightweight feel of running with ClimaCool®.  Running will never be the same again!

Personally, Adidas Colour Missions is more like a full role-playing running soundtrack, a first of its kind, each mission is about  10 minutes long designed to guide a runner through each of the scenarios. adidas had made available 4 different role-playing soundtracks to download, Colour Mission Green (The Mothership), Colour Mission Blue (Rock Star), Colour Mission Red (Before Dawn) and Colour Mission Yellow (The Getaway). I already downloaded them all to my iPhone along with the micoach apps. So what Colour Are you?