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Hot on the heels of last week’s big Copa 19 reveal, adidas today unveil the full Initiator Pack lineup, featuring a diverse range of new colourways for the Predator, X, Nemeziz, and Nemeziz Messi. It’s another debut too: the Pred featured here is the new Predator 19, which boasts a few nice additions over the 18. Scroll down for the key details on all five boots.
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First up, let’s get into that new Predator. Making its first appearance in a dominant red and black colour scheme, the Predator 19+ takes inspiration from various Predators of the past for an updated, more aggressive look.

On both sides of the boot, the modern equivalent of previous Predators’ fins – now a subtle ridged design – are coloured in black, making them more prominent and reminding us of the silo’s unrivalled ball-striking potential. There’s also a new heel cap, clearly a reference to the original Predator with its sharp lines. Minor changes, maybe, but they do make a noticeable difference to the look of the boot, and it’ll be interesting to see what adidas do with further colourways.

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Moving on, we’ve got the X, which is decked out in a striking Core Black/White/Active Red colourway. The 18+’s super-responsive Skeletalweave upper in particular suits the black and red combo, producing an eye-catching textured effect. Continuing the skeletal theme, the rear half of the X’s soleplate is a bony white, providing a nice point of contrast against the dominant black and red. Expect to see Mo Salah and co leaving the opposition for dead in these.
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Next, the Nemeziz, which switches things up slightly with a chiefly white upper and red soleplate. We say chiefly – the end section of the boot, both upper and soleplate, has been doused in black with a cool smoke-like gradient effect. Specks of black are also weaved into the upper’s 360 AGILITY BANDAGE, which is a neat take on the boot’s inspiration of boxing hand wraps. Quality soleplate execution too: the combination of chrome effect and two-tone colour scheme on the 18+ is a thing of beauty.
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If you haven’t seen the Initiator Pack Copa 19 until now, where have you been? Revealed last week, the revolutionary redesign of adidas’s classic boot begins a new era for the Copa – one that’ll be led by Juventus and Argentina star Paulo Dybala. It’s the laceless leather upper that’s the big story here – check out our launch post for more on that – but colourway-wise, it’s a much subtler affair than the other boots in the pack. The upper’s red three stripes and “COPA” lettering add hits of colour, but the off-white K-leather dominates, conjuring up memories of the much-loved Champagne Pred as it transitions into a two-tone Primeknit collar.

We like the creative, three-way mix-and-match colour schemes adidas have pulled off here. It’s nice to see a bit of variation between colourways within the same pack, all the while maintaining a distinct visual identity for the range as a whole. Whichever combination of red, black or white (or blue!) you prefer, there’s something for everyone here.

The full selection of adidas Initiator Pack football boots, including the Predator 19, X 18, Nemeziz 18, Nemeziz Messi 18, and Copa 19, are available to buy first and fast from prodirectsoccer.com

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