December 09, 2017
adidas Rugby have released their Hunt Down Next range of rugby boots - cutting-edge, rugby specific boots designed to enhance player performance, deliver comfort and assist in the creation of on-field magic in one of the world’s most physically demanding sports
Originally released in May 2017 for adidas-sponsored players involved in the 2017 DHL Lions Series, the updated colourways include the inline pack of Light Brown/Hi-Res Red, French Tricolore Edition in Navy & Royal Blue, White and Red, and the Rose Edition - White and Metallic Silver.
Following intensive player feedback from superstars of the game such as Beauden Barrett and Maro Itoje, and hours of research and development, the range is made up of four lines of boots specifically designed for every player type and position – Kakari X Kelvar®, Kakari Light, Predator Malice and Predator Flare.
The Predator Malice is for the Playmakers. From the perfect cross-field kick to a difficult sideline conversion, the Predator Malice Control features a new rugby predator system and asymmetric lacing to increase the sweetspot and kicking control, giving players the power to dictate proceedings for the full 80. Also in the range is the Malice SG, which is available in both Light Brown and White, and is aesthetically similar to the Predator, but at a fraction of the cost. The previous incarnation of this was the best selling boot at First XV Rugbystuff.com at the beginning of the 2017/18 season, and with the stunning new colourways, we are confident this will be the case again.
For the players who create magic – the Magicians - the Predator Flare. This super lightweight boot features a seamless sock construction and adidas’ patented SPRINTFRAME outsole, giving players such as Sonny Bill Williams, Anthony Watson and George North the confidence to perform under the brightest lights.
The Kakari Light is built for the back row Enforcers. The boot combines a lightweight upper and low-cut sock design giving players the explosive power they need to be first to the breakdown. Supportive taping across the upper and a genuine leather toe-box makes the Kakari Light the weapon of choice for the likes of Sam Warburton and Kieran Read.
The Kakari x Kelvar® is made for the Engineroom - the tight-five. This boot features adidas’ winning 6x2 stud configuration, and an advanced sock construction that offers greater ankle support. Adidas have partnered with DuPont to incorporate Kelvar® into rugby boots - a technology that drastically improves the boot’s strength and stability. All of this combines to create the ultimate boot to dominate the scrum.
Which boots will you choose?
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