In recent years Adidas have cemented their place as the leading manufacturer of rugby boots globally. One look at any professional rugby match will tell you everything, Adidas are everywhere and in every position.
From teams including world beaters the All Blacks to individuals such as Anthony Watson, Adidas rugby boots are dominating the rugby field.
Kakari – Starting up front with the big men in the front five is the Kakari range of rugby boots. These are designed to be robust, supportive and offer the maximum amount of traction. The Kakari’s are built to deal with the huge amount of force generated through the set piece – scrum, line-out and mauls. These boots all have 8 screw-in studs to offer the maximum amount of grip on soft natural services. Sometimes these boots will offer a slightly higher ankle as well to offer the foot even more stability. When it's time to scrum, props and second rows choose the Kakari.
As worn by England props Joe Marler and Mako Vunipola
Kakari Light – The demands on the back row of the forward pack are entirely different. These players need to be able to cover huge areas of ground quickly but still need to be able dig in at scrums and rucks. Enter the Kakari Light, all the supportive features a forward could hope for in a lighter package. The studs are reduced from 8 to 6 to keep the weight down while still offering great traction on the turf.
Worn by flankers and number 8s including All Black Kieran Read
Predator Malice – The world-famous Predator even has its own rugby incarnation, differentiated from the Predator football boot by catering to a rugby player’s needs for more stability. Aimed at the half-backs, numbers 9 and 10. The Predator's primary feature is to aid players in their kicking game. Various features around the toe area of the boot are designed to increase the connection and feel when kicking the rugby ball. These will all result in increased accuracy and distance to the accomplished kicker. An extremely comfortable boot which you will also see popping up throughout the backs and even on back rows!!
As worn by Beauden Barrett and Finn Russell.
Predator Flare – If you are a speedster lurking out on the wing then these are the boots for you. Built with one thing in mind, speed! So, what achieves speed? Well these boots are some of the lightest on the market. The last thing a winger needs are excess grams slowing them down. Also, you’ll find an increased sock height to increase leverage and stability. Lastly the Sprintframe outsole will ensure you’ve still got the traction to achieve those lightning sides steps.
As worn by George North and Sonny Bill Williams.