Following our recent review of the Adidas Predator LZ, we’ve decided to compare our two highest rated Power boots on the market and see which one comes out on top! With the new season just around the corner, and the Power boot category being one of the most popular silos, we felt this article would help provide you guys with a more accurate impression of which boot is for you.
An extremely tough category to call, the comfort and fit of both of these boots is superb. The Adidas Predator LZ follows the trend of recent Adidas releases in terms of fit, with a narrow heel and wide toe area. It’s definitely a strange fit, and it’s not for everybody. But the comfort of the LZ is really rather simple, they require no break-in time and will most definitely not give you blisters. One slight negative was the insole, which was prone to a little slipping during use. This however, can be easily solved by swapping insoles.
In comparison, the Puma Powercat 1.12 fits slightly differently. The heel and midfoot area is slightly wider than the LZ, with the toe area fitting pretty similar. When I first received the Powercat 1.12s, the leather was quite tough and hard which I found to be frustrating. This was, in typical Puma fashion, solved once worn for a short period of time. The leather softened delightfully, with the Powercat 1.12 being one of the only remaining boots on the market to employ Kangaroo leather on the upper of the boot.
Winner – Adidas Predator LZ (just)
In my Predator LZ review, I highlighted a slight problem on the instep of the boot. The upper basically tore from the soleplate after around 2 hours of use. I’d imagine this is more likely to be a one off fault than a problem that’s widespread in the LZ range, but it’s something to consider. Unfortunately, through extended wear, the tear has only deepened and now they’re pretty much unusable.
In comparison, with my Powercat 1.12s I encountered one or two cases of the upper tearing away from the soleplate, but it won’t affect performance so it’s not a big problem really. Jordon also had the opportunity to test the boots and claimed that he had no problems in terms of durability, so again it may be something that’s not a widespread problem.
Winner – Puma Powercat 1.12
Before I start this section – there is something to point out. The Adidas Predator LZ is a synthetic boot, while the Powercat 1.12 is a leather boot. Therefore, you’d expect a bit of variation in touch. In your hands, the two boots feel worlds apart.. With the LZs lightweight nature making it hard to call it a true Power boot. It’s touch and go which one you prefer, but for the LZ.. I felt that Adidas’ new synthetic was the closest synthetic to leather that I’ve had the pleasure to wear.
For me there’s a clear winner here, and that’s the LZ. I personally found the leather on the Powercat 1.12s to be thick, and I found that to hamper touch slightly. With the ball at my feet, I felt more comfortable wearing the LZ than I did the Powercat. The synthetic upper of the LZ is super soft and the rubber provides that extra grip when controlling the ball making the LZ the out right winner.
The key area of a Power boot is shooting. Once again, I found there to be a clear winner. With the Powercats, I thought the technology on the boot did help me strike the ball more cleanly, even if it is slightly awkwardly placed on your foot. The LZ meanwhile never struck me as a Power boot. The Strike zone on the upper is just too thin to provide any extra ‘oomph’. The LZ left me feeling slightly disappointed, meaning I definitely preferred the Powercat 1.12s.
Two completely different stud patterns. It’s a tough one to call this, with both patterns offering different positives and negatives. With turf becoming a more prominent feature in today’s game, the Powercat stud pattern provided the optimal traction on this type of surface. It didn’t catch in the ground, and it is definitely the safest stud pattern of the two for turf. With the LZ, there is that tried and tested SprintFrame soleplate, and I absolutely love it. However, I find it results in a bit of stud pressure on turf, meaning the LZ is almost entirely reserved for natural ground. With the Powercat being usable on both types of surface, the winner has to be the Powercat 1.12s.
The LZs were surprisingly protective for such a lightweight boot, partly down to the Lethal Zones. However, the Puma Powercat 1.12s reasonably thick leather provides an awesome amount of protection. While they aren’t going to completely protect you, I felt they did a decent job of absorbing some of the impact from heavy tackles.
Winner – Close one, but the Puma Powercat 1.12
Positives and negatives of Adidas Predator LZ
- Great touch on the ball
- Very lightweight
- Really nice, ‘wrap-around’ fit
- Poor durability
- Shooting was uninspiring
- Stud pattern not really ideal for turf
- Really good shooting element
- Stud pattern is usable on both grass and turf
- Very protective
- Not the greatest touch
- Questionable durability in certain areas