adidas has revealed the latest evolution of its market-leading boot range, the IGNITE. The new lineup sees the German sportswear giant upgrade all four of its major silos, with a special focus on the upcoming British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand this summer.
Tthe IGNITE range was created after extensive research and development with feedback from professional players, including All Blacks fly-half and reigning World Rugby Player Of The Year, Beauden Barrett, and England and Saracens second row Maro Itoje.
The IGNITE range is available in 3 distinct colorways for the brands 4 rugby silos – Kakari x Kelvar, Kakari Light, Predator Malice Control and Predator Flare. Two of the colorways were designed specifically for the British and Irish Lions and All Blacks players in anticipation of the test matches this summer.
Exclusively for adidas-sponsored Lions tourists, the IGNITE Invasion back blends white and gold in a striking colourway blend seamlessly with the iconic Lions jersey. On the other side of the battlefield, all All Blacks players will wear the IGNITE Stealth pack – a gold and black colourway that reflects both the prestige of playing against the Lions.
adidas Kakari x Kelvar
The Kakari x Kelvar is the latest iteration of adidas’ boot silo that is designed for the tight five forwards, and as such will be worn by second rows such as Maro Itoje and front rowers such as Dane Coles.
In addition to all the features that have made the Kakri boot so popular with players in the engine room, such as adidas’ 6×2 stud configuration and an advanced sock construction for improved ankle support, adidas has teamed up with DuPont to incorporate Kevlar into rugby boots. This is a first for a rugby boot, and its claimed that the Kevlar drastically improves the boot’s strength and stability to allow players to dominate the scrum.
adidas Kakari Light
The Kakari Light has long been a favourite of flankers and number eights, with the likes of Sam Warburton, Keiran Reed, Ardie Savea and Peter O’Mahony.
The The Kakari Light is designed to blend power and explosiveness, with a lightweight upper and low-cut sock design that allows players to get to the breakdown in a flash, but stay strong over the ball when they need to, thanks to a genuine leather toe-box and supportive tape across the boot’s upper.
adidas Predator Malice Control
The Predator Malice Control is a boot silo designed for the playmakers in the backline – the scrum halves, fly-halves. Just like its soccer equivalent, the legendary Predator is designed to make the difficult kicks easier.
With a brand new iteration of the famous Predator kicking surface and assymetrical lacing to improve kicking control and increase the ‘sweet spot’ for players to connect with, it’s no surprise that the likes of Beauden Barrett and Irish Lions half-back pairing Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray will be wearing this boot in June.
adidas Predator Flare
The Flare is the final new silo in the range, and it’s one that’s aptly named – the players you’ll see wearing it this year are very likely to catch fire – from All Blacks magician Sonny Bill Williams to the Lions speedsters George North and Anthony Watson.
The Predator Flare aims to make the jet-heeled outside backs even more dynamic and exciting with a super-lightweight boot with a seamless sock construction, and adidas’ own SPRINTFRAME outsole.
The All Blacks will wear their IGNITE Stealth colourway cleats for all of their tests this summer, including the The Rugby Championship, while the Invasion pack will only be worn by British & Irish Lions players during their tour of New Zealand. In addition, a final colourway in the range, the IGNITE pack, will be launched on 1 July.
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