Adidas Predator Pulse review: A fresh take on an icon of the game

In our Adidas Predator Pulse review, we take a look at a classic look updated for the modern era

Adidas Predator Pulse
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FourFourTwo Verdict

This is how to update a classic: the Adidas Predator Pulse cleats are classy, comfy and tailor-made for the modern midfield metronome


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    Beautiful colourways

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    Dripping in nostalgia

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    Feels lighter and comfier than the 2004 models


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    A little heavy and clunky, compared to Adidas X cleats

For our Adidas Predator Pulse review, we tested the firm ground studs.

The best soccer cleats for midfielders are the Adidas Predator Pulse – without a shadow of a doubt. These 2004 classics were simply made for the likes of David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Michael Ballack to dictate the centre of the park.

You see, these were the incredible follow-ups to the Predator Mania. The iconic World Cup 2002 cleat had the style and the swervy stripes to cement it in history – but the Pulse followed up in 2004 with even more tech packed in and a similarly beautiful design. It's incredibly hard to top the Mania but Adidas came very, very close. For FFT, it's even more ideal for a passing CM, simply for those tweaks and the associations we hold with it.

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The 2021 remakes then come with a lot of expectation. Are the Pulse cleats as good as we remember? Or should some things simply remain in the past?

Adidas Predator Pulse review: How do these cleats look?

Gorgeous: it doesn't matter who you are or what you're into – and it quite possibly gets even better with age. But enough about David Beckham, the Adidas Predator Pulse cleats look great. 

This new pair is instantly different to the classic in that it's black, gold and white. The originals were the traditional Predator black/white/red palette, so it's a nice touch to switch it up and even if you've never seen the originals, Adidas are specifically telling you that hey, this design deserves to be gold-plated. Plus, there's a second colourway that looks a little more modern: the blue/pink/black versions are modelled on the Champions League colours – honestly, we can't choose which we prefer of the two.