Train in the world’s fastest shoes: the Adidas adiZero Adios running shoes. Worn by Haile Gebrselassie when he ran a World Record 2:03:59 marathon and the by the 2011 Boston Marathon winner, these speedy racers will have you saying goodbye to your previous personal bests.
- Environmentally responsible, solvent-free synthetic Tirennina suede upper
- adiPRENE+ is utilized in the forefoot and is a resilient EVA based foam intended to provide cushion under the metatarsal region.
- Non-slip lining for comfort and performance
- CMEVA is compression molded EVA which is an industry standard midsole material designed to offer durable cushioning.
- Torsion System runs along the bottom of the midfoot and is a wishbone shaped thermoplastic unit that is gender engineered to allow the forefoot and rearfoot to move independently for increased stability
- Molded respoEVA sock liner for anatomical fit and great step-in comfort
- adiPRENE is located in the heel and is a resilient EVA based foam engineered to cushion the heel at impact.
- Slip Last involves wrapping and stitching the upper in a bootie-like shape before it is glued to the midsole to increase flexibility and decrease weight.
- Quickstrike outsole decreases weight and increases flexibility and durability
- Measured size 9
- Weight – 208 g (7.3 oz) per Shoe
- Forefoot width – 96.3 mm (3.8 in)
- Stack Height – Heel (25 mm), Toe (13 mm), Drop (12 mm) – without insoles
- Insole – Heel (3.3 mm), Toe (1.9 mm)
- Retail – $110
I was given a pair of Adidas Adizero Adios shoes to try and I have been using them mostly road running. The first thing you will notice about these shoes is they are bright! After I got over the shock of the color I came to find out they have been worn to set the world record in the marathon. I am sure I am not up to that caliber of runner but I put them to the test anyway.
The Adios shoes are bright, I mentioned that above. To describe the color is difficult though. Adidas calls the color infrared, I think it is a mixture of salmon and orange. The shoes are built to be a lightweight racing flat. They are made for running in competitions, aka fast. The shoe upper is fairly similar to others I have worn. Adidas uses a breathable mesh on the upper. Over the mesh there is a synthetic suede overlay on the outsides of the forefoot and covering the toe. This overlay creates a bit of structure and durability to the front of the shoes. Of course Adidas has their 3 stripes down each side of the shoe, not only for marketing but also provides a bit of structure as the materials are strategically placed to wrap the foot. The rear of the upper is a bit thicker giving structure around the heel. The Adios has a thin perforated tongue and standard lacing system.
The midsole are made out of several different types of EVA and Adidas’ Torsion System. The forefoot uses adiPRENE+ that is resilient foam made for use under the metatarsal region. In the heel there is adiPRENE to cushion and the rest of the midsole uses industry standard compression molded EVA. The Torsion System runs along the bottom of the midfoot and can be seen in the pictures of the sole. It is a wishbone shaped thermoplastic unit that is gender engineered to allow the forefoot and rearfoot to move independently. It also adds some stiffness and spring to the shoe.
The outsole of the Adios uses Adidas’ quickstrike pattern in the forefoot. They term it as mini-cleats for traction. The rest of the sole uses blown rubber for its light weight and durability. The Adizero Adios is made for running fast. Adidas has gone to great lengths to create a shoe that is not only lightweight but race-worthy up to the marathon distance.
The Adidas Adios has a race fit. This means that it is built to hug your foot and that is what it does for me. When I initially put it on the toe felt a little on the narrow side. After fooling around with the laces and wearing the shoes a couple times the fit is exactly what I would expect from a racing flat. There is not a lot of room in the toes like some of my minimalist shoes but they are not deigned that way either. I find the length to be true to size. They are built for a neutral runner; if you are looking for a stability shoe then I suggest another model. I have had no fit issues with the shoes, my second run in them I went for 9 miles and they felt great. I have tried them without socks and the inner mesh is on the rough side. I definitely prefer to wear thin socks when running in these shoes.
First off I will mention that the Adios have more heel/toe drop than I like to run in. Since I have switched to midfoot running and have been using more minimalistic shoes I have grown to like less heel/toe drop. I knew this when I got these shoes so I did not hold it against them nor did it stand out when I ran in them. When I first went for a run in these apart from being bright I noticed how light weight they are. The other feature which stood out to me right away is the Torsion System. You can feel a spring in your step from this. While I only would notice it at the beginning of runs and started getting used to it later on, I have no doubt it was still there but I just could not feel it over time. The thermoplastic unit seems to store up energy when it flexes and then springs back into shape propelling you along.
The shoes like to run fast, I do not know if it is the color or design but my first run in them was much faster than I planned. Even with the drop the shoes worked well with my midfoot strike and have been comfortable at all distances so far. The traction seems good and I have not slipped. They definitely cater themselves more to the road and that is where I have mainly used them. On a bit of urban gravel trails the shoes performed well but I would hesitate to run off road too much. Initially I was worried about the durability of the shoes as the outsole is rather thin. I have not had any issues yet and imagine this will depend on how efficient of a runner I am. The less efficient the more wear and tear will show. Now I just need to get these out for a race.
So far the Adidas Adizero Adios shoes have performed slightly better than I expected. They are a lightweight racing flat that is built to run fast. I think they live up to that billing very well. The thing I like the most about them is the springy feel while running. The Torsion System also makes the shoe seem stiff but it does not feel as stiff when running. The fit is good and the durability seems like it is on par with other racing flats I have worn. Adidas has kept the features to a minimum on this shoe keeping it light. I would recommend these as a race shoes and for speed-work for those looking for a fast shoe with the standard amount of heel/toe drop. At $110 it is priced in the same ballpark of many of its competitors. Maybe if I can set a PR in an upcoming race I will up the stars. =) As always, your mileage may vary.
- Springy Feel
- Bright Color!!
- Tight Racer Fit (depends on what you are looking for)