When the World record for the half marathon went down in the adidas Adizero Adios Pro, I knew I needed to review the adidas Adizero Pro. Maybe one day I’ll review the adidas Adizero Adios Pro, when it’s easily available to purchase. Adidas makes a few good running shoes and has a few high-caliber athletes, but for the most part, the once queen brand has fallen through the ranks in the run specialty world.
Adidas running good shoes are good, but there aren’t a lot of running focused shoes anymore. For adidas, it makes sense from a business standpoint. Their shoes, like the Yeezy, sell out in seconds and cost far more than running shoes. Why focus on running?
On a completely different note, did you know adidas is lowercased?
So back to the adidas Adizero Pro.
adidas Adizero Pro Quick Stats:
Weight: 8.3 oz
Heel to Toe Drop: 10 mm
The adidas Adizero Pro was created to compete with the rest of the carbon plated shoes, including ASICS MetaRacer, Carbon X from HOKA, Saucony’s Endorphin Pro, and the Vaporfly & Alphafly shoes from Nike.
adidas Adizero Pro Fit:
One thing (maybe really the only thing), that the Adizero Pro needs to update is the heel counter. There is a small heel counter that is roughly 4 mm wide. I don’t find myself to be as secure as I would like in the Adizero Pro. Even though it lacks security, it has soft padding around the ankle, which prevents blisters and chafing and the Achilles.
The adidas Adizero Pro uses Celermesh in the upper. What does that mean? It’s firm and secure without being too bulky. In fact, of any carbon plated shoe, it’s probably the thinnest and least bulky upper out there.
What the adidas Adizero Pro lacks in a heel counter, it does makeup with in the fit. It is kind of strange to look down and see right through the shoe. From appearances alone, you might be worried it will just disintegrate. It won’t, and the Adizero Pro mesh is durable.
In running shoes, I typically wear between a women’s size 10-11 wide. Since the adidas Adizero Pro is a unisex shoe, the size 9 fits well.
adidas Adizero Pro Ride:
The adidas Adizero Pro’s midsole’s sole uses TPU Lightstrike material with the fused TPU pellets of Boost in the center. It feels similar to the adidas Ultraboost and their “boost” technology.
Sitting on top of the foam is the full-length Carbitex carbon fiber plate. Below is the signature Continental rubber. This means the adidas Adizero Pro is both springy but has an extremely grippy ride for inclement conditions.
The boost material adds more cushion and prevents fatigue for longer runs and the marathon. Unlike some carbon plated shoes, your feet don’t feel as “tired” during the final miles of a marathon.
Traction: Traction has been a common issue with almost all carbon plated shoes. What makes the adidas Adizero Pro different? Adidas uses Continental tire brand (the same brand that makes car tires) for their traction. This means that the adidas Adizero Pro traction is much higher quality than the majority of other carbon plated racers. If it were inclement weather, this would be the first shoe I would choose. The trade-off is that the adidas Adizero Pro does weigh more than many competing brands.
Durability: With the Continental Rubber traction, the Adizero Pro will last longer and be more durable. Instead of the usual 100 miles in the carbon plated shoes, my guess is you’ll get closer to 200.
I’ve done several different runs in the adidas Adizero Pro, including long runs, track workouts, and easy runs. For me, it works best as it’s supposed to: those long, hard efforts.
I was pleasantly surprised by the adidas Adizero Pro. I haven’t been overly impressed with anything adidas has done in the last several years. Still, the Adizero Pro is a good competitor to the rest of the carbon plated world. Plus, it’s by far the best carbon plated shoe to use in inclement weather. Maybe they took a page out of the adidas Boston Marathon and the weather that has happened there.
Finally, the Adizero Pro price is $180, which is cheaper than most of the carbon plated world. So cheaper and more durable. I do believe this is a strong contender in the carbon plate world. Hopefully, in the update, we see more of a heel counter. (There is a rumor an update is coming sooner rather than later).
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Questions for you:
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