I was so excited to try the adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3. It’s a fast carbon-plated shoe. The third version features a wider base, a more aggressive toe spring, and a softer one. Since starting to use the adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3 a few weeks ago, my workouts have been faster. It’s the first carbon-plated shoe that feels good to me. This is a huge revelation because I’ve found myself getting injured or not feeling good in almost every other carbon-plated shoe.
adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3 Quick Facts:
Weight: 7.60 oz.
Heel Toe Drop: 6 mm
adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3 Intro:
If you are looking for a soft marathon super shoe, the adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3 is a good option. It’s been used by various pros to win significant marathons or set records. Did you know adidas has had more major marathon wins than any other brand?
The adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3 has a unique placement of carbon fiber rods embedded into their midsole. This year, the Adizero Adios Pro has received a ton of updates, including:
- New upper, midsole, and outsole.
- .07 oz heavier
- The drop has decreased from 8.5 mm to 6.5 mm, and the forefoot has an extra 2 mm stack height.
So yes, the Adizero Adios Pro 3 got some significant updates. If you ran in the previous versions, you’ll notice big changes in this version (good changes though!).
adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3 Upper:
The fit of the Adizero Adios Pro 3 shines! It’s an upgrade from the Pro 2! The upper of the Adizero Adios Pro 3 upper has a rough texture. It feels comfortable while running, and I haven’t had an issue with it irritating or bothering my feet. Typically adidas shoes run narrow, but the Adizero Adios Pro 3 is relatively wide (especially for a racing shoe!). The second I put it on my feet, it felt good.
The best-running shoe uppers disappear off your feet, and the Adizero Adios Pro 3 does just that. There aren’t any hot spots, and I’ve found the shoe to feel comfortable before, during, and after the run (but no, I wouldn’t say I like walking around them). There isn’t a heel counter in the Adizero Adios Pro 3, but the heel is cushioned and provides comfort. The tongue lays flat and isn’t gusseted, so you must ensure it’s positioned right when putting the shoe on.
In women’s running shoes, I typically wear a size 10-11 wide. In the adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3, size 10 fits the best.
adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3 Ride:
Right off the bat, the Adizero Adios Pro 3 feels faster than the previous two versions. The new midsole geometry makes it a lot easier to increase your turnover. The toe spring of the Adizero Adios Pro 1 and 2 were more rounded, whereas the Adizero Adios Pro 3 is angled at about 45 degrees. This gives you the “forward tipping feeling.” It feels like you are being helped transition from midfoot to forefoot. The faster you go, the more you feel it. It also helps the ride feel more smooth.
One thing people don’t realize is the rods in the Adizero Adios Pro 3 can move vertically and on their own. This helps the ride feel more natural.
There are now layers of the “Lightstroke Pro Foam” that make up the midsole, and the “Energyrods 2.0” are embedded in between. The two layers feel similar, so it’s hard to differentiate them.
Durability and Traction: This year, the Adizero Adios Pro 3 has more rubber (hoorah!). It’s still a thin, rough texture rubber on most of the shoe. But you do get adidas thick Continental rubber on the toe area. The traction is lightyears better than previous versions. In the past two versions, I was afraid to take it in inclement weather, but with the additional rubber, you’re a lot more protected. I ran the Broad Street Run 10 miler in the torrential rain and had no issues slipping or sliding on the course.
As far as durability, I expect, like most other carbon-plated shoes, it will last about 100 miles. Can you still run in it after that? Sure, but the magic of the super shoe won’t be there.
Anyway, the Adizero Adios Pro 3 is designed as a workout and race shoe, and that’s exactly how I use it. Since using it a few weeks ago, my workouts have felt better and faster. The shoe feels soft under the foot but also responsive, and you can pick up that pace easily. I am shocked with how much I like it, as most readers know I haven’t been a responder to most carbon-plated footwear.
adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3 Conclusion:
The Adizero Adios Pro 3 is a significant upgrade from the second version and feels fast and responsive. I am a huge fan, and I dare say I’ve *found my favorite racing shoe*. It’s softer and more cushioned than the previous version.
Who should buy the adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3? If you are looking for a fast carbon-plated racing shoe, it’s an excellent option.
Who should not buy the adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3? If you are looking for a daily trainer or easy run shoe. This isn’t it, and consider something like the adidas Ultraboost.
My Current Shoe Rotation:
Long Runs: ASICS Superblast
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Questions for you:
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Have you tried the adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3?