After a very limited release in late June, the Adidas Adizero Adios Pro will go on general sale on September 14th in a new pink and light blue colorway.
The Adios Pro is the second carbon-reinforced running shoe that Adidas released in 2020. The Adizero Pro was the first, but there are some key differences between the shoes that set the Adios Pro apart for longer races like the marathon and more of a direct competitor to the Nike Vaporfly (and now Alphafly).
First of all, the Adios Pro has a similarly massive pile of pads as the Nike shoes. The height of the shoe at the heel is 39mm, below the 40mm limit set by World Athletics in January. At the forefoot, the stack is 30.5mm, which makes the shoe drop 8.5mm from heel to toe.
The cushioning used is a new LightstrikePRO material that is said to be light and responsive. It̵
Perhaps the most innovative feature of the shoe is in the middle of the entire LightstrikePRO cushioning. Adidas hasn’t opted for the increasingly standard full-length carbon plate or even half a plate like the one used in the Asics Metaracer Tokyo. Instead, there are five carbon-fortified EnergyRods that target the metatarsal bones of the foot and are designed to improve your running economy so you can maintain your racing pace longer and recover faster after hard, long runs – just like the carbon plate in other shoes does.
When the Adios Pro was launched, we spoke to Harry Miles from Adidas, who was closely involved in the development of the Adios Pro. He selected the energy bars as the most exciting innovation in the shoe.
“She [the rods] are so new and so different, ”says Miles. “We now have something that can move independently in the forefoot, just like your toe structure. The shoe is designed for running on the road, but not every step on the road will be the same. “
In addition to the bars in the forefoot, Adidas also attached a nylon and carbon fiber heel plate on top of the midsole. This also helps to promote better running economy while ensuring stability at the ankle. This is welcome given the chunky pile of padding you land on.
We also spoke to Team GB runner Lily Partridge, who was wondering what it would be like to switch from a traditional low-profile racing shoe like the standard Adios or Takumi Sen to the high-stack Adios Pro.
“I grew up! If everyone is wearing them, I’m still one of the shortest on the starting line, but I’ve gained a few inches, which is good, ”says Partridge.
“At first it is nerve-wracking because distance runners are creatures of habit. When you put it on you can feel the sponginess, but you can also feel it tip you on the balls of your feet so that despite all that cushioning, it still feels like a performance shoe. Given the height of the stack, it should feel lumpy and clumsy, but it doesn’t – it still feels a lot like a performance shoe. “
Due to the lack of races in 2020, Partridge has only used the Adios Pro in training despite facing the London Marathon and a half marathon in Northern Ireland. She believes that the Adios Pro differs from a traditional racing driver in that it is suitable for both training and racing.
“Nobody would ever do a training run in their racing apartments because your legs would be beaten – you wouldn’t be able to run well tomorrow,” says Partridge. “These take that away, and from an injury prevention perspective, I think they’re great for training, but they’re still a performance shoe. It’s a nice mix of both. “
The Adizero Adios Pro will be available from September 14th via the Adidas app and costs £ 169.95. This puts it at the cheaper end of the scale for racing shoes with carbon plates or actually carbon-enriched EnergyRods.
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