Adidas has announced the impending release of the Adidas Adizero Pro, the latest shoe in its highly successful and long-standing Adizero range.
Designed to give maximum energy return, it could be interpreted as a response to the Nike Vaporfly range which has dominated the performance shoe sector for the past two years.
The new Pro (the previous iteration dates back to the late noughties) continues in the tradition of the model by being extremely lightweight with a low-slung heel drop and a snug fit - but also features several new signature technologies.
Firstly the Boost midsole foam has to share the limelight with a brand new proprietary foam Adidas is calling Lightstrike, which it says provides more pop and stability with less weight. This new foam covers the front two-thirds of the shoe while the heel section contains Boost for a bit of extra heft and a more reassuring feel - handy in the later stages of races when fatigue-based gait changes kick in.
A new upper, called Celermesh, is made from Adidas’s thinnest ever mesh material and is designed to be extremely lightweight but durable and also keep your foot locked down for better lateral stability.
And - yep - there’s a carbon fibre plate in there too. Called Carbitex, it’s a thin plate which sits between the midsole foam and the sockliner. It is tuned to flex at a 30˚ angle which Adidas says is the perfect angle to give you a decent spring in the toe off without loading stress onto the metatarsals.
To round the package off there’s the ever-present Continental rubber on the outsole which we’ve found gives outstanding grip even in the wet.
The shoe launches on a limited basis from April 1st and is on general release from mid-May. The UK price is TBC but is expected to be around £150, significantly cheaper than similar shoes from other brands such as the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% (£240) and the New Balance FuelCell 5280 (£180).
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