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Adidas Adizero Adios 8 Review (2024): Good Fast Shoes?

Adidas Adizero Adios 8 review
The Adidas Adios 8 are lightweight, classic shoes for your fast-paced sessions.

Consensus

8.9Overall Score

Lightweight, responsive shoes for your speed sessions and competitions.

Don’t have time to read the full review? Here’s what you need to know.

Adidas is back with a brand-new edition of the Adizero Adios. For this version 8, the German brand offers an even lighter shoe featuring new technologies, notably in the midsole.

Cushioning is more responsive and comfortable with its combination of LIGHTSTRIKE PRO forefoot foam and the new LIGHTSTRIKE 2.0.

The upper material is thin and pleasant to wear, but it’s quite close to the foot and might bother people with wider feet.

Continental rubber outsole ensures the Adios 8’s grip to prevent you from slipping on the road, even when it’s wet.

Testers liked the feel of this new version of the Adios: it delivers a responsive ride with good energy return. However, some were concerned that the lifespan of these shoes might not live up to their expectations.

These super shoes are designed for runners who want to train for speed sessions, possibly alternating with a pair of carbon plate shoes. They can also be used as race day shoes, for competitions ranging from 5 km to half-marathons.

Please read our full review of the Adidas Adizero Adios 8 for more information.

Comfort
9
Responsiveness
9.5
Foot lockdown and protection
9
Stability
9
Durability
8.5
Value
9
Design
9.5

PROS

  • Bouncy and responsive shoes
  • Good grip on the road, even when it’s wet
  • Ideal for runners with narrow feet
  • Very light: only 7.2 oz / 205 g
  • The upper is made from recycled material (minimum 50%)
  • Good value for money

CONS

  • Upper lifespan may be limited
  • Laces tend to come undone quickly
  • A little tight for people with wide feet

Introduction

lightstrike midsole of Adizero Adios 8 locks foot securely for smooth rides

The Adidas Adizero Adios is one of the brand’s flagship models with three stripes. It returns this year with its 8th version, still very responsive and even lighter.

Some significant changes have been made to the midsole, but it still retains several attributes that have made it successful. Find out more about the features of the Adios 8 in this review.

Cushioning

Latest technology of Adios 8 featuring lightweight cushion allows you to run marathon comfortably

The midsole combines a variety of technologies. The forefoot features LIGHTSTRIKE PRO foam, coupled with the new LIGHTSTRIKE 2.0 in the heel and midfoot. This is complemented by the optimized ENERGY TORSION ROD 2.0 system, featuring a third rod for an even more responsive bounce.

The shoe’s stack height is 28 mm at the heel and 20 mm at the forefoot. This gives a heel-to-toe drop of 8 mm, ensuring optimal toe-off.

The sole of Adios 8 features two important changes since the last version: the presence of the brand’s new Lightstrike 2.0 foam and an improvement in the Energy Torsion System.

Adidas Adizero Adios 8 lightstrike pro midsole and energy rods provide propulsion during racing
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The cushioning on this running shoe is well-balanced as it absorbs shocks perfectly over short and medium distances. However, it may not be comfortable enough for long runs such as marathons.

Adidas launched this model with supportive overlays in the midfoot to reduce lateral movement risk, making it an excellent option for individuals with a neutral gait.

Adizero Adios 8

Energy return

The sole of the Adidas Adizero Adios 8 is highly responsive and offers optimal bounce while running. And since it pushes the ground effectively, transitions from heel to toe are seamless.

Moreover, if you’re a runner looking for an alternative to carbon plates in your shoes, this could be a great option!

Foot Lockdown

Adidas Adizero Adios 8 with cushion on medial side, facilitate fast workouts

The thin upper of Adios 8 is in Microfit mesh, with a lighter construction than before, making it fairly well-ventilated. Owing to the Microfit Mesh upper, these running shoes let your feet breathe during exercise, even in summer. Also, you can wear them while running in winter too.

The shape of this super shoe is rather snug; hence, it offers a secure lockdown. While this will suit the majority of runners, it may be a bit narrow and too tight for those with wide feet. Plus, the toe box doesn’t offer much space either.

Lastly, the size is standard compared to other running shoes on the market.

Breathable upper of Adios 8 ensures optimal ventilation while wearing socks

Men’s vs. women’s version

No notable differences exist between the men’s and women’s versions of the Adizero Adios 8, except for size and color.

For women, they are available only in black, while there are two options for men: variations of blue color.

Now, coming to the weight, the incorporation of new technologies in these running shoes has reduced the weight by a few grams compared with the previous versions. So, this new Adizero Adios weighs only 7.2 oz / 205 g in size 42 2/3 for men and 6.5 oz / 185 g in 38 2/3 for women.

Use

Adidas Adizero Adios 8 road running shoes feature high stacks instead of low stack

The Adidas Adios 8 are shoes designed for fast-paced sessions: with their great traction, energy return, and responsive bounce, they will be a delight to speed enthusiasts. This makes them the ideal choice for 5 km to half-marathon competitions.

Runners can also use Adidas Adios 8 for daily training, such as split or fartlek sessions.

However, this model is not the most comfortable if you simply want to jog every day at a slow pace.

Traction

Adidas Adizero Adios 8

These running shoes have a Continental rubber outsole, making them gripping on asphalt and even wet surfaces. So, rest assured, you can use them confidently in all weathers.

Moreover, they can also be used on easy trails, provided they are well-maintained and not too muddy.

Quality and Durability

Adidas Adizero Adios 8 features thin tongue and heel counter with plenty of cushion

The outsole rubber of this running shoe seems durable enough, as the testers noticed no signs of early wear after the first few miles. The footbed, on the other hand, is a little more fragile.

Overall, we assess that you should be able to run in these shoes for around 300 to 400 miles.

Adidas Adizero Adios 8
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The official retail price is $130, which is pretty attractive for such a responsive model in today’s market.

These running shoes are vegan, and the upper is made from at least 50% recycled materials.

Conclusion

Adios 8 offers smooth ride and faster speeds while racing and stability during workouts

The Adidas Adizero Adios 8 are budget-friendly shoes for those looking for speed, whether in daily training or competition. Also, they are an exciting alternative to models with carbon plates.

Overall, they’re an excellent pick to spare your race shoes from speed training. Therefore, these lightweight trainer shoes are ideal for runners of small to medium stature with good technique to run fast.

Facts

Technical Specs

TerrainRoad
Pronation typeNeutral
Drop8 mm
Heel height28 mm
Forefoot height20 mm
Weight (men)205 g/7.2 oz
Weight (women)185 g/6.5 oz
FeaturesVegan, Recycled materials
Athletes
Release year2023
PriceCheck prices

Cushioning

SoftnessBalanced
ResponsivenessHigh

Technologies

OutsoleContinental Rubber
MidsoleLightstrike Pro, Lightstrike 2.0, ENERGYTORSION ROD 2.0
UpperMicrofit Mesh

Use

SpeedModerate, Fast
DistanceShort, 5K, Mid, 10K, Half marathon
WorkoutDaily running, Racing
Charlène Bertein

Charlène Bertein

Charlene is a web writer who has been passionate about sports for several years. She ran her first 10K in 2014 and her first marathon in 2017. She also organized a relay run between Montreal and New-York in 2015, worked for the Paris Marathon in 2016, and for a running app until 2020. She now practices various outdoor sports: trail running, snowboarding/splitboarding, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, hiking, etc.

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