Adidas Adizero Pro
The first shoe of the brand to feature a carbon plate, the Adidas Adizero Pro is a very good, comfortable, and solid model to run fast.
- Great comfort
- The firm, springy and stable cushioning
- Efficient Carbitex carbon plate to facilitate better propulsion at faster paces
- A robust shoe for this type of shoe (racing with carbon plate)
- Great upper that offers a discreet and effective foot lockdown
- A shoe designed primarily for speed and therefore not very suitable for slow runs (e.g. easy training, recovery sessions)
- Slightly high weight for a shoe of this type (the Nike Vaporfly Next% is less than 200 g / 7 oz in comparison)
- First of all, the Continental technology equips the outsole of the Adidas Adizero Pro. This is a highly abrasion-resistant rubber used in bicycle and car tires. This configuration ensures effective grip on city and country roads even in rainy weather to prevent accidental slipping.
- In addition, Quickstripe DSP consists of stripes under the heel to heighten traction, especially if you plan to run on tracks. These grooves also allow greater flexibility of movement.
- Finally, there is also Adiwear under the heel, a hard rubber that aims to increase the durability of the shoe.
- The midsole uses the Boost cushioning technology. It consists of a multitude of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) pellets welded together to support the foot during running. Its purpose is to provide maximum impact absorption during the run for optimal comfort. Besides, this configuration promises a springy ride thanks to its natural bounce.
- Also, Lightstrike is a lightweight foam that completes Boost to improve cushioning responsiveness.
- Last but not least, the Adidas Adizero Pro is the first shoe of the German brand to feature a carbon propulsion plate. The one created for the occasion is named Carbitex and translates into a multidirectional and flexible carbon plate to guide the runner to a smooth and stable run. This technology aims to maximize the running economy to run as fast as possible with less efforts. First imagined by Nike, this type of technology is so effective that for a while there were talks of banning it from official competitions.
- The upper of the Adidas Adizero Pro features the Celermesh technology, Adidas’ thinnest mesh to date, which offers a strict foot lockdown designed specifically for speed.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Is this shoe true to size?
Is the Adizero Pro suitable for overpronation?
Is this road model suitable for heavy athletes (85 kg/187 lbs or more)?
Are these shoes suitable for running a marathon or half marathon?
Comparisons – Hoka One One Rincon 2 vs :
Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%
This Nike model has a much more generous cushioning with a 4 cm thick sole under the heel (!) and more forgiving due to the soft ZoomX foam. The result is therefore less stable while offering incredible comfort. Also, the design of the Vaporfly is more ambitious and much lighter. The cushioning of the Adizero Pro is less impressive but has the advantage of being more stable because it is firmer and closer to the ground. Moreover, the durability seems better on the Adidas model. So it’s up to you to decide mainly depending on your preferences.
Saucony Endorphin Pro
Both shoes have about the same weight, but the Saucony Endorphin Pro has a thicker sole and softer cushioning. It’s a matter of preference here. Runners who like a firm, responsive cushioning will turn to the Adizero Pro, while runners who prefer a softer sole will prefer the Saucony Endorphin Pro.
Adidas Adizero Adios 5
Simply put, the Adizero Pro is the Adios 5 with a thicker sole, a carbon plate, and a thinner upper. The first one is mainly made for racing while the second one is more versatile and thus better adapted to easier runs. The price difference is not negligible either: count $50 more for the Adizero Pro.