In a bold and somewhat confusing move, Adidas has followed up the announcement of the Adizero Pro earlier this year – which goes on sale Monday 29th June at 11am – by revealing another carbon-boosted long-distance racing shoe: the Adizero Adios Pro.
Looking at the specs on the Adios Pro, however, it looks to be more of a direct competitor to the Nike Vaporfly (and now Alphafly) shoes that have dominated road racing in the past couple of years.
For a start, the Adios Pro has a similarly massive stack of cushioning. The height of the shoe at the heel is 39.5mm in a UK size 7.5, just squeaking in under the 40mm limit, set by World Athletics In January.
The heel-to-toe drop of the shoe is 10mm and the cushioning is a new LightstrikePRO material, which promises to be lightweight and responsive. Not the most lightweight, however, since the shoe weighs in at 246g for a UK size 8.5. For comparison, the UK size 9 Nike Alphafly and Saucony Endorphin Pro we have tested both weigh around 230g.
Perhaps the most innovative feature in the shoe is found sandwiched in the middle of all that LightstrikePRO cushioning. Adidas has not gone for the increasingly standard full-length carbon plate, or even a half plate like the one used in the Asics Metaracer Tokyo. Instead there are five carbon-infused EnergyRods placed in line with the metatarsal bones of the foot.
These rods are designed to improve your running economy so you can maintain your race pace for longer, and recover faster after hard, long runs – just like the carbon plate in other shoes does.
For good measure, Adidas has also popped a nylon and carbon-fibre heel plate on the top of the midsole. This will also help to promote better running economy, while also providing stability at the ankle joint, which will be needed given the chunky stack of cushioning you’re landing on.
The Adizero Adios Pro will launch in limited numbers on 30th June via the Adidas app, and will cost £169.95, which puts it at the cheaper end of the scale for racing shoes with carbon plates, or indeed carbon-infused EnergyRods. You can register now to enter the draw for a chance to buy the shoes.