Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Spring 2018 adidas Outdoor Previews: Performance with a Greener Focus- Parley for the Oceans and No-Dye

Article by Sam Winebaum, Editor 

Road Trail Run awarded adidas Terrex/ adidas Outdoor an award at Outdoor Retailer for Innovative Designs with a Focus on Reducing Environmental Impact
Women's Voyager Parley Hoodie ($69)
adidas Terrex is focusing its Spring 2018 on not only product, but a lighter foot print on the Earth.
Last Outdoor Retailer we heard about the adidas partnership with Parley's for the Oceans an organization which recovers ocean plastic pollution. This OR,adidas showed an extensive line of Parley's products: boat and causal shoes with uppers made of recovered plastic as well as soft and beautiful apparel. 
The Terrex CC Voyager Parley ($120) is a combination water and travel all conditions shoe. It has an upper knit in with Parley's recovered plastic pollution. It is knit into its shape with no waste. Speaking to its water side, it is quick drying with a drainage system 

adidas's acquisition of climbing shoe company Five Ten and adi's long focus on great rubber outsoles the Voyager brings Five Ten super sticky Stealth rubber to the Voyager.
Last Outdoor Retailer, adidas gave us long sleeve shirts made from Parley's plastic. They were incredibly soft and comfortable. This year adidas showed us Spring 2018 apparel that was yet softer and thinner made from the recovered plastic. 
Women's Ampli Parley Tee 3 ($45) 

Women's Ampli Parley Top 3 ($39) 
There was more as adidas also unveiled versions of their key trail runners in a striking no dye white. The use of dyes to color uppers not only uses a lot of water and energy but the chemicals used are difficult to dispose of.  Other green efforts including lighter lower carbon footprint materials, dry dyeing, and avoiding oil based plastics where possible. The No-Dye shoes become a "canvas" to "Record your Trails" using Utah Red Rock dust or New Hampshire dark mud! I suspect the red rock dust color would look best but who knows!

Terrex presented one all new trail runner, the Terrex Two BOA ($120). This 10.8 oz./306 g trail runner features a BOA system instead of laces. Starting to appear more frequently in running shoes, see our RTR review of the New Balance FuelCore Sonic here, BOA is a simple micro adjustable click twists of the round dial tightens the thin nylon cord lacing system.Snap pull out on the dial to loosen. We think this is a great option for rapid adjustments as trails tilt from uphill to downhill and different lace tightness is called for. Of course featuring superb Continental rubber in a 4mm high lug configuration, this 26mm heel/20 mm forefoot, 6mm drop shoe should have a cushioned ride from its EVA midsole.  Available April 2018
adidas Terrex Two Boa
Colors are also available in the Terrex Two Boa.
adidas Terrex Two Boa
The Agravic Speed (top left below) will be available in No-Dye upper option and its midsole will have some recycled materials in the mix.
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adidas Outdoor presented its Spring 2018 highlights in this RoadTrailRun YouTube video below

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1 comment:

help me write my essay said...

Thankfully we are becoming environmentally conscious. It is always a pleasure to see bigger brands working for the benefit of the environment. If the recovered plastic is serving the same purpose then why not use it in our product, thumps up to adidas to think this way.