Thursday, February 20, 2020

adidas SL20 Initial Run Impressions Review, Shoe Details, and Comparisons

Article by Sam Winebaum

adidas SL20 ($120)

The SL 20 is an all new light trainer racer which at about 8 oz / 228 g slots in weight right between the adios 5 and Boston 8 but has 6 mm more cushion stack front and back than the adios and 3mm more than the Boston coming from its new, very lively and energetic but not super soft Lightstrike midsole. No Boost here, and I didn't miss it all! 29mm heel / 19mm forefoot stack, 10 mm drop. Launching now. $120

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MK said...

Hi Sam -- any thoughts on how this might compare to the Tempo? That seems to have dropped from the Adizero lineup.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm really curious how this new foam compares to NB's Revlite as it sounds to be quite similar.

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi MK,
For one the upper here is much better without those forward straps and a very substantial but comfortable performance type hold front to back. I think the Lightstrike here makes it at least as stable as Tempo (no soft unstable Boost and plate required) was if not more so overall while a neutral shoe. And just about 2 oz lighter.

Hi Anonymous,
Similar to Revlite in being very responsive and on the firmer side but with somewhat more spring and bounce and not nearly as harsh. I think it is a touch lower density material so more of it in stack for weight as well
Sam, Editor