Sunday, September 13, 2020

adidas Adizero Adios Pro Review: A Novel Super Marathon Shoe with a Springy, Spunky and Dynamic Personality

Article by Sam Winebaum and Ryan Eiler

adidas adizero adios Pro ($200)

Introduction

Sam: It was 2013 when adidas introduced Boost, a TPU bead based midsole foam which was truly one of the most significant innovations in running in a long time. The Energy Boost trainer and adios Boost 1 racers were fantastic and are still among my all time favorites. Then another seven years of more and more Boost in very successful lifestyle shoes and heavier and quite frannkly less appealing performance running shoes. 


A new Lightstrike foam came on the scene more recently. Fairly light, highly responsive and firm,  so sort of out of synch with the trend to softer bouncier and more dynamic newer midsole foams. 


A mere couple of months ago the carbon plated, Boost heel, Lightstrike and Boost forefoot adizero Pro arrived. For me it was an updated race flat and not really a new age super shoe.


The adios Pro made a very limited run appearance at about the same time but beyond the marketing and a few reviews the picture was unclear as to where it fit in the super marathon shoe race. Hints of what it was and could do surfaced as we received our test pairs in the new pink colorway with a new women’s world record for a women’s only half in Prague by Peres Jepchirchir and more information about its front EnergyRods, a non “plated” approach to propulsion.

Lots go into making such a state of the art racer! Source: adidas


We set out to find out where the adios Pro fit in the emerging pantheon of super marathon shoes. Was it just another plated shoe with a huge stack, did its slightly higher weight than competitors make a difference, what did Lightstrike Pro feel like compared to Lightstrike, and what did EnergyRods offer that a solid “spoon plate” did not. Our testing showed that the adios Pro certainly did not imitate any other in the race!  Is it an option for you? Read on to find out what we found and where it might fit in the rapidly evolving super shoe pantheon.


Pros:

Ryan/Sam: Forefoot energy transfer

Sam: Forefoot EnergyRods are less plate like and more like powerful extensions of the toes

Sam: Unique blend of very forgiving softness with clearly felt energy return and spring from the rods.

Ryan/Sam: Efficient ‘trampoline’ midsole effect

Ryan/Sam: Well structured, ventilated Celermesh upper


Cons:

Ryan: Rubbing on seam at top of achilles

Ryan/Sam: Slightly narrow feeling platform under heel.

Sam: Maybe not as versatile as some competitors

Sam: Heaviest of the super shoes, although weight not really noticed on the move



Tester Profiles

Sam is the Editor and Founder of Road Trail Run. He is 63 with a 2018 3:40 Boston qualifier. Sam has been running for over 45 years and has a 2:28 marathon PR. These days he runs halves in the just sub 1:40 range training 30-40 miles per week mostly at moderate paces on the roads and trails of New Hampshire and Utah. He is 5'10" tall and weighs about 163 lbs.


A hopeless soccer career led Ryan to take up running, and after taking a decade-long break from competing, he is back racking up mileage whenever he can.  He calls the 2018 Boston Marathon the hardest race of his life, where he finished in 2:40, barely remembering his name at the finish line.


Ryan decided to forego his Wall Street job to be a gear junkie, and is currently the fledgling entrepreneur behind his company, Bridger Helmets.  Most days, you'll find him loping along the Charles River in Boston.  Of all the places he's run, Central Park NYC and the New Hampshire Seacoast top his list.


Stats

Estimated Weight:: 7.95 oz men's / 224g (US9)  /  women's / (US8)

  Samples: men’s US8.5 7.72 oz / 219g, M9.5 8.21 oz / 233g

Stack Height: 39mm / 30.5mm, 8.5 mm drop

Available October 2020 in US.


First Impressions and Fit

Ryan: The pink colorway that fell into my hands looks dynamite. Then, the realization set in that there was no way I’d be able to gracefully wear these for anything but faster runs. I’d argue that it’s even more eye-catching than the old Vaporfly Next% pink, with the Adios Pro’s ‘signal pink’ diamond-patterned upper and a pink/blue outsole. Given the firm structure of the upper and the gusseted tongue, there’s a technique to getting them on properly.  But once they are on, you get the sense that you won’t have any trouble with a sloshing forefoot or a dancing tongue. And they certainly have that distinctive super-shoe, mega-stack bounce that makes you feel giddy as soon as you stand in them.

Sam: The colors here are a work of art, very bright with many slight variations in tone and texture. I thought that the look might prove controversial but not one criticism on our social media posts. Rare if not unique. And that is before one instantly tries on the completely ventilated super secure and highly ventilated Celermesh upper. 

The fit is a perfect true to size for me with a relatively wide toe box with a very neat asymmetrical toe bumper, firmer on the lateral slide than medial to allow push off medially and many options on the lateral side for lacing customization, "tuning" of this race machine if you will!

Ryan is right the try on is a bit tricky. 

The short tongue and medial strap are made of a rubbery material that doesn’t stretch that much as it is attached on the lateral side to the lace eyelets andwants to hug the mid foot which is exactly what it does. The tongue seemed short but sat flat and true as long as before tightening the laces you made sure it is pulled all the way up. The multitude of lateral lacing hole options are immediately noticed. I kept things as is and was perfectly happy. For me the finest fitting upper of any marathon super shoe with the possible exception of the more short distance type performance fit of the MetaRacer’s. True to size no question.


Upper

Sam: The adios Pro’s Celermesh upper is probably the most intricate and effective super shoe upper yet. 

A very thin outer see through mesh is backed by an array of underlays. 

Breathability is of course outstanding and moisture absorption minimal.

adidas went to great lengths to provide a customizable lockdown. There are many additional lacing holes near the final lace up. I stayed with laces as they came out of the box with no issues or adjustments needed to the lacing or for that matter ever to lace up.

The tongue is made of a rubbery pliable material with some lace pads. It wraps over the top of the foot decisively, flat and slip free, but care must be taken to pull it all the way up as the bottom folds a bit. Once in place the tongue is forgotten.


The tongue is attached to the lace eyelets on the lateral side with a narrower also rubbery and only slightly stretchy strap on the medial side. The system of tongue, stitching, and strap provides a superb mid foot lockdown.

The heel counter, if one can call it that, is a stiff narrow vertical piece at the rear achilles (blue above), the sides being more pliable.

The toe box is roomy, quite broad and totally secure with no slop whatsoever. The toe bumper is present and real but not overdone. In an interesting twist the medial toe bumper is somewhat more pliable that the lateral side, I assume to aid in toe off. 


In the picture above and below you can also see the melted in support extending from the laces to the midsole at the mid foot and focused on the medial side.

Ryan: The Celermesh is a fantastic layering of a brushed, diamond-patterned material on the inside, fused to a more plasticky and inelastic mesh outer material. It’s not as supple as some other uppers (e.g., Hyperion Elite and Endorphin Pro), but it’s shaped ergonomically enough that it left me a happy tester. 


Because of the strength of the Celermesh material, midfoot lockdown is superior to most of its competitors, yet it also wins major points on breathability as is apparent from looking at closeup photos. There is direct on-foot ventilation entirely around the foot, aside from a section at the heel and a strip of tongue bootie on the medial side.

It was thoughtful of Adidas to offer additional eyelets to wrap the laces further around your foot, if desired. Given the stiffness of the upper’s outer layer, the extra eyelets don’t cost anything in terms of midfoot stretch.

They chose to run a noticeable seam right up the middle of the heel, which initially gave me some blisters on my achilles. 

It seems like the seam is packing down, but this isn’t a problem I’ve had with any other shoes in several years. While it fits nearly true to size, it felt a smidge bigger than expected due to the ample room in the toe box for me.


Midsole

Sam: The midsole foam is what adidas calls Lightstrike Pro. My sense is that it may be a low density EVA TPU blend somehow goosed up in processing beyond mere injection. It is not as light weight as some of the competitors including PEBA injected foam as in Nike Zoom X  or expanded PEBA beads as in the firmer Saucony Endorphin. It is close to the feel of the autoclaved EVA/TPU blend in the just released New Balance FuelCell RC Elite and the nitrogen infused DNA Flash in the Brooks Hyperion Elite 2 which is while light, denser feeling. 


Here we have  a different, softer, bouncier feel especially at the forefoot than any of the other super shoes. In great part this is due to the dual “plate” arrangement with not a plate but 5 toe matching EnergyRods and in part due to the soft thin “cushioned traction” outsole, well named.

Source: adidas


There are not one but two “carbon in them” plates in the adios Pro. How much carbon and how much polymers we don’t know as all so-called carbon plates have at least some polymer binders in the mix. The rear plate is called out as a carbon infused nylon plate. The rear plate provides some needed stability to the narrow beveled heel and midfoot of what is a 39mm very high rear stack, right at the IAAF limit for road racing shoes. The rear plate is not noticed on the run beyond its support. Good thing it is there as while stable with the plate in the mix the heel area is very narrow reminding of the original Vaporfly but without that shoe’s more noted rear instability. 


The really special sauce is upfront in the five EnergyRods which are carbon infused TPU. 

Source: adidas

The TPU part may be important as carbon tends to be totally rigid as these rods and their geometry have an easily noted slight bend, molding to the foot action on toe off, not only as a whole but with a sensation that all toes are in the action.  

You can even see the EnergyRods’ “shadow” through the outsole after a few miles. The platform literally feels like it is molded to your foot as you run instead of feeling like a monolithic block of foam or a hard plate surface. We will have to see if this molding affect long term usability or durability. My sense is not as what appears to be happening is that the platform adapts to the foot instead of prescribing the front platform or toe off. 


The EnergyRods feel like they deflect as the foot travels through the foam and then they rebound with a springy feel,clearly returning energy. You don’t have the sensation of just riding on top of a stiff plate rockering or rolling you to toe off as in the other super shoes with the curvature and geometry of the stiff plate providing the propulsion- with the possible exception of the Alphfly where while carbon plated the air pods below provide some of the same effect although more as a deformable rebounding continuous surface than as individual elements of rebound associated with all the toes as in the Pro.

It seems Lightstrike Pro is not as light as some of its competitors as with roughly equivalent stacks to shoes such as the Next%, certainly Alphafly which is more stacked yet, and Endorphin Pro the adios Pro keeps the weight down with a very narrow heel with mostly vertical sidewalls and a very thin soft outsole designed more for cushioning than stabilizing as many are. Clearly the intent is not to land way back or forth long. The rear plate keeps things stable but these are best run faster although a far rear heel landing is pleasant, easy, relatively stable but very narrow feeling. 


The bottom line and result is you have a super forgiving, soft forefoot here with notable rebound and spring action, the most of any super shoe for me. Add the soft outsole and these are true well controlled bouncy houses up front but narrow at the heel.

Ryan: Kudos for being bold enough to stray from the pack and try something other than a single, carbon plate. Situated inside the Lightstrike Pro foam are five composite ‘energy rods’, supposedly corresponding to each toe, intended to add stiffness and energy return. In the heel, they’ve chosen to use a separate, carbon/nylon plate for support. The rods and the heel plate acted in unison during my runs, and at no point felt disconnected from one another. 


I second Sam’s thoughts that the rods tend to work dynamically, as opposed to simply feeling like an inanimate sheet of carbon. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that energy return in the forefoot, specifically, was probably the best I’ve felt to date. Interestingly, you can feel the energy rods by poking your finger into the bottom of the shoe, and you can even see them through the wear patterns on the outsole, but they’re apparently engineered precisely enough to work as one cohesive unit.


I’m a big fan of this Lightstrike Pro foam so far, as it seems to be properly calibrated in softness and in rebound to handle hard efforts. I especially noticed how forgiving the foam was in the forefoot, which felt very pleasant when paired with the embedded energy rods. Due to its geometry (slim tall heel; wide, soft forefoot), this will be best suited for mid or forefoot strikers.


The stack isn’t towering, but I think I noticed it more than Sam did. 

The heel felt narrow to me at first, due to a combination of its height, softness, and rounded shape underfoot. For that reason, as well as the stiffness at toe-off, I’d only recommend using this shoe for harder efforts. Count this as another midsole that muscles and knees will adore, with enough adolescent spunk to put a smile on your face.


Outsole

Ryan: 

If you’ve ever seen the bottom of a rock climbing shoe, this outsole appears to be the same type of material. 


At the forefoot, a sizable island of smooth, sandpaper-textured rubber, look closely at the picture below and you will see the texture. It  does a superb job of preventing the foam from splaying out underfoot when weighted. 

One of my more common nitpicks comes from shoes with patchy or overly-lugged outsoles, creating the sensation that the shoe is trying to suction the ground at toe-off. This monolithic sheet of rubber avoids that issue in a simple way, and provides a very confident feeling underfoot.

The same sort of rubber is found around the perimeter of the heel, and provided a surprisingly high level of traction on a dewy morning tempo run. I’ll be very curious to see how well this lightly textured rubber holds up in time, but after 30 hard miles, so far I’m impressed.


Sam: The outsole is made up of identical as far as I can tell sections of a thin soft textured rubber. It is incredibly cool looking. Ryan mentions climbing shoe rubber and it is interesting to note that adidas has owned 5-10 a climbing shoe company for several years which is well known for their Stealth rubber soles. So…

The thickness and softness of the rubber blends extremely well with the overall feel of the stack above. Totally seamless in feel and softness all the way through. adidas clearly chose this approach over a firmer thicker more conventional outsole to provide a softer more cushioned feel, relying on the rods for response vs. the outsole rubber. It is a unique sensation to have a really quite soft feeling shoe pop like this. The only other shoe with somewhat similar characteristics might be the Skechers Max Road 4 where it is midsole pillars topped with rubber that deflect and provide the pop not internal rods.


I ran about 18 miles in mine at faster paces before handing off to Michael and was shocked to see zero heel wear or even scuffing in my usual places. I did note some flattening of the front outsole's very fine texture. Grip was fine on dry road but only average on sand over pavement. I did not run them on wet road but imagine their soft grip should be good. Given what we have here though I can’t imagine this outsole being the longest lasting of the super shoe class but who knows what magic compounds adi has blended to create this unique outsole.


Ride

Ryan: The ride is impressive -- I’ll get that out of the way now. They’re relatively heavy for a super shoe, but if I told you that I noticed the difference in inertia between these and the others, I’d be lying. Heel strike compression is deep and dramatic, but it seems to load for just the right amount of time until your foot comes under center of gravity. The stabilizing effects of an under-heel plate are very apparent, because without it, these would be totally out of control. But again, as Sam alluded to, the heel feels like it wants to be a part of the action, not the sole player in absorbing your full body weight.


Transition through midfoot loading is predictable, with the Lightstrike Pro foam carrying delightful softness all the way to the forefoot. What impressed me most about this construction was how energetically the rods in the forefoot seem to work. When significantly loaded, the front of the shoe retains and then releases a ton of energy which does wonders for propulsion, undoubtedly saving a few heartbeats at race pace.


One of the first things I noticed was that they make a slight, but unique popping sound when they strike the ground. It’s a trivial observation that doesn’t affect the ride quality at all, but it does remind one that these aren’t built like your parents sneakers of yore.


Sam: The ride is in a word, unique! The forefoot is massively and softly cushioned yet due to the EnergyRods very springy and dynamic. The combination of Lightstrike Pro, the EnergyRods and that smooth, thin outsole has your feet and especially the toes an integral part of the action but amplified and in a very pleasant and different way, like five individual springs with everything well unified for stable, soft and very lively forward propulsion. 


The heel is and feels narrow. While very well cushioned and “stable” from the rear plate there is not a lot of contact area and not alot of firm rubber either. The accentuated bevel starts the roll, the rear plate keeps one aligned, and the upper locks you down but don’t linger long back there. This said it is a more friendly and stable heel than the original Vaporfly and for sure it is far less harsh than the Endorphin Pro. 


The ride felt best at my marathon pace and faster. The faster I went, the less time back on the heels  the smoother the Pro flowed and the more dynamic that incredible forefoot felt never with any sense of pounding or shock (or distinct snappy response yet in no way mushy, all spring and go.  This is not to say slower paces at 9:00 minute miles weren’t fine but this is a race and uptempo design for sure given that narrow heel landing. 


Conclusions and Recommendations

Ryan: After having written Adidas off in my mind for the last few years, this shoe puts them back on the map. It’s a purposeful, novel construction that isn’t the most versatile of the super-shoes, but is among the best when it comes to outright speed.


It’s not a mellow shoe and it feels a little goofy running at less than effortful paces, but when the dial is turned to the right, I’m hard pressed to poke holes in this package. We’ve already seen the women’s half marathon record go down with these, and I suspect many PRs will be set due in part to these Adios Pros once racing resumes.

Ryan’s Score: 9.7 / 10

Minor detractions for heel narrowness and seam along achilles


Sam: Adi is back after years on the Boost and more Boost! As Boost was way back when a new and unique race shoe experience, here unlike any of the other super shoes the EnergyRods and the incredible Celermesh upper with an assist from the seamless to the rest cushioned traction outsole really distinguish the Pro from the other contenders. 


Somehow we get a soft, amply cushioned, very dynamic and fast ride without monolithic harsh carbon plates.  I just loved the feel of the EnergyRods and rest of the front of the midsole working in concert with my feet and toes. Not convinced it is as “fast” for me as some other options, but who am I to say, as this very shoe just set a world record for the half but it sure is a super pleasant and unique ride which is completely different from other contenders.


The weight is at the high end of super shoes but still under 8 oz and to achieve even that it looks like adidas resorted to a narrow (and high at 39mm) heel and soft, thin but so far apparently quite durable rubber. Get the weight down below 7.5 oz and widen that heel a bit (both seeming to imply a lighter foam than Lightstrike Pro) and maybe firm up the midsole a touch along with more and slightly firmer rubber, for sure keep the Celermesh upper, and the Pro would be yet better yet for more runners and a better value.

Sam’s Score: 9.6 /10

Ride: 9.7 (50%) Fit: 9.8  (30%) Value: 8.9  (15%) Style: 10  (5%)


WATCH RYAN AND SAM'S VIDEO REVIEW (21:00)


Comparisons

Index to all RTR reviews: HERE


Brooks Hyperion Elite 2 (RTR Review)

Ryan U9.5: The Brooks have a much wider stance and are a touch lighter, with a stack height 2mm less than that of the Adios Pro. I definitely prefer the upper of the Adidas, which is more secure and significantly more breathable. The tongue and upper of the Adios Pro are without question more sophisticated, with intricate attachments at the sides of the forefoot and additional lace eyelets to refine lockdown. The midsole softness of the two seems comparable, and both provide what I’d call a plush, luxurious ride from front to back. The Adios Pro stands out slightly in forefoot energy transfer, with its aggressive carbon infused rods providing extra stiffness.


This is still a close match in my eyes, but if I was hellbent on trying to PR, I’d probably choose the Adidas over the Brooks for its impressive upper and explosive trampoline-like midsole performance. Heel support might be a touch better in the Adidas, but it also had a seam running along my achilles which bothered me a bit. Both shoes also have plenty of room in the toe box up front, and fit true enough to size that worrying about sizing shouldn’t be a concern. If you’re a midfoot striker looking to go as fast as possible, I’d lean toward the Adios Pro.


Sam: I concur with Michael. While clearly more stable at the heel from its broad platform, I had difficulty moving the Hyperion Elite 2 along in comparison to the adios Pro. Its plate and forefoot geometry and ride while fine is cumbersome and ponderous in comparison.


Saucony Endorphin Pro (RTR Review)

Ryan M9.5: The feel of the Saucony’s PWRRUN PB foam stands in stark contrast to that of the Lightstrike Pro foam from Adidas. It’s most apparent in the first few millimeters of travel — where the PWRRUN foam immediately seems eager to spring back, the Lightstrike feels more willing to bide its time and build up energy before releasing it back up your leg. As a result, the Adidas has a more plush feel, whereas the Saucony can best be described as highly responsive.


They’ve also taken significantly different approaches when it comes to building the upper. The Endorphin Pro feels like it was designed with weight as the central focus -- the mesh upper is very thin and comfortable, but far less structured than the Adios Pro. In comparison, the Celermesh upper is a double-layered construction which is superior in the categories of foot hold and lockdown. More specifically, both shoes have nicely designed gusseted tongues, but the tongue on the Adios Pro is more purposeful and robust, turning it into a cohesive part of the rest of the upper once it’s tied down.


In my opinion, the Adidas is a slightly superior shoe which I’d generally reach for first, but one could certainly give reasons to opt for the Saucony over shorter distances. Both have a superb fit and are true to size, so I won’t try to split hairs over differences in comfort.


Sam: For the review comparison I took the Endorphin Pro back out for some short uptempo miles and was left...beat up and far sorer than similar efforts recently in the adios Pro. While it has a very snappy final toe off from its Speed Roll geometry, the rest of the geometry was unforgiving in comparison at faster paces. The geometry and plate are far harsher and more aggressive in Endo Pro, the cushioning as Ryan describes it fimer and for sure more responsive, almost too much so in comparison. While a pioneering shoe and one I scored highly when it came out, I now find it too taut and unforgiving in comparison to the Pro, Alphafly, RC Elite, and even Hyperion Elite. 


New Balance Fuelcell RC Elite (RTR Initial Review)

Ryan M9.5: While both shoes fit into the same category, the RC Elite and the Adios Pro have very different personalities. Simply put, the RC Elite is a more introverted, versatile shoe as compared to the Adidas, which wants to go fast every step of the way. While both provide ample cushioning and stiffness, the Adios Pro is more aggressive in its height, its forefoot toe-off, and its less pliable upper material.


I didn’t notice much of a difference in breathability, as both shoes have an airy mesh upper. However, the Adidas’s upper definitely provides a more serious and snug lockdown given the lack of stretch in the Celermesh material. While both offer an impressive amount of cushion in the heel, the taller stack height of the Adios Pro is more apparent in the forefoot during toe-off. 


At the outsole level, these shoes go very different paths. Whereas the Dynaride rubber from New Balance has a ton of relatively beefy, triangular lugs, the Adios Pro’s rubber feels thin and sleek. I don’t mind the RC Elite’s outsole for shorter, faster runs, but it felt like it was working a bit too hard on long runs. I personally prefer the simple sharkskin-like outsole of the Adios Pro, as it feels super efficient and predictable.


I’d feel fine using the NB on a recovery run, but the Adidas isn’t tame enough for me to take on slower jaunts -- the noticeable stack height and stiffness aren’t as fun at casual speeds. Think of the NB as a world-class all around performer, while the Adios Pro is a single-minded straight-line speed machine. Both fit true to size, but the softer upper of the NB makes it feel a touch wider than the Adidas.


Sam: Ryan said it well: “the RC Elite is a more introverted, versatile shoe as compared to the Adidas, which wants to go fast every step of the way.” The RC is a superb all arounder equally suited for faster training and long racing and is over 0.5 oz lighter on a somewhat lower stack. For sheer excitement and all out racing the adios Pro, for fast and practical the RC Elite. 


Nike Vaporfly 4% OG (RTR Review)

Sam: The only other super shoe I have run with a truly dynamic forefoot and toe off but a very different one from the adios Pro. The VF has a drop in feel upfront and a bottom loaded plate with a distinct groove that is easy to find and is more responsive in feel than the Pro. This made it an any distance shoe for me from 5K to marathon while the Pro I think leans half and up especially if you are not a hard heel striker. The Pro has a more all over springy front dynamism which is also slightly more cushioned and softer. The roomy mid foot of the VF, part of its magic of dropping into the groove is less secure than the adidas but effective. The original VF was notably unstable if back at the heel maybe yet more so than the Pro. Not having raced the Pro yet, for a race shorter than a marathon I would flip a coin between these two, and for a marathon would go now go Alphafly.  


Nike Vaporfly Next%  (RTR Review)

Sam: Clearly the racing reference shoe for so many and so fast even for me, the Next% flat feel upfront is just not as pleasant as the Pro’s dynamic EnergyRods and soft outsole . The Pro has a softer overall ride and superior upper. I think true forefoot to mid foot strikers in the marathon at at shorter distances at faster paces could be as fast if not faster in the Pro but slower marathoners likely will be forewarned about that narrow Pro heel for later miles. All of this said the Pro is a way more exciting ride for me than the Next%. 


Nike Alphafly Next % (RTR Review)

Sam: The somewhat lighter Alphafly is clearly more stable at the rear and somewhat more cushioned there as well. Upfront they both have unique propulsion methods with the Alpha’s Air Pods under a carbon plate providing a noticed more unitary rebound effect than the more natural feeling EnergyRods’ more individualized toes' spring. Also with a highly breathable, ventilated and draining open upper the Alpha’s while I am sure lighter is cruder in execution and slightly less secure overall but a bit more comfortable at the rear collar. If only the rear of the Pro was wider (without adding more weight)  for my slower heel striking style the race would be very close but for now for a marathon it would still be the Alphaflly. 


Skechers Max Road 4+  (RTR Review)

Sam: Parallels in the forefoot here but differences as well. The Max Road 4 relies on rubber topped Hyperburst pillars compressed under load and then released for a springy dynamic ride while the Pro relies on carbon infused rods. The Pro ends up more stable and propulsive up front while the rest of the broader geometry of the Max makes it a more suitable shoe for training and a less expensive one. 


More reviewers will join the review as they complete testing.


The adios Pro was supposed to release September 14 

This may be delayed as we saw Oct 4 earlier on Sept 13 as the release date


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5 comments:

chuarh said...

How is the Adios Pro compared to the more forgiving Endorphin Speed?

Anonymous said...

What about Adios Pro vs Nike Tempo Next?
In which Is easier going fast?

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi Anonymous,
Completely different rides Tempo Next v adios Pro. Tempo Next is somewhat firmer, more rigid, much more stable and at the same time more cushioned. It is more a training ride whereas adios Pro is pure fast super cushioned racing.
Sam, Editor

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi chuarh ,
A good comparison in some ways but not others. They weigh about the same but the Speed is $40 less and a better all around (training plus racing valu). The Speed is firmer, somewhat more stable at the rear, relies more on a rocker to its also quite forgiving plate. Depending on your pace if you are a faster more forefoot striking runner the adios should be faster and more fun, if you are slower want a more versatile shoe you can also train in and still of course race, Speed.
Sam, Editor

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