Adidas has announced the upcoming release of the Adidas Adizero Pro, the latest shoe in its hugely successful and long-standing Adizero line. According to Kacamata Rayban, designed to achieve maximum energy return, it could be interpreted in response to the Nike Vaporfly line, which has dominated the performance footwear industry for the past two years.
The new Pro (the previous iteration dates from the late 1990s) continues the tradition of the model by being extremely light, with a low heel and a tight fit – but also has several new signature technologies.
First, the Boost midsole foam has to share the limelight with a brand new proprietary foam that Adidas calls Lightstrike that claims to offer more pop and stability with less weight.
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This new foam covers the front two-thirds of the shoes and sneakers, while the heel area contains boost for a little more weight and a more soothing feeling – handy in later racing phases when fatigue-related gait changes occur. A new upper called Celermesh is made from Adidas’ thinnest mesh ever. It is extremely light but durable and keeps your foot locked for better lateral stability.
And – yes – there is also a carbon fiber plate in there. Called Carbitex, it is a thin sheet that sits between the midsole foam and the insole. It’s set to bend at an angle of 30 °, which Adidas says is the perfect angle to give you a decent feather in the toe without straining the metatarsals.
The package is rounded off by the ubiquitous Continental rubber on the outsole, which offers excellent grip even when wet.
The shoe will only be available to a limited extent on April 1 and will be available from mid-May. The UK price is TBC, but is expected to be around £ 150, which is significantly cheaper than similar shoes from other brands like the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% (£ 240) and New Balance FuelCell 5280 (£ 180).