The original Adidas Adios running shoe was, and remains, a much loved classic. A world record breaking running shoe that graced the soles of THE great Haile Gebrselassie.
So the question of evolving and updating it was always likely to be a very tough one.
But one that Adidas have tackled head on, giving birth to the Adios 2. Much like its predecessor it aims to bridge the gap between distance and speed to create speed over distance.
And much like its predecessor, the second generation has been rather successful.
The marathon world record was broken by Patrick Makau in a pair of Adidas Adios 2s.
Here at Sport-locker.net, we have set our sights a little lower but with a debut triathlon on the horizon we are more than happy to welcome a pair of Adios 2 on board for the training journey.
So how have we been getting on?
As always, the first step is to tackle the technology.
Two items on the agenda here in the form of adiPRENE and the ‘Extended Torsion System’.
The former features on the shoe in two forms. In the heel for cushioning and the forefoot (adiPRENE+) for propulsion.
The Adios 2 is the lightest and raciest running shoe we have tested so although it felt great to open out the stride, it was a relief to have a bit of cushioning to ease the transition.
The Extended Torsion System serves to ‘maintain foot integrity’. This is relevant to the positioning of the foot in the shoe and its purpose is to ensure a natural, comfortable and efficient transition of power through the stride from heel to toe.
While these are racers, they are designed for distance running too and therefore not without comfort features.
We found the Air Mesh on the upper particularly effective, ensuring that whatever distance or intensity there was no overheating or sweating. This level of breath-ability is an integral factor in the war against blisters and discomfort so it’s a big thumbs up from us.
A further ally in this fight is the non-slip Coolever lining which from our experience does largely what it says on the tin.
When it comes to running styles no two people are the same so the pressures put upon our shoes are unique.
So it is nice to have a bit of customisation and a personal touch.
Now that usually equates to a premium price but with the adios 2 the EVA sockliner is designed to be anatomically responsive and over a relatively short period of time, my pair certainly feel a little more like they were made to measure.
These are certainly the stiffest running shoes we have tested, highlighting their suitability for racing. This is in part due to the aforementioned Torsion System that exists in the form of three rigid strips along the midfoot to toe. These assist in providing some of the tension required in the forefoot when running at speed or running in a ‘barefoot’ style.
This becomes particularly useful when tiredness and fatigue sets in helping to maintain form when the temptation and instinct creeps in to strike the surface further and further back towards the heel.
The evolution from the original Adios to Adios 2 has seen a slight heel drop from 12mm to 9mm. This makes the shoes flatter and therefore racier. While this drop is unlikely to be enough to appeal to regular racers and elite athletes used to flats, it does provide a bit of a compromise for those used to chunkier, more supportive running shoes who are now edging towards speedier outings such as Sport-locker.net.
One final performance feature of note is the inclusion of Continental rubber gripping on the outsoles. These provide a very high level of grip on the road and, as a bonus, allow the wearer to wander off road to rockier, muddier and more slippery conditions.
Of course they are no substitute for trail shoes but the Continental gripping does give you the option.
While some Adios wearers will remain loyal to the original model, there can be no doubt that the Adios 2 does offer much to a runner looking for a supportive and durable race day shoe. Just ask Mr Makau!
*One crucial thing to note before I go is that I opted for a half size larger than my normal size to cater for the narrowness often experienced with adidas footwear.