In 2019, Nike-sponsored athletes dominated the World Marathon Majors, claiming 31 out of the 36 available podium positions. All of them were sporting some version of the Nike Vaporfly.
The other 5 podiums all went to athletes wearing Adidas shoes. During the last marathon of the season – the NYC Marathon – Albert Korir and Mary Keytany both placed second and both were wearing a pair of Adizero Pro.
There have been rumours and gossip in the running-shoe-fanatic world, and finally today Adidas officially announced the shoes which will be for sale in some markets from April 1st and Worldwide from May 15th.
Let’s have a closer look at this shoe.
The first new tech introduction of this shoe is a midsole made of LIGHTSTRIKE foam, for the first time on a running shoe. First debuted on the NXTLVL Basketball shoe in 2018, LIGHTSTRIKE combines energy return and stability into one of the lightest TPU foams on the market for a ride that runners will appreciate across the full distance.
The real guest of honour on the Adizero Pro though is the introduction of a CARBITEX carbon plate, sandwiched between the midsole and the sockliner.
We all know the deal with carbon plates: they provide flexibility at touchdown and a snappy toe-off for maximum propulsion and an economical gait.
Adidas BOOST is inserted under the heel for cushioning and comfort over the long distances and the outsole combines Continental Rubber with Quickstride DSP, a net-like application that provides lightweight flexibility both on the road and on the track.
The upper is made with the brand new single-layer CELERMESH, Adidas’ thinnest mesh ever.
No official word on the pricing, but we expect it to be somewhere in the region between $180 and $200.
Stay tuned, we’ll keep an eye and grab a pair as soon as we can so that we can give you our unbiased, expert review!