Adidas Adizero XT shoe review

March 18, 2012 § 1 Comment

Running shoe reviews. Am I right?

Adidas is one of the leaders in the minimalist performance running shoe game, along with all the other game players, who are also leaders in it. The XT is the trail version of the Adizero racing shoe that Haile Gebrselassie wore into the history books. Luckily, he was uninjured and went on to win several marathons. Before he laced up the Adizeros, though, he was pretty much useless at running.

The XT offers excellent ventilation via generous openings in the uppers, which you block with your ankles. This is a welcome feature that is heaps more bio-mechanically efficient than taping them to the undersides of your feet. An aggressive, confidence-boosting shoe that offers a lot of protection, it sneaks up on your opponents and kicks them in the nuts.

The Adizero XT is ideal for standing around reading track signs.

The XT is lightweight and flexible with minimal cushioning – just like a real athlete. There’s a seamless transition between the out sole and mid sole thanks to some quality glue. The trademark snug mid-section paired with a spacious toe box ensures that even penguins will enjoy wearing these shoes.

The first thing I noticed when I took the XT for a spin was its vivid road-feel, but I had a stone in it. It does deliver some other surprises, such as a gel at the half way mark, which is a nice touch. Drainage is excellent, although it can get a bit sloppy and grabby after a few drinks.

The Continental rubber out sole has fifteen gnarly lugs for going uphill and eight for going downhill, so this shoe will perform best on trails that are 65% uphill. If you’re not sure whether your shoe is an uphill shoe or a downhill shoe, uphill lugs look like 😦 and downhill lugs look like 🙂

The XT is right at home in Canberra, as are the people in these houses.

Adidas shoes are made for natural runners who alternate their left and right feet. It can double as a training or racing shoe, or as a spectator shoe. It offers a completely neutral ride; asked to back either the underage workers or the owners of the sweat shop it was made in, it said nothing.

No one knows what “full-forefoot AdiPRENE” and “Traxion”means but the XT is the only shoe delivering this feature – a significant plus. Also, there is a handy loop on the heel so you can hang your shoes from a carabiner while rock climbing. Or a coat-hanger while watching TV.

One (minor) criticism: the lacing is quite counter-intuitive which had me saying “Fuck this shit!” occasionally.

The Adidas Adizero XT, shown here with Innov8 sock.

To sum up: The Adidas Adizero XT will have you hopping in no time, assuming you get a blister. I’ve only worn these shoes grocery shopping, but if your mid-season goal is C25K, you won’t regret buying these shoes. Just running in them.

Editor’s note: If you want to know more about running style, I recommend this short video presentation.

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