Adidas Adizero Adios 6
It boasts a lightweight design that is great for short-tempo runs or longer distances, and the dual materials found in the midsole are designed to react to your specific gait cycle. It lacks the overall plush cushioning found in many daily trainers and swaps it out for a light and springy midsole that is great for picking up the pace and minimizing the impact on hard and unforgiving surfaces.
Below, I wanted to take a deep dive into many of the advanced features that makes the Adidas Adizero Adios 6 really shine.
Lightweight Continental outsole
Great for cool weather runs
Dynamic lacing system for excellent lockdown
Firm heel counter
Lightstrike and Lightstrike Pro midsole cushioning
Lightweight design is great for speed
Pebbles can get caught in the ribbed outsole
Runs a little hot
It may not be ideal for long distances
The midsole in this Adidas shoe is composed of two separate compounds found in the heel and forefoot of this shoe. The forefoot utilizes Adidas’ Lightstrike Pro foam material for a light and peppy ride. It has a good deal of flex to it for agile movements and feels like you are running on tiny trampolines. The heel is reinforced with a firmer layer of foam for a more stable landing. The heel is composed of Lightstrike, which is quite firm, but really helps to absorb the impact when running on hard surfaces to protect your knees and joints.
The use of these dual materials in the midsole is made to adapt to your specific stride. If you land on your forefoot, the Lightstrike material provides plenty of padding to keep your ride energetic. If you are a heel striker, the former Lightstrike material works overtime to minimize your impact on the ground. What I love most about the build of this midsole is that it is designed to benefit a wide variety of running styles while keeping your gait cycle nice and even.
Looks can be deceiving when considering the upper of this design. At first glance, this looked like a simple casual shoe, but it is made to perform out on the road. It is composed of a blend of classic suede on the toe box and laces for added durability and a little throwback to classic Adidas’ styling. It has a strong and stiff heel counter that locks your heel in place for added agility, as well as a shorter overall break-in period. The minimal padding in the heel and the tongue offer less cushioning and more of a sock-like fit overall.
One thing to note about the design of this upper is that while it is composed of a blend of durable mesh materials and suede, it can run a little hot in the summer months. I would recommend this shoe for runners that need something to take on cooler mornings, or in the cold weather months. While the extra heat is generated from thick upper materials (and not heavy padding), the extra heat generated from this upper wasn’t a deal-breaker for me, but it could be for some.
When designing the Adizero Adios 6, Adidas wanted to keep it as light as they could. The outsole of this running shoe is composed of Adidas’ classic Continental rubber compound, but the placement of the rubber is a bit unique. To keep the weight low, Adidas added ribbed strips of rubber along the base for heightened traction. These ribs work by not adding extra weight and bulk to the shoe. It also has a very firm torsion plate in the rubber for a little extra stability and protection that some runners love, and some can do without.
While the style of the rubber outsole boasts a ton of advantages, it has a few disadvantages as well that are worth mentioning. The ribbed design of the rubber outsole helps boost agility and traction, but it is like a vacuum for tiny pebbles and twigs. Many runners felt that even when running on sidewalks, the ribs in the rubber managed to suck up loose twigs and rocks that could become stuck in the outsole. It won’t affect the overall performance of the shoe, but it can get pretty annoying.
One of the things that I love most about this shoe is that it is built for just about anything. Some runners use it as a daily trainer for nice and easy tempo runs, while others use it for race days or shaving a few seconds off of their PR. The responsive and energetic ride makes it a great shoe for speedy and snappy sets when running on hard and unforgiving surfaces. This is a shoe that just makes you want to run a little bit faster due to the dual cushioning in the midsole and overall lightweight design.
It’s important to note that durability may be a bit of an issue when it comes to this shoe. There’s no word quite yet on how this shoe performs over 100 miles, but the minimalist rubber outsole doesn’t necessarily scream 500+ miles. Overall, I would recommend this shoe for those that like to go on short, easy runs, or for those that have a need for speed.
Overall, this shoe runs fairly true to size. It boasts a low profile that sits low on your foot, and the cupped heel counter works to really lock your foot in place. What I love most about this design is that it has a dynamic lacing system. The laces have a few additional eyelets that allow runners to tinker and toy with the fit of this shoe for unmatched lockdown. The stretchy materials of this shoe, however, means that you most likely won’t need to toy with the laces to achieve that ultimate locked-down fit.
To ensure that you get the right fit for your feet, be sure to take accurate measurements of your feet and compare them to Adidas’ detailed sizing chart.
The very first thing that I noticed about this shoe was its overall style. I originally assumed that this shoe was all sizzle and no steak, and I was happily proved wrong. The suede accents give it that classic 1990s Adidas styling. This sharp design detail also helps to protect your feet and helps boost lockdown. It has a low profile that sits well below your ankles for maximum movement, and it comes in a few unique (as well as neutral) color options that everyone is sure to appreciate.
With a shoe so highly praised across the board, I was pleasantly surprised by the affordable price point. It’s not the most affordable running shoe out there on the market, but it is priced well below competitive designs (such as the Nike Pegasus), making it a great option for those that want a killer daily trainer without breaking the bank. When you take into consideration the high-end materials used in the construction of this shoe, it comes in at a really great value that makes it worth checking out!
Comparisons to Previous Versions
Surprisingly enough, the upper of this design provides more support while keeping the flexibility and agility high, and even shaving off a few ounces when compared to previous versions. Overall, the updated design is more stable, agile, and more comfortable than previous versions of this shoe.
It’s as if Adidas took all of the problems with previous versions and worked to correct those problems in this updated version!
If you are in the market for a great daily trainer that won’t break the bank, this stylish updated design from Adidas is worth checking out!