Adidas Adizero Prime

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Adidas Adizero Prime Review Facts

The Adidas Adizero Prime is a lightweight neutral trainer intended for competitive racing. It truly is an exemplary running shoe for the reason that it seamlessly intertwines every aspect that’s deemed important for a running shoe to be a success. For example, running shoe manufacturers often have to contend between making their shoes responsive or cushioned as these two forces are often antagonistic. A responsive shoe requires a firmer platform and firm means less cushion. By contrast, a cushioned shoe requires a softer platform. You can get an idea of how much energy a cushioned shoe generates if you picture bouncing a partially inflated basketball. It may still bounce but not as much as a fully inflated ball.

But every once in a while, a shoe manufacturer will come along and knock two birds with one stone. This is what Boost technology has accomplished for Adidas and for the Adiezero Prime. It combines cushion and responsiveness. In addition, it incorporates a very sophisticated fabric technology to build the upper that results in a breathable and flexible shoe. In sum, Adidas comes close to creating the near-perfect neutral trainer in the Adizero Prime.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Generates plenty of airflows
  • Boost technology midsole provides cushioning and energy return
  • Lightweight construction all throughout the shoe
  • Overall comfort
  • Traction provided by Continental outsole technology
Cons
  • Expensive
  • The high heel to toe drop ratio
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Positive
  • These are my first Boost technology shoes an I am so impressed. These best Reebok and Nike by a long shot. They have great durability and fit pretty good. I bit snug, which I like. If this is something you do not like, I would suggest a half size larger. Great shoe, I Love them.
  • I love the upper mesh material, really lets my feet breathe. They are not as tight as the Nike’s version that are similar to this. They are thin in the sole but it is surprisingly really bouncy. They are lighter than any other shoe I have ever worn. These shoes do run a bit big so just keep that in your thoughts when purchasing or just go to the store and try them on.
  • I am hoping these are not a fragile as they feel. They are so light and flexible and the mesh really gives a good air flow to your toes. Though these are bit narrow, due to the material, they really form and stretch over the foot very well and very comfortably without too much pressure.
  • These look nice and feel double nice. They keep my foot supported and feeling secure. The outer soles are really durable and hold up for a long time. I have seen no wear on them at all. Great shoe, I highly recommend.
  • These are very well made shoes. They are crazy light and yet very sturdy and comfy. They have a great cushioning heel too them, which I have come to enjoy with the boost soles.
  • I put over 300 road miles on my old ones and this is my second pair. These do run a bit large, so take that into consideration. These make me feel faster and they are over the top comfortable. Although the old ones are quite worn down, they work great for a quick stroll with the pups. Great shoe and i recommend.
  • These shoes fit me great and I usually have problems due to my weird half, half size and long toe. These are stable, airy and really are helping me with my laterals when I play tennis. They are giving me a lot of support that is needed for a damaged ankle I have. Not a fan of the colors but that don't matter with agility.
  • I was weary due to reviews but these shoes are so awesome! They fit perfect to size and have a great toe splay. They give good snug support for my narrow heels. These are the first shoes I have ever bought that didn't give me blisters. I have no negative words or these. Great shoe!
  • I didn't have to break these in at all They are so supportive and cushioned while still being light and airy. These fit great and to size too.
  • I always wear Adidas and I still went with the reviews and bought a half size smaller. They fit perfect! This is a very light and stable shoe. The cushioning extends through the whole foot and has great arch support.
  • I love the Adizero!!! The heel to toe drop is really great for neutral runners. I have put a lot of miles on these shoes and have been cranking out for over a year and a half and they are holding up. These have a little less support than some Adidas but they are on the money in comfort.
  • The color as super and the laces are cool. They seem to be a bit longer than what I was expecting but they don't over snug my feet. They are great and supportive when I run too. I am happy with these shoes.
  • Best shoes EVER! They are so comfortable and have really made me put all my other shoes away. These are so support and work great for everything from walking to work to the gym! I am a firm supporter of this line and highly recommend.
  • These shoes look great! Super comfortable and the mesh material really breathes and keeps my feet cool.
  • The length is a bit longer than I wanted but the width is good. The laces are cheap and fall apart, that is the only bad part about this shoe. The shoe itself is super lightweight and near dang perfect for a neutral runner like myself.
  • These have a great absorbency to them and react well to stride. They are light and run a bit small. Love these shoes and am very pleased with my purchase.
  • I have a bit higher than average arch and these really help support that. They are true to fit and require no break in time. I am hoping they keep this design longer than usual. It is a really great design.
  • I am working toward my first marathon and these are so comfortable. They have great flexibility to them and they are very light. They are really carrying me through the training well. Great shoe.
  • These run snug in a perfect way. The heel is nice and fit but the toe box is so wide, they are not smashed. I have wide feet and these are just great. They have tons of cushioning. They are very light and I just love everything about this shoe.
  • I use these for tennis and WOW! They are so comfortable and fit great. They are really good quality and have held up to a beating.
  • I always buy Nike and these are the first shoe that I have gotten from another brand. I am a convert. They are so cushy and have a great heel comfort. I was able to take these through a marathon with no foot pain or damage. I could have kept going. I highly recommend these to anyone who is doing a lot of running.
  • I was able to take these for a gallop right out of the box. They felt like a dream. No break in required at all. They have boosted my time and are so very light. These are similar to a minimalist shoe with just a tad bit more support on the bottom. Really fabulous shoe here.
Negative
  • I always get Adidas. These however, they really hurt my heels. These didn't help with my pronating either. I really do not like these shoes at all.
  • They ran small. These are not good for anything running or exercise, they hurt your feet. They do not support any weight either, they collapsed after minimal wear.
  • I was disappointed in these for sure. They were not what I expected at all. They were so tight in the width but long. This made them look funny too.
  • These are so inferior to any Adidas I have bought in the past. These have Zero upper support and the little support in th heels. My foot slides in these horizontally and it is really awkward. They have less material and this is obviously less support and cushioning. I feel these are dangerous shoes and very disappointing.
  • They fit ok but they had no support at all; I had to add to these shoes. I didn't return them but I won’t buy them again. The colors saved them.
  • I am so upset about the sizing; they are way bigger than they should be. They looked ridiculous.
  • These are not tennis shoes. They cannot handle the quick movements and changes. These are more a “lets take a walk” shoes.
  • These shoes have no support and feel very cheaply made. The sole is missing a lot compared to other Adidas. I am very unhappy with my purchase.
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Of the 600 reviews we found in total, 28% were negative, and 72% were positive.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

Adidas has had an ongoing relationship with Continental, the tire manufacturer, and many Adidas shoes feature Continental technology on their outsoles. The Adizero Prime happens to be one of them. You can verify the technology by the Continental brand logo imprinted on the outsole. Continental outsoles are some of the most durable and provide exceptional traction over road surfaces. The Adizero Prime also features AdiWear rubber which protects the outsole unit from abrasions. Located on the midfoot is the Torsion System which is a protective plate in the middle part of the underfoot. This component provides arch support and separates the rear foot from the midfoot.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole contains the brand’s renowned Boost technology. Boost midsoles are built from tiny pellets that are bonded together to create the entire platform. Adidas claims that it’s one of the most responsive technologies in the world. It also provides a generous amount of cushion. In fact, Adidas claims that it provides more cushion than any standard EVA platform. The boost foam runs from the back of the shoe and ends just short of the part where it slants near the forefoot.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper features Prime Knit technology. Prime Knit obtains excellent amounts of airflow which help with the shoe’s breathable aspects. It’s also very stretchable material. The texture is smooth and soft and protects the skin against irritation. It adapts well to your foot’s movement so that you’re not missing any steps or being constricted as you’re powering through your run. On the back of the shoe, a heel counter plate is positioned in order to help keep this part of the foot in alignment with the rest of the foot.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The men’s version weighs 7 ounces and the women’s version weighs 6.3 ounces. These measurements place the Adizero Prime into the lightweight category of running shoes. It is important to note, however, that the Adizero Prime is not built like other traditional minimalist shoes. It has a medium profile and provides enough stability to isolate it bit more from this category. The reason for the shoe’s lightweight nature has to do with the construction of the shoe from the upper through the midsole. The outsole is where most of the weight is concentrated because of the heavier rubber materials.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Adidas’ Prime Knit technology has drawn a lot of comparisons to Nike’s Fly Knit technology. In fact, so much are the similarities that Adidas was actually accused of patent infringement, though Adidas denied the allegations. Regardless, Prime Knit is very much like Nike’s technology in that it incorporates fabric filaments that are highly expandable and very receptive to airflow. In the Adizero Prime, for instance, sizable perforations are distributed through most of the surface of the upper, from the forefoot all the way through the back of the shoe. Prime Knit fabrics are also very effective at wicking moisture away.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Adizero Prime is lauded for its levels of comfort. There’s very little to pick on in this category as Adidas makes sure to keep its runners happy by providing all the essentials that make for a pleasant running experience. You have enough cushioning to keep you comfortable through your run as well as flexible and breathable material covering the top of your foot which adapts naturally to your foot’s gait. Generally speaking, Adidas focused on providing comfort in a few specific areas that really matter and did not deem it necessary to implement a long list of things that only would have added more bulk.
Style
Style

Style

As one of the iconic athletic brands, the style has always been a strong point for Adidas. They are not known for going all out with full bright colors on their shoes but much of their appeal has to do with their classically recognizable structural patterns. And we cannot forget their emblematic three stripe logo imprinted on the sides of their shoes.

The Adizero Prime is a representation of the modern Adidas shoe with its good looks and subdued color tones. In addition, Adidas is one of the few brands that has successfully mastered the art of designing neutral colored shoes.
Durability
Durability

Durability

If you see the Continental imprint on the outsole then you can be sure that you’re getting a shoe that’s going to be around for a while. Continental outsoles incorporate some of the highest quality rubber materials that are used on high-performance tires. This rubber material is resilient enough to withstand not just wet and dry surfaces but also wide temperature fluctuations. In addition, the Adizero Prime incorporates AdiWear technology which is a specialized form of rubber that is specifically intended to provide protection against abrasions. Adiwear material is also water resistant.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Competitive shoes do not generally offer much in terms of protection, offering only the bare essentials. The Adizero Prime is no exception to the rule either. But if we have to choose the most protective feature on this shoe then it would be the midsole unit for the reason that this is the part on the shoe that keeps your knees and joints padded and cushioned. You will not be doing much running if you are not protecting your joints and knees in one way or another. Another form of protection would be the fabric material on the upper in the way that it provides a structured fit as support as well as the heel counter plate which helps to minimize any unnatural swaying movements.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Responsiveness is the energy generated from the bounce after your shoe makes contact with the ground. Adidas Boost technology is known for generating more energy than a standard midsole platform. Cushioning and responsiveness are usually opposing forces and very rarely can shoe manufacturers incorporate both elements together. When they do, it’s a very big deal because it involves a complex engineering process. This innovation also translates into a higher price tag for the consumer. However, it’s always much appreciated by the consumer and the Adidas Adizero Prime is an example of this winning combination.
Support
Support

Support

Shoes in the competitive category, like this one, will usually offer less support than more traditional types. Nevertheless, there are certain features on the Adizero Prime that help to prop up your foot and maintain its balance. The Boost midsole cushion is not particularly elevated and offers a mild amount of support. However, your foot receives reinforcement from the sides and from the top through the Prime Knit upper that shelters your foot safely and securely. Special attention is drawn to the back where a heel counter plate shields the rear of the foot in order for it to maintain proper alignment.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Adizero Prime is master of the road. The shoe’s Continental outsole provides more than enough durability and traction so that the shoe can perform continuously over many miles. It can perform effectively over both dry and wet surfaces, as well as over high temperatures. In addition, the outsole is strong enough to be able to handle other terrains like light trail or gravel paths. Continental outsoles are outfitted with a special mix of high-quality carbon rubber materials that are very resilient. On top of that, Adidas outfits some of its shoes with its own AdiWear rubber technology.
Price
Price

Price

The Adizero Prime doesn’t come cheap. It’s priced well above the $100 mark and ranges close to the mid $100 range. But every so often, a shoe has the right to claim how many dollar signs are attached to it based on how much value it can offer the consumer. It’s safe to say that the Adizero Prime can claim it’s worth every cent for many of the reasons that we have already discussed. Sure, you may spend more than what you’re used to, but at the same time, you’re getting a lot more shoe for the price.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Traction is defined as the adhesive friction of an object over a surface. The best example of this is a car’s tire maintaining ground over the road. If the car loses traction then it veers off the path and can spin out of control. Therefore, traction is the force that maintains control and prevents this type of scenario from occurring.

The same concept applies to a running shoe. The more grip and traction a shoe’s outsole contains, the better handling of the road it will have. The Adizero Prime with its Continental outsole delivers better than average traction which makes it suitable to handle a variety of road conditions, from wet and slippery to hot and dry.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

In any type of competitive or racing shoes, flexibility is always going to be an important factor. You require a much greater level of movement in order to speed ahead. The shoe’s Prime Knit technology results in a shoe that’s highly expandable. It not only provides a comfortable snug fit around your foot but it adapts naturally to your foot’s gait cycle. In sum, what you obtain is a shoe that gives you plenty of freedom of movement and doesn’t restrict your speed by any factor.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Adizero Prime has neutral arch support with the heel being slightly higher than the rest of the shoe. The heel has more volume which makes a difference in the shoe’s drop offset. The midsole is not very thick and it’s closer to the ground than on other shoes that utilize thicker cushioning units. However, it’s quite remarkable at how Adidas is able to pack just enough cushioning and support into what looks like a fairly thin midsole.
Drop
Drop

Drop

Heel height measures 27mm and forefoot height measures 18mm. The resulting drop offset is 9mm. As previously mentioned, the heel area has more volume than the rest of the shoe. The shoe’s drop measurement probably constitutes the shoe’s greatest weakness, which there aren’t many to speak of. The midsole gradually thins out as it moves toward the front of the shoe. If the midsole were to be constructed with equal dimensions then the drop would be reduced and help runners land on their midfoot. While a 9 mm drop offset may not be overly done, it’s still enough to cause heel striking.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• Boost Midsole technology
• Continental outsole
• Flexible Prime Knit Upper
• Combination of cushioning and energetic return
• AdiWear rubber for added durability
• Lightweight construction
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Despite its expensive price tag, the Adizero Prime could be worth it for the runner that appreciates comfort and quality, and it’s safe to say that that would be most of us. Adidas nails every category just right in this shoe: comfort, cushioning, energy return, and flexibility. In addition, it also has the luxury of being a highly durable shoe with its tough outsole construction. The shoe’s traction provides excellent grip over different surfaces, including wet roads and high temperatures. The fit is natural, secure, and feels smooth and comfortable against the skin.

If we have to pick on anything then that would be the shoe’s drop measurement. At 9mm it’s higher than we’d like it to be for a competition shoe. While it’s great that the midsole unit can provide many benefits, it would be preferable if the midsole platform were to be leveled out so that runners can enjoy the benefit of better landings to compliment the rest of the great things the shoe has to offer.