This update to the Falcon Elite is the fifth edition of the Adidas model. The Adidas Falcon Elite 5 has gotten quite a few updates and still remains a solid neutral trainer. The shoe's look is sleeker than before. The upper has been revamped quite a bit enhancing the shoe's look and feel. The midsole now includes SUPERCLOUD material for an even more comfortable ride. The Falcon Elite 5 sounds like a fast shoe, but it's more of a long distance trainer. For runners who don't have issues with overpronation, the Falcon Elite 5 is a good choice for everyday training and can even be worn casually. The shoe has ample cushioning for impact protection and is well-priced for such a versatile option. The Falcon Elite's stylish look alone has encouraged many to purchase the shoe for casual use alone.
The well-padded ride was lauded by many reviewers. The majority of runners who tried the shoe felt that the cushioning was very plush. The full-length cushion offers ample shock protection and reviewers were very happy with the shoe's highly cushioned midsole. Many described the padding as "pillow-like". Runners who prefer more rigid cushioning may want to steer away from the Falcon Elite 5.
The stretchy upper makes the shoe fit comfortably but snugly. Inside the shoe, you'll find an OrthoLite sock liner which provides extra padding and helps to wick away moisture creating a dryer environment when runners are faced with rainy conditions. Most reviewers were pleased with the new fused tongue and heel tab. They felt that putting on the shoe was much easier. For those with wider feet, the task was a bit more arduous, though.
Unfortunately, quite a few runners found that although the midsole provided great impact protection, the toe box was much too narrow. This too-snug fit made the shoe feel uncomfortable, especially towards the end of a run when the foot has swollen in a size a bit. Going up a half size may be necessary for runners who prefer more wiggle room in the forefoot.
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Runners who are worried about the sport's effect on their joints should rest assured when running in the Falcon Elite 5. The cushioning is not only comfortable, it also delivers supportive padding underfoot.
Just because the Falcon Elite 5 isn't meant for trails, doesn't mean you can't hit a hard packed urban trail once in a while. Just use caution. The shoes perform well on pavement and will handle miles of pounding the road without a problem. The rubber waffle patterned outsole helps to distribute the impact of each footfall so hard pavement shouldn't be a problem when running in the Falcon Elite 5.
A huge issue that quite a few reviewers noticed when wearing the Falcon Elite 5 was its poor performance in wet weather. The shoe does a bad job of gripping wet surfaces and runners felt unstable when running on rainy days. The water even seemed to degrade the shoe's material. This is definitely a major downside of the Adidas Falcon Elite 5.
- SUPERCLOUD midsole cushioning
- Fused tongue helps create a sock like fit
- Mesh overlays
- Mesh upper
- Waffle patterned outsole helps distributeweight and lessens impact forces
- Ortholite sockliner
Shaving off a little more weight might be worthwhile and a wider toe-box would likely be well-received by even the most loyal Falcon Elite fans. The aesthetic alone of the shoe has made it a hit among runners and non-runners alike. Paired with a fairly low price tag, the Elite 5 is the perfect option for runners who want supportive cushioning and style in one package.