Equipment: Adidas AdiZero Shoes
Specs: White/Yellow, Size 10.5
Tested: On course
Reviewer: Mart Hopley and Jamie Kennedy
The Adidas AdiZero is one of the several products in 2013 that you may hear about before you get a chance to try them. The TaylorMade Adidas marketing team have worked hard on getting the word out that they have a new lightweight shoe that will help improve you game, like it does for Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Brandt Snekeder (read here how the AdiZero made Snedeker into a world beater).
But can a lightweight shoe really improve your game? We took them out to find out.
The Adidas AdiZero is without question one of the lightest golf shoes in the market. Adidas have brought all their experience from the world of football to golf. From the first time we saw it on the feet of Dustin Johnson and other TM players, our first thought was it even looks like a football boot. That is a not bad thing as the styling gives it some very elegant lines. The white and yellow version is a bit marmite, but the all black and all white versions look much more classy than some of the recent tour shoes, especially the black ones.
Unsurprisingly, the weight of the shoe is the first thing you notice.
At 310 grams is it 40% lighter than the Tour 360 ATV and this has to be felt to be believed. Having worn them for several rounds you hardly feel you are wearing anything on your feet. What seemed like a marketing ploy by Adidas, may actually have legs. After each round in the AdiZeros, our feet felt less tired, less constrained and more comfortable than almost any shoe we've tested.
The Sprint Frame outsole is exceptionally thin but despite this the comfort is excellent. The raised spike ports did make us wonder if they would still be comfortable on firmer ground, but having played with them on a links course, we were very impressed at how the sole moulded to ground. The spikes seemed to offer a lot of cushioning and on a parkland course these will feel like slippers.
In fact, the spikes are so sharp and low to the ground, that they have a tendancy to pick up leaves throughout the round. Perhaps Adidas should offer them to park cleaners, to pick up litter with them?
The upper is a Sprint Skin microfibre leather than is one piece and is very soft. We have only used them for a few rounds, but it looks like the will be easy to maintain longer term as cleaning them was easy. Often with new shoes, they look great out the box and on the first tee, then they crease and wrinkle and loss that immediate appeal. The AdiZero have a very smooth surface that is thin, flexible and glossy making them very easy to clean and keep looking new.
A lot lightweight shoes we've tried can suffer from a lack of stability, but the Adidas AdiZero has a very rigid frame that resists foot twisting and the upper is resilient enough to support your foot throughout the swing. At no point, did we feel unbalanced, or feel any unnecessary sway in the shoes.
Adidas say that the AdiZero is wider in the mid section than any of their other golf shoes and we found that the fit was noteably comfortable and impressive. With a wide foot, it can often be uncomfortable squeezing into a new pair of shoes or wearing them out the box. That was not an issue with AdiZero, we were astounded by the snug, yet comfortable fit and flexibility throughtout the round.
On a general point we had to go down half a size on our usual Adidas shoe size with the Adizero so try before you buy.
There will no doubt be more lightweight shoes coming out, but the Adizero has set the bar very high in terms of weight and performance combined with stability and we would happily recommend it.
5/5 - Exceptionally comfortable, very lightweight and surprisingly stable.