Over the last 17 years, Adidas’ Tour360 shoe has become one of the most recognisable pieces of golf gear on the market, and for good reason.
From Dustin Johnson winning The Masters at Augusta National to a beginner teeing it up in their first Saturday competition, Tour360s are worn by golfers worldwide as they provide iconic Adidas styling – including the all-important three stripes – with the comfort and performance needed out on the course.
The latest update to the shoe for 2022 sees Adidas focus on two main areas for improvement: fit and traction.
The new Tour360 now sits on a Feet You Wear last which was first introduced in Adidas shoes back in 1996. The design is said to mimic the natural shape of the foot, helping to create a better connection with the ground and allow for the natural movements of the foot whilst walking or swinging.
It’s said to be just one of the aspects of the new Tour360 Fit that is being introduced in the new shoe, which also includes:
This combines the comfort of full-length Boost cushioning with an EVA stability frame. This frame is a horseshoe-shaped piece which surrounds the Boost with EVA chassis, placed on the perimeter of the forefoot to give golfers lightweight stability and comfort.
Adidas say that it’s the most technical and advanced midsole that they have ever offered, with benefits that you can feel as soon as you start using them on the course.
GeoFit Collar Pad
Designed to improve the fit and feel on the top of the foot, the Collar Pad fits to the golfer’s individual foot shape to provide a more personalised and comfortable fit.
3D Torsion System
A mold plate targets more stability in the midfoot, providing more connection with the ground and stabilising footwork during the swing.
Working with the Feet You Wear last, this sockliner cradles the contours of the foot, especially in the heel, to provide more cushioning and support.
The Tour360 also features Adidas’ latest version of Spikemore cleats, which are now directly injected on to the TPU base and are larger than previous generations. This is said to provide more precise locations on the sole to adjust density and the shape and size of the cleat depending on where it is placed.
Adidas Tour360 22 Golf Shoes Review
One of the things that I have liked most about Tour360 shoes over the years was their simplistic design and colour schemes.
The white shoes were predominantly white, often with black or red accents. The black shoes were either all black or black and white. They looked smart and were easy to pair up with whatever clothes you were wearing.
If you wanted something that was a bit more of a statement in terms of colour, there were plenty of other models in Adidas’ lineup for that.
The new Tour360 seem to be trying to combine classic styling with a few new touches, which is a good thing, but to me it just looked a bit busy in the colourway that I tested.
Having said that, there is also a much plainer White & Silver Metallic shoe available which would be a great option for the summer months, as well as a simple Black shoe with white midsole, and these pairs both looked fantastic.
Of course you still get the famous three stripes on the side of the shoe – no Adidas shoe is truly complete without this – and the Boost technology is clearly visible.
It’s good to see that this has stood the test of time after so many years. It’s comfortable, it works, and Adidas have kept it because they know that.
The new last produces quite a wide footprint when you look down on the shoes, so much so that you can see the pads on the sole of the shoe protruding out a little. This inspires plenty of confidence in the stability, but does add a bit of extra bulk.
The shoelaces actually loop through the stripes which is then used to tighten the shoe and achieved that desired locked-in feel, and this seemed to work well in making sure that your feet feel secure.
I liked the fact that the stripes continued all the way down onto the sole of shoe on the instep in true Adidas fashion, whilst the addition of extra Boost cushioning particularly around the heel area immediately gives you the impression that these shoes will provide serious comfort.
The Tour360 looks to be a substantial, sturdy and comfortable golf shoe and on the golf course, that’s exactly what it delivers.
If you want to feel confident over your footing and you’re looking to keep your feet warm, dry and well cushioned during your 18 holes then these are as good as you’re going to get.
I tested the Tour360s on a freezing cold morning where the ground was initially frosty and slippery, before thawing out and becoming damp and soft, and the performance was exceptional throughout.
Tightening the laces using the stripes of the shoe and the new collar pad and sockliner combine to produce a fantastic locked in feel which provides serious stability.
As you’d imagine, the larger spikes do a great job of interacting with the ground to give you the grip that you need during the swing, whilst also allowing you the freedom to use ground forces to generate speed and power.
With a price tag of £160 these shoes certainly aren’t cheap, but you can clearly see that there is an excellent build quality throughout the shoe from the premium leather upper, to the very comfortable tongue and even the smaller touches such as the Tour360 detailing on the sole.
Having said that, there were a couple of small gripes I experienced during my testing.
Wide footprint just felt a tiny bit cumbersome and although the shoes weren’t really heavy, they did feel quite large on my feet.
You’re going to see the likes of Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele using these shoes all-year round on PGA Tour, presumably with a spikeless model too, but I think I’d go for something a little more trainer-like in the summer months as I feel it would be easier and more breathable.
Adidas Tour360 22 Golf Shoes Verdict
When you’ve got a shoe as popular as the Tour360 it can presumably be hard to come up with something new every year to keep improving it.
As you may imagine then, the new Tour360s are probably unlikely to blow you away with their comfort or looks but they do seem to do everything well and I was really impressed with just how plush they felt under your feet, whilst keeping me very stable in some pretty testing conditions.
They aren’t perhaps as sleek or lightweight as the likes of Primeblue ZX or ZG21 in the summer months, but for 95% of your rounds this year they should be a go-to. Adidas… you’ve done it again.
Would I Wear Them?
As I mentioned earlier, the blue and pink colourway wouldn’t be my first choice but there are other colourways available which look great. In terms of performance, they are a very good all-round spiked shoe which I would be happy to use pretty much every time I tee it up.
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