In a month where we've seen the news of both the Brooks Hyperion Elite and the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next%, adidas has entered the carbon plate race with the latest on the launch of its speed shoe, the adizero Pro.
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The shoe combines a number of new features designed to make it one of the fastest race shoes out today. The most notable of those being the inclusion of a Carbitex carbon plate that aims to add "flexibility at touchdown and a snappy toe-off for maximum propulsion and an economically guided stride".
The other headline feature of the adizero Pro is the running shoe introduction of adidas' Lightstrike foam in the midsole, a TPU foam that was first used in the NXTLVL Basketball shoe in 2018 that's designed for energy return and stability.
The upper is also built with Celermesh, said to be adidas' thinnest ever mesh that locks down the foot due to an internal support structure.
Finally, the heel will include the welcome addition of Boost foam, perhaps adidas' most prolific technical feature to date that has been the core of many of its most successful releases over the past few years. That foam will also incorporate Continental rubber on the outsole for a high level of grip.
The news of the shoe has been long anticipated by adidas fans following the domination of race wins over the past few years from Nike's Vaporfly shoes.
A prototype of the adizero Pro was used at the New York Marathon by Mary Keitany in 2019. A trend we can expect to see more of across the 2020 race calendar.
The adidas adizero Pro will be available in some markets from 1 April and worldwide from 15 May 2020. It will be priced at ¬£180.