Product Review of the Adidas AdiZERO Tempo Shoe

If you are a regular follower of my blog then you know I just bought a pair of Adidas AdiZERO Tempo Shoes.  If you are new, then you can go to my blog post here to read how these are going to get me to Boston.
So today I was finally able to run in these wonderful looking shoes.  Since the shoes became available to me my training has involved time trials for swimming and cycling plus one rest day.  Needless to say I have been itching to put these bad boys to the test and see how they would perform.  Were they as light as they felt?  Would my foot feel stable in them?  I was told they are extremely comparable to my Asics DS and I know how light and stable those are so I was excited to have another shoe that was just so much better looking.
The adidas site provides product information and details which are below:
Product Information
Presenting the ultimate lightweight stability running shoe. The adidas adiZERO™ Tempo is the lightest running shoe in its class, with ground-adapting FORMOTION™ and TORSION® SYSTEM for response. Pure and simple in appearance and function, it gives you everything you need, with nothing you don't. Details Weight: 9.5 oz. (size 9) FORMOTION™ adapts to the ground to ensure the smoothest, most comfortable run possible Air mesh upper for maximum ventilation; Non-slip lining for comfort and performance; adiPRENE®+ in the forefoot maintains propulsion and efficiency TORSION® SYSTEM for midfoot integrity; Pro-moderator medial support device prevents overpronation adiPRENE® under the heel for superior cushioning at impact Blown rubber outsole for lightweight grip and cushion Imported Today's training called for a one hour and fifteen minute run at a pace of 7:46/mile so I knew this would be a great test for the shoe. I put them on for the first time with the idea of running.  When we got out to our local running area I immediately understood what the description of 'air mesh upper for maximum ventilation' meant because my feet were frozen.  It was about 35 degrees at the lake and I was cold.  So in terms of description this was spot on.  It took me about 3 miles before I didn't feel like I was running with cement blocks for toes, but this is not a con one bit.  In a warmer setting there is no doubt in my mind that my feet would not heat up because of the ventilation. In regards to the shoe being lightweight I can say that I barely noticed the shoe.  As a matter of fact the ICE club that I was running with actually felt like I was running without shoes.  It felt so great to be able to cruise through this route without wondering if the shoe was going to be too heavy to maintain that 7:46/mile pace. Just because I didn't feel the shoes on my feet in terms of its weight does not mean that they didn't support my foot.  This shoe felt just as stable as the Asics DS which weighs about 0.7 oz more than the AdiZERO.  The difference in weight was noticeable but not the stability.  Each foot strike was met with a response that almost felt like I was springing forward. The shoe is extremely stylish if you like to introduce yourself at a party with a 'YO.....THE PARTY JUST SHOWED UP' which is my personality.  As a matter of fact during my run a woman on a bike said 'i love your red shoes' as she passed me.  So if you want to be fast and stylish then get these. The Adidas adiZERO is perfect for me and makes me regret not purchasing two from RunOn! so that I could have a training pair and a racing pair. And I just found out that they actually make a pair of shoes called the adiZERO I guess I now have two regrets.....except the Boston's don't come in Ruby Red and I like to be the life of the party. So did I hit my training goal you might be wondering.  After all these shoes were everything they were supposed to be but how about performance.  The 1 hour and 15 minute run was done at a pace of 7:42/mile which is 4 seconds per mile faster....yes they worked See you all in Boston in 2012....these shoes are going to get me there.
Disclaimer:  I was not asked or paid to review this shoe by Adidas.  If Adidas would like to send me a pair of size 9 white adiZERO Boston's for review I would be happy to do that for them.
Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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