Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Shoe review: 50 km with the Adipure 360

The title is misleading. I haven’t run the entire distance recently— although the last time I did was on the mountainous trails of Dahilayan. Rather, it took me a little over 2 weeks of a decent run on the Adidas Adipure 360.

A nasty fall, some cuts, abrasions, one big laceration and 50 kilometers later, the Adipure now stands as my to-go shoe in long distance running.

The Adipure 360 is traditionally marketed by the three stripes as an all-around gym shoe. But its minimalism and flexibility make it a very adequate running shoe. 

Merrell True Gloves, VFF Bikila, Adipure 360
The Adipure is a lightweight training shoe (comparable to the Nike Frees) with its breathable upper mesh and neon green non-marking out sole made up of synthetic textile. The shoe tongue is attached to the sides much like the Free. 

175 gm, 200 gm and 220 gm, respectively.
Its toebox is wide enough to allow toes to splay while the arches provide just the right amount of support for medium pillars as mine. With regards to cushioning, there is enough ground feel  and sensory feedback on trail rocks and pebbles—quite tricky with the Bikilas or True Gloves.
Keeping the doctor away at 175 gm.
The 10 mm measured heel-to-toe drop is not as revolutionary as the zero drops of more minimalist shoes but it is versatile enough to be worn casual with faded jeans while strolling around the Opera House.

Rating: 4 out of 5
Good: Lightweight, flexible, minimal cushion, casual design, attached shoe tongue, 10 mm heel-to-toe drop, wide enough toebox.

Needs improvement: Too much cushion around the Achilles area.

Overall: This is a decent all-around training shoe.

I’d definitely recommend this for runs over 10k. For those who aren’t ready yet for a more minimal shoe, this is for you.

See you on the road!