The Adidas Adizero Adios 6 is a racing flat. I used it in my rotation for speed training sessions or short-distance races. Anything past the half marathon distance, I would suggest a carbon plated shoe.
They come from a long history of elite distance running shoes. From the Adiprene versions to what it is now, they have greatly changed. It has some of the same technologies as the top racers. It offers the same Lightstrike Pro and the Eva Lightstrike foam that is in the Adios Pro. This gives the shoe a harmonious stride that is stable yet bouncy. The stack height is 32/24, which is an increase from the previous model. It isn’t too high but just right. I
like how it makes my foot feel when in contact with the ground. It weighs in at 8.1 oz and will cost you $120. I believe the price is spot on for what you’re getting in this shoe.
A shoe that is similar to this one, would be the Adidas Adizero Boston 10. With the Boston 10, you’ll be getting a more maximalist cushioned running shoe. It will cost you $140, but that will also get you both a carbon plate and Adidas’s EnergyRods.
adidas adizero adios 6 First Impressions
Right out of the box, the Adidas Adizero Adios 6 looks very sleek. I received the all-white with gold stripes. Looking at them for the first time made a big impression on me. You can just see how much thought and effort were put into designing them. They are known for being lightweight and you can actually see through the upper material. Sizing is true to size but they tend to run a bit narrow.
When I put them on for the first time they felt snug the whole way from my heel to my forefoot. For being a lightweight trainer, the heel counter is decently built up but feels on the firmer side while the rest of the shoe gives moderate cushioning.
I didn’t run into any slipping in the heel area but it does come with an Achilles notch, so some runners may need to consider that. My first run in them was a 5k for time. Right away I could feel the grip of the rubber outsole and my ride felt stable yet responsive.
adidas adizero adios 6 Sole Unit
The midsole is made up of two different types of foam. These would be Lightstrike and Lightstrike Pro.
Lightstrike is a lightweight EVA foam midsole that gives you just the right balance of lightweight cushioning and responsiveness. Lightstrike is designed for explosive movements.
Lightstrike Pro is a lightweight mystery foam that is soft and springy, it provides better energy return compared to the Adidas Boost technology. It has been compared to Nike’s ZoomX foam. This Lightstrike Pro foam is the same foam that is in the record-breaking shoes the Adios Pro 1, Adios Pro 2, and the Adidas Prime X.
When you’re just looking at the shoe you will only think it’s the Lightstrike foam material but once you flip the shoe over, you’ll be able to see the Lightstrike Pro in the outsole.
The Lightstrike foam in the heel feels very boring but once you move up to the midfoot where the Lightstrike Pro is placed, you’ll be treated to a more responsive/peppy feel. At faster speeds, you’ll be able to fully experience what this foam has to offer.
The outsole is Continental Rubber. The rubber is strategically placed on higher impact areas to allow you to have reliable traction. I have tested this shoe out of various types of surfaces such as pavement, asphalt, and a track. I had no issues with them slipping whatsoever. I would not recommend taking these shoe off-roading.
adidas adizero adios 6 Upper Unit
The upper is thin and built for performance. But before we dive deeper into the construction of the upper, I wanted to share some earth-friendly facts I came across when doing some research.
Adidas is all about sustainability materials. Based on a life cycle approach, they take several factors into account when they evaluate the sustainability of materials, such as land use, elimination of hazardous substances, animal welfare, energy consumption, and water consumption. Just a little side note for those who are eco-friendly.
The Adios 6 is made with Primegreen, which is high performance recycled material. The makes up about 50% of the upper material. Adidas has done a fantastic job of creating an upper that fits like a glove and allows for ample airflow.
The material is a see-through mesh that covers the toe box with suede overlays. These give the shoes a premium look. They have a gusseted tongue that gives the shoe an overall locked-down feel but the padding is minimal.
Sometimes when I would lace up I would notice some rubbing on the top of my foot. I would like to see just a trivial amount of more padding on the next iteration.
adidas adizero adios 6 Conclusion
I can’t say that I loved these shoes at first if I’m being honest. I have a few pairs of shoes, and when I’m deciding on what shoes to wear for my runs, they are not my first pick. But, once I warmed up to them I started to appreciate all that they had to offer. They ride pretty firmly at first but the more you wear them the more they come alive.
Going from high stacks height and carbon plates shoes, I wasn’t sure how much I was going to enjoy running in these but I let the shoes do the talking. I ended up thoroughly recognizing the years of experience Adidas has put into this particular line.
I have done close to 100 miles in them and have not seen much wear and tear. I would definitely recommend the Adidas Adizero Adios 6 to the runner who wants a fast and fun ride.For those not used to a firmer ride, the Adios 6 is an excellent tempo/interval shoe.
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We purchased this pair of adidas adizero adios 6 at Running Warehouse with our own money.