AdiPower Weightlifting Shoe
Adidas have launched the new AdiPower Weightlifting shoe to replace the former AdiStar Weightlifting shoe. They have already started phasing out other AdiStar models and replacing them with the AdiPower line, such as the new AdiPower Predator Soccer Cleat (which features Adidas’s new Sharp Blue and Slime color combo that can be seen on the PowerLift Trainermodels). The original AdiStar Weightlifting shoe was launched in early 2008 in preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games. It appears that the launch of the new AdiPower line is again going to coincide with the Olympics this Summer. The AdiPower appears to be a complete departure from the previous design and is totally unrecognisable to the AdiStar.
The notable differences are the lightweight, almost foam-like material that the upper part of the shoes appears to be made of. This should allow for amazing flexibility in the forefoot, but I’m unsure how the lateral stability will be affected. Something else Adidas has done, and I personally think it is a good idea, they’ve made the interior of the tongue tacky so that it better grips your foot and holds you into the shoe.
One of the biggest noticeable differences is the departure from the traditional wood heel. The AdiPower has opted to go the polymer heel route using what appears to be TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) in the new “Torsion System” heel. This now makes the AdiPower very similar to the Nike Romaleos, but the one big question is whether or not the heel height of the AdiPower model will be proportional to the shoe size as we see in the Nike Romaleos.
Adidas has gone through a lot of effort to make this shoe more breathable, something any true weightlifter who spends hours a day in their shoes can appreciate. If you look inside the shoe you will notice several large holes in the heel. I’m wondering if they have included some type of air circulating system through the heel/sole. You will also find large holes in the toe area, back of the heel and along the side of the shoe. This coupled with the lightweight material that the entire shoe appears to be made of should keep your feet dry as well as make the shoe lighter.
The shoes can now be purchased on Rogue Fitness for $199.
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