Adidas Company History and Background
Adidas is a world-renowned athletic gear company based out of Germany that has maintained worldwide popularity for over 60 years. The company was founded in 1948 and grew from manufacturing shoes and athletic gear to an entire apparel line including backpacks, watches, eyewear, athletic equipment and much more. The brand is easily recognized by its classic logo featuring three parallel lines. While basic, it’s one of the most recognized symbols worldwide. One of the main reasons behind Adidas’ continued popularity and loyal customer base is its focus on customer satisfaction and quality. Quality infuses the entire Adidas product line. They regularly improve previous models and remain devoted to sports and fitness. Adidas employs innovative technology and superior design to meet the needs of their loyal athletes.
Adidas CrossFit Shoes
With Adidas’ constant focus on improving and expanding its product offerings, it’s amazing they haven’t targeted the CrossFit masses directly. But, that’s not to say they don’t have some options worth considering. Adidas stands out from the pack with several pairs of worthy weightlifting shoes. They also have a cross-trainer that’s worth your attention. With a CrossFit workout, you need a versatile shoe (unless you’re dealing with the rare, Olympic or Powerlifting focused WOD). It’s not uncommon for one WOD to include powerlifting, olympic lifting, track and field, and gymnastics – that’s actually the foundational idea behind CrossFit. To give you an idea of your Adidas options I’ve highlighted three options for your consideration: 1) The Adidas adiPower Weightlifting shoe, 2) the Adidas Power Lift Trainer and, 3) the Adidas Adipure Trainer 360.
Adidas adiPower Weightlifting Shoe
The Adidas adiPower Weightlifting Shoe is one of the highest rated and and most expensive shoes Adidas makes. It’s their premium weightlifting option. This shoe is going to excel in the Olympic lifts and is light enough to use for your indoor WODs. But, you’re not going to want to use this shoe for running. The Adidas adiPower Weightlifting Shoe features a PU coated leather upper for durability with integrated mesh for supreme breathability. It also has a thick strap that goes across the top of the laces to keep the shoe secure and your heel locked in. Reviewers really appreciate the shoe’s integrated heel support. Stability is this shoe’s forte. One of the drawbacks of this shoe is its $200 price tag. That’s not the most expensive Olympic lifting shoe out there but it does place it toward the top of the pack. If you’re serious about about maxing out your olympic lifts this shoe is worth your consideration. But, if you’re looking for an all-around, cross training shoes, you’ll want to consider other options.
Adidas Power Perfect 2.0
The Power Perfect 2.0 fits between the the adiPower above and the Power Lift Trainer below. It retails at $150 and is a quality shoe. This is a shoe that will excel at olympic lifting and power lifting (except for maybe deadlifts and low bar squats). Reviews are glowing and highlight strengths such as quality, stability, comfort, lighter and more flexible than the adiPower, solid, good control, etc. While likely not ideal, you could technically use this for a full CrossFit WOD as long as you don’t need to do any running.
***Update – Adidas appears to have discontinued this model.***
Adidas Power Lift 2.0
Adidas Power Lift Trainer
The Adidas Power Lift Trainer is a shoe designed for, you guessed it…power lifting. But, it is a much more basic model when compared to the Adidas adiPower Weightlifting Shoe. Honestly, this is really their entry-level model. That’s not to say it isn’t good. The shoe features a mesh and synthetic upper for lightweight breathability and comfort. It also has a strap across the top of the laces for a customized fit that keeps the foot in place. At $90 this is a great shoe to consider if you don’t want to drop $60 more for the Power Perfect 2.0. It will be vastly better than your running shoes for weightlifting and you’ll be able to complete most workouts that are running free. Again, owners of this shoe really appreciate the fit and stability. Comments overall are positive but one review mentioned the strap could stand to be a little lower on the foot. Another mentioned that, under heavier loads, they noticed some compression.
Adidas Adipure Trainer 360
The Adidas Adipure Trainer 360 is a cross trainer. So, needless to say, it’s going to be a really versatile option. It’s not specifically designed for CrossFit so the heel isn’t going to be as firm as you’d want for weightlifting – but it could serve you well on WODs that running, box-jump, air-squat, burpee, double jump centric. It is a more basic shoe and one that is value priced between $60-85. The Adidas Adipure Trainer 360 has a very flexible midsole to support a natural motion that is commonly sought after by minimalist runners. The Adidas Adipure Trainer 360 also features mixed material seamless upper construction, and a unique odor-resistant, moisture-wicking sock liner that is ideal for a sweaty, strenuous CrossFit workout. While this shoe is a decent CrossFit option, you’re not going to see many folks in your local box wearing them. That’s kinda’ cool if your not into wearing the same gear as everyone else.
So, I didn’t go too deep on reviewing these shoes for you but the real intent was to give you an idea of where Adidas delivers for CrossFitters. My suggestion, stick with their weightlifting shoes. The company seems really committed to weightlifting shoes. That’s not to say the adiPure Trainer isn’t worth you time. But, if you want something that’s really going to carry you through some weightlifting, you might want to consider the cross trainers from Inov8 or Reebok.
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