The adidas adiZero range has been a staple for runners since it launched in the 80s. In addition to helping runners push their personal bests, the range has also achieved a few world records in marathons in the past couple of years. In 2023, two of its top performers are back with fresh upgrades to push you further beyond those previous PBs. The all-new adidas adiZero Boston 12 and adiZero Adios 8 have been released as part of the refresh.
The adiZero is a multi-award winning range and has brought performance gains for athletes for decades. The adiZero Boston originally launched in 1982 with the Adios having launched in 2008. The Adios redefined running when it was first released, with Haile Gebrselassie breaking his own Marathon World Record in the adiZero Adios 1 in 2008.
A key aspect of the range’s drive to greatness and push the boundaries of innovation has been its vigorous and expansive testing. For example, the adiZero Boston 12 was tested across 19 separate sessions to help improve the performance gains over the Boston 11. This testing included pro athletes in Kenya, which included Peres Jepchirchir, Abel Kipchumba and Angela Tanui. The insights provided during this testing were leveraged throughout the development process to ensure the best outcomes to meet adidas’ ambitious running community.
This has helped the brand create that race feeling for faster training runs with its high-performance technology.
Race Training with the adidas adiZero Boston 12
Having been around for many decades, the adidas AdiZero Boston 12 is all about reaching your best levels in training. The running shoe features a super lightweight build, providing fast and cushioning daily running. The latest iteration of the shoe features a host of tweaks and technological updates for performance improvements.
The first of these is the engineered mesh. adidas has been improving its mesh upper year on year and continues to do so with the Boston 12. While it keeps the weight down, it also provides targeted support in key zones to give you the midfoot lockdown for secure running and forefoot flexibility.
Since the first inclusion of the Energy Rods, adidas has increased the performance of its plated running shoes. The Energy Rods 2.0 offers midsole stiffness with its glass-fibre-infused system, which has been designed for the transition of energy from heel to toe.
Cushioning is provided by means of the improved midsole, including the Lightstrike Pro and LightStrike 2.0 construction. With the combination of this layered midsole construction, the Boston 12 offers plenty of cushioning underfoot with a dynamic ride. The Continental rubber on the outsole gives it a superior grip at toe-off in the most demanding conditions.
Each of the elements are made in part with recycled materials. At least 50% recycled materials are used in the construction of the upper, with the brand’s continuous push to solutions to End Plastic Waste.
Lead the Race with the adidas adiZero Adios 8
While the adiZero Boston 12 may provide the best results for your training before a race, the adidas adiZero Adios 8 is purpose-built for race day.
The elements used within the Adios 8 are similar to that of the Boston 12 trainer, including the mesh upper, Lightstrike Pro, Lightstrike 2.0 and Continental rubber materials. Each of these provides improved performances where needed for the runner on the day of the race. A small change on the upper includes a micro-fit pattern to lock in your foot during high-speed races.
One of the biggest differences between the two shoes is the Energystrom Rod 2.0. This is a more premium system to the Energy Rods 2.0, providing improved overall performance thanks to the new third rod, which runs from the midfoot to the forefoot. This gives it an even better toe-off in every stride.
Reach your peak performance in training and race day with the adidas adiZero Boston 12 and adiZero Adios 8 running shoes.
Both running shoes are available online at adidas.co.za, as well as in select stores across the country.