adidas adizero SL First Look
The adidas SL (Super Light) name is back, and this time it has taken its place within the adizero speed range. Join us as we look at where it fits into the range, and what makes it stand out from the crowd.
A brand-new offering, the adidas SL is a lightweight, fast, and cushioned training shoe, designed for the days leading up to race day.
Foot type: Neutral
Men’s weight: 241g
Women’s weight: 211g
Stack height: 33 – 24.5mm
Heel drop: 8.5mm
Best for: Training runs
The SL range was made famous with the SL78 which has become a classic fashion silhouette. Moving up to modern day running shoes and adidas already have the SL20, a fast-training shoe, but not fast enough to be considered part of the range.
The range is adidas’s fastest shoe range, which incorporates their super max stack Prime Strung X, and the shoe loved by elite marathon athletes, the adios Pro. It also includes shoes that bridge the gap between fast paced training shoe, and race day shoe, shoes like the Boston and the adios.
The SL is designed as a training shoe, not a race day shoe, but it still holds the name , which is a mighty weight to carry.
So, what lifts this training shoe above the others in terms of speed, and makes it worthy of the moniker ? The main reason would be what adidas are describing as a “pop” of Pro in the forefoot.
Most of the midsole is constructed from “standard” L. A super lightweight, and responsive EVA foam, it is used throughout adidas’s lightweight shoe range (as opposed to the heavier, but plush feeling Boost midsole found in daily runners, and long-distance mile munchers like the and the Solar range).
An insert of Pro, the foam used in their very fastest race day shoes, sits right underneath the forefoot, providing extra cushioning, and energy return, reducing fatigue, and making the most of every single stride.
adidas are very good with using recycled materials, especially in their uppers, and this continues in the SL, with an engineered mesh that is designed for comfort, as well as lightness. It might just be me but does the upper look like a throwback to the 90s? With what looks like targeted, punched holes for breathability, rather than the looser weave knit fabrics we have become used to, and honestly, I am enjoying the look, even if it does show my age.
Importantly, in the outsole adidas are continuing their partnership with Continental™ rubber to offer traction that not only works in the wet and dry, but is also durable, withstanding the rigours of all those miles leading up to race day.
With deeper cushioning than the adios 7, and no torsion rods, the SL offers a plate free, but still reliably fast training companion that makes the step up to your race day shoes feel natural.
Durable enough to use every day, but with the speed that comes through lightness, and the propulsive Pro forefoot “pop”, the SL is set to adorn the feet of aspiring racers of all qualities.
Frequently asked questions
Can you run in the adidas SL?
The adidas SL is a lightweight, fast training shoe designed for running.
What other shoes are the adidas SL?
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