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The Adios 5 felt like stepping into a Ferrari. Very narrow fit - i have avoided previous generations of the Adios for the same reason. Interesting combination of lightstrike and boost in the cushion. Only tried for a few runs before I realised it's not the shoe for me - one for more accomplished milers. The feel in the forefoot of these is incredible for sure. Lightstrike gives that mixture of impact protection, feedback and light weight that is an incredible combo for people who strike on their forefoot. Would have been nice to see full length lightstrike implemented but maybe there are still concerns about the longevity of lightstrike for road shoes with thinner midsoles?So, when you tried them, what was the difference between the Adios and the SL?
Regarding the SL20 the fit was again a little narrow for me. The lightstrike implementation in these is firmer than it is in the basketball shoes I use (and have used) which is interesting because they are obviously able to play around with the density of the foam material itself rather than relying on a midsole carrier to make the material softer or firmer. Even though the platform is slightly too narrow for my foot, the upper is incredible and arguably the best "wrapping" I have felt in a running shoe. Adidas now makes the best uppers in tennis, basketball and running shoes imo. The lightstrike material felt incredible in these, too. My only knock is that when you are really pushing for tempo it is too squishy. You lose some energy return, which is not what you want in an all around runner imo.
In running shoes, I still prefer the Zoom X / carbon fibre system that Nike uses. Nike has found a sweet spot of combined impact protection and "springiness" but for me it's also partially a fit issue.
There's definitely still room for lightstrike to improve as a cushion in runners. But for court shoes, it's already the best imo.
The only question is long-term longevity. Not something I'm worried about because I go through shoes too quickly, but a legitimate concern for Adidas generally particularly in distance running shoes.
It's going to be fascinating when they start implementing it on tennis shoes.