Adidas AdiPower Review – Good Lifting Shoe for Beginners?

Adidas AdiPower

$189
Adidas AdiPower
8.26

Construction

9/10

    Security

    8/10

      Material

      8/10

        Durability

        9/10

          Price

          8/10

            Pros

            • Lighter Weight
            • Form Fitting to Foot
            • Strong TPU Heel
            • Durability PU Leather

            Cons

            • Somewhat Expensive
            • May Lack Security

            The Adidas AdiPower is one of the best known weightlifting shoes Adidas has ever created. These shoes were one of the first to utilize a full TPU heel, which spurred the popularity of this design among many weightlifting shoes.

            The Adidas AdiPowers had a few significant details that made them different from other shoes when released a few years ago. First, they utilized a PU coated rubber to increase the shoe’s durability, flexibility, and ventilation. Second, Adidas used a weightlifting-engineered chassis with a strong TPU heel for increase stability. Third, they decreased their strap count from three (AdiStars) to one, much like their PowerLift models.

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            How do the Adidas AdiPowers stack up against other hybrid models and Olympic lifting specific shoes?

            How Much Do the Adidas AdiPowers Weigh?

            The Adidas AdiPowers weigh around 16.2 oz, which makes them slightly heavier than the Nike Romaleos 3s, but lighter than the Reebok Legacy Lifters.

            Image courtesy of Adidas.com. 

            I’m personally a fan of this shoe’s weight. I find that shoe’s that weigh around 15-16 ounces are best for multiple types of lifting. They’re not too heavy like the Reebok Legacy Lifters, so if you have slow foot turnover, then they don’t tend to hold you back. Also, they’re slightly heavier than the Nike Romaleos 3s, which is great for athletes in need of a shoe to help plant their foot, while being mobile

            When it comes to hybrid lifting (CrossFit® style workouts), I wouldn’t recommend this shoe. I think their design is much more oriented towards Olympic lifting, but you can use them in a functional setting. I personally like a flatter heel for CrossFit style workouts, so I think the AdiPower design may be an issue for some lifters in this setting, but that’s my bias.

            Adidas AdiPower Effective Heel Height

            The effective heel height of the Adidas AdiPower’s is .75 inches or 20.1 millimeters, which makes this model similar to other popular lifters.

            Image courtesy of Adidas.com. 

            The standard lifter’s heel height tends to be .75 inches, so these shoes fall into the hybrid lifting shoe category. Most lifters will benefit from a .75 inch heel, because it will help promote mobility without shifting their postures. This heel height is great for those who need a little help achieving depth, but have a decent squat on their own. They’re also a good height for multiple strength and power movements, not just squats.

            There’s only one scenario when I could see this heel height being an issue and that’s with lifters for special requirements. For example, taller and shorter athletes may benefit from a specific height, and not the standard .75″ heel.

            Heel Construction

            The Adidas AdiPowers have a solid thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) heel, which is a lightweight non-compressible material often used for its sturdiness and resilience to abrasions.

            Image courtesy of Adidas.com. 

            The AdiPower’s utilize a weightlifting-engineered chassis, which I liked. Their heel/sole were solid and stable, so you could really feel the ground underneath your food. Plus, TPU is durable, so the chances of this heel compressing are very small, even over an extended amount of time. I never had an issue with the heel compressing under maximal loads, or movements that rocked me back onto my heels.

            The only complaint I could envision someone having with this heel is with the TPU itself. If you’re someone who wants a wood or leather heel for an old school look and feel, then this may not be the heel for you.

            Upper Shoe Material

            The upper shoe material of the AdiPower is a PU coated leather with a mixture of mesh around the heel and tongue. This material is designed with three purposes in mind and those are durability, flexibility, and breathability. I found their material to be durable and pretty resilient to premature ripping. They did scuff a little bit, but that can be easily rubbed out and cleaned.

            Image courtesy of Adidas.com. 

            In terms of flexibility, these definitely weren’t the easiest to break in. They took me a couple weeks to fully break in and get comfortable, but once I did the leather hugged the foot very well. The mesh that makes up the tongue helped with breathability. These weren’t the most breathable shoes I’ve tried, but they never got so hot where they felt uncomfortable like the Nike Romaleos 2s.

            Foot Straps

            The Adidas AdiPower uses one strap at the top of the tongue, which is both a pro and con for lifters. It’s a pro for lifters who like a minimalist shoe and don’t have an issue with shoe tightness with just the laces. On the opposing side, some lifters really liked the three strap model the AdiStars offered. Plus, most lifters argue that the upper portion of the shoe is what stays the tightest, so the strap may be a little redundant.

            Image courtesy of Adidas.com. 

            The one strap design is popular among a lot of lifters, because ankle stability is one of the biggest concerns when wearing these shoes. Their single strap did a pretty good job at holding the ankle tight, and didn’t have overlap like the Nike Romaleos 2s.

            Adidas AdiPower Price

            The Adidas AdiPower’s price ranges. You can find older models for around $125.00, but for the newer white/silver ($179.00) and fully blacked out shoes ($200.00), they’re a little more pricey on Adidas’s website. It’s a durable shoe that is still widely used, so the price aligns with other newly released shoes like the Nike Romaleos 3s.

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            An Athlete’s Take

            The Adidas AdiPowers are one of Adidas’s most popular lifting shoes to date. They could be considered the in-between model of the Adidas PowerLift (lower heel/powerlifting focused) and the Adidas Leistung models (higher heel/weightlifting focus). In addition, they paved the way for Adidas’s use of the popularized TPU heel.

            Below are a few thoughts from athletes and coaches who use this shoe. Keep in mind, the athletes/coaches below work with or really enjoy Adidas. Their opinions may not be unbiased

            Phil Sabatini – 94kg Weightlifter, Head Coach of the Barbell Syndicate

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            Sabatini begins by mentioning that he’s a fan of Adidas shoes and likes the AdiPower’s ability to connect him with the ground. “Since I started weightlifting, I’ve always worn Adidas. I’ve tried Romaleo 1 and 2, but did not like the bulkiness and weight of the shoe. Plus, It was difficult to feel my connection with the ground and seemed different in my positions throughout the lifts.”

            In terms of pros, Sabatini points out three factors he likes about the AdiPower model. “With the Adipowers, they are light in weight and thin through the sole of the foot.  I prefer it to be thin so I can feel the ground and feel connected. I also like the heel height in comparison to other shoes and I feel best in all positions in Adidas. Lastly, they are much more flexible than most shoes, which is beneficial in getting my back heel up in my jerk.”

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            Sabatini did mention one beef he had with the AdiPower model and that had to do with foot security, he states, “My only gripe with the newer Adidas models are that they removed the lower shoe straps. I loved the triple strap that the older models had. Now the only strap is at the top of the shoe where the shoe generally stays tightest regardless. It would be more beneficial, in my opinion, to have the strap at the bottom, or add the other straps back.”

            Partick Kern – +105kg Weightlifter, Strength Coach

            Kern began by talking about the AdiPower’s durability, he said, “I bought the AdiPowers in 2013, and aside from some fraying on the insides of the toebox, they have been magnificent in taking the wear and tear I put on them.”

            He points out a few pros, which included, “Definitely a stable and light. They’re not awkward to move with and I always feel good getting in my landing positions. Honestly, sometimes I forget I have them on when I lift because of how well they sit on me.” 

            In terms of cons, Kern says, “They might be able to use a little more heel lift and I feel as like my midfoot can spillover the platform of the shoe from them being a tad narrower. But for whatever it’s worth, already flat footed, I’m 5′ 8″ and about 120kg bodyweight.” 

            His recommendation for prospective buyers was, “If you’re thinking about this pair of shoes, keep in mind it’s a lighter shoe, which is my personal preference. Some people would like the extra stability of a heavier shoe, such as the Nike Romaleos 2s. I personally found those shoes to be a little clumsy on me, but the lighter shoes work well in my case. All in all, I would recommend this shoe.”

            Final Word

            The Adidas AdiPower are a few years old, but still widely used among strength athletes everywhere. They were one of Adidas’s biggest lifting shoe successes and have multiple features that earn them the use by many athletes. Their TPU heel is lightweight and durable, which make them a viable choice for those in need of a long-lasting shoe.

            This shoe’s potential shortcomings fall in their security and their price. Some lifters feel as though Adidas should still utilize their three strap model. In addition, for an older shoe, I’d prefer if the price came down a little bit, but it is durable, so the price is somewhat justifiable.

            All in all, this lifter continues to stand the test of time and be a fan favorite, even with newer models on the market.

            Feature image from Adidas.com. 

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