Who should buy the Adidas Adipower 2

As the successor of the legendary Adipower trainer, Adidas has rethought the construction of the Adipower2 from the ground up. The brand utilized different materials and designs to make improvements to the shoe. This Adidas pair is a solid option if: 

  • You are looking for a shoe that could help you achieve deeper squats through its efficient rearfoot design. 
  • You are after a shoe that allows toes to splay with more ease. 

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Anti-slippage outsole

The Adipower 2 features a brand new traction pattern. One can say that it looks like barbell knurling, which goes very much in tune with the purpose of the shoe.

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The tiny diamond-shaped lugs grip the floor when the wearer performs a weightlifting exercise, eliminating the chance of slippage. These lugs are much shallower than what you would find on regular workout shoes. That’s because a flat and firm lifting platform helps athletes push off the floor more effectively.

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Stabilized raised platform

Just like any other weightlifting shoe, the Adidas Adipower 2 offers a solid TPU platform with a raised heel. The elevation is meant to help athletes release the pressure off the Achilles tendon as they go down into a squat. It may seem like a small adjustment, but it makes a considerable impact on the athlete’s lifting posture. The trainer retains the 20.1-mm heel height of its predecessor, which is an average height among current lifters. 

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The new design no longer features the visible pillars of the first Adipower but has a more clean and streamlined look. Still made of a solid TPU material, it does not compress even under heavy load. That way, no power gets lost between the athlete and the ground.

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Dynamic forefoot

Shoe experts have already described this trainer as one of the most flexible lifting shoes ever. The recent trend of making weightlifting shoes as versatile as possible to fulfill the demands of CrossFit has not passed by even such an iconic lifter. A pliable forefoot allows the foot to bend a bit more freely when the wearer walks around the gym. It also gives a chance to incorporate exercises like burpees into one’s training session.

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In contrast to the robust original shoe, the Adidas Apidower 2 introduces a more minimalist, basic design. Its use of monochromatic colorways also contributes to the clean look. The enlarged three stripes on the side make the branding a bit more apparent but do not overload the shoe. Many users have already noted the similarity between this style and the Adidas Powerlift 4.

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Sock-like fit upper

Based on several recent lifters from Adidas, there has been a trend of using less leather and more textile. The new Adipower also features an all-textile upper in place of the old synthetic leather one. This alteration aims to create a flexible, sock-like fit for a more comfortable in-shoe experience. Breathability is enhanced by six ventilation holes on the toe box and wide pores on the tongue.

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The Adidas Adipower 2's medial strap

A fabric hook-and-loop strap wraps around the midfoot. It runs through a sturdy steel loop and helps to tighten up the fit. The length of the strap has been accurately measured, so it doesn’t drag on the floor even when pulled to the fullest.

Adidas Adipower 2 Medial Strap

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 17.1oz
Update: Adidas Adipower 3
Use: Weightlifting, Powerlifting / Gym
Heel height: Men 20.1mm
Width: Normal, Wide
Release date: Jun 2019
Collection: Adidas Adipower

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Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years his PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Bodybuilding.com, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.