Who should buy the Adidas Adizero Prime X 

The Adizero Prime X from Adidas might benefit you if:

  • You are a neutral runner who is into moderate to fast efforts and marathon pace activities. 
  • You love to run long distances.
  • You are looking for a running companion that protects your lower extremities from exhaustion and strains. 
  • You are after a shoe with the ability to hold your heel tightly in place to avoid unintended shoe removal. 

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Who should not buy the Adidas Adizero Prime X

The Adidas Adizero Prime X might not be a great companion for users who love to run on uneven and rocky terrains. Its heavy bottom also makes it less ideal for runners looking for a true speedster. Moreover, this shoe may also not be suitable for wearers who overpronate. They are better off with the Adidas Solar Glide ST

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Adidas Adizero Prime X: "Propulsive, but not crazy propulsive" 

Yes, you read it right. Despite the Adizero Prime X has all the makings of a true speedster, experts still can't agree: 

  • Three layers of Lightstrike Pro for comfort, bounce, and energy return; 
  • Energy rods to give a kick during toe-off phases; 
  • Carbon-fiber plate to amp up the snappiness of the shoe 

All of these and its hell of a stack combined, the shoe creates a very protective, cushy, and natural ride, suited for long hauls on the road. Runners also attribute the natural feel to the rockered shape of the shoe, generating seamless transitions while the plate is very subtle. 

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Smooth transition

Unlike other carbon-plated shoes, the Adizero Prime X feels natural. Instead of driving you forward, the shoe makes the heel-to-toe transitions more efficient and seamless.

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An incredible impact shield

Many experts agree that this shoe by Adidas offers "incredibly good" at mitigating impact. Thanks to its well-cushioned design, it shields the wearer's foot from fatigue and stress. 

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Fluffy foot cradle

The Adidas Adizero Prime X delivers a pleasant underfoot experience with its marshmallowy footbed.

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Snug rearfoot section

While there's no structure at the rear nor are there any reinforcements, testers are reporting that there's no heel slippage at all. 

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Grippy outsole traction

Similar to the Adidas Adizero Boston 10, the Prime X grips well on both wet and dry pavements. Its thick and durable Continental outsole rubber does a good job of biting the surface well to provide running enthusiasts a slippage-free experience. 

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The Adidas Adizero Prime X's durability

After taking the shoe on several long runs, road runners still haven't seen any wear on the tread. 

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Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 9.6oz
Drop: Men 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: Men 40mm
Heel height: Men 50mm
Collection: Adidas Adizero, Adidas Lightstrike, Adidas Continental

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.