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

Yes, you read it right. Despite the Adizero Prime X having 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. 

What and who is it for?

The Adizero Prime X from Adidas is a training shoe made for neutral runners who run the following: 

Pace: Moderate to fast efforts, marathon pace 

Distance: Long distance 

Surface: Any road surface that's flat and even

NOT for:

  • Overpronators and heavy runners
  • Easy days
  • Walking 

Note: The shoe can pick up the pace if you push it, it's just not inherently fast. It's bouncy but not the type that will push you forward.


How Adidas Adizero Prime X ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 31% road running shoes
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Top 28% Adidas running shoes
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Top 46% maximalist running shoes
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