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7 reasons to buy

  • It is a great racing flat for marathons, as commented by some testers.
  • Light and breathable, this shoe is phenomenal according to some marathoners.
  • The durable upper unit essentially provides reliable coverage through the use of high-quality synthetic materials.
  • Minimalist runners are appreciative of the low-profile design of the Takumi-Sen 3.
  • It works well on the roads, but it can transition well when on dirt tracks.
  • The mix of the Quickstrike technology and Continental Rubber in the outsole ensures durable protection, traction, and flexibility on dry and wet surfaces.
  • The mid-sole unit delivers adequate underfoot cushioning with the use of proprietary components.

4 reasons not to buy

  • This shoe is quite expensive, as noted by many runners.
  • The fit runs wide.
  • The low profile design and the minimal level of cushioning make it ideal for minimalist runners.
  • It is not a water-resistant athletic shoe.

Bottom line

The Adidas Adizero Takumi-Sen 3 is a racing flat built on the Adizero technology with a boost midsole in the forefoot. It offers an efficient energy-return and it encourages high-speed performance. Because of the quality outsole, traction is never a problem even on uneven terrain. This high-quality shoe is worth its expensive price.


Update: Adidas Adizero Takumi-Sen 5
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 7.4oz | Women: 6.1oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 6mm | Women: 6mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 23mm | Women: 22mm
Forefoot height: Men: 17mm | Women: 16mm
Release date: Dec 2016
Brand: Adidas
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $160
Colorways: Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Pink, Purple
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  • 85 / 100 | Samuel Chua

    The Takumi Sen 3 - A step in the right direction for Adidas?

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    lightweight racer for the neutral runner. It has an advertised heel-to-toe drop of 9mm (heel: 25.5 mm / forefoot: 16.5 mm) on the official Adidas website. 

    The Takumi Sen 3 sees significant changes from the previous versions. New models don’t necessarily translate to improvements from past iterations.

    Did Adidas do things right in this version?



    Adidas uses a simple and stiff mesh upper with overlays that provide structure and support in the midfoot and forefoot.

    During some research, I found that the mesh was supposed to adapt to my foot. I found that the mesh was very stiff and required some expanding.



    When I first put on the shoe, it was so tight that I was contemplating on selling it away. After a few runs and stuffing thick socks in the shoe whenever I wasn’t using them, the upper expanded quite a bit to the point where I did not feel that much irritation or tightness.

    The shoe is still snug, but much better than it was out of the box. I had to switch up the lacing and skip the front laces together as it was too tight in the forefoot.

    I found that the width in the midfoot was decent and wider than some of the other Adidas models but tapered in the forefoot which did not allow much toe splay.

    The mesh felt decent when socks were used but were slightly abrasive when worn barefoot. I would not use this for a triathlon.



    Heel counter/Ankle Collar 

    The heel counter is supportive but not intrusive.

    The heel counter in the 3’s seemed to be internal while the heel counter in the 3’s (2017 Version) looked like it got shifted to the external portion. This made no difference in the support and was unnoticeable when running.

    There is not much going on in the ankle collar. The padding is minimal but sufficient.



    The tongue is thin with sufficient padding to protect the top of the foot from possible lacing pressure.

    As mentioned above, the upper (including the tongue) can be rough when wearing the shoe barefoot. Triathletes should keep this in mind.



    The laces fall in the sweet spot of thickness and length. However, they are stiff. Having slightly more stretchy laces will help to provide a more customised fit.


    The Takumi Sen 3’s sizing depends on the width of your foot. For narrower feet, go true to size. For medium to wide feet, go half a size up from your regular size.

    Midsole Technology & Ride Quality

    The midsole consists of Lightstrike EVA with an inclusion of boost cushioning.

    Adidas markets boost to be “our most responsive cushioning ever: The more energy you give, the more you get”. Boost is made up of tiny Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) beads that are compressed together.

    If you have not tried boost, now is a good time to start considering. Not including the ever so exclusive ‘Zoom X’ cushioning found in the Nike Vaporfly 4%, Boost is probably the most comfortable material I have tried on.

    I have tried other companies’ midsole technologies; Saucony’s ‘Everun’, Asics ‘Dynaflyte’, Salomon’s ‘Energycell’, Nike’s ‘lunarlon’ and ‘zoom air’, New Balance ‘Revlite’, Under Armour’s ‘Charged foam’ and Brooks’ ‘BioMoGo DNA”.

    The closest foam compound (based on softness and ride quality) to boost would be Reebok’s ‘Floatride’ foam, Saucony’s ‘Everun’ and Altra’s ‘Ego’.

    A foam of such caliber still has its disadvantages. Boost is heavy.

    The weight in the Takumi Sen 3 does not feel that evenly distributed due to the forefoot-only boost. 



    Lightstrike EVA is used in the rest of the midsole. In my opinion, Adidas slapped on a cheap slab of EVA foam and named it something fancy for marketing purposes.

    Yes, the midsole is light. However, it feels dead and cheap. It is firm with almost zero bounce to it.

    The redeeming factor is that the foam is not harsh on the foot. It softens quite a bit after breaking the shoe in but creases quickly.

    Fortunately, I am a mid-forefoot striker which allows me to make more use of the boost cushioning in the forefoot.

    The forefoot is soft and bouncy in the forefoot but manages to avoid being energy sapping. When I tried landing on the heel of the shoe, the ride felt dead and miserable to run in.

    The presence of the torsion system helps with the overall stability in the shoe but does nothing more. I wish that Adidas extends the torsion system to the forefoot, much like the Adios Boost 2.

    The torsion system present in version 2 of the Adios rewards you when the pace is picked up. After all, research has shown that stiffening the forefoot enhances the windlass mechanism of the foot.



    The sock liner is made of a lower density EVA foam that is glued into the midsole to prevent any sliding or slippage in the shoe.

    This added some comfort due to the thick stack height but I would prefer a thinner piece instead.

    Outsole & Durability

    The outsole composes of Continental Rubber in the forefoot and rearfoot while the rest of the outsole is made from a “Quickstrike” outsole.

    The Continental Rubber is very sticky and grips well in both dry and wet conditions. The “Quickstrike” outsole is basically a “Dual-Stencil-Process” (DSP) construction that combines small pieces of rubber on the outsole with a fabric base. 



    The combination of the materials resulted in an extremely grippy feel on both the road and track.

    To put the grip of the outsole into perspective, I did not slip even once on the track while doing speed intervals after a heavy downpour that lasted for 4 hours.

    I expect the continental rubber on the outsole to last a long time. The “Quickstrike” rubber nubs will probably be the first to wear out. After 40km of use, I can see some areas of wear on the rubber nubs.

    The outsole lifespan can be estimated to last around the same mileage as other racing flats: 300-500km.


    Type of workouts

    The Takumi Sen 3 can be used on the track and the road for intervals, speed training and races of up to 10km.


    Significant Changes from Previous Versions

    Adidas removed the much-loved forefoot propulsion plate found in the 2’s. Perhaps the reasoning behind this move was that the plate would dull the sensation of the boost.

    The plate in the previous version provided a lot of pop, a feature that many running shoe brands tend to leave out in their racers. The boost in the 3’s does give the shoe responsiveness but pales in comparison with the snappy ride of the 2’s.

    The inclusion of the boost in the forefoot in the 3’s does give the forefoot more give than the 2’s. Runners who find the 2’s to be a firm shoe should definitely try the 3’s.


    1. Lightweight
    2. Forefoot boost
    3. Grippy outsole
    4. Breathable upper
    5. Sleek design


    1. Upper is slightly abrasive
    2. Forefoot is cramped
    3. Heel to toe drop feels lower than advertised
    4. Cheap EVA midsole
    5. Not as snappy as previous versions

    Recommended runner’s profile for optimum performance

    1. Neutral gait
    2. Running pace of <3:45min/km (6:02min/mi)
    3. Midfoot to forefoot striker
    4. Efficient gait

    Potential Areas for Improvement 

    1. Upper that is slightly more stretchy
    2. Less drastic taper at the forefoot
    3. Adding back the forefoot propulsion plate from the previous versions
    4. Switching the cheap EVA foam midsole with a livelier compound


    Adidas Takumi Sen 3 vs Brooks Hyperion

    The heel-to-toe drop of the Hyperion feels significantly more compared to the Takumi Sen 3. The Takumi Sen 3 is more cushioned in the forefoot while the Hyperion is more cushioned in the heel.

    The Hyperion is much more flexible while the Takumi Sen 3 has a lot more grip.

    Adidas Takumi Sen 3 vs Nike Zoom Streak 6

    Like the Hyperion, the streak has a higher heel-to-toe drop, less cushion in the forefoot and more in the heel due to the zoom air unit located in the rear.

    The streak is much snappier due to the pebax plate that extends into the forefoot that becomes useful once my form gets sloppy.

    Use the Takumi Sen 3 for anything up to 10km, and the zoom streak for anything more.

    Adidas Takumi Sen 3 vs New Balance Hanzo S

    The Takumi Sen 3 and Hanzo S ride very similarly. The grip on both shoes are equally as great and are of similar flexibility.

    The only difference is that the Takumi Sen 3 is more forgiving in the forefoot due to the softer boost as compared to the rapid rebound insert in the Hanzo.


    The Adidas for anyone who wants a light, cushioned and grippy shoe for 5-10 km races.

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  • 75 / 100 | Koh Ancheng

    Adidas Adizero Takumi-Sen 3 - The racer I was looking For

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    racer that I always wanted.

    The shoe is sleek, fast and an enjoyable shoe to run in which is all I want in a racer.

    Out of the box it has presented me no issues at all which really impressed me, however, it is not perfect.



    One of the most noticeable things about the shoe is the price tag.

    Yes, the shoe is a performer but at close to $300 it is pushing the upper limit in terms of how much I would want to pay for such a shoe. Due to the price, I was a little hesitant but I decided to give it a try as it was on sale.


    Wearing the shoe, I knew immediately that the shoe is meant to go fast. The shoe constantly forced me to be on my toes when I ran which I felt was a bit similar to the Tracer from Hoka One One.

    Occasionally I felt that I was running in my Tracer due to how similar the ride except that the ride on the Takumi Ren is way more responsive. During faster workouts, the smooth heel to toe transition felt amazing.

    The ride the Takumi Ren has impressed me the most is during long workouts. During long workouts, I expected my form to deteriorate and my legs to ache. However, the smooth ride on the shoe made it feel very efficient to run fast in them.


    For me, I had to size the shoe up by half a size. Normally I would wear size 11 on my racers, but on the Takumi Ren, I had to go half a size up as they run a bit small. Once sized nicely, the shoes fit very well.

    Running in them, I experienced no hotspots as they fit me so well. Generally, racers like the Takumi Ren run a bit tight at the front but I encountered no such problem in the shoe.

    Boost & midsole material

    At the front of the shoe, there is an area where there is boost midsole material. Being someone who strikes with the midfoot instead of the forefoot, I feel that it is a bit of a shame that the material didn’t run back a bit further.

    The only time where I felt that the boost material is during very quick workouts when I am on my forefoot. One of the other issues I have with the shoe is that it lacks midsole material which makes doing long runs in it a pain.

    For someone who is used to running in shoes like the Hoka One One Clifton 2, running in the Takumi Ren took awhile to get used to.



    The mixture of continental rubber at the forefoot and heel area along with quickstrike rubber nubs makes the shoe supper grippy even on wet surfaces.

    This shoe gives me the confidence to run my best during the wettest of days as I know that the shoe would be able to provide the traction I need to run fast.


    Upper Breathability

    The mesh upper used on the Adidas Takumi Ren is very breathable and the slightly wider holes keep my foot fresh on the hottest of days. The suede overlays on the shoe are one of the most comfortable overlays I have ever used.

    On many other shoes, the overlays are usually welded and placed in areas that restrict foot movement making the fit feel constricted. However, the suede overlays on the Takumi Ren allows my feet to move naturally making it very comfortable to run in.



    Although looks are always secondary to overall performance, one thing I love about the shoe is its looks.

    The design is clean and sleek with little unnecessary overlays which I love.

    Also, the design of them feels stylish and the multiple colorways available give runners a wide selection of looks to choose from.


    Overall Performance

    As a racer, I feel that the Adidas Takumi Ren is a shoe that would perform well both on the road and the track. Running in it has given me no problems and it performs right out of the box.

    It feels very comfortable and fits snuggly if sized right. The lower stack height on the shoe has allowed me to do faster workouts more efficiently and yet somehow running in the shoe feels extremely comfortable which surprised me as I thought that the shoe would cause major discomfort.


    For runners who wish to run in an efficient, Adidas Adizero Takumi-Sen 3 would be perfect for you.

    The shoe performs well both on the road and the track as it’s very responsive, however, I wish that there is more midsole material so that the ride is more cushioned.

    The main issue would be the price tag that comes with it considering the premium build of the shoe.

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  • 95 / 100 | Doctors of Running | | Level 5 expert

    I do enjoy racing and doing workouts in it.

  • 100 / 100 | Gear Selected | | Level 2 expert

    Simply one of the best shoes I’ve ever used.

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  • For the first time in the Sen Series, the Sen 3 uses the renowned Adidas Boost midsole foam in the forefoot area. The introduction of the Boost midsole is to soften the cushioning a bit in the forefoot without sacrificing the much-needed pop of a racing flat.
  • A domino effect happens with the inclusion of the Boost in the forefoot. The torsion system located in the forefoot is now found in the midsole, together with a new EVA in the heel and the midfoot. The new EVA and the torsion system combine for resilient cushioning, protection, and responsiveness.
  • The 23mm heel and 17mm forefoot heights are the lowest ever in this line. Adidas uses the new set up for a closer to the ground feel and to let the new stack heights work together with the Boost in the forefoot and the midsole foam. The moderately cushioned midsole and the proven responsiveness of the Boost make the Takumi-Sen 3 a really fast and dynamic shoe.
  • A new stretch upper that adapts to the shape of the foot provides a very comfortable fit. The upper is more durable and certainly looks more sophisticated than the previous version. A new mesh with bigger and rounder holes enhances shoe breathability.
  • The toe protection is basically made of the same material but is no longer as comprehensive. This adds more room and ventilation in the forefoot.
  • The heel counter undergoes a revamp as well. It is slightly larger but more flexible. Adidas wanted to find that sweet spot of a heel counter that is not stiff and yet effectively holds the heel in place.
  • A massive facelift occurs in the outsole of the Takumi-Sen 3. The Continental Rubber has been moved to the edges of the heel and the forefoot while the entire outsole is largely made up of diamond nubs, which Adidas calls as the Quickstrike technology. The countless nubs enhance the flexibility and ground feedback of this shoe.

The fit and sizing of the Adidas Sen 3 are largely similar to the prior version. As with most racing flats, this one has a snug fit from the heel to the forefoot with just enough space in the toe box. Runners with narrow and medium measurements should be able to get their money’s worth out of this fit. Available widths are D and B while sizes are from 7 to 14 for the men’s and 4 to 12 for the women’s.

The countless Quickstrike rubber nubs begin midway through the heel and going all the way to the forefoot. Adidas uses these lugs for better grip and a little cushioning. The Continental Rubber is also utilized as it offers very sticky traction. AdiWear, which is very durable carbon rubber can be found in the heel to fight off wear and tear.

The Boost in the forefoot is made of energy capsules that work together to provide superb responsiveness. The material is made from numerous thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) pellets that minimize the impact caused by foot strike. Similarly, the Adidas Ultra Boost Uncaged features the Boost midsole; thus, both shoes are guaranteed to equip the runner with a responsive ride that enables the necessary bounce in each step.

Lightstrike EVA and adiLITE cradle offer lightweight and resilient cushioning. A TPU unit called the Torsion System allows the heel and the forefoot to move independently of each other for better stability.

Adidas uses a very durable material in the Teijin Japanese Mesh that also adapts well to the runner’s foot. This mesh has slightly bigger and more rounded holes for superior breathability. There are suede Tirennina overlays that provide support and structure while a more flexible external heel counter secures the heel without being too rigid.


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