Summary

We spent 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The CC Modulate is part of the Climacool collection, which is renowned for the 360 degrees of ventilation it offers to runners.
  • The Adidas Modulate is one of the cheapest shoes across all brands.
  • Most runners consider the shoe as a real lightweight trainer.
  • The weight of the Climacool Modulate allows runners to use it as a race day option.
  • Because of the adequate cushioning, a few runners have used this as a speed training partner.
  • The snug fit with enough wiggle room in the toe box is valued by a good number of runners.
  • Durability shines in the Modulate as well, based on several reviews.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The 12mm heel offset may not appeal to serious and elite racers.
  • A few runners wanted better arch support from the Adidas Modulate.

Bottom line

The Adidas Climacool Modulate aims to mix minimalist features with traditional ones. One either loves or hates the shoe as it seems to represent the features in their extremes. While it is often called light as air, very flexible, and with almost no arch support, it also has a rather high stack height and a whopping 12mm offset. And just like the popular Adidas Ultra Boost 19 is an excellent shoe for the right runner as the durability, performance, and price of this shoe is simply hard to match.

Facts

Update:
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 7.8oz | Women: 6.7oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 12mm | Women: 12mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Competition
Brand: Adidas
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $70
Colorways: Black, Blue, Red
Size
Small True to size Large
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  • The Modulate is part of Adidas’ Climacool series that features unmatched breathability through 360 degrees of ventilation. Besides having an ultra-breathable mesh, the sole and outsole of the running shoe are lined with numerous ports to allow unhindered airflow that is sure to guarantee a cool run in the hottest conditions.
  • Adidas places this line in the middle of the Climacool series for those who love the specs of a traditional neutral shoe but without its usual weight. It has an old school type of stack height with a 12mm heel difference, but is also very light that it can even double as a race day shoe for those who are used to running fast in high heel-to-toe offset. Based on its price, Adidas aims to provide entry level runners a shoe that is very comfortable and extremely functional.

The generous fit of the Climacool Modulate offers runners a very comfortable platform to train or to race. While the space is quite generous, it is not sloppy by any means. With this kind of fit, most runners will find their comfort zones out of the box. Medium is the available width of this shoe. Size runs true with options for the men’s between 7 to 14 and 5 to 11 for the women’s.


Adidas’ abrasion-resistant and non-marking rubber compound in the adiWEAR covers the entire outsole. It provides decent grip on the road and exceptional durability. The Modulate gets a good amount of flexibility from the flex grooves in the forefoot. These grooves also enhance the rear to front cycle of every stride. As the finishing part of the 360 degrees of ventilation, the outsole has several ports for air to move freely.


A standard EVA covers the entire midsole for adequate durability and cushioning. Adidas incorporates the Formotion Technology in the midsole or the pair of sliding plates that adjusts every landing for lesser impact and quicker transition. Again, the midsole has perforations as part of the shoe’s ultra-breathable features.


A near seamless and ultra-breathable Cool Ever Mesh provides excellent upper coverage. The iconic 3 stripes act as the main midfoot feature that give structure and support to the shoe. Breathability continues in the presence of the heavily-perforated sockliner. For some traditional kind of support, the heel is reinforced by a heel counter to really cradle the foot and eliminate heel slippage. Runners will love the moderately-padded ankle collar and tongue for a really comfortable ride.

Comparison

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