Summary

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7 reasons to buy

  • The CC Ride stays true to the Climacool aim of providing 360 degrees of ventilation.
  • The Adidas Ride is very flexible.
  • It runs so much lighter than its weight shows, as noted by several runners.
  • The cushioning is sufficient to absorb shock and to provide underfoot protection for long runs.
  • Some runners find the Climacool Ride as ideal for cruising along or for going on a fast-paced clip.
  • A few testers recommend the shoe as exceptional for a more natural running style.
  • A snug upper hugs the foot really well, according to a small number of runners.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A sizeable number of runners found the fit as too narrow.
  • The Adidas CC Ride is a bit expensive.

Bottom line

The Adidas Climacool Ride, just like the popular Adidas Ultra Boost 19 is an exceptionally versatile neutral running shoe. It has the makings of a race day shoe, but delivers enough underfoot protection and arch support for rigorous poundings during everyday training. While the sole is a bit firm, which is ideal for racing, it is also slightly forgiving for those high-mileage sessions.

Facts

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 8.2oz | Women: 7.3oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 29mm | Women: 29mm
Forefoot height: Men: 21mm | Women: 21mm
Brand: Adidas
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $120
Colorways: Black, Grey, Multi, Pink, Purple, Red, White
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

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Expert Reviews

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72 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 82 / 100 | Southern Bellas Ways | Level 1 expert

    Minimalist upper promotes optimum ventilation and flexible tooling provides comfort and freedom of movement for screaming down the trails.

  • 82 / 100 | Sweep Tight | | Level 1 expert

    The springy bottom of the shoe is an awesome feature, as well!  I can definitely feel the extra bounce and cushion in my step. 

  • 61 / 100 | Running Competitor | | Level 1 expert

    If you’re a runner who needs a less flexible shoe with additional medial protection in the midsole and/or upper, the ClimaCool Ride just won’t do it for you

  • 61 / 100 | ChrisLittmann | | Level 1 expert

    My biggest caveat, beyond sizing, is that runners should know their foot and their stride style before jumping into an ultra-light like the ClimaCool Ride.

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  • The Adidas Ride is part of the Climacool series that anchors its performance on its 360 degrees of ventilation. An exceptionally breathable mesh coupled by ports in the midsole and outsole allows air to circulate unhindered. As it is, runners can enjoy a sweat-free and cool ride, even if it gets really hot.
  • Adidas digs into the lightweight trainer category in the Climacool Ride. It has moderately high stack height with around 8mm heel offset. The shoe is Adidas’ way of introducing a really versatile option that caters to the needs of a multitude of runners. It has good enough cushioning for both heel and midfoot strikers to enjoy with the kind of heel differential that both types of runners will find comfortable.
  • The Climacool Ride can be used as a high-mileage trainer because of the sufficient cushioning and decent arch support while the weight of this shoe shows promise as a viable option for speed work.

The fit of the Adidas Ride is tailor-made for runners with narrow to medium measurements. Since the shoe is designed with speed in mind, Adidas made the heel and midfoot a bit snug while the forefoot is reasonably roomy. The average measurement means that most runners should be able to get a relaxing feel when running in this shoe. Adidas offers the standard D for men and B for women as the widths. The size is regular with options of 7 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.


A full contact outsole with substantial flex grooves from the heel to the forefoot dominate the underfoot of the Climacool Ride. Adidas uses its proprietary AdiWEAR rubber as it is superbly resistant to wear and tear with just enough traction for runners to vary their surface runs. The deep flex grooves are remarkably valuable as they add generous flexibility and make transitions a little smoother.


Taking the important duty of providing responsive cushioning is the synthetic AdiPrene+. It is an Adidas-exclusive midsole foam that is very light and durable that should allow runners a long-lasting midsole with decent pop. Adidas perforates the midsole to work with the ultra-breathable upper for the 360 degrees of ventilation.


The Climacool series gets its name from its ultra-breathability. It begins with an insanely breathable mesh that also very light. For sophisticated support and structure, Adidas uses plastic panels around the midfoot. A dip into the shoe’s interior presents a plush fabric that absorbs sweat and moisture. Running in contrast to the flexible and seamless upper that hugs the foot is a stiff heel counter that securely holds the heel from any kind of slippage.

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