Summary

We spent 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • This shoe offers the ultra-aggressive propulsion that has never been seen in a running shoe.
  • Many of the testers appreciated the unique and very appealing design, especially when it comes to the outsole blades.
  • The polymer blades offer additional cushioning and bounciness to every step, efficiently pushing the runner forward.
  • Runners noticed the positive effects of wearing this running shoe, such as shock dissipation, energy return and responsive performance.
  • It offers a snug fit feeling without restricting the movement.
  • According to most reviews, it’s a flexible running shoe that allows the feet have more freedom of movement.
  • Durable and reliable outsole that is more resistant against high abrasion.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The weight of the 2nd version of the Springblade Drive is heavy.
  • It has an expensive price.
  • This shoe is not for uneven terrain because of the blades.

Bottom line

The Adidas Springblade Drive 2.0 is a neutral running shoe that propels runners to move forward in an efficient and responsive way with the slanted spring blades in the outsole. The energy-returning effect of the blades makes running a lot easier and enjoyable. It is a heavy and expensive running shoe, but its quality service is well worth the price of admission.

Facts

  • The upper is basically what has changed in the Springblade Drive 2.0 as the outsole that is composed of the 16 elastic polymer blades remains to be the trademark of this series. In this new version, Adidas fuses the midfoot panel to the upper. The purpose is to add more structure to the upper and give better midfoot hold.
  • With the attachment of the midfoot panel to the upper, Adidas also made sure that the breathability is not compromised. The Springlade Drive 2.0’s midfoot panel is perforated to form the 3 stripes logo. A change in the material used is quite evident as well. The midfoot panel is no longer the plastic-type, but a smooth, suede-like overlay. With this change, the upper provides a better form-fitting fit as the new material molds better to the runner’s foot.
  • The massive insole, which doubles as the shoe’s midsole, is now molded to fit better to the runner’s foot. It enhances the fit and cushioning of the shoe.

The fit of the 2nd edition of the Springblade Drive is very similar to the original model. It has a secured fit that is not overbearing. The average space in the heel, midfoot, and forefoot is usually ideal for most people with standard dimensions in their feet. Adidas offers medium as the width of this shoe. Sizes are accurate with options 7 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.


The outsole is defined by the 16 polymer blades that are individually tuned. These are designed in a slanting motion to provide a forward push, rather than the usual upward bounce of most shoes. The blades are larger in the heel and slowly become smaller as they reach the forefoot. As the blades are bigger in the heel, cushioning is served while the smallest blades in the forefoot create a stiffer platform for better takeoffs. Just like the popular Duramo 9, Adidas covers the Springblade Drive 2.0's point of contact below the blades with the durable Adiwear rubber.


The midsole is basically the thick insole that really helps with the cushioning and responsive nature of the shoe. It is molded for better wraparound fit.


The upper is seamless featuring a very breathable mesh with large holes. Adidas bonds the synthetic overlays around the forefoot. The suede-like midfoot panel is now part of the upper to improve structure, support, and midfoot security. A heel clip that is infused into the rear portion effectively prevents heel slippage. A traditional lace-up closure keeps the fit secure throughout the run. The tongue and collar are quite beefy while the entire interior is lined with plush and non-slip fabric for a really cozy ride.

Author
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.

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