24 users: 4 / 5
2 experts: 86 / 100
Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 12oz / Women 11.5oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 10mm / Women 10mm
Arch support: Neutral

Verdict from 8 hours of research from the internet

6 reasons to buy

  • The style of this shoe is appealing because of the contemporary design and the presence of the unique outsole blades.
  • Many testers noted that the upper is reliable in terms of durability and breathability.
  • Most reviewers appreciated the cushioning because the foam-like effect of the blades work well.
  • The blades allow the runner more propulsive motion and bounce.
  • The moisture-wicking inner lining keeps the inner area of the Springblade Ignite cool and dry.
  • Neutral to mild over-pronators get ample amount of support.

3 reasons not to buy

  • It is not as responsive, as noted by some testers.
  • It is not ideal to wear on wet and slippery terrains.
  • The weight of the Springblade Ignite is moderately heavy.

Bottom line

The Adidas Springblade Ignite is a neutral running shoe worth purchasing if you are aiming for better propulsive movement and efficacy in performance. Its cushioning and forward-propelling system in the blades keeps you encouraged when it comes to your routines and trainings. Advanced athletes will also find this road running shoe a perfect match.

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Expert reviews:

  • Adidas adds another eye-catching model to the Springblade line in the form of the Ignite. In the second model of this series, the 3-Stripes company introduces a few tweaks that should make this shoe one of the best in Adidas’s lineup. Instead of the usual 16 polymer blades, company engineers used only 9 of them. Working in tandem with the blades for better cushioning is the AdiPrene+ midsole.
  • Besides making the run more cushioned and “natural” with the AdiPrene+, the sole of the shoe gets added bulk, which should allay concerns of the other Springblade models that are deemed too thin above the blades. A long-lasting midsole with more than enough responsive cushioning should delight most runners.
  • A new Techfit upper greets runners in the Adidas Ignite. It offers enhanced adaptability with synthetic overlays for increased midfoot hold. For added measure, the breathable upper mesh is considered by many as more durable than the original version of the Springblade mesh.

The fit of the Springblade Ignite is very much like many of Adidas’ trainers. It has sufficient space in the heel, a locked in midfoot, and a wide toe box. With an almost anatomic-based last, most runners will find the fit really comfortable. D for the men’s and B for the women’s are the available widths. The shoe length is standard with options from 7 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.

The outsole makes the shoe really unique courtesy of the 9 individually-tuned polymer blades. Although a mechanical outsole that mainly functions as a cushioning mechanism is nothing new, these blades are unlike anything before. These blades are designed to provide a slanted motion going forward instead of upward for a more propulsive run. Adidas engineers designed the blades with elastic recoil for an added push that is basically the same amount of force spent by runners upon landing. Providing traction to the blades is the AdiWear rubber, which is also relied upon for its exceptional durability.  This is also the outsole technology that is used in the popular Adidas Duramo 9.

Adidas goes traditional in the forefoot of the Ignite. Instead of having the blades for cushioning in this part, runners will find the molded EVA Adiprene+ midsole foam, which is quite responsive and durable despite being very light.

A newly-designed, seamless TechFit upper featuring a very breathable and durable mesh and welded synthetic overlays hold this section together. It is an upper that moves well with the foot, which is also a bit rigid in the midfoot and heel for better support. An inner sleeve helps with the wraparound feel and comfort. Adidas uses a responsive EVA sockliner for even more cushioning. The interior comfort and a healthy environment are delivered by a moisture-wicking lining. Runners should not fear heel slippage as there is a sturdy heel counter that holds the rear portion really well.

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How Springblade Ignite compares

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This shoe: $120
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This shoe: 12oz
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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