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Adidas Sprintstar: A sprinters’ spike made for middle-distanceMore photos
The Adidas Sprintstar is a spike made for sprinters. On the official site, it says it is meant for all runs made that start from the block, but as I am a middle-distance runner, I can confirm that it can also be used for races up to a mile.
The overall impressions of the shoe have been awesome from the start. I think I also have to say this was the first spike I ever owned or even wore.
The upper is made out of a material that is not very breathable, nor is it very light. Don’t get me wrong; the shoe still is light at about 191 grams for size EU 46.
If it used the same material as my current Adizero Ambition 4 (EU 46 – about 140 grams), it would be much lighter. It is also a bit stiff compared to the Ambition’s upper in the front.
The back part, the heel cup is nicely done and goes around your heel very comfortably. Also, the laces are very comfortable, and it gives you a nice lockdown fit.
The laces are also very nice. One of the best actually. They are the first on any Adidas shoe that I didn’t need to tie a double knot to run in them for 200m repeats or longer intervals.
The midsole & outsole
There isn’t much to say about the midsole since there isn’t any basically. Whatever there is in the middle, it is totally okay, and I don’t think there is much to improve here.
Maybe cut down weight in some way, but it is not a concern at all. So that leads us onto the outsole.
The front part, some midfoot and forefoot that is, is made of hard plastic with 6 holes for spikes in them. On the edges on the front, there are also some mini rectangular “spikes” made of plastic and are all part of this one piece.
The part that goes from under the arch to the end is made of something hard on the inside. It is covered with some soft rubber that has some grip, but it doesn’t matter since you can’t even (at least a bit comfortably), strike with the heel first with this spike (or most of them).
The Sprintstars were my first spikes ever, so I didn’t know if I chose the right ones at the start. They felt okay the first time putting them on but were weird since they are not like normal running shoes.
I went with the size EU 46. The first-ever race I did in them was a 100m, which I ran in 13.66 (not the best but okay for someone training for about 2 months).
Later, my coach put me on the middle-distance races, mostly from 600-1000m. I ran all of them in these spikes, so I can assure you that they are totally fine for these distances and going up to the mile (maybe even more, who knows).
I know that’s the point of spikes, but it really feels good that you have that 100% grip in these; it’s really awesome!
As I said, I bought a size 46, and that fit me perfectly. All of my Adidas running shoes that I own are also size 46, so if you have any Adidas shoes, you should buy them at the same size.
The shoe will stay on your foot without wobble if you tie them good, and it really just feels great. I PR-ed almost every race for the two years I had them, and they really were nice.
But I had to switch them since they started to tear on the part that is closest to the part of the foot where the pinkie toe “connects” to the actual foot. I made a hole there with them (while running, not intentional), so every time I ran in them, the socks were red because of the track on both feet.
I mostly wore them on dry days and not many times in the snow or rain, so I was able to extend the life a bit longer.
The spikes really are awesome ones for middle-distance. I think it’s also a very popular sprinting shoe since some of my friends that are sprinters use them.
They are also pretty cheap. One of the reasons why it’s an awesome deal for someone who is starting track a bit more seriously by joining in on a track & field club and racing competitively.
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Overall, the Sprintstar is a great shoe sfor track and field runners who want to improve their speed or form, or perform technical sprints.
Use - The Adidas Sprintstar was designed for efficient power and technical sprinters. It is ideal for sprint races between 60m to 400m and 4x100m and 4x400m relays. It combines speed, power, and precision for technical sprinting.
Spike Type - The Sprintstar has six replaceable ¼ inch Pyramid spikes around the perimeter of the forefoot that provides an excellent grip. The Nike Zoom Rival S 9 uses the same spike type.
Spike Plate - The lightweight Pebax spike plate provides stiff responsiveness and increased energy return with each step, while the spike pins deliver sure traction and grip. It also helps improve the shoe’s durability.
The Sprintstar's ultra-lightweight design owes itself to a Sprintweb upper, whose mesh is highly breathable and thin to give these shoes maximum ventilation. It is also designed to lock the foot down during event-specific motions.
At the shoe’s heel, a padded panel on the insole reduces pressure on the Achilles tendon during each stride. Meanwhile, an adjustable lace closure ensures that the Sprintstar will fit your foot snugly in all circumstances.
The secret of the Sprintstar is their Pebax plate outsole, designed with great resistance to wear in mind. This six-spike plate on the forefoot increases energy return and responsiveness.
The Adidas Sprintstar comes in men’s and women’s versions following the standard sizing scheme. The Sprintstar has been noted to come with a narrow toe box. This is why the most reliable way to get the best fitting pair of track shoes is to visit the nearest track running specialty store to get fitted by professionals.
The Sprintstar features a Pebax spike plate on its outsole. This spike plate which is found in the forefoot area engages the wearer with the ultimate energy return and durability. It is both lightweight and offers durable traction for optimal performance. The Pebax spike plate guarantees unprecedented energy on every stride while also generating more power to raise the wearer’s performance level.
The shoe's outsole is made of synthetic rubber which is thin, lightweight, flexible, and designed to pick up the runner's speed. It also ensures the Sprintstar with the toughness and durability to help the shoe survive from training sessions to competition day.
The Adidas Sprintstar has a Traxion cleat design that increases the shoe’s grip without excessive pressure points on the wearer’s foot. These triangular treads all over the shoe deliver an excellent job of gripping the roads. The forefoot treads are indented while the treads on the midfoot and heel area protrude from the outsole.
Lastly, the Sprintstar uses six ¼ inch Pyramid spikes that are found around in the perimeter of the forefoot area. These spikes offer an excellent bite and have a reliable grip on hard dirt for track races.
The midsole on the Adidas Sprintstar is made up of a thin layer of full-length EVA foam. This EVA foam provides just the right amount of minimal cushioning for protection and shock absorption for running on tracks. The shoe does not have unnecessary cushioning, which makes it as light as possible. The EVA foam also helps in delivering efficient energy return while being lightweight and flexible, making the Sprintstar ideal for track competitions.
The Sprintstar’s upper is constructed from an extremely breathable synthetic and mesh material. This lightweight upper provides brilliant protection and breathability to the shoe. It also encourages cool air to permeate the fabric and remove uncomfortable heat build-up. The synthetic and mesh upper allows the sweat to evaporate to the surface of the shoe, creating a healthy environment for the wearer’s foot to thrive in.
The shoe also features synthetic overlays that hold the foot securely during all phases of the sprinting gait, and it also acts upon torsion to maintain its shape and form.
The innovative Adidas’ Sprintweb technology is also used in this track shoe. It is designed to lock the wearer’s forefoot down during event-specific movements. It works together with the traditional lacing system by keeping the midfoot area in place for a more secure fit.
The Sprintstar incorporates a soft, padded collar that sits comfortably around the ankle. A plush tongue then helps reduce pressure on the wearer’s ankle and Achilles area. Both the padded collar and the plush tongue are designed to ensure comfortable wear without the risk of any injury.