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Adidas Sprintstar: A sprinters’ spike made for middle-distance

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/100 by Blaz Grabnar, posted on .
This is a review from one expert, and reflects personal opinions. Learn what 245 other trackers think of this shoe and see colorways at the Adidas Sprintstar main page.

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

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).

Performance

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.

Conclusion

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.

Blaz Grabnar | Level 1 expert Verified
I got interested in running and started running competitively on the track for the local club. I run mostly middle-distance track events but also some 5k and 10k road races. My favorite brand is Adidas, and my favorite flat is the Adizero Boston 7. The spikes that I've used are the Adidas Printstar and Adizero Ambition 4. My main goal is to get good results on the track for now and later to become a good road runner.

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