The Adidas Adizero Adios lineup has long been considered a high-performance marathon racing shoe, and the Adios 4 has stood atop the podiums of some of the World's largest and most competitive marathons.
This shoe offers a fast and snappy ride that can handle a spectrum of speeds and workouts.
Release year: 2018
Shoe type: Road, racing
Weight: m= 8oz (sz 9) // w= 6.5oz (sz 7)
Stack height: Heel=27mm // forefoot=17mm
Price point: $80-140
The Adios 4 is simply designed and features a speckled marquee of the three stripes logo on both sides of the shoe. Adizero Adios 4 is displayed on the lateral heel counter, and Adizero is detailed in the lace aglets.
The upper is comprised of a breathable mesh overlay with hints of suede lining the first and second lace eyelets.
Fit and performance
The Adios 4 is actually the very first Adidas running shoe that I have purchased and trained with, and I must admit that these shoes are living up to their expectations.
The shoes run true to size (I do have a narrow foot. Some runners may recommend to go up 1/2 a size), and I do not have any issues with rubbing, chafing, or slipping out of the shoe.
However, I do find that the laces are a bit long, and I will often have to double or triple-tie the laces to prevent excessive loosening or swinging during the runs. I may eventually replace the stock laces with a lace-lock system for easier accessibility.
The Adios 4 boasts a lightweight construction, weighing in at approximately 7 oz for a women's size 9. Such a lightweight construction makes the Adios 4 ideal for fast-paced runs or long runs. I have even used the Adios 4 for a few track sessions with race-effort repeats between 800m and 1km.
The tongue is semi-gusseted and sits nicely atop the foot.
The midsole is comprised entirely of Boost technology with a torsion system for some added stiffness. After having been recommended this shoe from numerous runners, it was finally time for me to experience the enthusiasm over Boost technology.
I have run a variety of workouts in the Adios 4, with paces and distances ranging from 5k and threshold efforts to the half-marathon. I am not by any means a particularly fast runner, but the snap that the Boost offers undoubtedly makes the ride feel fast and enjoyable.
There is a noticeable positive change in responsiveness in the Boost as the run progresses, and the shoe just seems to transition very smoothly throughout the gait cycle.
The outsole features Continental rubber that is arranged in a grid-like pattern along the mid-forefoot for superior traction against the elements.
I had developed a great appreciation for the traction that this shoe offers after having completed a tempo run in the rain on slick pavement. I was able to run confidently without the fear of slipping or need to alter my foot strike.
After approximately 100 road miles, the outsole does appear to show some signs of wear along the forefoot. However, I do not notice any changes in traction or responsiveness.
The overall construction of the shoe remains in great condition, particularly with concerns to the integrity of the upper and sole. I anticipate running many more miles in this shoe.
For $140 at retail (sale prices can range between 80-100), the Adidas Adizero Adios 4 offers a fast and responsive ride that is built to go the distance.
Though this shoe is marketed as a marathon racer, the Adios 4 is capable of racing a range of distances at a variety of speeds. Its durability may also support its role as an uptempo or long-distance trainer.
The Adios is a lightweight, reactive shoe that lends itself well to faster runs. It is the faster of the Adizero range, where the Bostons provide a bit more cushioning for those longer training runs and races.
Its main purpose is speed, and that is why it is a popular choice for elite runners and is often seen at races.
If you love the adios, the look of the 4 seem quite foreign to you. It does not share the same features as the previous Adios. Gone are the old-fashioned stripes and old-style running shoe look (I personally prefer the old look).
The feel of the upper textile has a bit more integrity than the previous version which gives it a feel of firmness on foot and a little less give, which may make the wearing in a period a bit longer. Not quite the buy and go for a run kind of shoe.
Structurally, the outer sole still shares the same durability and support that you would expect in an Adizero. The inner sole boost technology provides slightly more cushion than its predecessor which will definitely make it more suitable for achieving those marathon PBs instead of just the 5km and 10km races.
The laces have been made more durable and longer (perhaps they listened to the few complaints about the laces in the previous models). Above you can see the difference in the overlay design, lacing and upper mesh between the 4 and 3, respectively.
First few runs
On the first inspection, the Adios 4 design looks quite different from the 3. The textiles used on the upper feel a bit firmer and thicker and with less overlays. I was quite aware of the rigidity when I went for my first run.
Although it was the same size I usually wear, it felt a bit more constructive in the forefoot than my 3. As a result, I got a few minor blisters on my little toe on both feet. The lace holes are also a bit different. They have been placed slightly narrower than the ones on the 3 due to the change in the overlay design.
This may be the reason for the more constrictive feeling that I felt during the run. The laces themselves are also different. This is definitely an improvement on the 3, as they are longer and stretchier.
The rest of the shoe is pretty much the same as the 3, and that’s the design that makes them one of the most popular speed/racer shoes. They are super lightweight, they have a grippy continental outer sole, and they have a very reactive inner sole boost foam.
These characteristics are why I love the Adios and are my first choice for marathons and shorter distance races. One thing I do struggle with on the outer sole is the hard plastic piece under the midfoot. If you climb up a curb or land on a rock at just the wrong angle, it can be quite slippery and leave you a little off balance.
Sizing & general feel
These are a small snug fit brand of shoe, as they are designed to be a fast-paced racer shoe. With this being said, I felt that I had to go one and a half sizes bigger. But, with the neat styling of the shoe, they still manage not to drown your feet.
They are super lightweight weighing around 8 ounces (US 9) and definitely give that barely-there feel. This is because there is a bit less boost foam in the midsole in comparison to the other Adidas shoes like the Ultraboost. The 10mm heel drop makes you feel quite connected to the ground, giving good feedback.
I have found these shoes to be very durable and quite long lasting. I have worn mine for runs past the recommended mileage of 600-800km, provided you don’t take them for too long of a run once they are past the recommended mileage, as this may lead to a few foot and knee complaints.
The upper mesh holds up quite well, and I have not had anywhere the mesh has torn or weathered. The continental rubber outer sole is very durable and resistant to wet and dry terrain with quite a reliable traction even on some tough trail routes.
This comes in handy if you are a fan of combining road and trail to your training (like me). The Continental rubber outer sole that is seen on the Adizero range.
The things I like
- The continental rubber outer sole is durable and resistant to wet and dry terrain (I even run mine on a few rough trails)
- They are very lightweight with that barely there feel on your feet
- Neat and minimalistic styling with less overlays than previous versions
- Breathable upper mesh (but not as breathable as previous versions)
- Midsole boost technology/foam that offers enough cushioning
The things I don’t like
- Limited styling/colors
- The upper mesh is a bit too rigid compared to the Adios 3
- Feels slightly narrower than the Adios 3
Overall, I am a fan of the Adizero range, and they are my preferred running shoe. They are not designed for everyone. If you are a bit heavy footed or pronate/supinate runner, then you are probably better off with a shoe that provides more cushioning and support.
Good to know
- The Adidas Adizero Adios 4 is a running shoe that’s designed for those who have neutral pronation. It utilizes a full-length boost™ midsole to cushion the landings and maintain a hearty performance throughout the running session. A thermoplastic support frame maintains the structural integrity of the midfoot.
- The upper unit of this road companion features Open Mesh which is a highly breathable and lightweight material. It is flanked by a moisture-resistant interior lining and a memory foam collar to complete a form-fitting in-shoe experience.
The Adidas brand has advised consumers to consider a pair that’s half-a-size bigger than their regular choices as the Adizero Adios 4 is apparently smaller than the usual. Trying on a pair or check out user feedback from online sources greatly help in locking in the right size.
When it comes to width, the available options are D – Medium and B – Medium for men and women, respectively. This entry in the road running category welcomes runners who have medium foot dimensions.
The outsole unit of the Adidas Adizero Adios 4 is made up of Continental™ rubber, which is one of the most durable technologies in the market. The material is commonly used in race car tires, giving a long-lasting performance during those multi-tiered races. Now, it extends its protective and skid-resistant nature to outsoles, heightening the quality and value of the shoe.
Adidas external pads are known for their grid-like designs. This seemingly optical trait offers an elevated purpose: to increase the potential for precise traction and foot flexibility through textured nodes and shallow multi-grooves.
Boost™ is the Adidas Adizero Adios 4’s midsole unit. This full-length foam is made up of thousands of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) pellets that have been fused together to create a bouncy and shock-resistant piece. The job of the boost™ foam is to maintain comfort without diminishing in form or weighing down the foot.
A thermoplastic skeleton called Torsion System is placed in the midfoot section of the platform. The purpose of this visible add-on is to preserve the structural integrity of the boost™ midsole. It also supports the muscles and tendons of the underfoot, making them feel as though they’re buoyed continuously by a sturdy but unobtrusive frame.
A sock liner is placed above the main cushioning system. This extra piece adds some more cushioning for the foot-pad. It can be removed or replaced with a new one if desired.
Open Mesh is used for the upper unit of the Adidas Adizero Adios 4. This porous textile accommodates air into the foot-chamber, allowing the foot to experience an airy and dry interior throughout the running session.
The interior sleeve of this running shoe is made using Coolever Mesh Lining. This fabric technology has a softness that prevents chafing and a capacity to wick off moisture. Such a feature may prevent odor and any unpleasant sensations generated by a sweaty run.
Geofit is memory foam, and it’s used for the Adizero Adios 4’s collar. This foam-accommodating feature is tasked with delivering a customized hug that adapts to the exact shapes of the wearer’s ankles and heel. Memory foam has always been touted as a solid choice for those who want guaranteed security and comfort without feeling restricted.
A mix of faux-leather, printed overlays and stitch-reinforcements make up the fit system. These elements work with the flat laces to provide a snug yet adjustable coverage. The stitched portions are holdovers from the very early versions of the Adios series, proving to be helpful in securing the foot and keeping it in place.