Verdict from 7 experts and 12 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Ride: Just like the New Balance 1500, the Adios 6 runs stable, bouncy, and fairly low to the ground. Its stack height is not too high, while the combination of the Lightstrike and Lightstrike Pro creates surefooted strides. 
  • Upper comfort: It's thin and breathable. On hot days, it allows for ample airflow and is effective in wicking away moisture. 
  • Fit: The shoe has a performance-oriented wrap — it's snug from the heel to the forefoot. 
  • Traction: The Continental rubber is "ferociously grippy," reported various experts. It "latches" to the ground well during acceleration, quick turns, and in wet conditions. Even on dirt roads, gravel, and light trails, the shoe has a solid bite. 
  • Durability: After 36 miles, the Adidas Adios still has no wear. 
  • Gusseted tongue: According to runners, it helps with the shoe's overall lockdown. It stays in place and "sits nicely" against the foot. 

4 reasons not to buy

  • Heel slippage: Testers had to readjust the lacing and utilize the extra eyelet mid-run just to get rid of this issue. 
  • Minimally padded tongue: Because of this, cinching down the laces causes pressure on the top of the foot. 
  • Chafing in the front: Reviewers claim that this is largely due to the "big overlays" up front. 
  • Narrow toe box: A lot of runners find it constricting, and they say it creates pressure on the toes. 

Bottom line

True to how it's billed by Adidas, the Adizero Adios 6 is a racer/training shoe that can deliver a fun ride from 10k to half marathons. It runs like a traditional racing shoe but with a modern twist. For reference, it's much like the New Balance Rebel v2 but with more control. 

A fair warning: For heel strikers, it can be a bit clunky and stiff at the rear. Experts also recommend against using it for anything farther than half marathons. In such a case, they advise going for carbon-plated shoes instead. 

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Adidas Adizero Adios 6: Another plateless speedster

Unlike other modern-day tempo shoes and racing flats, the Adizero Adios 6 from Adidas does not make use of any carbon-fiber plate to up the runner's pace. Instead, it gains speed through its utilization of Lighstrike Pro tech (also present in the brand's propulsive elite racer Adidas Adios Pro). The foam is not only light but is also very energetic and bouncy, which are the essentials of a fast-paced run. 

What is it for? 

Whether you're training or racing, you can rely on the Adidas Adizero Adios 6. It can be your go-to shoe for tempo-paced training runs and is just as reliable in your next 5-10K race. 

Pace: Moderate to fast


  • Road
  • Track 

Adizero Adios 6 vs. 5

  • Just like the Boston 10, the Adidas Adizero Adios 6 integrates both Lighstrike and Lightstrike Pro foam for a more stable, peppy ride. 
  • The shoe now has an increased stack of 32/24 mm from 21/12. 
  • For a more comfortable lockdown, the heel collar is made more flexible and "less aggressive." 


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