Who should buy the Adidas Power Perfect 3

The Adidas Power Perfect 3 is a refreshed version of the brand’s acclaimed Power Perfect 2 and carried over the platform from the previous model without any alterations. This Adidas footwear is a solid choice if:

  • You want to see some improvements in your ankle mobility and perform deeper squats with a more upright torso position. 
  • You weightlift on both rubber and wood gym floorings and need a shoe that offers stable footing on those surfaces. 

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Updates to the Adidas Power Perfect 3

  • This iteration introduces a mesh insert. It covers up the toe box and the tongue. This alteration makes the forefoot section more flexible while providing better aeration of the foot chamber.
  • This version has a more minimalistic look as compared to the previous model. The number of seams has been reduced significantly in every area of the upper. 
  • The three stripes no longer serve as overlays and now take the form of printings on the sides.

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Durable grippy outsole

The Power Perfect 3 inherits the Adiwear outsole of its predecessor. It is a durable rubber compound which shields the platform against wear and tear.

The unit is made entirely flat to ensure a stable footing for lifting weights. The honeycomb patterns at the heel and the forefoot render grip on various gym floors, including wood and rubber.

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 Incompressible elevated heel

A high-density EVA foam makes up a robust platform of the Adidas Power Perfect 3. It gets thicker in the rearfoot, raising the heel above the toes. It has a 19-mm (0.75 inches) heel height which is considered an average among Adidas weightlifting shoes. This incompressible elevated heel helps athletes reach greater depth when they squat while keeping their torso upright.

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The Adidas Power Perfect 3's upper

The Power Perfect 3 utilizes synthetic leather to create a supportive fit in the upper unit. The material doesn’t get easily frayed and is meant to withstand the rigors of regular weightlifting.

The brand chooses to employ mesh in place of leather in the toe box. This adjustment helps in making this section more pliable to accommodate lifting techniques which involve forefoot bending. It also has an ample give to it which allows toes to splay during exercises. A PU (polyurethane) overlay is added on top of mesh at the front to protect it from abrasion.

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Snug and ventilated rearfoot section

The mesh extends up to cover the tongue as well. It allows more air to move freely through the ventilation pores and keep the foot aerated when the heat builds up. The collar is also lined with mesh, contributing to the breathability of the shoe.

A plastic overlay is placed at the bottom of the rearfoot. It cradles the heel to prevent it from excessive wobbling when the wearer lifts heavy loads.

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Enhanced foothold

The trainer utilizes a traditional lace-up closure with fabric laces and metal eyelets to secure the fit in the midfoot. On top of the instep, a hook-and-loop Velcro strap further enhances the foothold. Both components can be easily adjusted to suit the user’s preferences.

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Facts / Specs

Use: Weightlifting, Powerlifting / Gym
Heel height: Men 19mm
Width: Narrow, Normal, Wide / Normal
Release date: Jan 2018
BRAND Brand: Adidas
Toebox: Medium
Colorways: Black / Red / White / Pink

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Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years his PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Bodybuilding.com, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.