Published on April 4th, 2012 | by Greg0
Adidas Climacool Fresh Ride: Light, Airy, Comfortable
Shoes are not all made alike. For each occasion, there are probably hundreds of decent options, but we’ll restrict our choices today to running and jogging- and the footwear to Adidas. Reviewing clothing and accessories is different than other categories- we only end up with a single individual’s opinion generally. But that doesn’t mean they get off easy- we’ve thrown this shoe in rain, walked dozens of miles on pavement, tested traction on grass and turf, and have come through mostly impressed.
The Adidas Climacool Fresh Rides are a new, lightweight shoe (8.5 ounces or so) with a focus on breathability. And in that respect, it outperforms all but “barefoot” or minimalist shoes- you’ll feel the wind on your feet through the shoes. That doesn’t mean there isn’t support, but these definitely aren’t for basketball (or aimed at tennis players)- the ankle and upper support isn’t quite strong enough. But they are impressively flexible instead, a tradeoff that is good for those who are looking for a more “natural” and less restrictive style.
Plus, these are great-looking and feeling, bouncy and modern. Adidas clearly is taking some notes from competitors, but offering their own spin, with eye-catching colors and a more subtle but still present triple-stripe design. Ours were the “Lead / Neo Iron / Phantom” color, but bright blue, red, and traditional black are available among others. We liked the tread, and it held up well to some pretty hard testing on the streets and paths of Manhattan. Fit seemed true and accurate. Our only major caveat for those considering their needs would be climate: as these are quite permeable, water does get in, and during the rain your socks will get soggy (even puddles can do it).
Available now online and in stores, for around $70.