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Published on April 4th, 2012 | by Greg

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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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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