Welcome to the first peer product review for tasendurance. The aim of this review is to give a first hand honest opinion from someone like you, a lover of endurance sport! For the month of July Hobart runner and endurance club member Aaron Humphries has been punching out the km’s in ADISTAR RIDE3 running shoes kindly supplied by the adidas tech running department. This shoe is pitched by adidas as a neutral shoe with luxurious cushioning for high mileage running.
When I received the email from tasendurance telling me I had won the chance to be the guest reviewer of a new pair of Adidas shoes, I was both nervous and excited. I had always dabbled with Nike, adidas and Asics footwear so to just wear adidas for a month, I was nervous as I had previously had 4 stress fractures in the tibia from running. I was instructed to head to the Running Edge to be fitted and collect my free pair of shoes. The fitting process was excellent. I had always bought support and cushioning shoes off the internet and running stores as my previous injuries were all “jarring” injuries, so to be properly fitted and tested on the treadmill there, was a first for me. The shoes given to me after a very detailed fitting were the adidas Adistar Ride 3 shoes. The shoes felt a bit weird to start with, as many new shoes do, but during my first run, I could feel comfortable in my shoe.
The timing of the shoe was perfect for me as I was in heavy training for the state cross country 12km championships which was to be held at the end of the month. The shoe was beaten through the mud, through grass, sand, dirt and plenty of roads as I got through 250km for the month. I found the shoes very supportive and comfortable the more I wore the shoe and as a very slight pronator, I found the shoes straightened my landing and was strong through the mid foot. The cushioning of the shoe surprised me as the Adistar Rides are under the neutral category and not the supportive or cushioning, so to be comfortable and supportive was a highlight.
Overall I found the adidas Adistar Ride 3 to be a very reliable shoe and one that I would recommend to all other neutral runners. I highly recommend getting fitted at the Running Edge also, as they were able to get me in the right shoe, and hopefully minimise the chances of me getting further stress fractures. The shoe was used mostly for tempo and longer runs, but I found it ‘OK’ for the track sessions. I like to wear a lighter racing flat for my track sessions, but I found them still good to use for the track.
See you on the roads,
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