Now here is a Blackout release that is well worth checking! Coming in the Adidas adiPure 11Pro range, this is a colorway that is packing a very traditional and stealthy look in a modernized package. Modern comes with some controversy, since the boot now features a Taurus leather upper instead of the traditional K-leather. Ultimately, it is a case of moving with the times and accepting change, as I had to do while testing the adiPure 11Pro and resulting in a 4/5 star rating. Flex zones in the soleplate and miCoach Technology give it a little extra oomph!
In terms of the Blackout effect, it is very effective and produces one of the best looking blackout boots I have seen to date. In my opinion it looks much better than the adiPure IV Blackout, which I held in high regard. This version just looks a lot more natural. The signature Adidas 3-stripes can still be made out even with their new paint job. The only part of the boot that adds some contract is the Adidas logo on the heel and soleplate – just a little reminder so you don’t forget which brand you are wearing!
The Blackout version is priced at the same $149.99 price point as all other releases to date, although I have a feeling these will sell out a little quicker than the rest!
A completely redesigned upper.
A synthetic Taurus leather is used on the front, with a synthetic saddle employed through the 3 stripes on the midfoot for added support. We are familiar with seeing K-leather used on the adiPure series, but with the recent upgrades to their Taurus calf-skin upper, Adidas has changed its direction. I have pointed out on several occasions that Taurus leather has a downfall; durability. Well, Adidas has actually addressed that area and added an ultra thin layer of protection, called Duracoat, to areas of high abrasion. Well played Adidas!
More soleplate changes.
On this version of the SprintFrame, you get a new Flexzone (improves flexibility and enhances lateral movement) and PlusFlex (outsole is split below the toes for higher energy efficiency through movements), with miCoach performance tracking technology also included.
Conical studs – goodbye blades.
This could be one of the shock features of the boot. Adidas has re-engineered its traction by introducing dual cushioning conical studs that feature internal anti-shock tubes. They are designed to be more abrasion resistant, while improving surface penetration – improving traction and speed.
Trimmed down to an ultra competitive 8.2oz. The adiPure IV weighed in at 9.8oz.
This release comes at the same time as a would-be Blackout release in the F50 adiZero is released – the big question is which version do you like best?