There is absolutely no fitness like match fitness, getting to play 90 minutes is where you really get yourself into soccer shape. But, to get to that point plenty of off field running is a necessity, especially as you work through pre-season. That is why, over the next few weeks, we will be detailing some of the top running shoes on the market, starting out with this top market option, the Adidas adiZero Feather 2.
Why choose this running shoe first, you might be wondering? Well, the simple answer to that lies in the fact that it is one of the best Summer options there currently is on the market. Since the upper is constructed using an air mesh, they offer a fantastic level of breathability while a SprintWeb welded frame provides added support. If you are wondering why they have “Feather” in the title, it is because of their overall weight – 6.6oz. For a running shoe, that is extraordinarily light.
You can currently find the adiZero Feather 2 at Soccer.com.
Before continuing, we want your opinion on running shoes – hit the comment section below and let us know what running shoes you recommend and why!
Running in the adiZero Feather 2
Adidas use a adiPrene+ foam in the midsole to provide extra support, and it works out to be very effective when running. You get a medium level of bounce as you land. It is not as springy as other high end running shoes, but considering the weight, you are getting enough padding to decrease the thud as you hit the ground.
Seriously, these things are light….like “superlight” light! It makes for a great feel to run in. You get a very natural feel, with nothing holding your feet down. Changing from a regular shoe to running in these is an odd experience, but in a positive way when you start running. It does raise one important question though, how light can or should a running shoe be?
Player reaction to the shoe when they see them for the first time is consistent – “those things are light!” After getting over the initial shock comes the topic of support, and how they feel while running.
Adidas has hollowed out a space in the sole for a miCoach chip to sit in. As a result, it means you get to track your running stats and improve your training performance over time. This is a feature I am personally a fan of!
This is the type of running shoe that will be particularly effective for players in warmer conditions who need a lightweight shoe to get them through preseason (or even off-season). I found the lightweight upper extremely effective this summer, while wearing them to stay fit in the warm California climate. If you are using these in colder conditions, you are going to need some thick socks!
As well as this Tech Grey/Lab Lime colorway, there are several different colorways of the lightweight shoe available, including a Black/Infrared, a Blue/Infrared and a Infrared/Blue.