Adidas Tempo 9 – 50 Mile Review

Every once in a while there is a shoe style that you have been looking at for several model versions. You have picked them up and looked at the style and the changes more than a few times over the years, read multiple reviews and even thought about getting a pair when the previous models have been on closeout, but never got around to doing it.

For me that is the Adidas Adizero Tempo line of running shoes. Unfortunately, since the late 80’s adidas running shoes and my feet were not a match made in heaven. The pointy, narrow toe box and often heavier than I like running shoes were not what I wanted on my feet. Plus there is nowhere locally that sells the adidas performance line of shoes, so I usually looked at other brands.

That being said, I have run in a 3-4 of adidas’ Boost based running shoes over the past 5-6 years and while I have been impressed with the Boost part of the shoes, but typically disliked the way the uppers fit my weird feet, with the exception of the Adios 3, but the performance fit was a bit too snug in the past for me.

Although I have to admit that when I read Sam’s review of them over at Road, Trail, Run, Sole Review’s words of wisdom and Dr. Klein’s review last year, I was much more intrigued by them. A stability shoe that didn’t weigh a ton, comfortable (wider toe box, narrow heel), decent outsole and best of all featuring the Boost midsole which I really like how it feels under foot.

However, I had other shoes that I wanted to try when those reviews came out.

Earlier this month I had hit a weird spot in my running shoe rotation where nothing in the house seemed to be really what I was looking for and one night while wandering around the Internet, I read a review on the Tempo 9s again and clicked the link. When I got there I found a sweet deal for a pair of Tempo 9s on Amazon and thought why not get them. Continue reading

A Run Down-Back in Tempo 9s

Well there, it warmed up just a bit today and the winds died down to reasonable levels and after a couple of days of record breaking cold temperatures it almost felt somewhat warm. Well really it only got back to a bit more seasonable temps. Mid 30s, 5-10 mph breeze and weak sunshine.

I am also getting close to having 50 miles on my adidas Tempo 9s and one of the tests I have for running shoes this time of year is how they perform down-back on both dirt and now the packed snow…errr white ice.

Yeah, running on these roads in winter can be rather interesting and I have to really pay attention to what I am doing. However, as long as you can stay on the sides or the middle (where the tire prints are), you can get some traction and don’t need spikes or screws on your shoes to run. If you get in the travel lane too long, all bets are off and you will find out how padded your arse is. Continue reading

About Half an Inch of Sloppy Outside

After yesterday’s longer run, I was looking for about 45:00 minutes of comfortable running. However, while I was waiting to run, we got about a half an inch of snow. You know just enough to make you go yech, but not really enough to claim I needed a rest day either.

Also I wanted to see how the adidas Tempo 9s did on a little snow and wet roads, but I wasn’t going to go down back to play on the white ice in them. I do have a little more respect for falling and what happens when I don’t bounce so well than I used to.

So I trundled out the door and did five laps on the road in front of the house.

Yeah, a real exciting course, but I have learned the hard way out heah, when there is a bit of snow on top of cold asphalt roads (it got down to 17*F last night) to be very cognizant of where I run. Then when the snow starts to melt, that safe rather than sorry is what I need to do.

Especially when the temperature was 28*F, roads that a short time before were melting snow can suddenly have a serious glaze of ice on them all too quickly, if the wind decides to pick up. Usually about half way through a run or when you are heading down a big hill. Things can get dicey very quickly in that kind of situation.

My effort levels were pretty steady throughout the run, although on the last lap I picked it up a little, I was not attempting to go all that fast. I was more concerned about the footing and how the Tempo 9s were doing.

Speaking of the Tempo 9s how did they do on half an inch of snow and wet roads.

No issues, they have great grip, a nice tread pattern that snow doesn’t cake up (or at least it didn’t for me today). I felt in control on turns and could pick up the pace when I wanted in the snowy sections. Well, except on one patch of road that I would have preferred some carbide tips, due to the passage of some vehicles and how they compressed the snow down to ice in that section.

Although my feet did get pretty wet splashing around out there, but I also found out that I can wear my Darn Tough merino wools socks with the Tempo 9s, so my feet while a bit wet, were not really cold either. That is one thing I am liking a lot about the Tempo 9s – they are not a fussy shoe for me when it comes to which socks I need to wear with them.

With the tread on the bottom, I would not hesitate to run in the Tempo 9s for most of my winter running outside. Although during a nasty storm or if I was running the snowmobile trails I know that I would want shoes with a little more grip and a more weather resistant upper.

A good run and I got to put some more of the Tempo 9 puzzle together.

How to Screw Up a Perfectly Good Shoe Line – adidas

I recently got in a pair of adidas Response Boost 3s and the changes from the v2s make them a completely different style of running shoe. So I was fairly disappointed when I got to looking closely at them.

Let’s back up a little.

I really, really like the way adidas Boost midsoles feel underfoot and have run in a few of the Boosted models. The biggest issue I tend to have with the adidas brand running shoes was always the narrow, tapered toe boxes that they seemed to have.

Due to a couple of things I have been able to run more in narrower shoes and lately have gone back to running in more in adidas running shoes recently. Plus it seems that some of adidas’ running shoe lines have relaxed the forefoot fit – in my opinion a very good thing.

One of the shoes that I have liked for the most part is the adidas Response 2 TechFit. Yeah another one of those older models that you can find fairly cheap, but still have some life left in them.

While I had some issues with them initially, they do fit well, are very comfortable and now that they have broken in a bit, have become my preferred shoes. No they are not the top of the adidas line of running shoes, but they were a reasonably priced model that seems to work well for me.

Since I like the Response 2s as well as I do, when I had a chance to get a pair of the Response 3s for a great price on eBay, I decided why not go for it.

I sort of wish that I hadn’t bought them now that I have them in my hands.

They are quite simply a different shoe.

The Response Boost 3s gained way too much weight and went from having a fairly simple upper to something where I had to scratch my head and ask why?

They went from a running shoe that could compete pretty nicely and be in a similar price range with the Nike Pegasus, Saucony Ride, Mizuno Wave Rider, Reebok Sweet Road or Grasse Road and others in this light-weight/lower cost daily trainer category to a WTF is going on.

Yeah they still have the Boost midsole and with the changes to that design I expected a bit of weight gain, but damn the upper sucks in the Response Boost 3s compared to the 2s.

When I got to looking close at them, I decided that a pair of scissors would cut down the weight a little without any structural changes.

The green Xs are what is now gone (fabric adidas tag on the tongues and pull tabs on the heels), half an ounce doesn’t sound like much, but I can feel the difference.

After I run in them a few times I will decide on those seemingly useless lace strips that I circled in yellow and just punch a lace hole in the normal place. There is a plastic overlay under that strip to give some support to the upper, so unless this strip actually does something it probably needs to go away too.

Also adidas choice of laces seems to be a bit overkill.

So with a few more changes I might be able to lighten up the shoe a bit more. I don’t think they will be sub 10 ounce shoes like the 2s, but it would be nice to get them down a little more.

Sometimes, I think that brands screw-up decent shoes by attempting to make them into something they are not. For me the Response Boost 2s were a basic light-weight trainer without too many frills.

I am not sure of the direction adidas meant to move with the Response Boost 3s, but they were redesigned and no longer are a pair of basic light-weight daily trainers in my opinion. The pull-tabs in back are not really necessary, the side lacing strip is of questionable use/value and the fabric adidas label on the tongue makes me scratch my head and wonder why all these extras were even necessary.

All they do is add unnecessary weight to a running shoe that was going to gain a bit of extra weight from the design change to the midsole.

The other part is just from a looks department, the Response Boost 2s look like a decently styled shoe, while the 3s seem busy and the components don’t work well together and the fabric label made them look cheap.

I know that both of these shoes are long in the tooth and not really current models, but it shows how a brand can screw up a perfectly runnable running shoe and make it something quite different and not as good as what it supposedly replaces.

In this case the Response Boost line took a big step backwards in my opinion. Not that my opinion matters to anyone but me. 🙂

We will see how the adidas Response Boost 3s do as running shoes with the changes I have made so far.