It’s good to see Adidas’s carbon-fibre Pro Plate in a really light shoe – after all, it’s designed to increase propulsive power. Testing of the last shoe – the 300g-plus Gazelle Pro Plate
– found that the stiff, springy plate felt much more natural for faster runners than slower ones.
At 225g it’s not the lightest short-distance racing shoe around – very light runners would often be looking nearer 200g – but the Pro Plate makes a noticeable difference. It helps your running style ‘flow’, which is worth the extra weight. The most natural comparison is with the Fila Racer
, which also uses a carbon-fibre forefoot plate. Both have a beautifully smooth ride, but at 243g and with a thicker midsole, the Fila Racer is more of a half-marathon/marathon shoe, or a short-distance shoe for slightly heavier runners.