Adidas Calibrate £75

Posted: 12 June 2000

This model may still be available on clearance. But we've reviewed a newer version since we published this.

Weight 409g
Although the Calibrate is an entirely new shoe, it is in many ways a return to the simpler shoes of 20 years ago – but with modern materials.
Until now, Adidas has only used polyurethane as a midsole material once in the last 10 years. Polyurethane offers good protection for larger runners, or just runners who need maximum midsole durability. The Calibrate’s midsole is mostly polyurethane, but the forefoot has a large swath of Adiprene Plus – which is a rubberized EVA – for cushioning. Equally important for overpronators is the medial post and external heel counter for good stability.
But the Calibrate is heavy. For the men who wear tested it, the added bulk wasn’t a problem, but the women felt it was too weighty. If you want a very
lightweight (though less durable) motion control option from Adidas, try the Cairo.

In short
The Calibrate is sleek and durable with good motion-control features. An outstanding shoe in an old-school look.
Try it if you liked
Asics Gel MC+ (£75), Saucony GRID Hammer (£75); Mizuno Wave Foundation (£80)

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