Evaluation You need to think of summer if you try on this shoe. Its designed for ventilation, and lots of it. The upper is made from a wide fabric weave, open cell padding and a plastic mesh, but thats just the start. Turn the Climacool upside down, take the latticed insole out, and you can see right through the shoe. The midsole is hollowed right out under the heel, through the midfoot and under the two smallest toes, and a plastic grating is all that stands between you, the insole and the ground.That allows air to gush through the shoe. Its a pleasant feeling, but it didnt completely win over our main weartester, even on a hot-weather training camp.
The shoe was adequately cushioned, but the big plastic plate in the midsole didnt make for a smooth ride, and theres little midfoot stability in the upper. As for training in the wet: forget it. Unless you want your socks to be instantly soaked, this is a dry-weather shoe only.
In short Full marks to Adidas for innovation, but the Climacool is only worth considering if you have problems with hot feet in the summer. Even then, you need to be a light, efficient runner.
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