Adidas Lightfoot £54.99


Posted: 12 June 2000

Weight 222g
Evaluation This shoe couldn’t be more aptly named – it’s 40g lighter than an average cross-country spike, and little over the weight of a good 10K road racing shoe. If you want to feel as though you’re floating on air in a moderate-to-firm cross-country race, this is your shoe (a spike will still have the edge in slippery mud).
As its 1970s looks hint, the Lightfoot is designed for the fell running market, and it’s a far more competition-oriented shoe than the good but sturdier Equipment Davos which it replaces. It’s certainly light enough to appeal to even the sternest traditionalists, and its wafer-thin midsole means that it’s sure-footed and highly responsive. The fit is promising, too – the three broad Adidas stripes loop into the lacing system and keep your midfoot and heel firmly in place within the shoe.
Now time for an apology we’ve never used before: foot and mouth disease closures have meant we can’t tell you how the Lightfoot grips on the fells – and we’re well aware that this is what will make or break the shoe. It looks encouraging – the lugs are deep, well-spaced and soft – but we’ll keep you posted.
In short It’s fast, responsive and even lighter than Walsh’s category-defining PB Racer. The Lightfoot is by far the quickest fell shoe ever produced by a major company.
Try it if you liked Walsh PB Racer (£55); Felldancer Racing (£52); New Balance RX Terrain (£55)


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