Adidas Ride £89.99


Posted: 12 June 2000

Weight 382g
Evaluation
Two years ago, the Ride was a benchmark in plush cushioning. Last year it became firmer, though still competent and reliable. This year’s shoe shares nothing with its predecessors except its name and that fact that it’s still a shoe designed for biomechanically neutral runners. Frankly it’s hard to recommend you spend £90 on the new Ride, unless you particularly like the fit and the look, and you’re light enough to prevent the extremely soft rearfoot cushioning bottoming out. (The fit has pros and cons: provided you have a foot that favours an unusually narrow midfoot and a wide but shallow forefoot, you’ll find that the upper is soft and comfortable.) On the positive side, the forefoot feel is light, and the rearfoot and midfoot are stable.
In short
The Ride is a confused shoe, as its looks suggest. Its outsole is too heavy-duty and its fit is unusual, but its main flaw is that its rearfoot Adiprene cushioning is way too soft on heel strike.


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