Evaluation We were impressed with the first version of the Calibrate. It was a heavy shoe, with a mainly polyurethane midsole that offered a lot of support and tons of durability. The only down side was that it was mighty heavy. This latest version is slimmed down. Adidas has chopped out most of the PU, leaving a relatively slim layer underneath the heel. The rest of the midsole is now made from a more familiar two density foam construction with a big midfoot shank for extra stability. And there’s a big pad of adiPRENE – a nicely cushioned rubberised foam – in the forefoot. Thankfully, none of this detracts from the Calibrate’s motion control capabilities. It’s still tough, and stable enough for all but the most extreme overpronators, and it still offers enough cushioning and durability to make it a good choice for the big runners, particularly as it’s also built on a wider last.
In short It’s lost some weight, but don’t worry if you haven’t, as the Calibrate is still one of the best big-runner shoes around. It’s now more responsive, which should broaden its appeal.
Try it on if you liked Adidas Calibrate (£75); Mizuno Wave Legend (£70)