Designed for the Beijing Olympics
Reviewed by: Bob Sharpe
A lightweight hockey shoe from Adidas.
lace cover provides additional instep support and protection.
External TPU toecap
offers additional forefoot protection.
outriggers and heel provide superior side cut grip and deceleration on wet pitches.
Built on a runner's
specific last to provide a superior fit.
comfortable and the Climalite design will keep your feet comfortable whilst staying dry by
drawing perspiration away from the skin.
My demands are probably greater than the
average agility competitor. I am on my feet for long periods most days, training others and
occasionally myself. I also suffer from fallen arches which necessitates footwear with support
in that area. I like a lightweight shoe and would favour a fashionable looking one. I would
also prefer a pair equally efficient in all conditions - a shoe to keep feet dry in the early
morning dew and in the more inclement weather we experience whilst allowing the foot to breathe
on the occasional hot summer afternoon.
Over the past 18 months I have alternated between
wearing a hockey shoe and a fell running shoes for my agility needs. Whilst each have their
advantages over the many alternatives, if I am honest, neither quite met my needs but
nonetheless have served me well. The hockey shoe immediately offered more support in the needed
area. They were more supple than their predecessors, certainly more waterproof and I had no
complaints about the grip in all conditions. The only drawback was that on the typical day of a
dozen runs and endless treks to and from the van my feet were hot and had swollen somewhat. By
the end of the day, the shoes seemed to have increased in weight and it was certainly a relief
to remove them.
It was when feeling the effects on my feet of a long
days competition that I fell for the supple alternatives offered by fell running footwear. My
training partner, never the most extravagant spender on agility clothing, had enthused about
them, having purchased some months earlier. My wife also enthused, becoming the best saleswoman
the supplier had.
On wearing that shoe for the first time, I was very
impressed. They felt like carpet slippers in comparison to my current brand. The grip was good
and, at the end of another long day, my feet were still relatively fresh and comfortable.
Initially there were no disadvantages other than being unable to even walk a dew covered early
morning course without inadvertently washing my feet. However, over the next few months my
knees were giving me more trouble particularly on days where I had been standing training for
long periods. This was eventually attributed to the lack of support in the ultra-flexible
alternative. A return to the hockey shoe did alleviate this problem a little.
When assessing my footwear requirements, I decided that
in an ideal world if we could combine the strength support and greater resistance to the
elements offered by the Adidas version, with the lightness, flexibility and airiness of the
running show we would be close to perfection. An added bonus would be a design that was a
little more fashionable, neither the bright blue nor dull orange of the current equipment would
make the agility equivalent of the Milan catwalks.
What I liked:
Examination of the Adistar Lite shoe revealed a
sole with ample grip for all but the wettest ground conditions, but with more flexibility than
its predecessor, a rubber-like fabric embracing the vulnerable areas combined with a more
breathable fabric on the areas less open to the elements. It met with my needs for keeping my
feet dry whilst helping to avoid the swelling caused by lack of air that had been a down side
to the predecessors. I closely examined the arch and the bulky plastic support of the current
model had been replaced by an internal one, much less conspicuous but no less effective. I was
To give the shoes a true test, I decided to wear them
solidly for a week, both in training and competition. I would also wear them for the rare
leisure pursuits, replacing my existing trainers. So from Monday, 2 June to Sunday, 29June, no
other footwear was worn.
I was still impressed! My knees were certainly no worse
than when wearing the supportive current footwear, and my feet definitely more comfortable
which I attributed to the more breathable fabric. On simple walks with my dogs, they were
equally as comfortable as my current well-loved trainers.
The final test was a 2-day UKA show at Newbury including
an appearance in the Royal Canin Final. In competition, there was no adverse reaction sometimes
associated with new footwear. I certainly felt no need of relief from them during the whole
day. The grip and support whilst running could not be faulted and I did not fall down in the
final which was my one dread after announcing on the commentary sheet that I was modelling
them. I wore them from 8.00am Saturday morning and did not take them off until after a late
night course building around 10.00pm and similarly Sunday. I removed on return home with no
desire to replace them with any other shoe.
What could be improved:
If only they produced a dog version and
sponsored my Meg, we could have made up the 3/4 of a second in the Final and been even happier.
Style & design:
The initial assessment of the Adistar
Lite certainly passed the style test - true Adidas black with the trademark 3 white stripes.
They were very slim, light and with a zip closing a flap over the lacing, provides a concession
to the fashion conscious.
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Value for money:
10/10 - I have always taken sport seriously and purchased the best equipment I could
afford believing that any advantage to be gained must be worth that little extra spend. The
Adistar Lite is the most expensive in the range but, when compared with the overall cost of
competing, well worth the extravagance.
I must state that these are certainly the most
comfortable leisure shoes that I can remember wearing. They offer the strength and support to
give confidence in competition but with the comfort of a trainer and a style to meet the most
fashion conscious. They have been worn continually for over a week and met every need and I can
find no fault.
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Taylormade golf company and Rockport. Besides sports footwear, the company also produces other
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second largest sportswear manufacturer in the world.
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About the Reviewer...
has competed in agility for six years. He runs his rescue
dog Meg in G7 and brothers Flynn and Moss in G6 and G4 respectively. An avid follower of Greg
Derrett's training methods, he runs The Field of Dreams Agility Training School in North
Lincolnshire with Hannah Houldsworth.
He could not do it without the fantastic
support from his long suffering wife, Pauline.
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First publisher 22 July 2008