Review: adidas adiZero Rose 2

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Derrick Rose’s history with adidas is an interesting one. Early in his career, with shoes like the Supernatural Creator, he had an incredibly high-performing shoe, but something that was more part of the “team” family of adidas shoes. At that point in his career, he also wasn’t the MVP-caliber player he is today. Then, last season, the performance continued to be high level with the adiZero Rose, but nothing about it was revolutionary. Then, as the playoffs began, Rose was set to be the face of the 9.8-ounce Crazy Light. Except Rose wasn’t wearing them. Well, he wore them for about a half against the Pacers, and then it was back to his old shoes with TV campaigns running during the break that featured Rose touting the lightweight offering.

So that brings us to this season and the adiZero Rose 2, which is pictured in the slideshow above. (Note: Photos were taken after multiple wearings, in case you wonder why the soles aren’t pristine white.) While we probably won’t see Derrick Rose with them on the court any time soon, I took my best crack at playing with them to get a few for what the Bulls point guard will be rocking whenever we see him return.

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Review: adidas Recovery Sleeves

If you’re reading this, you know that I’m someone who’s always interested in the latest athletic gear. When adidas produced the various TechFit gear in advance of the 2008 Olympics, I was intrigued, if not mildly skeptical. After all, compression gear already existed, right? But the science was there and I have to admit that I’m a convert. I wear TechFit PowerWeb shorts during every workout I do. (This is not an exaggeration.)

But as the workouts intensify, sometimes it’s what happens afterward that’s just as important. So now adidas is pushing Recovery gear. Again, I found myself intrigued but skeptical.

I am, after all, someone who already wears compression gear during a workout, so am I supposed to peel out of that and then put this on right away? (The answer: yes.)

The big thing with these sleeves, I found in my various trial runs, was to wear them for a long period of time — even sleeping in them. Your mileage may vary on this type of use. Maybe it will bother you when you sleep. For me, a short-term use did little to help alleviate pain in most cases. But wearing the calf sleeves after a long two-hour hoops run or back-to-back conditioning classes at my Y netted results that at least felt like more than a placebo effect.

I tend to have issues in my right calf after a particularly long week of workouts, so these felt great on my push leg after an evening of sprints at the gym. I felt less of an impact from the arm sleeves, but I also tend to experience less soreness there.

This recovery product absolutely has its advantages, but I’ll say that it takes the niche market of compression apparel and really goes to the next level. This is something really geared at the serious athlete, and probably not someone who just goes for a few 30-minute jogs every week.

The adidas recovery collection is on Eastbay, ranging from $24.99 for the calf/arm sleeves reviewed here to $59.99 for larger pieces. Check it out here. I’d also love to hear in the comments what, if any, recovery routine you have after a particularly tough game/workout. Have you ever used anything like this apparel, or something along the lines of “The Stick” to relieve muscle soreness?

Full disclosure: adidas supplied me with the leg and arm sleeves that were reviewed in this space.

Review: adidas ClimaCool Ride

A few years ago, I worked out in the first few iterations of the Nike Free trainers. I loved them, but as I took on more running, I didn’t feel like those trainers I loved were suited for running and I went back to more traditional runners. Fast forward a few years and the market is absolutely overloaded with thin-and-light options targeted specifically to runners. Thanks to adidas, I had the opportunity to check out one of those offerings, the adidas ClimaCool Ride.

According to Eastbay, the ClimaCool Ride checks in at 8.2 oz. (It’s actually a fun social experiment. Toss these shoes to a friend of yours and watch the look on their face. It’s usually a total jaw-dropper.) I don’t believe even the early Frees I worked out in were this light, so it really was an experience unlike any other for me in that regard.

One of the other strengths of the shoe is the breathability. You can watch this video for greater detail, but to sum up, essentially every part of the upper is breathable, but even the sole has breathability through the flexible notches on the outsole and the perforated insole.

While I’m not knocking that outsole, it’s also not the kind of standout stuff I’m used to on the bottom of, say, an adidas hoops shoe that’s a little bit bulkier.

From a sizing perspective, if you go to pick these up, make sure you go down at least a half size. If you have the chance, go try them on in person before buying them. They absolutely run big, and you don’t want something this flexible where you’ve got a thumb-length plus in the toe box.

By normal runner standards, the stability of the upper is actually better than I anticipated it would be. Because the thing feels so flimsy and light in your hand, I anticipated my foot feeling somewhat naked and unstable. While you won’t catch me doing quick change of direction and sprints in these, I had no worries about rolling an ankle or anything when I was just out running.

My biggest caveat, beyond sizing, is that runners should know their foot and their stride style before jumping into an ultra-light like the ClimaCool Ride. I pronate, and I’ve got a pair of shoes with specifically targeted support for my arches. (Side note: I’m dying to find a trainer in the same boat, so before I go shopping for inserts, anyone have any suggestions?) This is really a no-frills shoe when it comes to special support for over/under pronation. You could easily pop in a pair of insoles/heelcups/inserts, but know that you’ll need to make that adjustment if you have any special needs of your own.

Style-wise, this is a really strong item for adidas. The customization that’s available is outstanding. If you’re searching for regular colorways, you’ve got lots of options from Foot Locker and The shoe retails for $90.

Big thank you to adidas for providing the ClimaCool Ride — in this outlandish orange colorway that got me more than a few comments everywhere I went — so I could review the shoe.

Next Up (in Running): adidas ClimaCool Ride

Thank you to adidas PR for sending these along. Checking in at 8.6 oz, they make those Zoom Kobe VIs at 10.2 ozs seem heavy! (OK, not really. But 8.6 ozs? Impressive!) I’ll probably start slow in these and won’t break into the big distances for a week or two, but review to come in a few weeks. Anyone been trying these out?

adidas adiZero Rose review

With a big assist from adidas, I was given the opportunity to play in the new adiZero Rose, the shoe obviously worn by Bulls guard Derrick Rose. (If you didn’t know it by the name, then you certainly knew it from the omnipresent ads with Ken Jeong.)

For me, I’m coming off of a season where I absolutely loved the adidas offering – the TS Supernatural Creator – and I think the brand had a very high standard to live up to as a result. Last season, I didn’t think I’d like the shroud that covered the shoe, but it really only added to a great, locked in feeling. (The strap wound up being a bit superfluous, but the overall lockdown in the foot was great.) This season’s shoe is really drastically different in design.

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Images: adidas adiZero Rose

I’ve just gotten my hands on my first pair of the adidas adiZero Rose (courtesy of adidas), the shoe Derrick Rose will be wearing this season. Above is just a stock image. Below are some other shots I took tonight pointing out a few details that I found interesting or had read about before. I’ll post a full performance review in a few weeks once I log some serious time. Also of note: Eastbay is hosting a chat with Derrick Rose at 6 p.m. ET, which you can check out here.

First up, I wanted to point out the disparity in ankle support, imagined or otherwise, from last year’s TS Supernatural Creator.

My favorite feature of last year’s shoe for Rose was that superior ankle support. Now, it’s interesting to note that Rose wears those Speedwrap ankle braces, so perhaps the cut of the shoe was changed to accommodate that accessory. But then will people know they should go pick them up? I’ve yet to play in these, but just walking around, the loss of support isn’t as great as I wouldn’t expected. Still, the higher cut, plus the shroud, provided a really locked-down feeling. It remains to be seen whether that will be replicated.

Next up is a picture of Sprint Frame.

This is almost like a hard cup at the heel that is supposed to keep your foot in place. It’s not unlike what you’ll see in a lot of low-cut basketball shoes these days as an alternative way of stabilizing your rear foot/ankle.

Below, another comparison shot and a few other detail shots:

You can pick up the adiZero Rose from Eastbay in three colorways, including this one, for $99.99.

Slim Chin returns with adidas

“This is Dwight Howard.”

“Beast from the regular East.”

“Freaky like my lady pyramid!”

So, so happy that adidas picked Ken Jeong for their spots this season. The adiZero Rose and adidas Beast drop this weekend. More images of both shoes tonight, but for now enjoy the videos.

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