The Berlin Marathon 2024 was billed as a battle of two of the best carbon plate running shoes but to be launched to the general public, and each got here out winners. Eliud Kipchoge romped to his fifth Berlin Marathon victory within the Nike Alphafly 3 prototype, however even the GOAT was outshone by Tigist Assefa’s world-record run within the new Adidas Adizero Professional Evo 1 to win the ladies’s race.
Assefa ran 2hr 11min 53sec to not simply break the ladies’s marathon file, however utterly obliterate it—the Ethiopian was 2min 11sec quicker than Brigid Kosgei’s earlier file, set in 2019.
This was precisely the debut the Adidas Adizero Professional Evo 1 wanted, as a result of it was launched with an unprecedented degree of hype primarily based on each its extremely light-weight design—it weighs simply 138g in a UK 8.5, in keeping with Adidas—and its absurdly excessive value—it prices $500 in the US and £400 in the UK.
Adidas additionally means that the Professional Evo 1 will not be going to be sturdy, basically advertising it as a shoe you pull on to provide the greatest likelihood in your objective race. That makes it extra of a instrument for professionals like Assefa aiming to log wins and world information, however that received’t cease beginner runners attempting to pay money for the Professional Evo 1.
You might have your first likelihood to do this on Tuesday twenty sixth September, when the Adidas Professional Evo 1 might be solely accessible within the Adidas app. On the Adidas US web site the launch time is listed as 3pm UTC, whereas within the UK it says 9am.
It’s not so simple as being on the app at the moment although. You want to join the draw beforehand, since only a few pairs of the shoe might be accessible. To enter the draw you first must turn out to be an Adidas member, which is free, then it’s important to commit to purchasing the shoe if you’re profitable within the draw, which takes place on the launch time. You may enter the draw up till half an hour earlier than it occurs.
It’s honest to query whether or not any working shoe might ever be value $500/£400, however the Professional Evo 1 might signify the largest advance in racing shoe tech for the reason that launch of the unique Nike Vaporfly. Regardless of its gentle design the shoe nonetheless has a 39mm stack peak on the heel, which drops to 33mm on the forefoot, and the midsole is constructed from a brand new model of Adidas’s Lightstrike Professional foam.
The shoe additionally has Adidas’s EnergyRods within the midsole so as to add additional propulsion and stabilize the comfortable and springy foam. The Professional Evo 1 has a really light-weight higher and a skinny rubber outsole, with the forefoot principally lined and two strips on the heel.
Apparently, Assefa ran in a model of the Professional Evo 1 with a Continental rubber outsole constructed for moist situations, which had been feared in Berlin. The Professional Evo 1 listed on the Adidas app and websites appears to have a slicker rubber outsole. It seems to be like Adidas has completely different variations of the shoe for professionals to make use of in numerous situations.