Adidas Adizero Tempo 8 Review

Overview

The Adidas Adizero Tempo 8 is a stability lightweight shoe designed for fast efforts and workouts.  The shoe caters to those who overpronating by having just enough stability features while maintaining a lightweight and responsive shoe.  The Adizero Tempo 8 is sold at MSRP for $120 but can be found for as low as $60 online. This makes the shoe incredibly affordable which makes it more feasible to buy considering it is not designed to handle everyday runs. The shoe’s durability is still pretty impressive for its class, however, lasting far beyond what is expected from most lightweight trainers. This is an excellent shoe for nailing those tempo runs or getting a little more comfort without sacrificing speed in your next road race.

Function

The Adidas Adizero Tempo 8 is designed as a stable lightweight road shoe. Almost a racing flat, I do not recommend you take this shoe off the road or the track. Even then, I’d only use it sparingly for faster workouts and races. The shoe does not have a significant amount of cushioning since it is built for speed, but most users should find it supremely comfortable for its class.


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The shoe has a few stability features, designed to help accompany those who overpronate, but is not designed to handle the majority of your training mileage unless you have excellent form and are not prone to injury.  I’d recommend rotating this shoe with a more cushioned trainer, using the more built up trainer on easy days and long days and working this shoe in on your fast days.

the Adizero Tempo 8 is also not a bad choice to race in. While personally I like to go into flats for anything up to a 10k, if you find you want a little more support or stability features, this is very viable shoe to use for 5k’s, 10k’s, and up.

The Specs

General

As you would expect from the name the Adidas Adizero Tempo 8 is designed for “tempo” efforts or faster.  The shoe’s major selling point is the Boost technology that Adidas seems to be using in all their running shoes now. The shoe also offers just a little bit of stability features with EVA Stable Frame and the torsion System in the midsole. The Adizero Tempo 8 features Continental’s rubber outsole along with AdiWear in the outsolde and a host of other technologies in the upper designed for maximum comfort.

The shoe is designed to run fast and willingly sacrifices many support features to obtain a lightweight shoe that will help you fly on the roads. the shoe is also more than capable of tearing up a track but I would not recommend taking this shoe on the trails as it is not made to be extremely durable and the ruggedness of trails will make it wear quickly.

According to runningwarehouse.com, the women’s shoe weighs in at 8.0 oz with a 26mm heel profile and a 16mm forefoot profile. This gives the shoe a 10mm drop which is quite significant for a shoe in its class, but may be due to the extra stability features. The men’s shoe has the same profile on both the heel and the forefoot, giving it the same drop, and weighs in 1oz heavier at 9.0oz. For both the men’s shoe weights in at 9.0 oz with a 26mm heel profile and 16mm profile in the forefoot also giving the men’s shoe a 10mm drop. The shoe is listed as fitting about a half size smaller than one would expect with a medium sized arch and medium to narrow fitting.

Upper

The upper of the Adizero Tempo 8 features many of the technologies that have drawn so many new customers to Adidas running over the last several years.

The Open Mesh is utilized throughout most of the upper to increase flexibility and breathability, offering a comfortable fit in tandem with the Coolever Mesh Lining, which also serves to wick moisture away from the foot.  Under the foot is the Strobel Last, woven in with the Open Mesh and Coolever Mesh Lining to give the shoe a sock like fit. Coating this is the respoEVA Sockliner and the microsuede upper.

The Upper fits the goal of the rest of the shoe which is to offer a lightweight and flexible shoe to run fast. Make sure you try the shoe on in a shop first and take it for a little run if they allow you to make sure it is what you are looking for.  Once you have the proper fit, these shoes should be extremely comfortable and breathable. The tongue seems to be a bit short for some people but if you lace it correctly, you shouldn’t have a problem.

Furthermore, the upper in the women’s shoe is shaped differently than the men’s to ensure both genders have optimal comfort based on their foot shape.

As for how the shoe looks, I’m a bit biased, as I love the look of nearly every Adidas shoe. The classic triple stripe on the side just screams fast to me. But this shoe especially looks fantastic. The mesh makes the shoe nearly see through and the triple stripe glimmers with in the right light. The shoe simply looks fast.

Topsole/Midsole

The main features in the topsole and midsole of the shoe are similar to those that have set Adidas on their recent upward trajectory for the last few years. The first thing you’ll probably notice is the white foam structure in the midsole of the shoe. This is what Adidas calls their “Boost” technology, present in nearly all of their recent models. The Boost uses TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane, which for us mortals is the material that makes up the tiny white pellet-like structure you see in the midsole.  This material has been shown to be more resistant and offer more pop than what most others shoes use.

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The boost technology is the main feature of the shoe, giving the shoe the responsiveness that makes it such a fast shoe. In addition, the boost material is used in conjunction with Adidas’ EVA Stable Frame, which is the primary stability feature on the shoe, supporting those who overpronate which may also help those with plantar fasciitis.

The shoe also has a Torsion system for increased stability, allowing your midfoot and heel to move separately through the heel strike and toe off phases to help guide your foot through each step.  This is designed to offer a bit of arch support while protecting and supporting the foot without constraining it.

Outsole

The outsole of the Adidas Adizero Tempo 8 is also very notable. Instead of going with an in-house blasted rubber system like most other shoe brands, Adidas has developed a relationship with the tire company continental, which cyclists may also recognize due to their prevalence in the road cycling tire market. The Continental outsole is designed to, like a tire, offer excellent traction in all conditions.

However, you must realize that what may work on a tire does not always work when translated to a new platform, like a shoe. While the firmness of the rubber does offer a lot of bounce off the road in dry conditions, it slips occasionally in wet workouts, especially on a rubber track.

For additional traction, the shoe utilizes AdiWear technology, which is designed to handle a significant amount of wear, adding to the durability of the shoe while still maintaining both traction and flexibility. The main purpose of using this is to make the shoe last longer by counteracting for the constant pounding into the heel that occurs while running.

Awards

We are not aware of any awards that the Adidas Adizero Tempo 8 has won this year. It was, however, ranked as #151 on a list of 536 shoes by runrepeat.com. Furthermore, a similar shoe, the Adidas Adizero Adios won the best lightweight shoe by the 2017 Running Awards. There doesn’t seem to be as much recognition for lightweight stability shoes anywhere on the market, however, so that is important to consider.

Similar Shoes

The Adidas Adizero Tempo 8 is not too widely worn and represents a mostly overlooked category in running shoes, a shoe with stability features that is also extremely lightweight.  We’ll first compare it to the Adidas Adios Boost 3, a shoe that is very similar and has been riding near the top of the market. Then we will compare the shoe to the Mizuno Wave Catalyst, a very similar shoe to the Tempo 8. Lastly we’ll compare it to the Adidas Supernova ST, a more built up version of the Adizero Tempo 8.

The Adizero Adios 3 is similar to the Tempo 8 in that it is designed for fast workouts and racing. It also features a similar mesh upper, the same torsion system, and the boost technology that is so prevalent I Adidas shoes. the Adios, however, is lighter, weighing in at 8.2oz in comparison to the Tempo 8’s 9.0oz, but is actually slightly taller in both the heel and the forefoot  than the Tempo 8. The shoe is also much more expensive, designed originally to run a marathon world record, and is continued to be designed for racing. this shoe is also much more expensive than the Tempo 8 but seems to be much more popular.

The Mizuno Wave Catalyst is the recipient of Runner’s World’s award: Best Debut award and is a similar shoe as the Tempo 8 as far as its purpose. The shoe is designed as a lightweight stability shoe like the Tempo 8 and is .5oz heavier and has a similar drop, but is about 5mm higher in both the forefoot and the heel. This shoe may be better if you are planning on racing on broken roads or gravel and may also offer you more stability than the Tempo 8. The Wave Catalyst is also a bit cheaper than the Tempo 8, depending on where you buy it.

The Supernova ST is the shoe to go for if you like the Tempo 8 but want just a bit more cushioning under your foot for your daily training runs. It is much more built up than the Tempo 8, weighing in at 11.5oz and about 7mm taller in the forefoot and 9mm in the heel, also giving the shoe a larger heel to toe drop. The shoe does have similar stability features, however, with the EVA frame surrounding the Boost technology.   It is also more expensive than the Tempo 8, but should last much longer.

Plantar Fasciitis

The Adidas Adizero Tempo 8 offers minimal support. The shoe is designed to run at your fastest and is excellent for short fast efforts. This shoe may offer you slightly more support than other lightweight fast shoes as it does have some stability features, but the shoe is designed primarily for speed and the stability features definitely come secondary. Depending on the severity of your pain, you may want to consider wearing a more built up shoe with more stability features

Summary

The Adidas Adizero Tempo 8 is a lightweight stability shoe that will be best used in rotation as a speed weapon for your workouts and longer races. We do not recommend this shoe for daily training, especially if you have plantar fasciitis, and recommend you use a more cushioned and stable shoe. But, the Adizero Tempo 8 is a fast shoe with solid stability features that should prove their worth for overpronaters over a more neutral shoe.

Overall Review

This shoe is recommended for fast workouts and longer races. It may also prove useful in shorter races if you need a little extra stability. The shoe is fast, durable, and is currently offered for an incredible price.  If you like how it fits and how it feels, the Adidas Adizero Tempo 8 is a tough shoe not to buy.

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Ratings

Comfort: 75/100


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Support: 65/100

Durability 78/100

Cost (MSRP: $120, but can be found for around $60): 99/100

Aesthetics: 93/100

Value: 55/100

2017-07-10T22:28:52+00:00

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