I haven’t yet completed the adidas adiPower Howard review but I was able to grab a pair of the adiPower Howard 2’s which look and feels as if it’ll be a better overall performance model.
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Traction – I’m a little confused as to what exactly ‘Cilia’ traction is at this point as every model I’ve seen with this type of traction there is always a different look to it. Not sure if the recessed circles with the rubber knobs are the Cilia or if it’s a type of rubber… if someone knows the answer feel free to fill me in.
Either way, the traction looks as if it’ll perform decently depending on court conditions. Not sure if this particular pattern can keep up with a Guard but I will find out soon enough.
Cushion – This is one area that has been upgraded from the previous adiPower Howard in certain areas. The heel cushion is amazing and feels great while the forefoot is lacking cushion and your foot sits closer to the ground.
The insole is foam, much like the adiPower Howard, and I would have preferred to have a PU insole but I won’t complain about it as I have plenty of PU insoles from other adidas models that I can easily replace these ones with if needed.
Material & Fit – They fit true to size and the midfoot region is a little on the narrow side so these are yet another shoe you will want to try on prior to purchasing.
The materials are all synthetics which is said to reduce weight. These aren’t a ‘lightweight’ shoe but they are much lighter than the first model and lighter than some current models from every brand. I think the synthetics will hold up well as they feel durable enough yet remain flexible which is nice.
Ventilation – This area seems to be a slight downgrade compared to the first Howard. While the First model isn’t extremely breathable, these only have ventilation down the tongue and that’s pretty much it. There is plenty of room along the upper side panels for perforations so I’m not sure as to why they only implemented air flow on the tongue.
Support – This is why they fit slightly narrow around the midfoot. They don’t have a full on SprintFrame but it is very similar in the midfoot section of the shoe.
My favorite part – both aesthetically and performance wise – is the use of the giant three stripes which are attached to the support frame. Once fully laced, you can instantly feel your foot being hugged by the TPU.
Since these pieces are not attached to the shoe itself you can tighten as needed for your desired fit.
Overall; I’m a bit confuse by the Cilia traction but the cushion, fit & support are all enhancements when directly comparing them to the previous model. The materials are flexible so they shouldn’t be very restrictive and the ventilation could have been implemented a bit better. These look awesome and they should perform very well at the same time. At $100… you can’t really go wrong.