3.5 ounces primed.
adidas has set a company wide mission of being the lightest brand in every athletic category. And it’s doing exactly that. Recent highlights include the adiZero Crazy Light basketball shoe, adiZero 5-Star football cleat, and now, the lightest commercial sprint spike shoe ever in the adidas adiZero Prime. Read all about it in adidas’ press release below.
Tyson Gay will go into the US Track & Field Championships (June 23-26) wearing the new adizero Prime, the lightest commercial sprint spike which sets new standards for lightweight running footwear. The lighter your shoes, the faster you can go. Based on this, our goal with the adizero Prime was very straightforward: to create the lightest and fastest 100M sprint shoe ever made so that athletes can perform better,” says Adrian Leek, VP Global Running for adidas.
Weighing only 99 grams / 3.5 oz (men’s, size UK 8.5), the adizero Prime was literally created from scratch and every part of the shoe including upper, plate, laces and spikes, was re-evaluated by the adidas Innovation Team (ait.) to guarantee the lightest product.
The new SPRINTFRAME platform of the adizero Prime is two times stiffer and only half as thick (1.3 mm) as standard sprint plates which allows the runner to be closer to the ground while at the same time improving stability. In addition, the plate is reinforced with carbon nanotube technology which minimizes energy loss through each stage of the 100m race. The six permanent nano-ceramic compression pins, an adidas patented design, are positioned to minimize braking forces and support greater propulsive impulse for accrued speed. Integrating the pins into the shoe allows the foot to be closer to the track, thus increasing the power, speed and stability in every step.
The shoe’s upper is developed around SPRINTWEB, an entirely welded composite membrane laminate, which enhances the “barefoot” comfort and keeps the foot locked down and stable during take-off and during sprinting.
The adizero Prime will be available in a limited number of 500 at selected adidas retailers as of December 2011.