Adidas Adipower 4orged Review
We are continuing to publish our full reviews of the winter shoes that we tested a few weeks back at Moor Allerton Golf Club. Each of the shoes have now been in the possession of a Golfshake reader or ambassador for a few weeks and have been worn more than once, giving us a nice sample period to create these reviews. The next shoe in the spotlight is the Adidas Adipower 4orged. Golfshake reader and score tracker user, Richard Moore and I have both been trying out this style, you can find a summary of our thoughts, below.
Adidas has plenty of experience when it comes to creating golf shoes that help players get the most from their game. The hugely successful Tour 360 range was arguably, the shoe that really put Adidas on the footwear radar and they are continuing to produce great styles, such as their latest shoe, the Adipower 4orged. You may have noticed Justin Rose strolling around the world’s biggest events in this very model and it is no surprise when you look at some of the technology that has been used in the shoe. Most notably, the boost technology is featured once more. The cushioning becomes more responsive as golfers put more power into the shoe throughout the swing. Adidas simply say, “the more energy you give, the more you get.” The Climastorm technology used in the shoes upper creates a breathable yet water repellent outer, which is ideal when plodding around a slightly damp course. In addition to this, the Forged upper focuses on stability and ensuring that golfers are supported correctly from the start of their swing, to the finish.
The shoes come across with a very clean, sharp look regardless of which colourway is chosen. As we tried the white/grey colourway, we found that the design was very versatile and would fit nicely with a range of golfing outfits. In addition to this, the boost technology gives the shoes a unique and strikingly ‘Adidas’ look, which may be what you would be hoping for when buying from such a defined brand.
When on foot, the shoes look fitted to the foot and the leather front half of the shoe looks simplistic but traditional and smart. Overall, this is a very aesthetically pleasing design.
The Boost technology is really quite incredible and offers something totally different to other golf shoes. The cushioning means that the shoe takes the weight of the body well and helps you to get a natural feeling bounce during the swing. The shoes feel well made and do offer a lot of stability which suggests that the Forged upper is a great aspect of the shoe.
The performance of the shoe is very good. The Boost technology makes for a spongy feel on the heel when walking between holes as well as when loading into a shot. They are warm, comfortable and crucially, for me at least, they have not let any moisture reach my feet even when I have played in the rain. The spikes on the sole of the shoe are effective and ensured that there was no loss of grip at any point.
The use of Boost technology makes for a thoroughly comfortable shoe, round after round. The shoes were worn straight from the box and neither Richard nor I struggled with comfort, at all. The forged upper which features a kind of ‘half and half’ look is a really striking and appealing design, an aspect which has become increasingly more important in golf shoes.
Although the spikes were great for grip throughout a full golf swing, they did seem to leave many spike marks on the soft greens. This is often the case with spiked shoes in the winter and is perhaps the biggest negative aspect of this shoe. Also, the Boost technology that is on the exterior of the heal is pretty tough to clean. If playing in very soft, muddy conditions it is unlikely that you will be able to fully rid the Boost area of mud following the round. These shoes may be more suited to autumn/spring golf rather than full-blown winter.
Overall, these shoes are a great option. The Boost technology really is a joy and has helped make the shoe the most comfortable golf shoe that either Richard or myself have ever worn. It also does help with the support throughout the swing which makes for a nice little boost (pun intended) when trying to gain those extra ten yards. Unfortunately it is hard to clean the shoe perfectly and this does take away from the visuals after been used in wet conditions. But, looking at the bigger picture, this is just a small negative.
Rated 9 out of 10
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