Shoe Review: Adidas AdiZero Mana 6: The Little Racer That Can
This is my first racer shoe (I have two and the other review will come at a later time). I have never had a racer shoe. I have used my training shoes for all my races until I bought this one and the Brooks ST5s. I was initially reticent to try racer shoes because of the lack of support they have (to be able to make them so light) and I do need support and I pronate a little (ankle sprains are common with me). So, with much trepidation, I gave these shoes a try.
I have done two races with them. The first one was a 10K (the Turkey Trot) and a 5K (South Florida Fair 5K). Both races have been my best races since the asthma diagnosis. Obviously most of the improvement comes from the medication but a little comes from the use of a lighter shoe.
A few thoughts on this racer:
- Good for 5Ks and 10Ks - Both races went well and I had no issues with the support provided by this shoe.
- Not necessarily good for HMs or Marathons - I took these shoes for a pace run prior to the Disney Goofy Challenge (with the idea of using it for the half marathon portion). I did 7 miles, the longest I've done with the shoes. My feet ended up very tired. The PF was sore. I felt the shoe had no support. So, although good for 5Ks and 10Ks, I don't think these are good for HMs or marathons for people like me (other people use them for marathons and have no problem whatsoever).
Overall, this shoe is a pretty good racing shoe. While I have another racer shoe, this is the shoe I'm going to be using for short races from now.