The adidas adiZero Rose 2 was a great performance model and the adiZero 2.5 looks to have combined attributes from the aforementioned model with some characteristics of the Crazy Light.
Traction – These feature the same traction found on the Crazy Light with the only changes coming from the rubber compound used. The Crazy Lights had a soft and ‘grippy’ – Not a real word – rubber whereas the 2.5’s are a bit more firm. Based on looks alone they are similar to the Rose 2 however, the grooves are much more shallow so longevity (if used outdoors) may not be as apparent as it was the first time around.
Cushion – The Rose 2’s were very firm and the Crazy Lights were very soft… these are right in the middle. Under the insole is the same cutout that was featured on the Crazy Light allowing the heel to strike with much more compression than it would if the SprintFrame were solid all the way through.
A PU insole is in place as well and you cannot feel the SprintFrame which I enjoy.
Materials – Synthetics are used along the upper as well as a nubuck SprintWeb. Honestly, the materials are a little too similar to the Crazy Light which worries me a bit, especially with my ankle being so weak, but I hope the addition of the Speedwrap will aid me in the event of a potential ankle roll.
The forefoot has a much more forgiving material than what was placed on the black/ red adiZero Rose 2 so I really like this a lot.
Fit – They fit true to size and the SprintFrame around the midfoot area seems to have been made a slight bit wider than last time… this is great as a lot of players, myself included, were able to feel the SprintFrame pressing against the sides of their feet.
The GeoFit tech placed on the ankle collar is pretty cool. Its form fitting and somewhat firm yet soft at the same time… its sort of hard to explain how it feels but it’s a nice feeling for sure.
Ventilation – SprintWeb offers the greatest amount of ventilation and air flow on a shoe… I’ve said it a couple of times before and I will continue to say it until I find something that beats it.
Support – The SprintFrame offers great support on the lateral side while allowing movement on the medial to aid in a natural but supportive movement. I have explained this before with the Crazy Light and the Rose 2’s so there isn’t much I can say that I haven’t already said.
Overall… adidas puts out some top notch products and I wish people would see, feel and realize it. I know that there are quite a few people out there that love adidas but I know there are more that are naturally curious about the brand but never end up making the leap from other brands. Out of all the shoes I have lined up to be reviewed, these are the ones I’m most eager to get to right now… I’m almost ready to postpone the other sneakers just so I can play in these but I will wait a bit and try to get a few that have already been started finished first.
Below are some side by side shots of the 2.0 & 2.5 just to give you an idea of what has been changed/ modified.