This might be one of the hidden secret within the Adidas line-up for Duramo series. Priced at SGD119, a pair of running shoes that fits the bill with ability to provide ample cushioning. Adidas gave the Duramo Speed a full length LIGHTSTRIKE midsole which was the standard setting for SL20 series. This is a huge advantage that the Duramo Speed has. Of course not all sparks and fireworks, there are areas where the quality and build reflects its price.
|US 12/ UK 11.5
|Stack Height (Forefoot-Heel) & Drop
|30mm to 36.5mm (6.5mm drop)
|Unremovable Open-cell foam
Prior to the review, it is important to establish my runner profile to better gauge my opinions on the shoes. For example, a lighter runner will experience differently the effects of midsole compared to a heavier runner. I am on the heavy side for a runner (75kg – 80kg) range and stands at 1.75m tall. My average weekly mileage ranges from 25km to 35km. I am a mid-foot/fore-foot strike with a neutral foot. I am normally a US size 11, with 2E foot width, although it varies depending on brands.
Adidas Duramo Speed Five Key Takeaways
Pointer 1 – Breathable Yet Stiff & Not the Most Comfortable Upper
The upper of the Duramo Speed has a limited number of perforation. This allowed the upper to be breathable but cannot be compared to the upper of more expensive running shoes (e.g., Adizero SL). While the breathability is acceptable, comfortable level is average at best. Duramo Speed’s upper has a significant amount of hard & unperforated materials – perhaps to provide it the structure.
In my Duramo Speed, I had issue with the tongue poking onto my foot which cause a minor level of discomfort. However, thus far it has not been detrimental for my continued usage.
Pointer 2 – A Hidden Gem with Full Length LIGHTSTRIKE Midsole
The Duramo Speed is the only in its series which is given the LIGHTSTRIKE midsole. The LIGHTSTRIKE midsole needs no big introduction. It has been used extensively in Adidas’s Adizero lineup (e.g., the SL, Adios, etc). The LIGHTSTRIKE midsole provides both cushioning and versatility to tackle shorter and longer runs. Adidas has also given the Duramo Speed a generous amount of stack height which enhances the cushioning and comfort over longer distance.
Pointer 3 – A Generous Amount of Outsole – Good Stability, Average Grip
Adidas has given the Duramo Speed a wide base and full length outsole using its Adiwear rubber. This helps to provide good amount of stability in each step. Not is stability being addressed, there is a generous amount of outsole for durability. However, Adiwear as a choice might not provide the best in class grip, in comparison to Continental or ASICSGRIP, but so far it does alright.
Pointer 4 – An Affordable Pair That Delivers for Running
There are many different pairs footwears in this price range (SGD 100 to SGD 140). For example, Nike’s Rival Fly 3 or ASICS’s Hyperspeed 3. Looking at these the Duramo Speed puts Adidas in a unique position. This comes from its midsole, design, and overall versatility. Not to mention Duramo Speed is only SGD 119 compared to the SGD 139 of the other two.
That said, in both Nike and ASICS, there are other running shoes that match Duramo Speed’s price. ASICS has its Gel-Excite 10 at SGD 129 while Nike has its Quest 5 and Renew Ride 4 both at SGD 119. I have yet to tried these on but they are certainly worth comparing given its price.
Pointer 5 – Able to Tackle Faster Pace Workout, But Weight Inhibits it as Prime Choice
While the Duramo Speed is able to handle the faster paces, its weight does not make it a nature first choice. I would reach for the ASICS Hyperspeed series for example if I am going an interval or speed workout. The lack of nimbleness in the Duramo Speed, mainly due to its weight, make it slightly more challenging to “feel” the pace.
Adidas Duramo Speed is one rare find in the age where the cost of living and running shoes are rising. While it is not perfect or best in class (e.g., its upper), there is no doubt I see it as a good choice if you are looking for a pair of running shoes that delivers. Thus far, I have no hesitation in reaching for the Duramo Speed for another run. Durability is only seen after putting the running shoes through the miles and runs.
And so, till next time, just keep running.