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Equipment Report

January 7 2014

2:19 PM

Adidas shoe weighs under 10 ounces

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

Adidas' new adizero one is taking the word "ultra-light" to a whole new level. Weighing in at less than 10 ounces, the 2014 adizero one is 10 percent lighter than the 10.6-ounce 2013 adizero Tour -- a golf shoe that, at the time, was the lightest version the company had ever produced.

To make the shoe lighter than its predecessor, adidas designers created a one-piece fused upper that -- typical golf shoes require the stitching of multiple layers -- according to the company, bonds together five layers to deliver a "glove-like fit" on the foot.
“When I first saw the adizero one, I couldn’t wait to get them on my feet,” said Jason Day. “With the low-profile design, I can really feel the ground beneath my feet and the power generated from my swing is definitely noticeable. I’m excited to wear these on TOUR.”

The performance outsole was also redesigned to be lighter and 20 percent wider that adizero Tour. Another change is the reduction of cleats on the sole. Instead of having 10 cleats, designers were able to take TOUR feedback and biomechanical analysis and develop a sole that only needed seven cleats.

To give the shoe improved traction with fewer cleats, a center cleat utilizing CenTraXion technology was added to the middle of the sole. The single cleat provides an additional layer of traction and stability throughout the swing.

The adizero one will be available Jan. 23 in four colors for $180. Three additional colors will be released on May 1.