Adidas Springblade Ignite, a shoe that catches your attention from miles. ‘Ignite your run’ is Adidas marketing slogan and yes, you can ignite your run with these boots. It is not like any other running shoe you have seen before (unless you have seen the first generation of Adidas Springblade, the Springblade Drive). It features polymer blades on the outsole for cushioning. If you want stunning looks apart from performance, then this shoe just might be for you.
Even if the shoe has a completely new design which is quite uncommon in the running business, it does have a very simple upper. It has a TechFit feature to provide better support and comfort along with mesh upper and welded overlays for better reinforcement. It is a little rigid when matched with your regular running shoe but you should get used to it after a few runs (compared to Asics Gel-Nimbus 17, one of the softest running shoes). The synthetic mesh is durable (better than Springblade Drive) and long distance running should not be a problem with these shoes, considering you can run long distances in these boots. It features a breathable upper and feels extremely comfortable.
Coming to the midfoot area. It features a molded EVA foam over the forefoot area for better cushioning. A super responsive EVA sock liner is present for a super comfortable fit. It also features a moisture-wicking lining on the boot. The moisture-wicking lining keeps the sweat away and will always keep your foot fresh during a run (We all want this. A fresh foot during the course of the run).
The most spectacular part of the boot are the blades on the outsole. This is what makes Springblade Ignite fall in a completely different category in the running industry. Springblade ignite features high-tech elastic-polymer blades under the heel. They recoil with almost same force that is applied on them; thereby, giving an efficient energy return. These boots have one of the most effective energy returns in the running business but these boots are no match to Adidas Ultraboost. Durability of the outsole should not be an issue with the AdiWear material.
Few may even find the forefoot cut a little wide. For all the wide footers out there, this should be great. Lockdown in these boots is great. Thanks to the external heel counter present in the shoe. It is not a minimalist shoe even if it has a low heel-to-toe drop of 10mm.
The Adidas Springblade Ignite is good for sprints and normal training. The solid base under the forefoot area will offer immense levels of traction. Quick directional changes and movements with this shoe is a breeze. This is a great shoe for heel strikers. The forefoot and heel cushioning are excellent (we were skeptical about the blades at first, now we think that Adidas has done a great job).
If you are just an occasional runner you may barely notice any difference but if you are a professional you will notice that the traction levels on these shoes are way below basic standards for runs on various weather conditions. Make no mistake; this is a great shoe for short runs on dry weather conditions. When it comes to rain and snow, it loses it edge and is certainly not that impressive. When compared with other running shoes, the Springblade Ignite is slightly on the heavy side.
This shoe retails at $100 i.e. around 6,500 INR. Availability in India is TBA.
Bottom-line: You can run in these shoes but long runs might be problamatic.