The Adidas Adizero Tempo 4 is an ultra lightweight shoe designed to provide motion control for the overpronator. At 224 grams, this shoe is one of the lightest in its class. At the same time, the shoe offers targeted cushioning, support for the midfoot, and is designed to provide a smooth ride by conforming to the ground you are running on.
This running shoe features all of the high quality shoe tech systems Adidas is known for. The Adidas Adizero Tempo 4 features gender specific versions of the same technology that address the differing needs of male and female runners. For example, the Torsion system is engineered to provide a smooth transition from heel to toe based on characteristics that are unique to the gender. This system lets the rearfoot and forefoot function separately to enhance adaptability while still providing light arch support.
Formotion is another system that is designed with gender specific needs in mind. This heel system is decoupled so that it can adjust to the way you run. The result is a smoother, more natural touchdown and transition to strike off. This leads to superior comfort and greater control.
Cushioning is achieved through the use of adiPRENE, an absorbent material that mitigates the impact of the foot strike. It is a responsive material that provides for a dynamic lift off as well as resilient cushioning. To reduce abrasion in high usage areas of the shoe, adiWEAR is used which is a non-marking rubber that prevents wear and tear. Ventilation is achieved via the mesh upper which keeps the foot dry and cool.
The midsole contain two plastic heel plates which performs two functions. It provides additional support for the rearfoot and it prevents the side to side movement common in overpronation.
Feedback about the Adidas Adizero Tempo 4 is generally positive. One reviewer made note of the firm heel which, combined with the flexible forefront, made for a fast responsive ride. Testers liked how the shoe’s breathability but found the forefoot to fit too snugly. Almost everyone commented positively on how lightweight the shoe is and how it was still able to deliver motion control for overpronators.
Runners reported being able to run faster even in wet conditions. The shoe generally stood up under the pressure. Overall, the shoe is recommended for runners with high arches looking for a lightweight trainer or neutral runners wanting to do some speedwork.