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As the name implies, the adizero rocket is super fast. This racing flat has a super-low profile to allow your speed to come out. With full forefoot adiprene, the Rocket will deliver protection up to the marathon for the elite runner. An ideal 5k, 10K road racer for serious runners. Do some XC racing, if the terrain is not too rugged.

Model Number:

Weight: 7.0 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (23mm), Forefoot (18mm); non-removable insole 

Sizing is based on the men's scale. Women should subtract 1 and a half sizes from their women's shoe size. Example Women's 8.5 equals size 7.0 for this shoe

How It Fits (based on width D) Width D=Medium

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Narrow to medium
  • Midfoot: Medium to low volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to narrow
  • Toe-Box height: Low
  • Arch structure: Medium-low

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: July 2011 (new color), model release date July 2009
  • Model discontinued: Unknown


The adiZero Rocket is a minimum featured shoe designed for neutral pronation or supination. It is intended for 3k to 10k racing and is built with a curved shape.


  • adiPRENE+ is a resilient EVA-based foam made to cushion the forefoot on impact.
  • CMEVA consists of compression-molded EVA foam for durable cushioning.
  • Torsion System uses a wishbone shaped thermoplastic unit in the midfoot that allows the forefoot and rearfoot to move independently for increased stability.
  • Open Mesh is used throughout the upper and provides breathability.
  • Asymmetrical Lacing Design better follows the shape of the foot for an improved fit.
  • respoEVA Sockliner is molded for anatomical fit for additional step-in comfort.
  • Slip Last involves wrapping and stitching the upper in a bootie-like shape before it is glued to the midsole to increase flexibility and decrease weight.
  • AdiWear is a non-marking carbon rubber in the heel for durable, improved traction.
  • Blown Rubber is lightweight and offers grip for increased traction.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: Best shoe ever. The rocket is super fast, light and lasts surprisingly long for a racing shoe. Its also very comfortable considering the low profile. My average milage is depending on the schedule between 30-50 miles, race pace for the marathon 6 min/mile, normal foot.

Comments: I found myself running a month ago in an old pair of Adizero RC that have 1700+ miles on them. I had ordered a pair of the Rockets when they were the white upper/red midsole colorway. I sent them back without even running in them because they were so stiff, but not being able to find any other shoe I liked, and reading the glowing reviews here, I decided to give them another shot. I love them. The Rocket is a great shoe. It is still relatively stiff when you try to bend it by hand, but you don't notice that when running. It feels like a lower heel than the Nike Free 3.0 V2, doesn't have the big arch that the Free 3.0 V2 does, and has a wider toebox. I probably forgot how stiff the RC had been since I had cut flex grooves them. Depending on how these wear I may eventually cut these too. On the RC I was getting wear on the toe tread because of the stiffness. Cutting flex grooves solved that as they then rolled better. I love the white and green colorway. Summary - a great, g
 o fast, lightweight trainer/racer. gship on
From: Glen, Moorestown, NJ, USA

Comments: I will be returning to this model whenever I wear out my current pair. These are firm, lightweight and exceedingly durable for a minimalist type shoe. After 400 miles, the sole looks like it could double down and keep going. The Asics Hyperspeed looked tattered in comparison by mile 200. While the sole looks fresh, the upper is starting to come apart at the 3-stripe adidas logo area. Note, this is not a cushy, gentle shoe and I love it!
From: Mike, NY, USA

Comments: Best racing flat I've ever worn. Worn them for distances up to 13 miles without a problem. Very light, very comfortable. Ordering another pair soon just cause they are so awesome. Can't beat the price either considering how good the value is.
From: Tom, Boston, MA, USA

Comments: Now on my third pair of Adizero Rockets.  Marvelous shoe.  As others have stated, quite simply the easiest shoe to run naturally and biomechanically "sound" in.  The three-stripe design provides sufficient midfoot wrap and support and the forefoot is just wide enough. After some adaptation, I find I can easily train in this shoe 'round the clock (previous shoes have been the K-Swiss K-Ruuz, Asics Hyperspeed, and Zoot Ultra Speed.)  I would rate the cushioning as firm and very responsive yielding an incredible feel for the road.  I plan to rotate these amongst my other shoes and will easily race my half to full marathons in them without reservation.
From: Darren, CO, USA

Comments: One of my favorite shoes. I have multiple pairs.  Very comfortable to walk in and run in. Almost effortless to run midfoot. The heel toe ratio is apparent occasionally, but rarely do notice.
From: Charles, New York, NY, USA

Comments: Currently use them as my training shoe and so far after about 250 miles the outer sole still looks almost perfect. I would consider myself a minamalist as I have previously trained in flats, and most of my shoes tend to wear on the outer edge to the point where they are unwearable. These shoes seem a lot more durable and should last longer than other flats. Hoping to get close to 1000 miles out of these whereas most of my other flats only get 400-500. They still feel really light and don't have much extra cushion. Only potential negative is that like other adidas shoes the heel counter is pretty stiff and it makes putting the shoes on difficult at times. Most likely getting these again when current pair is done.
From: Alex, Albany, NY, USA

Comments: I am a race walker.  This shoe fits great and is very comfortable.  It has good traction and is very flexible.  On short runs of 5 to 8 miles I have no issues.  Once I get to 10 miles on a track work out, my feet start to ache. If I take the shoes off at 9 miles and change to another type of shoe I can continue with no problems.
From: Tilden, Birmingham, AL, USA

Comments: Very efficient and fast. Almost zero Forefoot to Heel ratio. I'd consider this a good minimalist shoe, even it's not trying to be. Fits true to size and has better width than most racers. I use this shoe for all runs from 5K to Half Marathons. It's by far the best road shoe I've ever worn. I can handle light trails too. The sole is very protective, but the upper would not protect in more extreme places. If I had the money, I'd buy a lifetime supply of these shoes.
From: Jeff, Tampa, FL, USA