Light yet protective, the adidas adipure Gazelle does double duty as a low profile trainer or nimble racer.
The Gazelle is the middle child of adidas’ adipure running collection, designed for runners with a mid-to-forefoot strike. With a fairly stripped-down design and a 6mm offset, the Gazelle brings the runner lower and more forward than the more traditional Motion, while being substantially more shoe than the minimalist Adapt.
Though the Gazelle features a moderate offset, our testers found the shoe to feel much more level than the numbers indicate. The shoe encourages running on the forefoot– one tester even described the Gazelle to feel like a track spike for the road.
In terms of cushioning, the Gazelle is firm and offers lots of ground feel. That said, tester found the shoe gave a sufficient amount of protection from the ground, enough for a mid-length run without feeling trashed afterwards.
Our testers loved the upper of the Gazelle. The stretch mesh is soft and easily pliable, conforming to nearly any foot shape and giving it a socklike feel. Don’t let the low toebox height fool you - this shoe can accommodate a wide range of foot shapes. The lacing system is incorporated into the adidas 3 stripes, and provides a secure lockdown around the midfoot without feeling restrictive.
In all, the Gazelle is a good selection for the runner most at home in a mid-to-forefoot gait. It works equally well as a shoe for uptempo running or racing.
The low platform of the Gazelle make this shoe super flexible; it also makes this shoe great for people who want to run more on their forefoot.
The stretchy upper is very comfortable, but I feel it doesn’t hold the foot in place very well while going around corners. I would like this shoe to offer a bit more secure fit.
The upper is comfortable, though not as secure as I would like for uptempo running. A good option for short runs for me.