Adidas Adizero Hagio Review

The Adidas Adizero Hagio represents a shoe design that morphs the original Adios with some elements of the Adizero Pro. What’s come out is an interesting hybrid that many runners will enjoy as a training and racing shoe. Fans of minimalist or natural running will also be impressed by certain changes in design philosophy that take this shoe away from snug fitting, fast and furious. However, in pleasing these runners, fans of a snug, tight fitting racing flat may find the Hagio not quite to their taste. Here’s what I made of it so far.

Profile and fit

The forefoot profile of Adidas Adizero Hagio, when observed from the side looks very much like the old Adios – I’d venture to say it’s almost identical in terms of cushion volume and taper towards the toe. So if you liked the profile and feel of the original Adios and are a forefoot oriented runner, then these shoes will feel pretty familiar. However, that’s about where the similarity ends, as the Hagio has a much wider forefoot that will allow your toes to spread.

Being a racing flat, this shoe also has a much lower heel; overall the shoe is about a 5mm drop from heel to forefoot. Generally I’d recommend this shoe to forefoot to neutral strikers, but light heel strikers should also be able to take it on as a racing shoe (test them out with some quality faster training first).

Note: the forefoot fit is so generous some runners may need to think about going down half a size. Definitely shoes to try before you buy.

Complaint zone – Adidas Australia what a disappointment

This brings me to a gripe about Adidas in Australia. Adidas, who elected not to bring the Hagio into the country, have left their running range compromised by not offering a genuine racing flat. This is not only poor service to Australian runners, but also does not make good business sense.

As my coaching partner and specialty running retailer Mark Gorski has observed Adidas were selling more traditional training shoes in Australia because runners were so impressed with the performance/racing Adizero range. The penny hasn’t dropped, in fact the Adidas sales reps hadn’t even heard of the Hagio. Sometimes the sales numbers don’t tell the whole story.

Given Adidas sponsor leading Australian runners including Craig Mottram and Eloise Wellings, you’d think having a racing shoe for their fans to wear wouldn’t be a bad idea. Anyway the Hagio is popping up through direct importing; I’m seeing them frequently at many running events.

Training

While it might be tempting as a minimalist runner to do your easy training runs in the Hagio, in my opinion it doesn’t feel that great when you’re running slow – however I’m sure this is quite a personal view and one that many will disagree with. When running faster they feel quite zippy and do provide a bit of assistance that feels good when you’re pushing the pace. Use the Hagio for off-track speed work, intervals or shorter <20 minute tempo runs.

Racing

Suitable for track, roads and cross country (provided the terrain is not too rocky). Runners not acclimatized to minimalist (flat and un-cushioned shoes) could probably wear the Hagio for races of 5 to – 10km or even the half marathon if they’re sub 1.30 runners. I suspect a few will run the full marathon in the Hagio, but it’s probably suited to sub three hour runners or those accustomed to wearing flat shoes for all their training. A safety first approach should be adopted for racing the Marathon, if in doubt run in a shoe of similar profile to the original or new Adios. Many runners also enjoy running the marathon in lightweight trainers such as the Adidas Boston or Mizuno Precision.

Another review for minimalist runners to read

Check out Runblogger Pete Larson’s review of the Hagio. In short, he loves them, so for fans of minimalist running this shoe could be of interest to you.

Minimalist transition?

You could put the Hagio in a minimalist running transition plan, however it probably works best as shoe to rotate into when you need to give your feet and calves a break from completely unstructured flat shoes. As I’ve written previously, even if you’re a minimalist runner it can be nice to rotate your shoes so that your lower legs and feet get a bit more recovery time.

Conclusion

In short the Adidas Hagio looks and feels like a good racing shoe that will suit a reasonable variety of runners, especially if you enjoy a roomier fit in the forefoot. However, there doesn’t seem to be a ladies model available yet, which could prove problematic for runners with smaller feet. Yes women do need racing shoes too. It took a while for the original adios to be offered as a ladies shoe, so perhaps that is in the pipeline for Adidas. Don’t forget to try them on for size before purchasing.

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9 Responses to Adidas Adizero Hagio Review

  1. Eddy R September 6, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Brian,

    Thanks for the reviews. It seems you are a fan of Adidas Adizero shoes and so am I.

    I started in Adizero Boston shoes, then moved to Adios. I love the adios but I want to take the next step down to a more minimalistic shoe. What do you recommend I go to next?

    I currently do all of my running in Adios but I anticipate that I will begin to transition to the rockets. I haven’t run in the rockets yet but it seems like they are just a more minimalistic version of the Adios, which is exactly what I’m looking for. Is this correct?

    I’ve done a few runs in the Hagios and while they do feel a bit more minimalistic than the Adios, they seem to have that large arch on the insole, which rubs against my foot a bit and left me with some blisters after my first run. I’m not sure I am comfortable with that big bump (arch) on the insole. If that wasn’t there, Hagio would be perfect.

    I’d like to stick with Adidas but if there is a better option elsewhere I’m happy to switch brands. Just want to continue to move towards minimalist shoes and I’m ready for something a bit lighter and less bulky (and with less heel-to-toe drop) than the Adios.

    By the way – it’s a shame they went and ruined the Adios! Adios 2.0 seems like a step backwards. Don’t think I’ll be buying the 2.0.

    Appreciate any and all advice you have to offer. Cheers.

    • Brian September 6, 2012 at 8:53 am #

      G’day Eddy, thanks for the comment. Yep they make good shoes as do the other companies, just a case of finding the ones the suite your needs best. The Rocket is a different shoe to the Adios, less heel, but also a bit stiffer through the forefoot – proceed cautiously. Sounds like the Hagio isn’t for you – the Saucony 4mm range, Kinvara, Cortana and Mirage might be worth looking at for you – retains cushion while reducing drop. Also very flat bed for your foot to sit on. The new Nike Flyknit trainer / racer could be worth a try too. Similar profile to old Adios it seems, yet to run in them though. NB 890 also worth considering. Brian

  2. Michael Thorson May 15, 2012 at 5:51 am #

    I have these and have to say I love them…I rotate these out with my Adios 2 (although I end up using the Hagio more) and I run on average 11-16 miles each time I run in them (5 days a week)…I’m seriously considering buying another pair to have on stand-by and use in my rotation with my Netwon MV2 and Distances in the Fall.

    • Brian May 15, 2012 at 7:52 am #

      Hi Michael, thanks for contributing – that’s some serious miles, good to know they’re holding up well over the longer distances. Brian

    • tim May 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

      Michael, how do you find the difference in the forefoot room on the Hagio v the Adios? is there much difference? thanks, tim

  3. tim May 14, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    Thanks Brian,

    I do marathons in Kinvara2s and intend to run the sydney half marathons in a new pair of Saucony Grid5. I love the look of these Hagios and really want a pair BUT the sizing issue has really confused me. I’m in Australia so cant try on a pair as you suggest. I take a size 11 in both sauconys (the grid5 is slightly narrower but ‘elastic’ enough to support my foot. i have a widish foot – would you suggest the same size 11 for these? best regards and thanks, Tim. Also the adios is too narrow for my foot.

    • Brian May 14, 2012 at 10:36 am #

      G’day Tim, yep I reckon the Hagio would be true to size for you and you’ll enjoy the forefoot room.

  4. Peter Larson April 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    Just ran a 5K in these last weekend – great racing shoe. I’ve been quite impressed by this shoe, much prefer the fit as compared to the Adios – latter has too pointy a toebox.

    • Brian April 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

      G’day Pete, I’ve yet to pull them on in anger yet, had the chance last week in a 5k fun run, but opted for the old Adizero Pro instead. Was a bit worried about the loose fit up front – have been conditioned to have my toes squished! Agree about the Adios, always took a few runs to get them to stretch enough to stop little toe from rubbing. Not such problems in the Hagio. Brian