Adidas Duramo 7 Review
The Adidas Duramo 7 is a uniquely built inexpensive yet quality running shoe. With its extremely lightweight build, its able to add in the comfort for most short-mileage runners to take the distance. Its wearers are in awe of its sleek and stylish looks. Really the only downfall is that its durability could've used some more work, even if it meant a slightly thicker, heavier shoe.
Construction of the Adidas Duramo 7
- Air mesh upper for optimal breathability
- Breathable mesh lining
- Cloudfoam midsole for comfort and optimal cushioning
- OrthoLite® sockliner for comfort and performance
- AdiWEAR® outsole is incredibly durable
- Deep flex grooves reduce weight and enable natural movement
The upper of the Adidas Duramo 7 is actually quite impressive. It’s constructed out of a seemless mesh, with some thin overlays on it to add a little bit of durability. Overall it creates a very breathable running shoe and it helps it maintain a lightweight feel.
The EVA Sockliner adds an additional layer of cushioning in the underfoot region of the shoe. The foam is cushiony, comfortable, and durable to provide a runner with just that extra spring that’s needed to take on that next run.
The midsole construction in the Duramo 7 has been made in two different ways. One contains a Cloudfoam midsole while the other contains a Adiprene foam. Both are different but similar technologies. I reckon the difference comes from the origin country of manufacturing. I personally ended up getting a pair of shoes with the Adiprene foam. Overall the cushioning was pleasantly surprising. The Cloudfoam doesn’t seem to offer much difference. I wasn’t able to try this alter foam of midsole material, but after some research, it’s hard to determine which materiel offers more cushion, but I’d say they’re close enough to one enough, that it shouldn’t have much impact on the shoe.
There is good news and bad news with the outsole of the Adidas Duramo 7. The good is that the layer of Adiwear rubber covers most of the midsole of the running shoe, while other running shoes only offer partial protection. The bad regarding the outsole is how thin the material actually is. It should wear down faster compared to most running shoes, which will affect things like traction, long-lasting cushion, and the overall durability of the running shoe.
Performance of the Adidas Duramo 7
In my mind, the performance of a running shoe is determined by three key factors. The first and most important is comfort. If you’re not comfortable while running, you won’t sustain your run. It’s that simple. A second factor is how well can a running shoe keep you out of harm’s way? This can include support features (especially in stability running shoes) as well as simple features such as a running shoe having traction, so you don’t slip and fall. Lastly, can the running shoe improve you as a runner in some way? A running shoe that has great flexibility and gets you off the ground effortlessly not only keeps you happy, but can help you push your pace or distances.
The comfort of the Adidas Duramo 7 is pretty good. There is enough responsive cushion underfoot and the overall fit of the shoe is very comforting. Between the seemless upper and the EVA sockliner, the only irritation I felt with the shoe is when I had the shoes too tight. I could feel the laces a bit through the tongue when I had my laces too tight, which isn’t really necassary. To compare it with other cheap but quality running shoes, I’d probably put this running shoe on par with the Saucony Cohesion 9 (My best rated cheap running shoe) and just under the well cushioned Asics Gel Contend 3.
Breathability is something the Adidas Duramo 7 doesn’t shy away from. This running shoe probably has the greatest breathability of any running shoe I’ve tried priced at $60 or less. The seemless upper leaves venelation holes that definitely do their job of releasing heat.
A flexible running shoe usually allows a runner to have a smoother ride, because it doesn’t take much force to bend your foot/shoe while you run. I love flexible running shoes because they just provide more comfort and allow me to do more kinds of running. The Adidas Duramo 7 doesn’t disappoint here, in large part to its thinner materials. WIth a thin outsole material with plenty of flexgrooves, this running shoe bends extremely well.
This is a neutral running shoe designed for those who do not need a lot of arch support and stability feature keeping the foot straight through the entire gait motion. So in terms of support or stability, the Adidas Duramo 7 doesn’t offer much, and it was never intended to be made that way. Most cheaper running shoes are neutral running shoes because they’re simpler, lighter, and cheaper to make. That being said, shoes like the Saucony Cohesion 9 do have some support features. If you’re looking for support, you should probably stay away form the Adidas Duramo 7’s.
Being considered a neutral road running shoe, this running shoe is probably more in the lines of a beginner runner looking to stay on the cheaper end of running shoes. It does have adequate cushioning and sits at a very light weight at only 8.6 ounces for Men. With its current features, it is probably intended for shorter legnths of running. The longer you run, the more constant force your feet end up taking. The Duramo 7 probably just doesn’t offer enough support and cushioning for long distances.
The Adidas Duramo 7 is probably one of the most appealing, sleek, and stylish running shoes on the market, and that includes running shoes that cost up to $200. Clearly that was the intention with this running shoe. A lot of people buy these shoes for the looks alone and walk away very satisfied with a do-it-all shoe. Whether you’re looking to get into running or looking for a pair of shoes that you can wear casually, the Adidas Duramo 7 is probably good for both.
8.6 Ounces for Men
Overall if you’re purchasing cheap running shoes, the Adidas Duramo 7 is probably the lightest pair you’re going to find. I haven’t found any lighter running shoes in the same market range thus far.
For most runners, 8.6 ounces is going to feel like wearing a pair of feathers on your feet. They’re going to feel almost weightless. The weight of the Adidas Duramo 7 is not only very light, but its lighter than its competitors. The Saucony Cohesion 9 weigh about 10 ounces and the Asics Gel Contend 3 weigh 10.5 ounces, making the Duramo 7 the lightest of the three. All three of these shoes are noted in my best cheap running shoes list, which can be found here.
I’ve found the Adidas Duramo 7 to generally be fit true-to-size, maybe with a slightly narrow toe-box, but nothing that a little bit of general wear to loosen it up a bit. Unfortunately these do not come in wider sizes, so those with wide feet looking for 2E or 4E running shoes will have to look elsewhere.
Value Check of the Adidas Duramo 7
To truly determine a running shoe’s value you need to look at a few key components (Quick short guide on why each of these components is important to look at).
The biggest downside of the Adidas Duramo 7 is probably the durability. It makes some sense. It’s a cheaper running shoe, with a very thin outsole and a thin seemless upper. While that allows a running shoe to be very lightweight and breathable, it takes away from the durability of the shoe.
The bottom line is that the Adidas Duramo 7 does so many things well. It’s truly a super comfortable running shoe if you use it for its intended purposes. The shoe is as breathable and flexible as you are probably going to find staying in the same price range. Not to mention its sleek looks has helped make this running shoe quite popular.
However, if you are looking to purchase this running shoe in large part because you are on a budget, you should probably reconsider. Because of its durability concerns, it would make more sense to buy another running shoe at the same price, or a more expensive running shoe that is capable of lasting twice as long.
Similar Running Shoes
Adidas Duramo 7 Vs the Asics Gel Contend 3
|Adidas Duramo 7||Asics Gel Contend 3|
|Weight:||8.6 Oz||10.5 Oz|
|Previous Models:||Adidas Duramo 6||Asics Gel Contend 2|
|Style/Appearance:||Great||Depends on Wearer|
|Available in Wider Sizes?||No||Yes|
Overall, if you want just a tad bit more cushion, durability, or support, you could go with the Asics Gel Contend, which also commend wider feet, since the Asics Gel Contend 3 comes in wider sizes.
Adidas Duramo 7 vs the Saucony Cohesion 9
|Adidas Duramo 7||Saucony Cohesion 9|
|Weight:||8.6 Oz||10 oz|
|Previous Models:||Adidas Duramo 6||Saucony Cohesion 8|
|Style/Appearance:||Great||Depends on Wearer|
If I’m picking between these two running shoes, i’m choosing the Cohesion 9’s over the Duramo’s 7. But i’m a runner simply looking at the results. They’re going to be about the same comfort wise, but the Cohesion 9 was built to last, while I feel the Adidas Duramo 7 was built more for looks in some aspects.