My Honest Thoughts on the Adidas AdiPower 2

The original AdiPower was a huge winner.

Everyone loved it for its stability, lockdown and performance abilities.

The AdiPower is known by almost every weightlifting shoe buyer.

That is, because, of how good they are.

Although as we’ve found out with the Romaleos product line, a newer version doesn’t always mean better.

In fact the 2 and 3 were vastly successful, while the 4 was a big let down.

Will we see the same thing happen with the Adidas AdiPower 2?

Well lets continue with this review and find out.

Adidas AdiPower 2 Featured

Comfortable, flexible and functional
  • Functionality
  • Durability
  • True to Size
  • Price
4.4

Bottom Line:

The Adidas AdiPower 2 is just as successful as the original AdiPower. Although it offers increased flexibility for more movement during snatches and clean and jerks. Stationary lifts are okay but I do not recommend heavy PRs due to the lack of stability. In saying that, they are highly recommended for moving exercises.

Green ArrowPros Red ArrowCons
  • Sock-like comfort
  • More comfortable than the AdiPower
  • Flexible upper for functionality
  • Breaths, prevents sweat buildup
  • Fast break in
  • Premium lifting shoes
  • Not recommended for stationary PRs (lack of stability)

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At a Glance


Product Name: Adidas AdiPower 2

Designed for: Weightlifting

True to size: Yes

Expected lifespan: 1.5 – 3 years

Price: $200

Recommended: Yes

The Rundown


Adidas AdiPower 2 Top

The Adidas AdiPower 2 is the newer version of the Adidas AdiPower.

Adidas decided to go with an entirely different design.

They’re taking the simplicity route with the full woven upper to increase flexibility and functionality.

Whereas the AdiPower had a full leather upper for durability.

The woven upper material promotes a sock-like fit, allowing everyone to benefit from them.

This is both a good and bad thing depending on your weightlifting goals.

They include a mid-foot strap for lockdown and a reinforced heel for durability and security, stopping the heel from slipping out.

Some people tend to love the new design and some dislike it.

The AdiPower 2 are premium weightlifting shoes, meaning they’re good for beginners and serious lifters.

The price is up there. Whether it’s justifiable only we can find out as we move forward with this review.

Key Features


  • Woven upper that improves ventilation, flexibility and fit
  • Lace closure with midfoot strap for security
  • Raised heel for stability
  • TPU wedge – prevents heel slippage and improves support
  • Rubber outsole with reinforced forefoot and heel – increase toughness and traction

Changes from the Adidas AdiPower


Look at the AdiPower and then look at the AdiPower 2.

So much difference it’s like a different model entirely.

Adidas Adipower Side

Adidas AdiPower 2 Side

The AdiPower 2 utilizes a woven upper while the original had a PU coated leather.

The main difference between these 2 designs is flexibility and security.

These designs might not seem too different but it creates an entirely different feel.

The woven material promotes flexibility while the leather is more rigid.

The AdiPower 2 weighs 17.7 oz and the original weighs 16.2 oz.

One of the more noticeable changes is the medial strap.

The AdiPower implemented the strap near the top of the shoe and it received a lot of flack.

It didn’t provide the stability they hoped for.

So they listened to the people and brought it down a little, and now it’s closer to the middle of the lacing system.

Performance Review


I don’t know where Adidas was going with this shoe as it feels and looks like a different shoe altogether.

The original AdiPower was more tough and rigid. There was no walking around the gym in them without feeling restricted.

And now the AdiPower 2 has moved closer to being a more functional weightlifting shoe.

The changes were made to increase the comfort and flexibility.

They are far better suited for exercises that require a bit of movement.

For example: clean and jerks, snatches – the 2 main Olympic lifts.

Although they still perform for stationary compound lifts, they won’t be as good as the original AdiPower.

The original AdiPower was a beast at stationary lifts like the squats, deadlifts, bench press, overhead press.

Keep in mind that some will love the flexibility and some will hate it.

If you enjoyed the tough and rigidness of the original AdiPower, then you will not like these the same way.

If you’re looking for a little more flexibility in your weightlifting shoes, a little “give”, you will love this newer version a lot.

The Flaws


A lack of stability for heavy lifts

Although not really a flaw, it does take away from the functionality if you’re trying to hit new PRs.

One-rep max requires immense stability and a solid platform to lift off of.

Unfortunately these shoes will bend when performing such lifts, putting your ankles, heels and knees in a vulnerable position.

Even though they’re not the best for heavy stationary lifts if you’re trying to hit bigger PRs, they can be used for reps instead.

Do I Recommend the Adidas AdiPower 2?


Honestly it all depends on what your goals are.

They are different from the original AdiPower shoes. It’s like they went to the drawing board and implemented the feedback from the community.

Even though they are totally different, they do have a lot to offer.

Think flexibility and functionality, rather than tough and durable.

These are the biggest differences between the 2 types of shoes.

So yes I recommend the AdiPower 2.

But only for those that enjoy the freedom to perform different lifts.

Otherwise if you want to hit new PRs and constantly lift heavy, you’re better off sticking with the Adidas AdiPower.

Either way, they are both durable, strong, and worth the money.

The Adidas AdiPower 2 gets the thumbs up.

Verdict: Worthy of the AdiPower Name


Flaws are virtually nonexistent.

And everyone that buys them loves them.

Even though weightlifting shoes are made for heavy lifts, I would not hit new PRs with stationary lifts.

Exercises that require some movement are completely okay though. It’s exactly what they’re made for.

So what’s my verdict?

These shoes are great for versatility in the gym and well worth the price!

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Comfortable, flexible and functional
  • Functionality
  • Durability
  • True to Size
  • Price
4.4

Bottom Line:

The Adidas AdiPower 2 is just as successful as the original AdiPower. Although it offers increased flexibility for more movement during snatches and clean and jerks. Stationary lifts are okay but I do not recommend heavy PRs due to the lack of stability. In saying that, they are highly recommended for moving exercises.

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