The new Powerband 2.0 shoe from adidas has an outsole design that features three distinct zones designed to provide more energy transfer through the load phase, impact and finish portions of a golf shot.
The Powerband 2.0 was designed to mine untapped power in the lower body by providing a more solid platform to deliver power back into the ball at impact.
An all-new Powerband Chassis is in place to create power geometry. The outsole’s lateral side incorporates a sharper edge, while the medial side utilizes a rounded edge.
“Stability in a golf shoe must be optimized,” said Dave Ortley, global senior director of footwear for adidas Golf.
“Too much and a golfer can get locked in at address, feeling stuck and unable to swing freely. Too little and balance and support are sacrificed, hampering both power and ball-striking consistency,” he added.
“Our focus with Powerband 2.0 was engineering outsole shapes that would allow for a smooth and powerful transfer of weight and energy at every stage of the golf swing, freeing the player to swing away with greater confidence, improved freedom and unsurpassed power,” said Ortley.
Also new to the Powerband 2.0 is ThinTech, a low-profile outsole that positions the foot closer to the ground to create a solid, responsive and stable shoe and lower the centre of gravity for increased stability.
Other features include Gripzone, a footbed surface to lock the bottom of the foot securely in place, a FitFoam insole to evenly distribute weight and pressure for a personalized fit, Dynamic Traxion AC cleats for better grip and leverage and adiTuff, an abrasion-resistant material designed to protect the toe from wear.
Powerband 2.0 is offered in both men’s and women’s models, each in different colourways.
The Tour360 Sport, also new from adidas Golf, incorporates the 360Wrap support system, a visible technology that encircles the foot to deliver a customized fit, while increasing stability and leverage.
The Tour360 Sport features a mesh-based upper construction and a proprietary technology called 50/50 Protect, which combines a water-resistant TPU shield to protect the lower half of the foot from outside elements, and a lightweight and highly-breathable air mesh top half for improved temperature management, flexibility and comfort.
“Mesh shoes are not entirely new in golf footwear, but historically, they’ve been largely unsuccessful for two main reasons. One, wet and muddy conditions pose a nuisance problem for non-waterproof textile-based shoes,” said Ortley.
“Two, mesh shoes have lacked the stability required to support the foot fully through the golf swing,” he added.
“Our goal was to overcome these two significant hurdles in an effort to deliver the same type of benefits to the foot as our ClimaCool apparel for the body – 50/50 Protect technology has done just that by protecting the bottom of the foot completely from moisture and debris, while simultaneously stabilizing the upper through an innovative and waterproof TPU shield which surrounds the foot in full.”
The Tour360 Sport also features ThinTech, the Powerband Chassis with 10-cleat Traxion configuration, 3D FitFoam inlay sole, adiPrene for added cushioning and X-Statica or silver fibres with thermodynamic properties to regulate temperature for more comfort.
Tour360 Sport is also available in men’s and women’s models in various colourways.