Adidas PowerLift Trainer – Review

by olyhq on February 10, 2012

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PowerLift Trainer – $90

Rating: 6/10

The PowerLift Trainer is an aesthetically pleasing, affordable shoe that is good for beginners, recreational lifters, and CrossFitters, but not an ideal shoe for Olympic Weightlifters.

Pros & Cons
Cost: First off, I want to say that I think it’s great that there is a reasonably well made and AFFORDABLE Olympic weightlifting shoe on the market.  We all love our shoes, but let’s face it, they are expensive!

Weight: This can be a Pro or a Con depending on your tastes, but these are a bit more lightweight than a shoe like the Romaleo.  Much of this weight advantage is achieved by putting a foam type material in the sole (you’ll see that ahead in the Cons section).

Appearance: Honestly, this is a good looking shoe.  It is offered in a several different color choices, and it spices up a normally less-than-fashion-forward shoe market (if that is what you are looking for).

Additional Functionality: This one is reaching a bit, but the light weight and foam sole makes the shoe slightly more functional for folks that want to be able to do a little more than just Oly Lifts in these shoes.

Materials: The shoe uses cheap synthetic leather and an EVA (foam-like) sole.  Critics of the foam sole mention the potential for compression and potential durability issues.  I have not had the shoes long enough to make a call on this, but I will personally stick with the wood sole (like the Risto) or a heavy duty TPU sole (like the Nike Romaleo)

Durability: This is only a guess at this point, time will tell…

Stability: These just don’t have the solid feel that you get out of the higher priced Olympic Lifting Shoes.  Sometimes you get what you pay for.

The shoes fits comfortably, although I have wide feet and the width was a bit tight.  The sizing is dead on with what I wear in most other shoes (standard US sizing).  I wear a 12 in normal Adidas shoe, and the 12 fit just right on the PowerLift Trainer.

6/10: These are good shoes for a beginner or potentially for someone who is into CrossFit and wants a lighter shoe.  It is also among the lowers price points for a reasonably well made Olympic lifting shoe.  I think most lifters will prefer the more stable feel of the market leaders (Risto/Nike/AdiStar).

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Bryan February 12, 2012 at 6:13 am

Love the price and I really love how it looks. This is indeed a shoe that I will be opting to buy next. I love how it is reviewed with pros and cons. Good job!


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