With the new SL20 adidas presents a new racer for the asphalt. Probably the most interesting feature right at the start - instead of boost in the midsole, the new Lightstrike cushioning material is used. How the fast running shoe performs on the road, I have tested for you.

adidas SL20 Men Running Shoes (black) 119,90 €
adidas SL20 Men Running Shoes (black)
119,90 € *
adidas SL20 Women Running Shoes (black) 119,90 €
adidas SL20 Women Running Shoes (black)
119,90 € *
adidas SL20 Men Running Shoes (white) 119,90 €
adidas SL20 Men Running Shoes (white)
119,90 € *

All about the new adidas SL20

n designing the new SL20, adidas has based its design on the classics from its fast running shoe range, as the link to the Adizero-models is clearly visible. The adidas-typical narrow upper is made of a thin and durable mesh for a secure fit. In general, the upper consists of the most elementary components and therefore does without a lot of frills and frills.

adidas SL20 running shoes overview for our Running Test 2020

Especially interesting is the new foam in the midsole: Lightstrike. Compared to Boost, it feels firmer and also has a lower weight. Nevertheless you get a solid cushioning and reactivity. The torsion system is located in the midfoot area to support the rolling motion. On the outsole is a rubber compound from Continental for good grip on wet city surfaces.

adidas SL20 Lighstrike material in test 2020

How is the adidas SL20 performing?

For me it was out of the box and into a pace race with longer interval blocks, because that's what the adidas SL20 was designed for. I was a bit sceptical on the first few meters, because until then I was only used to adidas running shoes with the softer boost. But already during breaking-in I quickly got used to the slightly firmer cushioning and especially the direct contact to the ground was very positive.

The new adidas SL20 in the Running Test 2020

During the intervals I found the mixture of lightness and grip to be very good. The positive impression lasted even at longer distances and at higher speeds the shoe was very comfortable.

The adidas SL 20 at a glance

  adidas SL 20
Weight 10  
Damping 8    
Reactivity 9    
Grip 9    
Stability 8    
Gender Women & Men
Weight 230g (men size EU 42 2/3)
Offset 10mm
Sole Material adidas Lightstrike damping & Continental sole
Upper Thin & durable mesh
Fit Regular
Field of application Running shoes for training
Type of shoe Light all-round running shoes
Price 119,95 € *

Conclusion on the new adidas SL20

The new racer from adidas convinces with lightness, responsive feel and good grip. Designed for every speed unit and also for longer distances - this makes the running shoe with the Lightstrike midsole interesting for every runner.

From 27.02.2020 you can see the new adidas SL20 for yourself. So be curious!

adidas SL20 running shoes Test 2020

Credits: Jan Lau
Photos: Carsten Beier

* The actual price may differ from the price indicated here. It depends on current offers and the model.