Almost 20 years on from their original launch, adidas reveal new tech-packed Tour360 22 golf shoes, signalling a new era for fit and traction.
The Tour360 shoe has long been a best-seller for adidas and is worn by everyone from Major champions to high-handicappers.
17 years after it first launched, adidas Golf delved into the brand’s archives before taking the Tour360 back to the drawing board with a focus on two critical areas – fit and traction. The result is the Tour360 22, which adidas say is the “best-performing model” they’ve ever released.
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‘Feet You Wear’ last, first introduced back in 1996, serves as the foundation, with the shoes designed to mimic the natural shape of the foot. In turn that has helped the brand to create a better connection with the ground and accommodate the natural movements of the foot in all directions.
Knowing how important the ground is in the golf swing, an added benefit of using ‘Feet You Wear’ last is helping golfers utilise the connection with the ground to generate power more easily in the swing. The design truly hugs and cradles the natural contours of the foot to optimise performance.
adidas have also introduced a new Tour360 Fit for 2022. The Dualstack midsole is the most advanced the brand have ever created, combining Boost cushioning with an EVA stability frame – a horseshoe-shaped piece at the perimeter of the forefoot to provide lightweight stability, comfort and performance.
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A Geofit collar is designed to enhance the fit and feel around the top of the foot, the 3D Torsion System provides more stability in the middle of the foot and the Insite Sockliner cradles the foot’s contours, especially in the heel, for even more cushioning, comfort and support.
adidas worked closely with their tour stars to get the shoe right, even looking at their foot pressure traces to help create the latest iteration of Spikemore, with cleats directly injected onto the TPU base. It allows for more precise locations, adjust density, make the arm shapes unique and adjust the size depending on where the cleat sits on the outsole.
Each cleat also includes a centre cone to improve overall grip. The spikes are larger than previously seen in adidas Golf shoes, but the new configuration and size variety helps to disperse weight across the sole and prove friendlier to greens.
adidas have also collaborated with BOA Technologies for a version of the shoe to create the PerformFit Wrap system, which uses two adjustable dials to keep the foot secure. The BOA model, which is only available outside of Europe, also features a sockfit construction, designed to give golfers ultimate support, stability, and confidence.
“The Tour360 is synonymous with pinnacle technology and premium materials, and we remained true to that throughout the design process of this new model,” Masun Denison, adidas Golf’s Global Footwear Director, said.
“Golfers will instantly notice a more natural fit that offers better stability, better traction and amazing comfort. I’ve been a part of the creation of every model of the Tour360, so I can confidently say that this is our best-performing model we have ever introduced.”
But enough about the tech. What do we make of the shoe? We’re yet to take it on the course (who wants to ruin their new bright white shoes with mud?!), but out of the box they look fantastic. Much like the new FootJoy Fuel, the Tour360 22 looks athletic and really pops with its modern design and, in the case of the pictured modern, the bright colours.
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There are five models available – laced and BOA in men’s and women’s, and laced for juniors. The men’s laced comes in white/orange/blue, black/white, white/grey, with the BOA range in white/orange/blue, white/grey/red and black/green/white. The women’s laced range comes in white/orange/blue, white/grey and grey/white/mint, with the BOA in white/orange/blue, grey/white/mint and white/orange. The junior models come in white/orange/blue and black/white/green.
“I got to see first-hand how much detail went into bringing this shoe to life and that was a really unique learning experience,” Olympic gold medallist Xander Schauffele said.
“The Tour360 22 is packed with so much innovation and technology that I could feel the difference the minute I put them on,” LPGA star Danielle Kang said.
The Tour360 22 will be available at adidas.co.uk, from the adidas app and in stores from Friday (January 28), priced £160 for men’s (sizes 6.5-12) and women’s (3.5-8.5) and £65 for juniors (1-6). All models include a one-year waterproof warranty.
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