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adidas adizero Ubersonic 4 Men's Review

adidas adizero Ubersonic 4 Wh/Silver/Lilac Men's Shoes

Upsides

  • Great traction
  • Lightweight
  • Nice cushioning

Downsides

  • Toe jamming
  • Lacing is a challenge
Video Review

Summary

The fourth iteration of adidas' popular Ubersonic line introduces a brand new cushioning system. You can count our playtesters fans of the adizero Ubersonic 4's responsive Lightstrike cushioning. It offers great support and comfort with each step, and the Primeknit uppers kept our playtesters feeling comfortable and stable on the court, which is very impressive since these shoes are so light. The outsoles provided superb grippy traction, and the Adiwear rubber compound outsole provided good durability for its weight. All together, these features meant our playtesters could move at top speed around the court. Overall, these adizero Ubersonic 4s are a great pick for players looking for speedy shoes with excellent traction and stability for the toughest of matches.

adidas adizero Ubersonic 4 Men's Shoe Scores

Comfort 3.8
Ventilation 4.2
Arch Support 4.2
Foot Support/Stability 3.6
Overall Sole Durability 3.7
Toe Durability 3.5
Traction 4.5
Weight 4.5
Overall 3.8

Comfort - Score: 3.8

Our playtest team enjoyed the comfort of the adizero Ubersonic 4s out of the box. However, some of our playtesters did experience toe jamming and pressure from the laces. Jason explained, "The adizero Ubersonic 4s were very comfortable shoes to wear throughout the playtest. The Lightstrike midsole provided ample underfoot cushioning for those tough landings. I did have one small issue, though: the thin laces pushing through the thin tongue. When I tried to cinch up my shoes tightly, I could feel the pressure at the top of my feet where I laced. I ended up switching out the laces for more standard ones, and the pressure points went away."

Although Chris found the shoes comfortable overall, he had fit issues with one of the pairs he tested. He said, "The level of cushioning I found in the adizero Ubersonic 4s was top notch. My feet felt protected during hard court play, the shoes felt responsive, and I still felt low to the ground for secure movement. I also liked the feel of the upper materials. The shoes flexed and moved with my feet well, so I never had any hotspots or areas of concern. However, this inline color did not hug my feet as well as the early release 'Top Secret' color I first tested. The looser fit resulted in some uncomfortable jamming of my toes into the ends of the shoes, which ruined an otherwise very comfortable ride. The ventilation felt good, and I was able to play in my usual two pairs of socks without my feet getting excessively hot."

Mark thoroughly enjoyed the Lightstrike midsole in this updated Ubersonic. He said, "To a degree, I knew what to expect from playing in prior iterations of the adizero Ubersonic tennis shoes, and to my feet, the Ubersonic 4s feel more akin to the Ubersonic 2 than the 3. I don't call out specific shoe technologies very often, but the new Lightstrike midsole did offer a higher degree of underfoot cushioning while still maintaining a low-to-the-ground stance, which I feel was an improvement over both prior models. I went down by a half size for the adizero Ubersonic 3 review, but my usual size 11.5 fit perfectly for this Ubersonic 4 playtest. Arch height felt medium to low and was fine for my medium arches. The overall ventilation for the Ubersonic 4s was stellar."

Foot Support/Stability - Score: 3.6

The adizero Ubersonic 4s gave our playtesters a low-to-the-ground feel and lots of support overall. Mark credited the low, streamlined ride for the shoe's stable feel. He said, "The new adizero Ubersonic 4s are definitely low-to-the-ground tennis shoes, which inherently helps with stability. What impressed me most about these shoes was the construction of the uppers. Without adidas having to make them heavy, these shoes comfortably held my feet in place during hard stops and directional changes on court."

Chris felt secure when moving around the court, but he again noted some toe jamming from time to time. He described, "When moving side to side, I felt very safe in the adizero Ubersonic 4s. My feet didn't slide around too much, and I felt nice and low to the ground. I also found a secure fit around the ankle collar, with no heel slippage or other issues to report. Unfortunately, on quick forward stops, my toes would jam into the ends of the shoes. I tried cinching down the laces as tightly as I could to remedy this but still could not find adequate support, and it only led to uncomfortable lace pressure on the tops of my feet. It was a shame because I had no such issues with my first pair in the Top Secret early-release colorway."

Jason found these shoes lacking support in certain areas, but he thought they maintained solid stability. He said, "I felt like the Ubersonic 4s were actually pretty stable, considering their lightweight, speed-oriented design. Where they fell short for me was in the support. I had a really tough time cinching up my laces because of the lacing system. I would pull on one section and only that section would tighten, but then the laces were also difficult to loosen. Because I was unable to get a locked-in fit, my feet were sliding around within the shoes, and I was getting some instances of toe jamming."

Overall Sole Durability - Score: 3.7

Although they are super lightweight, super speedy shoes, the adizero Ubersonic 4s held up nicely throughout the playtest thanks to the adiwear rubber compound on the outsoles. Chris was quite impressed with the durability of these shoes, given their weight. He explained, "For speed-oriented shoes, the adizero Ubersonic 4s lasted well. I saw some wear under the toes in my high-wear areas, while the rest of the outsoles looked great. On the uppers, the toe tips showed a lot of abuse. At the end of the test, I was impressed that the shoes still had a fair bit of material left to wear through in both my high-wear areas."

Unlike the other testers, Mark managed to wear down his Ubersonic 4s significantly by the end of the playtest. He described, "I have been playing more tennis lately, but until this playtest I have not worn through the outsole of a shoe. I have to say that although the adizero Ubersonic 4 shoes feel and perform great, they are not shoes that I could expect to get through an entire season of tennis using only one pair. To be fair, the tread pattern is clay worthy, and on the soft courts, durability for these shoes would be improved."

Jason didn't find any notable wear on his pair during this playtest. He said, "I didn't see any wear spots that made me too concerned about the outsole durability. But to be fair, because of the lack of support, I wasn't pushing these shoes as hard as I could have."

Traction - Score: 4.5

The traction of the adizero Ubersonic 4s allowed our playtesters to move confidently and play to their potential throughout the playtest. Jason typically prefers shoes with more give, but the Ubersonic 4s still allowed him to get around the court smoothly. He said, "There is plenty of grip with these shoes. I typically like more give to help with sliding in and out of shots, but if you're looking for shoes that'll provide excellent traction on hard courts, the adizero Ubersonic 4s fit the bill."

Chris found just what he was expecting in terms of grip. He said, "I loved the traction I found in the adizero Ubersonic 4 shoes. I was able to sprint around the court at full speed without ever having to worry about getting traction. There was just the right amount of give on lateral stops to take some pressure off my knees and ankles by giving me a little controlled slide. I find adidas tends to nail the level of traction, so I expected these to be topnotch, and they didn't disappoint."

Mark enjoyed the predictability of the Ubersonic 4's traction and felt confident with every step. He explained, "This was another aspect of the playtest where adidas' new adizero Ubersonic 4 shoes performed great, adding confidence to my long-point and counterpunching style of tennis. I played at four different hard court facilities for this test and experienced nothing but predictable traction on every court."

Weight - Score: 4.5

With the light weight of the adidas Ubersonic 4s, our playtesters felt free to move as quickly as their legs could take them. Chris could get off the mark in an instant in these shoes. He described, "The adizero Ubersonic 4 shoes flexed and moved well with my feet. I was able to just focus on my tennis, and I never worried about the weight of the shoes. I felt like I was quick on my first step in these shoes and could get up to full speed quickly. Considering the lateral support and how well they lasted, I'd say what weight there is in these shoes was put to good use."

"I liked the lightweight feel of these shoes," Jason added. "They're not quite as heavy as the adizero Ubersonic 3s, but not as light as the 2s. They have a low-to-the-ground ride as well, which helps with the speedy feel."

Mark thought the Ubersonic 4s lived up to their impressive stats. He said, "On paper, I would consider a tennis shoe weighing 13.5 ounces (men's size 10.5) lightweight, but for me, paper is not where it really counts. On court (where it does count), the adizero Ubersonic 4s feel lightweight and maneuverable."

Overall - Score: 3.8

Likes

Mark - "The Ubersonic 4s offer my feet better underfoot cushioning than their predecessors. These shoes are stable, lightweight and breathable, and they provide great traction, with enough overall comfort to make playing two matches in one day more enjoyable."

Chris - "Light and fast. Cushioning is excellent, as is the traction."

Jason - "A lightweight, speedy feel without compromising the cushioning and overall comfort."

Dislikes

Mark - "The lacing system of the new adizero Ubersonic 4 shoes requires a little extra attention and time for me to get a proper fit, but the end result, a great fit, is worth the small effort. The only other knock I can aim toward the Ubersonic 4s would be related to outsole durability, but of course I realize there is a trade off between speed and durability."

Chris - "I jam my toes into the ends of these shoes on quick stops, which was super annoying since I did not experience that at all in the Top Secret colorway I wore at launch. The Top Secret color way offered my narrow feet a more supportive fit."

Jason - "I dislike how tough it is to get a tight fit due to the lacing system. The laces are too thin."

Comparing the shoe to others they've tried, our testers said:

Mark - "Fit and feel-wise, the adizero Ubersonic 4s felt more like the adizero Ubersonic 2s. Both have a thinner midsole, and my feet were lower to the ground as a result. The adizero Ubersonic 3s had the thicker full-length PU midsole, and therefore were not as speedy feeling. Nike's Vapor 9.5 Tour and Vapor X are similar to the adizero Ubersonic 4s, along with the Lotto Mirage 100 SPD."

Chris - "The inline colorway we tested seemed to fit more generously in the forefoot for some reason, which I'm guessing led to me not finding the support I needed to prevent jamming my toes on quick stops. Compared to previous adizero Ubersonics, I found superior cushioning here and became an instant fan of adidas' Lightstrike. From other brands, I'd compare these shoes to the likes of the Asics Solution Speed FF 2, Nike Air Zoom Vapor Pro and the Head Sprint Pro 3.0."

Jason - "In terms of the ride and feel, the adizero Ubersonic 4s are like a cross between the adizero Ubersonic 2s and the Ubersonic 3s, probably leaning more toward the 3. The difficulty in cinching up my laces tight sets them apart from the previous models."

Chris' Scores
Overall Comfort3Overall Sole Durability3.5
Ventilation3.5Toe Durability4
Arch Support4Traction5
Foot support/Stability3.5Weight4.4
Overall3.6
Jason's Scores
Overall Comfort4.5Overall Sole Durability4.5
Ventilation4.5Toe Durability
Arch Support4.6Traction4.2
Foot support/Stability3.3Weight4.8
Overall3.9
Mark's Scores
Overall Comfort4Overall Sole Durability3
Ventilation4.5Toe Durability3
Arch Support3.8Traction4.3
Foot support/Stability4Weight4.3
Overall4
Play Tester Profiles. Click to learn more about our play testers.

Playtester Foot Types

Chris - Narrow width / Medium arch

Jason - Wide width / Low arch

Mark - Medium width / Medium arch

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