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Modern materials mix with a traditional look to make the adidas Tour360 XT-SL comfortable on your feet and your eyes. Excellent stability and traction in a spikeless golf shoe.
Masun Denison, Global Director of Golf Footwear for adidas, may be the most authentic and enthusiastic spokesperson Matt or I met at the 2019 PGA Show. His depth of knowledge about shoe design and players’ needs and his unbridled passion for the game were infectious. Adidas had a huge variety of new shoe offerings on display, but the Tour360 XT-SL seemed to really have Masun excited.
Looking down at the adidas Golf Tour360 XT-SL, the shoes look very similar to the Tour 360 Boost 2.0 I reviewed last year. The clean, rounded toe has a classic look and there’s no mistaking adidas’ iconic three stripes. The side view blends the look of classic uppers and exposed Boost foam to create a sleek, modern golf shoe.
Flip the shoe over and the sole design makes a traction statement, despite being spikeless. The multitude of X’s along with depth of tread gave me grip confidence before my first swing. The Tour360 XT-SL comes in four colorways – three variations on white, plus black.
Right out of the box the Tour360 XT-SL had four noteworthy aspects: wiggle room in the toe box, secure fit midfoot, nice arch support and a slightly raised heel. Walking in the shoes, three more features came to mind: wide stable base, flex at the balls of the feet, and responsive cushioning. Boost gave my step a noticeable bounce.
Inside the shoe, the sockliner is smooth and comfortable. I like the leather heel lining and cushioning around the ankle, but like most adidas shoes I’ve owned over the years, there’s a bit of play around my heels – easily remedied by sock selection. Overall sizing was spot on. I recommend a break-in session at the range or playing just a few holes the first wearing.
The wide base and slight forward tilt of the adidas Tour360 XT-XL make my stance feel solid and grounded. The 360Wrap (the striped saddle area) and the Torsion X stability bar (the big dark X you can see in the outsole) seem to harness and then transfer energy in the swing.
The X-Traction lugs provided grip in every ground condition I encountered. Something my eyes didn’t pick up on initially was the varied heights of the lugs, which certainly helps maintain traction during foot movements on uneven terrain.
I can see why Masun was stoked about the Tour360 XT-SL. Recognizing that golfers are trending towards spikeless golf shoes, adidas has done a marvelous job providing comfort while maintaining performance. Personally, I like the convenience of putting on my golf shoes and driving to the course. The mixed look of a traditional golf shoe and modern materials is well executed, making the Tour360 XT-SL appealing to golfers young and old seasoned.
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