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Responsive to the demands of the golf swing and course conditions, the adidas ZG21 are also lightweight and super comfortable. Sporty look.
Adidas knocked it out of the park in 2020 with the spikeless CODECHAOS – my favorite golf shoe of the year (full review HERE). Knowing that more than a third of golfers still prefer a spiked shoe, the design specialists at adidas were also developing a new shoe that would raise the bar in that category. The result: ZG21, “a high-performance spiked shoe that’s lightweight with zero compromises.”
Every person who saw my ZG21s for the first time said something along the lines of “those are some good looking shoes.” I attribute the response to the blended, athletic look that appeals to a variety of tastes. The heel has the look of a running shoe, while the toe has a clean, somewhat traditional golf shoe look. The fade from dark green to off white is distinctive as is the texture on the toe. Yellow logos and sole add some flash.
The adidas ZG21s come in four colorways: core black, cloud white/dark silver, grey three, and as featured in this review, cloud white/acid yellow.
The design concept for the ZG21 was weightlessness, hence zero gravity. Obviously an unattainable goal, but the ZG21 did end up 20% lighter than the popular adidas Tour 360 XT. Adidas achieved weight savings in almost every aspect of the shoe through the use of advanced materials like Boost and Lightstrike, which also add to the comfort. Whether walking or swinging, the ZG21 provided a wonderful blend of support and cushioning.
In my standard size, I found the fit to be excellent. My heel felt secure, my midfoot locked in place, and there was some wiggle room for my toes. I could sense the cleat locations walking from my car to the course, but mainly because I was focused on capturing the fit and feel. Thoughts of cleats faded once I engaged in golf activities and mental notes shifted to the marvelous overall comfort of the ZG21.
With an emphasis on comfort and weight, it would be easy to think the ZG21 had to sacrifice on traction or stability, but I found neither was compromised. The adidas designers seem to have found the sweet spot between mobility and stability in the ZG21. There’s flex when needed for weight transfer, but also ample lateral stability.
Traction was excellent. The six cleats are well positioned and supplemented with robust, crescent shaped lugs that kept my feet secure in thick rye grass as well as sparse winter Bermuda. I really liked that the sole design didn’t accumulate leaves. The adidas ZG21 uppers, comprised of four layer of synthetic materials, are backed by a one year waterproof warranty.
It’s too early to declare the adidas ZG21 my favorite shoe of the year, but it’s certainly an early leader. Sleek looks and wonderful comfort are compelling elements on their own, but it’s great performance that makes the ZG21 the complete package.