Adidas NMD_CS1 Primeknit Review

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According to the official Adidas website, the Adidas NMD is a modern lifestyle shoe. It’s made with cutting-edge technologies that pay homage to the previous models that graced the shelves. Models like the Micro Pacer, the Rising Star and the Boston Super.

And what the NMD stands for in the NMD_CS1 Primeknit you might ask? Well, it’s an anagram of the word nomad. The entire shoe is made for the urban nomads and it combines the past and the present in one beautiful union.

The word Nomad became the company’s mantra while designing the shoe and it was later shortened to just three letters: NMD. Simple and meaningful, don’t you think? The NMD series is a great concept that extended the Adidas heritage to the streets with an innovative tech flair and a great passion for the urban jungles in which most of us live in.

But for now, The  NMD_CS1 Primeknit Shoes are a subject of review and hope you like it., enough to give this sneaker a try.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Adidas Primeknit textile upper

Webbed rubber outsole

Boost midsole

Ultra-lightweight adaptive upper

Cons

Expensive

Runs half a size too big

Outsole

Outsole

The rubber outsole ads a nice flavor to the entire product, don’t you think? And it’s not just any ordinary rubber that sits on the bottom of this model, no. The outsole is graced with the presence of webbed rubber outsole. The webbing of the rubber certainly makes it easy on the eye, but it also gives the entire shoe that nice bounce and a great structure to hang on to.
Midsole

Midsole

The distinctive boost midsole that’s present in so many Adidas sneakers is present once more in this particular model. And why wouldn’t it be? You don’t change the winning team, and the Boost technology is part of that winning team. And it was the introduction of that Boost technology that propelled the company back to supremacy in the dominant footwear market.

With science on the front lines, the solid granular material known as TPU was blown up, reshaped and turned into miniature energy capsules. Those capsules are the basics of the Adidas’s unique foam-esque midsole. The company’s integrity and reputation relied on this midsole, and the customers responded with the trust in the innovative foam. The Boost technology in the midsole has the highest energy return to that of any runner currently on the market, and Adidas are proudly putting that technology in their latest models. The final verdict is that BOOST foam found in the midsole of the sneakers is up to three times more temperature-resistant than standard EVA material. It delivers a consistent run and so much comfort to your feet. Oh and one other fantastic addition that can be found here is the Molded EVA midsole plugs for signature NMD aesthetic. Yup on the sides of the shoe are two amazing rubbery plugs that help with the grip of the sneaker. They’re either blending to the color of the outsole or they’re contrasting, but they’re not a decorative piece. They’re put there to make the putting on and especially taking of the sneakers from your feet a breeze. Think about it. The CS1 Primeknit Shoes don’t have a standard tongue or a lacing system that would make the job easier for the person wearing these shoes, but they do have the side plugs. And they get the job done, besides looking wonderful and very futuristic.
Upper

Upper

Now, the upper it the real star of the NMD_CS1 Primeknit. Just look at it. The ultra lightweight adaptive upper really paints a picture in the futuristic look of the shoe. And over here you can really appreciate the Primeknit name of the shoe. But what is Primeknit? Well it’s a method of making the sneakers upper that has been perfect by Adidas in the recent years. Basically the Primeknit method digitally knits the entire upper in just one piece. Yes, the standard method of making the sneakers up to this point was by sowing or gluing several pieces together in order to form one upper. That’s been sent to the history books, and with this method the knitting fused yarn allows Adidas to have the exact amount of flexibility and support needed in the shoe. You’ve guessed it, the upper is one giant woven piece that looks badass and feels amazing. And as a signature piece in the upper, the NMD loop is positioned just above the heel to make wearing of the shoe a lot more easier. Just grab the sneaker by the look and use it to put on the shoe with ease.
Al last but certainly not least, the finishing touches of the upper. As you may’ve guessed the Primeknit has a slip on construction in the opening and the shaft measures approximately low top from the arch of the sneaker. But what you’ll also notice is the lack of standard looking tongue and shoelaces of any kind. The lacing system is absent in this model, but the shoe has a great grip especially in the top part of the upper and the material of the upper fixates the foot in the right way. You’ll be surprised that this sneaker is capable of.
Comfort

Comfort

The comfort in the NMD_CS1 Primeknit comes from several areas, but one might say that the comfort can be found form tom to the bottom of the sneaker. The Boost technology certainly first comes to mind when describing the sneaker’s comfort, and the EVA midsole is not looking to shabby either. But you can’t underestimate the fantastic Primeknit upper woven into a slip on construction. Despite the fact that the laces and the tongue are absent from the upper, the comfort is provided without their presence. Not that many sneakers can say that really.
Support

Support

If the Boost technology in the midsole was one of the reasons for the comfort of this sneaker, it’s the very essence of the support and there’s no denying that. Yes. The support is essential and can be found in the technology used for making the midsole, but the outsole can brag about the support also. Why? Because, most people will dismiss the importance of the rubber outsole as secondary to the fantastic features in the rest of the sneaker. But it shouldn’t be the case. The support comes from the outsole as well, and it really makes the difference in quality. So do have that in mind when purchasing this model.
Durability

Durability

Just like in the comfort’s case, the durability also comes from different areas of the sneaker, but most importantly from the Primeknit upper and that fantastic Boost midsole that just screams durability and longevity. The Primeknit method in making the upper eliminates the needs of stitching and having seems in the shoe, so that definitely is a plus in the durability department.
Flexibility

Flexibility

But you know what the Primeknit upper is the main and only reason for the sneaker’s flexibility? That’s right. The flexibility is focused mainly in the upper, since the entire structure of the upper is one big fabric. Yes, having a great midsole like the Boost technology made insole sure helps, but that upper is probably the best part of the flexibility portion of the sneaker. It’s lightweight, durable and gorgeous to look at as well. The flexibility is even more exacerbated by the fact there isn’t visible lacing system and no tongue on the upper, so the entire surface of that upper is flat, elastic and so lightweight.
Stability

Stability

Never underestimate that webbed rubber outsole. It’s more efficient and stabile than you can imagine, and on a running shoe like this one, it works perfectly. The stability that this rubber upper gives to this sneaker is fantastic and you’ll definitely feel the power of the rubber against the surface.
Airflow

Airflow

Just when you thought that you’ll never find a sneaker that has more airflow, incomes the CS1 Primeknit sneaker. Because the entire upper is made out of breathable Primeknit textile upper, the entire upper section of the shoe is filled with amazing airflow. Yes, that’s right the entire upper provides aeration, flexibility, breathability and a lot of other good stuff. But in respect of the upper, nothing can beat that fantastic textile upper made with the Primeknit method. Most other sneakers are stitched and glued together from several different parts, and not every part provides the airflow. In most of the cases it’s just a small mesh opening at the front of the sneaker or the sides, but not with this shoe. Here every single part of the sneaker is one big breathable mesh. It will definitely improve the airflow in and out of the sneaker, will keep your feet odor and moist free and you’ll fall in love with the moisture wicking properties that this upper has to offer.
Terrain

Terrain

The CS1 Primeknit is capable of walking in several types of terrain, but you can use this sneaker while running in outdoor and indoor activities. It will quickly become your constant companion for your morning jog, and on your time spent running on the treadmill at the gym.
Traction

Traction

The traction properties of this sneaker are satisfying and instead of the usual ridges and circles, here the design of the outsole is made with interesting diamond shaped pattern. That particular patter will be mostly responsible for the traction of the sneaker, and will keep you on your feet. You don’t have to worry about falling in this shoe, because your safety is Adidas’s other concern. The CS1 Primeknit will keep you on your feet for a long time.
Key features

Key features

Style

Style

NMD footwear is a progressive spin on a fresh new mix of urban style and running-inspired design. It’s made for the runner that likes to feel supported, comfortable and to feel like they’re not wearing anything on their feet. Yes, the sneakers are that lightweight and stable on your feet. These sneakers have a prominent Japanese influence all over the upper. Most notable thing in the upper is the two-tone stripe pattern that's divided into vertical, horizontal and diagonal segments, and not only makes the look more futuristic and modern, it’s also very stylish choice if you’re using the shoes solely for your everyday errands. They’ll look fantastic on you even going grocery shopping. The sneakers are a fantastic tribute to minimalism, something that’s been part of the Japanese culture for centuries. The minimalism can be found primarily on the upper and it’s made complete with a heel pull that reads "The Brand with the 3-Stripes." Just so you don’t forget that you’re actually wearing Adidas, and not some fantastic shoe that came out of the Fifth Element.

Bottom line

The NMD_CS1 Primeknit is fantastic shoe. It’s light, flexible, and comfortable and you’ll fall in love with it on the first run. But the very running will become a breeze, since it’s made from fantastic materials, and the very latest of the modern technology. The boost cushioning will give you the energy that you’ve spent, and the Primeknit upper will become your best friend in the rainy days. But if there’s one thing that could improve this shoe, it has to be the addition of shoelaces. As strong and flexible this sneaker is with the slip on construction, laces do add to the stability and the better fit of the sneakers. A tongue would also be a welcomed addition, but a shoelace system would improved this sneaker greatly. But, it’s also amazing as it is. Adidas made sure to deliver one great sneaker that’s versatile and dependable in any situation. You’ll love the things that this sneaker has to offer, and will become you favorite shoe very quickly. The NMD_CS1 Primeknit Is probably one of the best specimens in the NMD series of Adidas, and you should definitely buy it.