Adidas first high-performance 3D knitted sprint spike, created with Parley Ocean Plastic was unveiled this week at the IAAF World Championships.

Dubbed the adidas Prime SP Parley, the sprint spike was made of plastic taken from beaches and coastal communities before reaching the oceans. The silhouette focuses both on the needs of sprinters, by incorporating a Primeknit upper for support and a laser welded frame for reduced weight, and the needs of the world by protecting our oceans from marine plastic pollution.

The upper combines adidas’ 360-degree Primeknit technology, which creates a lighter yet snug fit, whilst fusing together a double layer of Parley-knitted yarn to reduce stretch and ensure ultimate support and breathability during performance.
In the sole, a laser welded frame and a reduced size Nano-plate half the size of other spikes, allows for a more natural feel. Individually designed and placed with precision pins to minimize breaking force, a unique landing shelf allows sprinters to explode from the starting blocks and use this power to gain momentum throughout the race.

“Choosing a racing spike is one of the most important decisions an athlete can make, but for this year’s IAAF World Championships there was no doubt in my mind that the adidas Prime SP Parley was the one for me,” said 400m world record holder Wayde Van Niekerk. “It makes each stride feels natural yet powerful and they are so light I don’t even notice I’m wearing them. I also love how the eye-catching color helps me stand out on the track.”

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