adidas ZG21: Lightweight with Zero Compromise

Close to two years … that’s the amount of time it took for adidas to conceptualise, design, test and produce the new ZG21 shoe. The result is well worth the wait … a sleek, high-performance spiked shoe that’s not only extremely lightweight but makes absolutely no compromise in terms of performance.

After multiple prototypes, configurations and infusing adidas’ latest technologies to get everything right, the ZG21 ushers in a new era of performance golf footwear for the brand. It’s the lightest spiked footwear model to feature BOOST cushioning (up to 20% lighter than comparable previous spiked adidas models) and significantly lighter than many competitor models, while providing tour-level performance.

“ZG21 is truly a breakthrough feat in spiked performance,” said Masun Denison, global footwear director, adidas Golf. “We were able to combine the latest and greatest materials, innovations, and manufacturing processes without sacrificing anything. It changes the game for those who love spiked footwear.”

Style-wise, adidas Golf’s global footwear design director Kelly Kikuta noted that the ZG21 is inspired by F1 race cars. “The ZG21 shoes have a classic feel but with a boldness to it,” he noted.

ZG21 comes in four stylish models: men’s laced, men’s and women’s BOA, and a simplified laced offering for junior golfers.

The two BOA models feature the new BOA Fit System, a ‘Y’-strap design that’s a first in the sport and provides an even higher level of performance. It wraps around the foot to create a secure fit over the instep, while providing flexibility and freedom in the toe box.

The men’s ZG21 BOA is also the first golf shoe on the market to feature Li2, a sleek, low-profile dial platform that modulates tension – when and where needed – quickly and and effortlessly.

ZG21 Men’s Laced (left) and Men’s BOA

Dan Feeney, Ph.D., manager of biomechanics research at BOA Technology Inc., noted: “Designed with a golfer’s movements in mind, the Overlapping Panel configuration built on the adidas Golf ZG21 BOA has been under development for the past two years and continues to exceed our expectations in power and precision, delivering more explosive action and unparalleled accuracy.”

ZG21 Women’s BOA

ZG21 Technology:
LIGHTSTRIKE: A first in golf, this cushioning is 40% lighter than any EVA foam in the market. Used in other categories like basketball and tennis, it also provides shock absorption and quick recovery – perfect for golf where stability through the swing is critical. Coupled with BOOST cushioning, Lightstrike gives players lightweight comfort and stability with every swing and step.

SPRINTSKIN: A lightweight and waterproof (one-year warranty) four-layer upper that combines innovative textiles and polyurethane films for breakthrough performance.

ULTRA-LIGHT STABILITY FIN: A new lightweight and durable TPU insert in the lateral sidewall offers increased lateral stability and a locked-in feel throughout the swing.

SWINGPLANE TRACTION: Inspired by heat-map studies and running from heel to toe, the maximum amount of traction is placed where it’s needed most. The new ZG21 outsole features an ultra-thin TPU construction, six strategically placed cleats, and a new crescent moon-shaped secondary lug to optimize grip, support and performance while ultimately reducing weight.

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