Ahead of Wayde van Niekerk’s IAAF World Championship 400m final race this evening, adidas has debuted the world’s first high-performance 3D knitted sprint spike, the adidas Prime SP Parley.
At an event in London, where the World Championships are currently being staged, adidas debuted the new spikes with runners Wayde Van Niekerk And Shaunae Miller-Uibo. The new silhouette focuses both on the needs of sprinters, by incorporating a Primeknit upper for support and a laser welded frame for reduced weight, while also focusing on the needs of the planet, by integrating Parley Ocean Plastic™ and protecting our oceans from marine plastic pollution.
The Prime SP Parley upper combines adidas’ 360-degree Primeknit technology, which creates a lighter but snug fit, while being able to fuse together a double layer of Parley knitted yarn to reduce stretch and ensure the ultimate support and breathability. Incorporating a laser-welded frame and a reduced size Nano-plate half the size of other spikes, the Parley Prime SP provides support and reduced elevation, allowing 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. It makes each stride feel natural yet powerful and they are so light I don’t even notice I’m wearing them. I also love how the eye-catching colour helps me stand out on the track,” said Wayde Van Niekerk.