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Barricade adilibria (W)
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By Richard Pagliaro and Dr. David G. Sharnoff on February 16, 2011

Likes: One of the world’s best-selling shoes features adidas' trademark adiwear6 outsole for traction and durability in high-wear areas. Adidas says a synthetic leather upper helps make this Barricade 10 percent lighter than its predecessor and offers increased ventilation. An extended torsion system adds midfoot and forefoot stability, and the stabilizing three stripes are now at the forefoot. Maria Kirilenko, Andrea Petkovic and the recently retired Justine Henin have all worn Barricade shoes this season.

Dislikes: Though the shoe has shed some excess weight, it could still benefit from a Jenny Craig program. Some wear testers reported diminished comfort due to the shoe's bulk, while others said it would benefit from improved ventilation. Like the men's Barricade, I’d like to see adidas incorporate a new, lighter material into the shoe aside from the standard EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) midsole, which tends to weigh the shoe down.

Bottom Line: The Barricade retains its place as a popular presence among fans who see the shoe in action on the pro circuit. It was the second best-selling tennis shoe at specialty stores in 2010, according to Racquet Sports Industry Magazine. This year’s model, like its men's counterpart, scores winning marks on flex point, traction and durability, and will withstand a pounding on all surfaces. It's particularly strong for bigger, stronger, aggressive players. Smaller, lighter wear-testers reported the shoe was not as comfortable as other models."


Released on July 01, 2011

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  • Warranty:
    Six-month outsole limited durability guarantee
  • Size:
    5 - 11.5
  • Weight:
    12.5 oz
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  • Colors:
    Running White/Metallic Silver/Light Grey; Running White/Metallic Silver/Intense Blue

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    Chrome detailing and sleek lines are hallmarks of the Barricade adilibria, but the guts are the glory. A forefoot claw stabilizes quick lateral footwork and direction changes, while TORSION® SYSTEM steadies the midfoot. A pro-moderator™ device prevents ov


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