Dubbed the Pro's choice, the Ultra certainly ticks all the boxes! First impressions are of a very light shoe with excellent application of modern materials and fasteners.
The crossover from the high-fashion world of trainers has never been so evident when studying the grid design on the instep and the subtle triple parallel bars on the heel cup. A paper-thin sole and mesh upper add more appeal for those looking for a minimalist race or training shoe to complement a lightweight bike. At 600g the Ultra will appeal to light riders and fast spinners.
Adidas have used a carbon sole and heel cup for rigidity and stability supporting a fully braced mesh upper. A mat plastic toecap protects the mesh from wear so there's no reason why this shoe shouldn't last for years.
The 'Fast strap' closures use Velcro tabs to winch nylon cords through eyelets for the forefoot tension. While not as slick as Adidas' Road Comp with a shiny plastic, aerodynamic, zipped closure, the main fastener is a very slick and logical ratchet with only two buttons to learn.
Entry is so easy that some triathletes may even choose this shoe. In use the thin (7.5mm) sole does not allow the pedal to bruise the foot but does give a very natural feel by keeping the foot close to the pedal spindle. There's very little pressure on the forefoot due to the mesh construction and adjustment is very easy on the move.