Adidas Adistar Boost Review Facts
The Adidas Adistar Boost is named after its flagship midsole technology. It’s a high-mileage stability support trainer that’s appropriate for mild to over-pronation. Those who’ve ran in the shoe commend it for its excellent cushioning qualities and its great fit. It performs well on the road thanks to its Continental rubber outsole. The Boost incorporates several technologies that make this a sound shoe for the serious runner.
The outsole on the Adistar Boost comes together through the partnership between Adidas and Continental, the tire manufacturer. The two German companies have been in this relationship for several years and Continental continues to produce rubber compounds for many Adidas shoes. On the Adistar Boost, 2 pieces of rubber are placed on the forefoot and heel as these regions will face the majority of ground contact. Constructed from the same material used on high performance tires, the rubber on the Boost’s outsole functions in the same way that a vehicle’s tires would function on the road, delivering exceptional traction, grip, and protection.
The Boost’s midsole features the star of the show. This is where you’ll find the Boost System as the commander in chief. The Boost unit is not one big piece of plastic foam stuck in between. This unit is made from small capsules that create a spongy effect. These capsules are TPU pellets which replace traditional foam platforms. TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) pellets are used for other items like cell phone cases, drive belts, medical devices, and footwear.
If you look closely, these capsules are visible to the naked eye where you’ll see that they’ve been linked together to give shape to the entire midsection of the shoe. The midsole also features the Formation System and the Torsion System. "Formation" is a heel technology constructed from 3 dimensional textile which doesn’t disturb during movement. The Torsion System is a lightweight arch support platform.
The upper features Adidas renowned TECHFIT technology which is found in much of its apparel line. TECHFIT is made from elastic fabric and behaves very much like a glove. It bends and stretches according to size and shape. In this case, the upper provides a fitted feel but offers good flexibility. TECHFIT has its own benefits such as a smoother feel which helps to prevent irritation and keeps things dry.
Regrettably, Adidas won’t be able to claim bragging rights for this category. It’s a heavy shoe, weighing in at about 11 ounces for the men’s version and about 9.6 ounces for the women’s. If you want to feel light
on your feet, this probably won’t be the shoe. You’re better off looking for other stability support trainers that have managed to shave off a couple of ounces.
While the TECHFIT technology offers some great benefits, it does have its limitations; and this is especially true when it comes to the Boost’s breathability. Saying you’ll feel “suffocated” is an exaggeration but TECHFIT fabric can feel a bit constricted due to the lack of air penetration. Several reviewers have commented on the development of hot spots after running in them for only a few miles. On the other hand, the ‘cozier’ feel can mean that this the shoe you want to lace up during the colder months.
If you’re adamant about cushioning, then you’ll be very pleased with the graces of the Boost. This platform serves up an exuberant amount of cushioning mile after mile. The TECHFIT upper feels comfortably snug and expandable while a heel counter unit keeps the foot in place. Despite its limitations in other areas, such as weight and breathability, most users have reported feeling satisfied with the overall level of comfort.
Adidas is one of those brands that has superior brand recognition by way of their iconic logo. While that doesn’t mean they can just serve up plain white sneakers all day long, the Boost gets its visual appeal from the famous 3 stripe Adidas emblem while still holding its own personality to distinguish it from the rest of the Adidas family. There are 7 color combinations for both men and women. Versions for both genders offer great style options, however, the women’s shoe offers up some cooler looking color contrasts, such as the ash purple and solar orange combination which features a dark hue of purple on the body and is contrasted with bright orange trim on the laces and midsole.
If you’re going to have a world renowned tire company design some of your outsoles then you’re probably going to have a remarkably strong shoe. This has been the positive impact from the business relationship between Continental and Adidas. By using the same brains that have gone into developing Continental’s high performance tires means that an Adidas shoe can profit from the same technological ideology. In addition, the Adistar Boost also features ADIWEAR, which is specialized material located on the outsole. ADIWEAR is water resistant and does great against abrasions.
The Boost gets the job done when it comes to protecting your body’s running hardware. A BOOST sole unit means spectacular cushioning to help protect your limbs and joints from impact. The TECHFIT upper means greater range of motion to help maintain a comfortable and consistent gait. The ADIPRENE unit on the heel works to lessen the impact on the foot’s rear. All in all, the Adistar Boost is great at maintaining the hardware in working order, however, it doesn’t deliver as much when it comes to protecting against heat related nuisances due to the lack of breathability.
Adidas claims that BOOST technology, “returns more energy than any other cushioning material in the running industry” — indeed, a bold statement but fortunately it holds true. As mentioned previously, the BOOST midsole is made from tiny pellets that when clumped together create a soft foamy midsole. The pellets are quickly adaptable and spring back into action after contact is made thereby causing a sudden surge of energy. Characteristically, these pellets are lighter and absorb shock much better than other materials.
The Adistar Boost features TORSION which is a light-weight arch support system. It helps to coordinate the forefoot and rear foot independently of one another. It also helps to maintain the shoe’s structural integrity while keeping the foot stable and supported. The FORMATION system is a separate heel unit that moves separately from the rest of the shoe. What this does is to prevent any foot twisting by keeping a consistent level of support on the heel. It mimics the motion of the foot and returns to its original shape once pressure is relieved off of it.
You’re not going to make a shoe with tire technology and take it for a spin out on the lawn — well, technically you could but the Adistar Boost is a ‘roadster.’ It’s going to display its chops out in the open road. The tough outsole also makes it suitable for other terrains like gravel. The Continental outsole also works wonders on wet surfaces as it gives you that firm grip that assures you that you won’t have any accidental slips.
Doing a quick google search will reveal a wide price range, from the high $100s to mid $70s. With so many options in both pricing and style, this is a case for shopping around. With a little effort, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find the color combo you want at very reasonable price.
When you flip over an Adidas shoe and see the Continental imprint embedded on its outsole, you’ll know you’re getting some of the best traction features available. Adidas has every right to boast about it too. The merging of ideas between the two companies is a unique facet in the running shoe industry.
Adidas claims that the principle behind TECHFIT technology is the enhanced coordination of the joints. Better joint coordination means that speed is not compromised in situations that call for rapidity — think activities that call for quick sideways movements like tennis and soccer. Running is not much different and it also necessitates the same freedom. The TECHFIT upper makes it possible for ample flexibility so that your feet can enjoy freedom of movement.
The TORSION system is the Boost’s main arch support that independently isolates the movements from the forefoot and rear foot so that both ends are not constricted in any unnatural way. Stability
is also enhanced by the placement of an EVA plate that’s placed atop the BOOST platform. The EVA plate adds an extra layer for more cushioning and support while stabilizing the entire foot. The EVA plate also enhances responsiveness.
Heel height for the men’s shoe is 33 mm and 32 mm for the women’s. Forefoot height measures 22 mm for men and 22 mm for women. This makes the drop differential 11 mm for the men’s version and 10 mm for the women’s version. It’s no skyscraper but it's a tall shoe -- in fact, taller than most. Based on appearance alone, the wide drop may not seem so obvious. However, many users report that this shoe condones heel striking and the high drop differential confirms it.
•Features BOOST midsole technology providing cushioning and exceptional responsiveness
•Durable Continental rubber outsole provides firm grip and traction
•TECHFIT upper provides plentiful flexibility and offers a custom fit
•TORSION arch support is lightweight and delivers support
•ADIPRENE unit located on the rear of the shoe adds extra protection for the heel
The Adidas Adistar Boost has several great things going for it: cushioning, flexibility, responsiveness, and traction. It’s safe to say that Adidas put in the effort where it matters. This is a shoe that will keep your joints comfortable and protected for many miles. Of course - as is the case with almost any product review, there’s always the “blah blah blah…but” part of the review.
Not surprisingly, the “but” part of this review lies with the shoe’s size and weight. At over 10 ounces for the men’s shoe and over 9 ounces for the women’s, this is one big boy; and generally speaking, big boys aren’t as fast. However, the shoe’s responsiveness can offset some of its weight and size limitations. In sum, there’s no doubt this shoe has solid construction and intelligent design. The attractive style options are an added bonus too. So if you’re looking for a loyal support/stability trainer, the Adistar Boost is worth your consideration.