Adidas Adistar Boost

7.9
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Appropriately enough, the Adidas Adistar Boost is named after its flagship midsole technology.  This high-mileage stability support trainer is appropriate for runners that suffer from mild to over-pronation. Those who have run in the shoe commend it for its excellent cushioning and overall great fit. It performs well on the road thanks to its Continental rubber outsole, and the Boost incorporates several technologies that make this a sound purchase for the serious runner.

The Boost is an excellent long-distance mild stability trainer that offers excellent cushioning thanks to its proprietary BOOST midsole. Flat-footed runners, in particular, will appreciate the arch support it offers, while its overall design is made to tread over any type of terrain. With solid ankle cushioning and a solid outsole that provides good traction, the Adidas Adistar Boost is a stability shoe that offers cushioning, support, and high performance for runners who need a little something extra in their trainer.

Pros
  • Long-lasting cushioning that performs mile after mile
  • BOOST combines cushioning and support while delivering great responsiveness
  • Outsole offers excellent traction, featuring tire technology from Continental
  • TECHFIT upper offers a comfortable, secure fit with ample flexibility
  • Performs great on the road, including under wet conditions
  • Classic Adidas style with many color choices
Cons
  • Encourages heel striking, which isn’t great for some runners
  • Some may find its heel to toe drop too steep
  • Lacks breathability
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole on the Adistar Boost was created via a partnership between Adidas and Continental, the tire manufacturer. These two German companies have been developing this relationship for several years and Continental continues to produce rubber compounds for many Adidas shoes. On the Adistar Boost, two pieces of rubber are placed on the forefoot and heel, as these regions bear the brunt of ground contact during a run. 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.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

When it comes to the overall shoe, the Boost’s midsole is the star of the show. This is where you’ll find the Boost System front and center: the BOOST unit is not one big piece of plastic foam but comprised of 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. Upon closer inspection, these capsules are visible to the naked eye and one can see that they have 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 a three-dimensional textile that isn’t disturbed during movement, while the Torsion System is a lightweight arch support platform.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper features Adidas renowned TECHFIT technology, which is found in many of its apparel lines. TECHFIT is made from elastic fabric and ensures a glove-like fit, which means it bends and stretches according to size and shape of the foot. In this case, the upper provides a snug fit but offers great flexibility. TECHFIT’s smooth feel helps prevent irritation and keeps the foot chamber dry.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Weighing in at 10.5 ounces/298 grams for the men’s version and about 9.1 ounces/258 grams for women’s, the Boost is a slightly heavier than average trainer in its class. However, it’s a stability and support trainer, so the extra features that guarantee these much-needed elements are bound to add a few ounces to the overall weight of any shoe. As a result, in some ways the Boost could be considered light for a stability shoe.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

While the TECHFIT technology offers some great benefits, the Boost’s breathability is compromised by it. The TECHFIT fabric can feel a bit constraining due to the lack of ventilation in the upper. Several reviewers have commented on the development of “hot spots” after running in them for only a few miles. On the other hand, the Boost’s cozier feel can also appeal to runners in colder months.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

If one is adamant about cushioning, then runners will be very pleased with the comfortable grace of the Boost. Its platform serves up an exuberant amount of cushioning mile after mile. The TECHFIT upper feels comfortably snug and expandable while its 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 Boost’s overall level of comfort.
Style
Style

Style

Adidas is one of those brands that has superior brand recognition thanks to 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 three-stripe Adidas emblem while still delivering its own personality to distinguish it from the rest of the Adidas lines. There are seven color combinations for both men and women, and the versions for both genders offer great style options. However, the women’s shoe offers up some slightly cooler-looking color contrasts than the men’s, such as the ash purple and solar orange combinations, which features a dark hue of purple on the body and is contrasted with bright orange trim on the laces and midsole. But no matter the gender, this low-profile stability shoe still brings the fresh style that Adidas is known for the world over.
Durability
Durability

Durability

If you’re going to have a world-renowned tire company design the outsole of your running shoe 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 profits 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 holds up great against abrasive terrain and overall wear and tear.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Boost gets the job done when it comes to protecting the body’s running hardware. Its BOOST sole unit delivers spectacular cushioning to help protect limbs and joints from impact. The TECHFIT upper also means there’s a greater range of motion to help maintain a comfortable and consistent gait. In addition, 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 and protecting the body’s hardware to keep it in working order. However, it doesn’t deliver as much when it comes to protecting against heat-related nuisances due to its upper’s lack of breathability.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Adidas claims that BOOST technology, “returns more energy than any other cushioning material in the running industry”—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 and foamy midsole. These pellets are highly responsive and spring back into action after impact, causing a sudden boost of energy. Characteristically, these pellets are lighter and absorb shock much better than many other midsole materials.
Support
Support

Support

The Adistar Boost features TORSION, a lightweight arch support system. It helps coordinate the forefoot and rear foot independently of one another while also helping maintain the shoe’s structural integrity, keeping the foot stable and supported throughout a ride. The FORMATION system is a separate heel unit that moves independently of the rest of the shoe. What this accomplishes is that it prevents 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 it.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

You’re not going to purchase a running shoe with tire technology in its outsole and take it for a spin out on the lawn—well, technically one could, but the Adistar Boost is a ‘roadster’ that is best able to display its chops out on the open road. Its tough outsole also makes it suitable for other tenacious terrains, like gravel. its Continental outsole also works wonders on wet surfaces as it provides runners a firm grip that guarantees there won’t be any accidental slips.
Price
Price

Price

Doing a quick online search reveal the Adistar Boost can be found in a wide price range, from affordable to rather pricy. With so many options in both pricing and style, this is a perfect example of how shopping around can deliver some major savings during purchase. With a little effort, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find the color combo you need at a very affordable price.
Traction
Traction

Traction

When runners turn over an Adidas shoe and see the Continental imprint embedded on its outsole, they’ll know they are getting some of the best traction features a running shoe can deliver. 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 and one that provides runners with some solid traction.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

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, such as tennis and soccer. Running is not that much different, and it also necessitates the same sort of freedom. Its TECHFIT upper makes it possible for ample flexibility so that your feet can enjoy freedom of movement.
Stability
Stability

Stability

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. Its overall 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, which also enhances responsiveness. Simply put, the Adistar Boost is a stability shoe for runners looking to go fast and stay stable throughout a ride.
Drop
Drop

Drop

Heel height for the men’s shoe is 33mm and 32mm for the women’s. Forefoot height measures 22 mm for men and 22 mm for women. This makes the drop differential 11mm for the men’s version and 10mm for the women’s version. It’s no skyscraper, but it's a shoe with a slightly higher drop than most other comparable running shoes, except for maximalist trainers. Based on its low-profile appearance, this drop may not seem so obvious. However, many users report that this shoe condones heel striking and the high drop differential confirms it.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• BOOST midsole technology provides 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 and stability

• ADIPRENE unit located on the rear of the shoe adds extra protection for the heel
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Adidas Adistar Boost has several great features that make it a compelling stability shoe: 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. That its incredible traction—thanks to its Continental outsole—makes it a trainer for runners looking to go fast is paired with its superior stability technology will appeal to runners who need extra stability due to pronation issues.
Not surprisingly, the “but” part of this review lies with the shoe’s overall size and weight. At over 10 ounces for the men’s shoe and over 9 ounces for women’s, this is a relatively chunk shoe and, generally speaking, “big” trainers aren’t as fast. However, the shoe’s responsiveness offset some of its weight and size limitations. Overall, weighing all of the Boost’s great elements and benefits, there’s no doubt this shoe has solid construction and intelligent design. Its attractive style options are an added bonus, as well. If you’re a runner looking for a support and stability trainer that provides great traction, style, and overall responsiveness, the Adistar Boost is well worth serious consideration.