Adidas PureBOOST DPR LTD Review Facts
Adidas PureBOOST DPR LTD looks like a casual fashion sneaker more than a running shoe, but looks aren’t everything. The shoe features a neutral designation and is meant for runs on pavement. This isn’t a trail shoe and you’ll probably want to keep it clean so you can wear it outside of training anyway. The shoe features a wider than normal fit for Adidas brand shoes and a unique colorway design. In fact, the LTD designation refers to the specific limited edition colorway offered by this version of the shoe. The DPR portion of the shoe’s name refers to its intended use: Deconstructed Pure Runner. The deconstructed part no doubt refers to the non-traditional construction of the PureBOOST DPR LTD. The shoe is not your regular training shoe. Does it hold up and can it handle regular training as well as other shoe types? Keep reading to get our overall impression of the shoe.
The Adidas PureBOOST
DPR LTD features a unique webbed outsole design. The webbing stretches over the entire sole to enable total contact traction. Reviewers found the outsole provided a good amount of traction
and that the shoe gripped well even on slick surfaces.
PureBOOST DPR LTD features a signature BOOST midsole. It's a favorite type of midsole cushioning among runners and is meant to deliver lightweight responsive cushioning. Quite a few reviewers weren't super impressed with the shoe's energy-return. The BOOST midsole material is meant to provide a great deal of rebound but reviewers found it to be lacking in this regard.
The midsole feels firm underfoot, not soft and plush. Your particular preference will matter most but some reviewers did mention that the firm cushioning resulted in a very hard landing while running. Regardless of the ride feel, there's enough padding in the midsole to suit a variety of run distances. Even with a hard midsole, landings were quiet
, according to users.
The upper of the Adidas
PureBOOST DPR LTD is made of a unique knit material. This is what makes the shoe look less like a shoe made for running and more like a shoe made for going out with friends. The upper feels secure and is really durable and resistant to tearing. It's also super breathable. A roomy toe box provides a nice respite for those with wider feet
Some reviewers complained about the laces coming undone easily and did not like that they had to double knot each time they ran. Some reviewers also complained about the short instep saying that the toe box was too shallow to accommodate those with higher insteps. The upper material is meant to stretch but as evidenced by reviewer comments, it may not stretch enough to accommodate all foot shapes. The tongue is a standard one but it does tend to shift out of place when running. A unique heel counter is also present. Some reviewers found it took some getting used to but really helped to lock the heel down.
The Adidas PureBOOST DPR LTD is fairly lightweight. It clocks in at around 9.2 oz for men (note: there seems to only be a men's version available). Overall, reviewers were pleased with the shoe's weight. Most reviewers found that the shoe promoted a light ride. The problem is that the shoe lacks energy-return (yes, even with the BOOST cushioning). This results in a strangely bulky feel even with a lightweight
The knit upper of the Adidas PureBOOST DPR LTD delivers a nice amount of ventilation without feeling flimsy. It's one of the most impressive areas of the Adidas PureBOOST DPR LTD. A wide toe box helps to circulate air and regulate interior temperature,
too. Reviewers appreciated the lightweight upper material and liked how breathable the shoe felt.
The stretchy knit upper of the Adidas PureBOOST DPR LTD is quite comfortable. It's flexible, feels soft against the skin, and fits nicely around the foot. Unfortunately, the midsole just doesn't measure up. The BOOST cushioning, according to reviewers, is a big letdown in this shoe. Landings feel hard and jarring. Energy-return is virtually non-existent and the ride just doesn't feel good. The tongue tends to shift out of place which upsets focus when on a run. There's just a lot left to be improved upon when it comes to comfort. The shoe probably feels great when worn casually but for running
purposes, it's clear that there's work to be done.
The Adidas PureBOOST DPR LTD looks pretty good. The limited edition (LTD) multicolor knit upper is unique and resembles a fashion shoe
. It looks like something someone might wear out with friends or when heading to a night at a bar. A few reviewers didn't appreciate the look of the shoe and wanted something more athletic looking but in general, reviewers liked the look of the shoe more than anything else. This men's only shoe comes in a few color variations other than the limited edition style. A grey, red, teal, and tan are all available for purchase.
The knit upper of the Adidas PureBOOST DPR LTDis meant to withstand regular wear and tear. Its resistant and durable composition doesn't feel flimsy. A few reviewers commented on the thinness of the carbon rubber outsole, but there wasn't a big deal to be made about the shoe's overall durability.
The first layer of protection in the Adidas PureBOOST DPR LTD is the carbon rubber outsole. It's meant to resist damage from regular use and works to protect the runner from falling when running on slick surfaces. The knit upper is made of strong materials to protect the shoe from ripping. There's a nice amount of BOOST cushioning in the midsole but quite a few reviewers weren't impressed by the feel of the cushioning. Most commented that the cushioning felt hard underfoot. Landing feels a bit severe. Still, there's enough cushioning in the midsole to protect from impact. It's just not as comfortable
as some might want.
The Adidas PureBOOST DPR LTD really fails big time when it comes to responsiveness. Many reviewers complained about the shoe's ability to provide rebound. The ride is well-cushioned but it feels a little too firm underfoot. Some runners who prefer a firmer ride may feel fine but without any kind of noticeable rebound effect, each landing and toe-off feel lackluster. There's just something missing from the ride and the consensus was that the Adidas PureBOOST DPR LTD just doesn't deliver a great running experience. It falls flat.
The Adidas PureBOOST DPR LTD is a neutral shoe and really doesn't provide a lot of support at all. In fact, reviewers complained that the support was lacking. There's little arch support to be had and the fit, while true to size, just isn't supportive enough. Runners who are looking to transition to a more minimalist shoe may find something to like with the Adidas PureBOOST DPR LTD. It's a nice transition option. There's enough cushioning underfoot for protection but the ride feels rigid and hard. It's a good preview of what's to come for those interested in trying out more minimalist
The Adidas PureBOOST DPR LTD is meant to be used on roads. It barely even looks like a running shoe at all but it can handle runs on pavement
. There's not a lot of spring back or rebound but there is a suitable amount of grip. The shoe also features a carbon rubber webbed sole that provides traction and can handle wear and tear.
The Adidas PureBOOST DPR LTD falls in the middle of the pricing scale for moderately cushioned neutral shoes. You'll be paying more for the look of the shoe than anything else but if that's what you're after then you definitely get your money's worth. The shoe can easily be worn casually which gives it a bit of extra life even after its training days are over. It's also a great option for beginners
who aren't really sure about plunking down their hard-earned dollars on a running shoe. New runners will like the fact that they can run in the Adidas PureBOOST DPR LTD and use it as a casual wear
The Adidas PureBOOST DPR LTD features an outsole that performs pretty well when faced with less than stellar weather
conditions. If you take a look at the sole, you'll notice a unique webbed type tread pattern. It covers the entirety of the outsole providing a really good amount of traction making the shoe perfect for even wet weather running. The tread isn't aggressive enough for technical trail running but it's certainly adequate for dealing with all types of road conditions.
Despite the lack of responsiveness in the Adidas PureBOOST DPR LTD, the shoe does deliver a degree of flexibility which reviewers appreciated. Even without Flex Grooves in the outsole, the shoe is malleable enough to move smoothly from heel to toe. In addition, the knit upper is flexible enough to provide a really comfortable fit.
Runners won't feel completely out of whack in the Adidas PureBOOST DPR LTD but there's not enough stability for those who are overpronators or who have ankle issues. The knit upper fits well but it's not tight enough to really stabilize runners properly. There's no medial post or any other corrective features to promote a stable ride, either. The shoe really feels like what a casual sneaker might feel like. There's just not enough support or stability to suit most runners, even on very even ground.
The Adidas PureBOOST DPR LTD features an 8mm drop. This too contributes to the poor stability. Better stability might be achieved by bringing runners closer to the ground. Fortunately, the shoe works well for all types of strikers. Forefoot strikers and heel strikers found landing felt natural in the Adidas PureBOOST DPR LTD.
- Carbon rubber outsole is durable and provides traction
- Webbed outsole construction delivers maximum traction for road running
- BOOST midsole material is lightweight and delivers moderate cushioning
- Knit upper construction is lightweight, breathable, and won't rip easily
- Special heel counter called the 'Fit Counter' locks in the heel
- Wide forefoot area
The bottom line is that the Adidas PureBOOST DPR LTD isn't the best choice for serious runners. There are a lot of areas that require improvement, particularly the ride feel and responsiveness. The shoe might be a good choice for new runners who are not quite ready to commit to a dedicated training shoe. The trendy look of the shoe allows users to wear it casually. Despite its issues, the shoe fits true to size and is rather comfortable. The problem arises when it comes to running in the shoe. Landing feels hard and the cushioning delivers virtually no rebound. Thankfully, there's still protection in the midsole, it just doesn't feel that great. Still, it's a good choice of a shoe for those wanting to transition to something a lot less cushioned and close to the ground. The attractive design is a nice bonus.