Adidas Questar Boost Review Facts
Think of the person who just pledged on their New Year’s resolution to finally get in shape but has barely logged more than a few miles during their lifetime. Yes, this is the newbie runner who may need some assistance from the right type of shoe to get him/her through their first run. Fortunately, the Adidas Questar Boost speaks to this type of individual. It’s a cushioned stability shoe that offers plenty of support. It incorporates a foamy midsole that’s responsive and has a soft breathable upper to keep any runner, no matter how novice, comfortable throughout a run.
The Questar Boost not only works great as an introductory shoe, but it will also appeal to more experienced runners for their long distance runs. Let’s explore what features make the Questar Boost appealing to both classes of runners.
The Questar Boost features Adiwear technology which is made from carbon rubber. It’s highly resistant against abrasions and also against water. The shoe’s outsole has a unique waffle like tread pattern that offers superior traction and durability, making it suitable for long distance road running
There are 2 main components to the midsole. It features Adiprene+ technology as well as Adidas’ well-known Boost midsole platform. Adidas claims that shoes with Boost technology return more energy than any other material in the running industry Boost midsoles are made from TPU, thermoplastic polyurethane, pellets which are linked together. Upon a closer look at the rear part of the midsole, one can see tiny white pellets clumped together that resemble a cluster of stars in the night sky.
In addition to Adiprnee+ and Boost technology, the midsole includes Adidas’ Torsion system which provides structure for the entire shoe and adds an extra layer of support and cushion.
The upper has shiny molded overlays which connect to the external heel counter. The overlays provide adequate continuity through every angle, giving the shoe a seamless structure that works well both in terms of practicality and aesthetics. Also, mono layered breathable mesh is attached through various parts of the shoe.
The Questar Boost is not a light weight shoe nor is it advertised as one either. The men’s version weighs about 11 ounces, and it’s just over 9 ounces for the women’s shoe. This places the Questar Boost on the heavier side of the category. Despite it’s heavy and bulky qualities, there isn’t much complaining about weight being such a burden. The cushion and comfort provided by the shoe will make up for any weight-related issues. Moreover, there’s no reason to purchase this shoe if you are in the market, specifically, for a light weight trainer.
The upper features Climacool technology which helps create a comfortable interior environment that self-regulates its own temperature. In combination with the breathable mesh upper, Climacool helps keep a runner’s feet dry and cool by maintaining air circulation through the entire duration of a run.
The Adiprene+ midsole reaches far into the heel area — and together with Boost cushion, it provides an extra layer of softness for the heavy heel striker. In the interior, you get a good amount of padding, including padding on the tongue, but it’s not so much that it becomes excessive or constrictive in any way; therefore, it’s just right.
So in terms of cushion
and padding qualities, you’re certainly bound to get pillowy levels all around but nothing annoying. Add Climacool technology to the mix and you have a pair of shoes that your feet wouldn’t mind calling “home” for a while.
Does the brand that clothed rap duo RUN DMC in the 80s ever really get style wrong?
The Questar Boost looks great and Adidas knows they’ve nailed it by advertising this as a “sneaker” style shoe. The term “sneaker style” is really just the brand’s own narcissistic tribute to a hallmark design that they have made widely popular. These shoes don’t just look great while running on the road, their stylishness makes us want to wear them with our favorite pair of jeans too.
While the outsole’s carbon rubber provides great durability for the bottom of the shoe, the quality of materials on the upper seems to be a bit of a mismatch. Some users have reported that the top part of the shoe begins to separate after some use. The mesh also has a tendency to tear if one is not careful. Such comments are not widespread but they are enough to cause some concern about the shoe’s lifespan.
From observing the shoe’s height, one can tell that there is plenty of support both laterally and from top to bottom. The shoe’s structural support provides a sturdy amount of protection to ensure that your foot stays stable and high enough off the ground to keep away from any hazards, including any uneven terrain.
A few other protective features include the shoe’s rubber toe cap in the front, a sturdy heel counter, and the upper’s Climacool technology which will help against any heat or bacteria related issues.
The response mostly comes via the shoe’s Boost technology. According to Adidas, Boost midsoles are more responsive than standard EVA foam. The TPU pellets which make up the Boost platform are well equipped to absorb impact and provide a burst of energy in return.
The Questar Boost offers support from every direction: laterally and from the bottom to the top. It’s high profile structure provides a means for your foot to be submerged into a sturdy and secure setting. In terms of bottom up support, the shoe’s Boost platform provides your foot with added lift.
This shoe is good for over pronators and supinators because it provides motion control. However, its neutral arch support also makes it an ideal candidate for runners who don’t necessarily require additional reinforcements but simply want a shoe with a great feel.
With its carbon rubber Adiwear outsole and high profile features, the Questar Boost is better suited for the outdoors than some of its competitors. It’s grippy traction will function well not just on the pavement but also on more uneven road surfaces and even on a light trail. With a cozier and more protected feel, the Questar Boost is also great for when the days begin to get cooler.
When first introduced, the Questar Boost was priced around the mid $100s. Since then, however, price as dropped into the low $100s with a handful of retailers offering them at lower prices. This means it’s possible to find them for under $100. This reduction makes the Questart Boost an attractive buy in terms of pricing, especially considering the level of comfort and protection it affords.
Intended as an outdoor road shoe, the Questar Boost will provide adequate traction throughout the outsole’s surface. Adidas has been known for making the outsoles of its shoes incredibly grippy, including through the use of Continental tire technology — though this specific shoe doesn’t include it. Nevertheless, the idea is that Adidas has always been cognizant of designing shoes that can handle the roads in the same way that a high performance tire can. This means having a shoe that has a naturally adaptive relationship to the road, just like a car.
Looks can be deceiving and upon first impression, the Questar Boost may appear to be a big clunker that just won’t be able to move in the same way that a light weight trainer can. However, that is not the case at all.
The mesh on the front upper is especially flexible, but it’s not just meshing that gives the Questar Boost its elastic qualities. In fact, the shoe intelligently blends mesh flexibility with the responsive qualities of the Boost midsole to spawn into something that is adequately movable through multiple facets. In other words, the shoe’s upper flexibility works together with the responsiveness of the midsole so that what you ultimately get is a shoe that responds with lightning speed and is not slowed down by any constrictions in its fabric materials.
This shoe offers more stability than a lot of other running shoes. It’s higher off the ground and provides plenty of support from multiple angles. It’s obvious from the thick Boost outsole on the rear that there is greater emphasis on providing stability on the heel than on the forefoot. This is especially beneficial for runners who have a tendency to heel strike — an issue which can be common among newer runners. Such emphasis on the heel ensures a long-term temporary solution against heel striking.
A greater emphasis on heel structure means this area is more elevated than the forefoot. On the Questar Boost, the heel height measures 32 mmm and forefoot height measures 22mm. The offset between both areas is 10 mm. The same measurements apply to both the men’s shoe and the women’s shoe.
A 10 mm measurement is on the higher end of drop measurements — meaning that this deviates from a more neutral and minimalistic approach. In general, the concern with higher drops is that it makes runners more likely to land on their heel and heel landings can cause problems further down the road. However, developing an ideal running form doesn’t happen overnight. For this reason, we have shoes like the Questar Boost which offer a good starting point to provide added reinforcements for the individual runner that still depends on them.
•Adiewear Outsole made form carbon rubber
•Climacool Tech Upper
•Boost Foam Midsole Technology
•Cushion, stability, and support
•Decoupled heel adds to shock absorption with integrated heel cage for added stability
No matter how many striking similarities we may share with each other, mother nature designed us all to be uniquely different from one another, and this includes the way in which we move from point A to point B. If every runner were the same then we would only need one type of running shoe, but that is not the case.
The Adidas Questar Boost is the type of shoe that embraces our running imperfections by supplying its users with ample amounts of support, stability, and motion control. On top of that, it supplies comfort, flexibility, cushion, and responsiveness — generally, every feature that reputable running shoe is supposed to provide. It also doesn’t hurt that it delivers these goods wrapped into a shoe that looks great as well.
Developing a good running form can be a long work in progress. But that’s no reason to put off your running goals. The Questar Boost works great as a shoe to guide you through this “work in progress” phase. On the other hand, it also works great if you simply need a comfortable running shoe.