Adidas Solar Boost

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Adidas Solar Boost Review Facts

A casual shoe? Or a running shoe? The Adidas Solar Boost brings the best of both worlds. This shoe is lighter than it looks and has comfort that was often complimented by testers. Every step you take will be enhanced by the ultra responsiveness of this shoe, not to mention the dry and cool feeling you will have during the hottest of days thanks to the mesh upper and interior fabric liner. You will have over a handful of colors to choose from, keeping you stylish and agile at the same time. While the durability of the sneaker is questionable at best, you can get the Solar Boost for a bargain. The Solar Boost is comfortable, stable, and inexpensive – a great combo for the potential buyer looking for a versatile sneaker on a budget.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Available in a variety of sizes
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Boost foam enhances support
Cons
  • Not very durable
  • A generic looking sneaker
  • Not suitable for icy terrains as they lack grip
  • Fits slightly tighter compared to normal size
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Solar Boost’s outsole consists of Adidas’ exclusive high-quality Stretchweb material. Stretchweb easily adapts to the surface that the runner is on and thus, creates a high amount of traction. Although the Stretchweb is known to be a reliable material, the outsole of the Solar Boost looks very flat, which raises concerns about how much grip is actually offered with this shoe. The Stretchweb will certainly benefit the runner, as it will spread across much more surface area and improve their overall balance while on the road. This technology is based on foam, so expect a soft ride whenever you decide to take these out.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

There are two different materials that compose the rubber-based midsole of the Solar Boost. The midsole is primarily made with lightweight EVA (otherwise known as Ethylene vinyl acetate) that keeps the shoe light on your feet. EVA is known as a standard in the running industry and has proved to enhance the quality of one’s run.

This material has been known to be quite durable in the past, although some users have claimed otherwise. The heel is made of the Adidas exclusive Boost technology, which is a high-quality foam made of TPU pellets. These individual pellets essentially constrict together upon impact and provide a comfortable and supportive experience for the runner throughout the gait cycle.
Upper
Upper

Upper

A breathable mesh material makes up most of the upper, encouraging a “second skin” type of feeling for the top of the runner’s feet. If you’re tired of the inside of your shoes having an odor due to dampness from sweat, here is some good news. This shoe has a soft interior lining that prevents moisture from staying inside.

Furthermore, the upper of the Adidas Solar Boost enhances breathability, stability, and comfort, which increases the overall value of the sneaker. The synthetic overlay makes the shoe feel fitted without giving it a tight sock-like feel. Similar to other Adidas models, this upper has a honeycomb material that allows the foot to stretch at free will.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The weight is 9.6 ounces for men and 7.8 ounces for women. Based off of the shape of the upper, it is surprising to see the Solar Boost weigh less than ten ounces. The Boost heel is very light, as well as the upper, so don’t expect a heavy-fitting shoe regardless of how it looks. Other sneakers that focus more on distance running might weigh less and feel lighter. For the Solar Boost, you can still have that feeling of being light while having enough material around your feet for support and comfort. With that being said, the Adidas Solar Boost seems to have a good mixture of lightweight and protection.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The breathable materials used to create the upper unit will allow air to flow freely throughout the inside of the shoe, keeping your foot cool and dry at all times. Having a significant amount of airflow on a consistent basis is important because it makes the runner more comfortable. The Solar Boost also has a fabric liner that is meant to reinforce dryness. With this feature, you will be able to exercise in hot or damp weather without the worry of your foot being unstable within the shoe because of moisture. The sweat odor that occurs after you take your shoes off will also be eliminated thanks to the fabric lining.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Solar Boost’s midsole is saturated with quality cushioning meant to keep the feet comfortable. The EVA used in the midsole provides a durable cushioning which protects your feet from the impact caused by the gait cycle. With the combination of the EVA and Boost midsole, the bottom of the runner’s foot will have an extensive amount of cushioning, keeping them relaxed and light at all times. The lightweight material used in this shoe will give you a plush feeling that is similar to “walking on clouds." The Solar Boost can be used for jobs that require long hours on your feet, the gym, or just for a walk around the town.
Style
Style

Style

The Adidas Solar Boost is available in eight different unique colors. While there isn’t anything “over the top” that separates this sneaker from others in the industry, color options such as maroon, Solar yellow, and Solar blue will help attract more buyers. The overall shape of the shoe looks like a crossover model between casual and running shoe. The subtle design of the Solar Boost looks natural and appealing, rather than looking like an aggressive running shoe.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Durability is lacking in the Adidas Solar Boost. There is a select group of runners who have claimed that their sneakers started to fall apart after an average amount of use. The upper and the sole unit were two sections of the sneaker that were recognized as consistently falling apart after minimal to average use.

There might be an issue with the stitching of the product rather than the actual materials used, but one must find out through trial and error. After analyzing this lack of strength, it might be best to acknowledge the Solar Boost as more of a casual shoe than a “complete” running shoe.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The feet are fairly protected with the Solar Boost model. While the upper is light and breathable, it isn’t necessarily thin. This means that you will be able to move easily, yet have a layer over your foot for added protection. The ankle and midfoot areas on the upper look stronger than the rest of the material, so you can expect a lot of protection in those areas.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Thanks to the Boost material in the heel, the Solar Boost feels pretty responsive while running. The strong TPU pellets within the heel come together, absorb impact, and provide energy to the runner upon each stride they take. The midsole also has material that helps absorb shock from the midfoot to the forefoot; assisting the heel in providing ultimate comfort. This gesture tends to set up the runner for a beneficial lift off during each foot strike, while the heel absorbs the energy and distributes it accordingly. The Solar Boost excels in responsiveness thanks to these superior technologies.
Support
Support

Support

The support in the Solar Boost is no higher than average. Being a neutral shoe, this neither increases nor decreases your running experience if you have an issue with your arch (flat feet, high arches, etc.) If you have serious issues with your arch, you may want to reconsider towards a pair that specializes in those issues. The Boost and EVA combination offers a stable platform for the foot, but nothing quite extravagant in comparison to other shoes in the market.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The terrain that best matches the materials used in this sneaker are road and light gravel. Being that there is a lack of grip on the outsole, the Solar Boost will work best on a smooth surface that doesn’t have much depth to it. You can walk or run with these sneakers on the sidewalk, pavement, your local track, and possibly even on the basketball court.
Price
Price

Price

The price of the Adidas Solar Boost is relatively cheap for the right size. In comparison to other Adidas/non-Adidas running sneakers, the Solar Boost is currently listed at a low price that is considered a bargain for a comfortable sneaker that could be used both in the gym and at home. Based off of the availability and demand of the Solar Boost, you can likely find this shoe priced under triple digits with ease.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Runners of any experience level will gain extremely reliable traction with these shoes. The Stretchweb material applied to the outsole is a significant contributor to the traction of the Solar Boost. Stretchweb has a foam casing on it along with round shapes that expose the midsole.
When running on the proper terrain, the Stretchweb outsole will be able to expand and form a solid grip, although it isn’t recommended to use this product in climates that have icy grounds, as you are likely to slip due to a lack of grip within the thin outsole.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Between the expandable Stretchweb outsole and the soft mesh upper, the Adidas Solar Boost has a solid amount of flexibility that will help the runner meet the demands that come with the movement of the gait cycle. The EVA midsole is also a factor when considering flexibility in this shoe. The lightweight EVA installed in the Solar Boost generally allows the foot to move naturally without any limit.

This means you don’t need to worry about being in a stiff, uncomfortable position in whatever you are doing. Having a flexible shoe will help you easily bend your feet whenever you are in the toe-off motion in the gait cycle, so keep that in mind! Whether it is running on the track or even climbing a rock wall, the Adidas Solar Boost has the flexibility needed to provide the user with a sense of freedom.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Stability is surprisingly very present in the upper of the Adidas Solar Boost. The Solar Boost upper has synthetic overlays that aggressively provide a sense of security. These overlays are snug enough that they wrap around the runner’s feet without feeling too restricting. The lacing system is attached to the overlays, so they typically react to the adjustment of the laces. In other words, the synthetic overlays and lacing system work together in order to provide the wearer with a custom fit.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The drop is about 10 millimeters. This measurement has been considered average, as more and more running shoes have started to have a heel to toe drop of around 10 millimeters. Since the measurement is rated reasonably average, it won’t increase or decrease your chances of injury, fatigue, or shin splints.
Key Features of the Adidas Solar Boost
Key Features of the Adidas Solar Boost

Key Features of the Adidas Solar Boost

• Stretchweb Outsole
• EVA midsole is lightweight
• Boost heel for extra impact protection
• Stylish color selections
• Snug fit
• Flexible
• Used for casual and athletic occurrences
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The stylish and comfortable Adidas Solar Boost has enough useful features to be considered a versatile sneaker. It has the look of a casual sneaker, yet the tools of a running sneaker. This shoe will be able to keep the wearer comfortable for most of their use by providing high quality cushioning, support, and ventilation.

Some runners who have experienced the Adidas Solar Boost were not necessarily content with the shoe’s lack of durability. Testers recommend that the Solar Boost be used for comfortable “hang out” sneakers and not for serious athletes, as they will likely break down over a matter of time. Despite this poor feedback, the Adidas Solar Boost is something worth looking into for the individual seeking a mix of casual and athletic footwear.