Adidas Solar Ride

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The Adidas Solar Ride is a long distance running shoe that also works for basic jogs and everyday life. It features the brand’s Adiwear outsole, which covers the entire underfoot in textured lugs for durable and efficient traction. It also utilizes Bounce midsole technology, which is engineered to be much more responsive than standard materials. Thanks to its high levels of energy return, runners are able to power through their runs and really up their mileage. As for the upper, it’s constructed of a Forgedmesh material that includes extra padding to ensure that the foot stays completely supported even without extensive overlays. When all of these features work together, they create a surprisingly comfortable wear that happens to be wrapped up in a very appealing design.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

-Stylish design

-Very comfortable wear

-Stabilizing

-Durable materials

-Amazing traction

Cons

-Fits larger than average

-Might lack toe room

-Limited color options

Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

Adidas uses their Adiwear technology for the Solar Ride’s outsole, which covers the entire length of the foot and covers up over the tip of the toes for some slight protection. This durable, non-marking rubber compound ensures a long-lasting, protective wear as well as highly efficient traction. Its textured lugs are packed tightly together, and each features a shallow horizontal flex groove. Deeper, vertical flex grooves and several perforations within the rubber allow it to provide much more flexible wear.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The brand’s Bounce midsole technology is a specially engineered version of EVA foam, allowing the Solar Ride to be more pliable and much more responsive than a shoe made with standard materials. Perforations along the sides of this unit greatly enhance its overall springiness by stretching and compressing with any form of pressure placed onto them and springing right back into place when released. Aside from its incredibly comfortable underfoot cushioning, reviewers are also very happy with its pain-relieving qualities and how well it keeps them powered up through workouts, long walks, or basic forms of athletics.
Upper
Upper

Upper

A specialized Forgedmesh is used to construct the Solar Ride’s upper, giving the runner wear that’s equal parts supportive and breathable. It's minimal overlays form the heel clip and the brands signature striped design, as well as reinforcing the shoe’s lacing system. A more subdued, all-over striped design is also reflective for a much safer run in low light conditions. Instead of a basic pull tab, the back portion of its collar tapers out to allow easier insertion. This same feature also prevents possible chafing for even greater overall comfort. Padding all along the inside, as well as extra padding in the tongue and collar, complete this shoe’s incredibly comfortable wear.
Weight
Weight

Weight

According to both the Adidas website and Zappos, the average weight of a Solar Ride is around 11 oz. for both men and women. When looking at its substantial midsole unit and stabilizing features, it’s easy to see why this model weight above average. Despite this, multiple reviewers have stated that it feels incredibly light whenever they move around. Not only does this make it the perfect choice for work, errands, or other casual settings, but this also means it will be a highly efficient workout shoe.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Solar Ride’s lack of aggressive overlays allows it to give the runner very breathable wear. Aside from creating supportive wear, thanks mostly to its extra padding, the Forgedmesh upper pairs well with the shoe’s textile lining to allow nearly unrestricted airflow into the foot chamber. Not only are the feet kept cooler throughout the day, but sweat can also be wicked away for even greater comfort. While reviewers are happy that they experience less foot odor and skin irritations, this model’s occasional lack of toe room does diminish this quality for some.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Aside from its appealing design, reviewers also praise the Solar Ride for its extremely comfortable wear. Its full-length Bounce midsole unit provides them with plenty of support and impact absorption, keeping them pain-free for longer and helping them stay powered up through walks, runs, and workouts. It's Forgedmesh upper keeps the rest of the foot support, while also allowing for plenty of breathableness, and it's textile lining feels soft and non-irritating against the skin. There are some buyers who don’t seem completely satisfied, however, as some have complained that it either fits too wide or doesn’t offer enough toe room.
Style
Style

Style

Just like other models within the Solar line, the Solar Ride’s sleek and non-bulky design makes it just as fit for work and casual settings as it is for training. This also means that it can easily be paired with a wide range of different outfits. Buyers also seem to love the look of this shoe’s striped upper, and the fact that it’s reflective in low-light conditions is an added bonus. The only downside for some is that it doesn’t come in a lot of color schemes. Black and gray are the most popular, although there is a purple version offered in women’s sizes. A navy version is also available in very limited quantities.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Although reviews don’t really go into detail when it comes to how durable the Solar Ride actually is, they do indicate that this shoe is made with high-quality materials. The rubber compound of its Adiwear outsole runs the entire length of the foot to ensure that the rest of the shoe lasts for longer, and its overall design enables it to withstand constant use. The process of creating its Bounce midsole unit creates sturdy, yet flexible cushioning that maintains its shape even after numerous wears. Even its supportive Forgedmesh upper is able to keep its structure despite having minimal overlays.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Solar Ride’s full-length Adiwear outsole completely protects the underfoot from potential damage, while its tread pattern ensures a secure grip on paved road surfaces. Its Bounce midsole technology provides durable support to prevent injuries and over-flexing, while its highly responsive nature reduces the runner’s risk of chronic pain and fatigue. The shoe’s Forgedmesh upper comes with minimal overlays for proper air flow as the heel counter, padded collar, and reinforced lacing system work together to prevent accidental removal. In addition, its striped designs are reflective for a safer run through low-light conditions.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

While it might not be as well-known as Boost, Adidas’ Bounce midsole technology is still praised frequently for its responsive wear. As stated before, it’s made from a specially engineered version of EVA foam that’s made to be much springier than standard materials. There are also a number of ridges lining its outer surface that enhance responsiveness by compressing and stretching with each movement and then springing right back into shape when the pressure is released. This results in not only more pain-free runs but also much springer wear that enables the runner to keep moving forward for longer runs or during workouts.
Support
Support

Support

Although it’s not as soft as other available technologies, the Solar Ride’s full-length Bounce midsole does offer the runner a great deal of durable underfoot support. Aside from being highly responsive, it’s also flexible so its supportive wear can continue throughout the gait cycle. The Forgedmesh upper is reinforced with extra padding, so it hugs tightly around the foot while still being able to been and flex with each of its movements. A heel counter and padded collar support the back and ankles while also ensuring that the foot stays in place.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

As stated before, the Solar Ride works just as well in casual everyday settings as it does for training or a long distance running session. Its textured outsole, featuring multiple shallow lugs, is able to grip onto concrete and cement easily and can still maintain its level of traction even after constant use on gym equipment. The highly responsive nature of its Bounce midsole makes it terrific for use during games of tennis or even basketball. And while the upper's breathable wear enables it to be worn during warmer temperatures, it's extra padding also makes it more comfortable during cooler weather.
Price
Price

Price

Considering the high prices of many other Adidas models, the Solar Ride is surprisingly reasonable. This shoe goes for only $100 on retail such as Road Runner Sports, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and the brand’s own website. For those in need of an even lower price tag, amazing deals can be found at discount sites and also on eBay. These prices seem even more incredible when buyers read the reviews praising its stylish design, comfortable wear, and high-quality materials. It’s tendency to fit a larger than average does put some people off, so it’s a good idea to check the retailer’s return policy for making a purchase.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Adidas’s Adiwear outsole design is intended to enhance the shoe’s durability while also providing incredible traction, which is exactly what it does for the Solar Ride. The tightly-clustered lugs that cover the shoe’s entire outsole are all textured, and each features a shallow horizontal groove in the middle. This particular design allows for a secure and long-lasting grip on paved road surfaces or even grass. While it could also work on dirt, its tread pattern does seem like it would become clogged easily and lessen its overall level of traction.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Those who purchase their own pair of Solar Rides will be pleasantly surprised by how flexible its wear is. The lugs of its full-length outsole are separated by deep vertical flex grooves, with each lug featuring a shallow horizontal groove in the middle. Its Bounce midsole seems to be most responsible for the shoe’s overall wear, as it bends and stretched to perfectly follow the runner’s every movement yet is still able to retain its original shape. And the Forgedmesh upper’s lack of extensive overlays allows the foot to move naturally without feeling as if it's being restricted or weighed down. This is yet another quality that makes the shoe so well suited for everyday life.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Although it’s not a corrective shoe, unlike some of the Solar line’s other models, the Solar Ride’s wear still proves to be very stabilizing. All of its tightly-packed lugs are textured and feature shallow horizontal grooves for a completely secure grip. The responsive wear of its full-length Bounce midsole keeps them underfoot completely supported and ensures a smooth ride throughout the gait cycle. And the extra padding of its Fogedmesh upper works with the heel counter and lacing system to ensure that the foot stays in place all day. However, its tendency to fit larger than average may hinder its level of stability for some.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Solar Ride is listed as having a 10mm heel-to-toe drop height, the average measurement for running shoe. Since this provides substantial heel cushioning and support while still permitting a natural gait cycle, most runners seem happy with this type of feature. However, those would prefer a low drop or even a zero drop, a shoe platform would definitely want to keep looking elsewhere.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-Full-length Adiwear outsole
-Bounce midsole technology
-Forgedmesh upper for support
-Reflective detailing for safety
-Tapered collar prevents chafing
-Minimal printed-on overlays
-Reasonable $100 price tag
-Limited color options available
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

While it doesn't appear to be as popular as some of the brand's other running shoes, the Adidas Solar Ride is still highly rated for its supportive comfort, responsive and flexible wear, and eye-catching design. Not only are runners able to stay powered up while going long distances, but they're also ensured less pain and greater ease of movement. And the features of its upper work together to keep the foot locked into place all day while still offering great amounts of support. Although some reviewers feel that it doesn't fit true to size, and it would be nice if it came in more color options, it's still easy to see why it's been given such positive responses.