Michael reviews the new Adidas Adistar Boost:
Adidas adistar Boost Review
It would not be news to those who have semi-regularly kept up with this blog that I am a big fan of all things adidas Boost. In fact, I even wrote a rather lengthy entry a little while back professing my great love for the Supernova Glide 6 Boost. And now I’m back [back, back, from outer space] to talk about the fairly newly released adistar Boost, which is a part of what I’d call the Boost Gen 1.5 line, if one takes the Energy as Gen. 1 and the Energy 2 as Gen. 2. Because I went into great detail on the technical details of the Boost midsole in my previous review, I’m not going to repeat it all here. I’d just refer you back the beginning of that review. That said, in short, Boost midsoles give you better energy return per step than do standard EVA midsoles. It’s just that easy.
Because I have a tendency to make you read a lot before you get to see a picture, I’m going to get one out of the way right at the beginning this time.
The adistar Boost is meant to be the motion control/guidance/overpronation entry in the Boost lineup. adidas achieves this, at least according to Running Warehouse, through “Pro-moderator – a firm, durable material co-molded to the CMEVA midsole to reduce over-pronation and provide a stable heel-to-toe transition.” You can see the Pro Moderator here as the blue section above the Boost:
The adistar isn’t meant to be a full-on motion control shoe, more of a moderate guidance shoe, think Asics GT-2000 or Brooks Ravenna more than Kayano or Adrenaline, for comparison’s sake. In the picture above, you can also see adidas’ Geofit collar, which allows “for a more secure yet softer feel around the ankle and Achilles during the running gait cycle.”
As you might be able to guess from the pictures, the Adistars, while not a part of the latest Maximalist trend, are anything but a minimalist shoe, weighing in at 11.1 oz for a size 9.
Finally, on the tech rundown side, you’ll notice the upper of the Adistar looks noticeably different from the open mesh typically found on most shoes. Instead, the Adistar incorporates adidas’ Tech Fit upper, which was first featured on the original Energy Boost shoe. The idea behind Tech Fit is to provide your foot with stretchy support while being flexible enough to allow for a more natural gait cycle. Now, on to the review part.
Before the positives, I’ll start with my honest initial impression, which was not so positive. I started testing these shoes with very high expectations, built up by my experiences, limited though they were, with the original Energy Boost and the Glide Boost. My first three runs in the shoes consisted of two 8 mile treadmill runs and one hilly 16 mile road run on the Boston Marathon course. In each of these runs, I started getting hot spots on my forefoot towards the tail end of the run. I began to think that I had found a Boost model that was not going to live up to its brethren, but I resolved not to quit on them…and I’m glad I didn’t.
My last run in the shoes before posting this review was an 18 miler on the Boston Marathon course with the Run For Research team, figuring that a second long run on the roads, and fourth overall, would give me a true opinion of the shoes, after which I could decide whether they would stay in the running rotation or be relegated to just cool-looking sneakers. Though I started the run feeling sluggish, I actually felt like I was gaining energy as the run went on. Where my legs should have been feeling more and more beat up with each hilly mile, instead they actually felt fresh as I began the last climb up the Boston Common hill. I can’t say that I felt the same bouncy feeling that I had with the Energy and Glide, but I also have a feeling that the Boost midsole was at least partially responsible for the great run I ended up having. I’m perfectly happy with cushioning that does its job quietly. The best part was that I didn’t experience any hot spots during the run! I’m rather relieved to say that the Adistars will absolutely be a part of future long runs.
Rave reviews for the Tech Fit upper, which moved well with my foot without making me feel like my foot was moving from the insole because of the stretch upper. It’s really just a comfortable upper that gives the shoe a more foot-conforming fit. I’m a fan. What I’m not a fan of are the laces, which are way too short for me. Small complaint, maybe, but lacing up your shoes is a fairly important part of running in them.
The other Con that will apply more for some runners than for others is the shoe’s weight. Let’s be honest, these are not svelte shoes. If you want Boosts you can fly in, check out the 7.7 ozAdios Boost. That’s not to say these shoes don’t have a nice, smooth ride, because they do, but I did find the girth noticeable.
When all is said and done, if you have a tendency to overpronate, the Adistar Boosts should absolutely be on your list of shoes to consider, particularly if you dig the comfort of the Tech Fit upper. Of course, the other big seller for the shoe is the Boost midsole, which, although perhaps not as bouncy as other models, still provides excellent cushioning for your long runs. So, go on and Boost your run with the Adistars!
Disclaimer: I was sent these shoes free from Adidas through Greater Boston Running Company but all the opinions above are my own and free of outside influence.
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