I noticed somebody mentioned the boost to be a gimmick much like the Reebok ZigTech shoes - of which I own a pair. I'm now in the market for some new ones. I've not been a runner for very long (6 months at least), but I am starting to realise the Reeboks definitely aren't running shoes, owing to the fact I have been suffering with Peroneal Tendonitis for much of my training in them (over 2/3 months).
Can anybody tell me whether they have used both the boost and zigtech shoes and whether they have noticed much difference between the two?
I suppose what i'm saying is, are the boost indeed a gimmick? Would you recommend them over, say, the Asic Gel Nimbus?
I don't think they're a gimmick shoe per se, just that the "energy return" marketing hype is a bit gimmicky because it's possibly implying a performance "boost" which just isn't there. I've not tried these shoes (but did pick one up while I was in JD Sports at lunchtime ) but I've seen a handful of reviews now from seasoned runners who like them, just because the new midsole material provides a very comfortable feel when running. My favourite running shoes tend to combine a smooth ride with a nice springy cushioning feel, so I would be tempted to give them a go. (When the price comes down and there's even more review info to go on.)
Even after a month/6 weeks wearing the shoes nearly every day, Id say they still have a 'bouncy' feel to them Phil.
I'll put it this way, I will probably get another pair when Im done with these (although with my current training regime that should be about 2015)
Cougs, any chance of a face to face review in The Chandos?
Well after wearing these shoes for a good few runs now 16mile 13 mile and a few 5s. I'm not sure .My feet are really burning up and I'm finding them far to springy and cant get a good pace going in them. If you look at my first post I did buy 1/2 a size larger. Also went out in them in a heavy down pour and my feet got soaking. So jurys gone back out on these trainers.
I bought a pair, they are comfortable but after wearing them 4 times I am now injured, coincidence? Maybe, but it worries me.
Got to be one of the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn and I've tried a fair few (I own a running shop!). There does seem to be quite a bit of confusion though in terms of the different models of Boost. There is the Energy Boost at £110 and the Adistar Boost at £120.
The Adistar boost has more of the Boost cushioning, Continental rubber on the outsole and a Formotion unit on the heel, so much more than £10 worth of difference in technical features. Only available in specialist running stores, whereas the Energy Boost is available in JD Sports (and other shops). Should give you an idea of the two different markets they are aiming at. Have heard that the sizing on the Energy Boost is quite far out, whereas the Adistar Boost is the normal 1/2 size compared to other brands.
It's the Energy Boost trainers that I've bought. I took them for a second trial today after a disappointing first run two days ago.
You're right - they feel comfortable. Until I try to run in them that is! Unfortunately I'm going to have to return them.
After a second run I would once again advise caution to anyone considering buying these. Same problems as before with the overheating of the sole material and not enough airflow through the actual shoe. But the worst thing about these shoes is that they disconnect you from the road. I could actually feel myself striking the ground harder in an attempt to feel something. If you believe maintaining the form and strength of the hundreds of muscles and bones in your feet these are probably not the trainers for you.
I wondered whether I was having an off-day, so put on my trusty adipure gazells and was flying in no time. I'm testing out some Nike free 5.0s tomorrow too - could be interesting!!
Woah - edit my last response - it's the 120 quid ones I have. The Adistar Boost. Going back today though.
booktrunk wrote (see)
Sorry but how come yet again we have another long perfect post about this shoe and it someone's first post.... Fake!!
Wow, that's harsh! Does it matter it's his first post! I'm considering a pair of Boosts so posts like this are very helpful!!
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