Adidas Boost Trainers, anyone had a run in a pair yet?

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10/04/2013 at 11:24

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?

10/04/2013 at 16:06

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.)

10/04/2013 at 16:19

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)


11/04/2013 at 20:58
Ha you did warn me and to be fair I listened , they are narrow but I did go up half a size . It's not causing me any trouble .

They are definitely not a gimmick , I think it's very easy to put down a running trainer when it gets a lot of media hype, maybe they're not for everyone , but for me they are great. Hugely comfortable , I seem to get a lot less leg pain .
cougie    pirate
11/04/2013 at 21:14
Mine arrived today. Did 12 miles in them tonight mainly on a treadmill cos its so cool out. Definitely you need to go half a size up. All my Adidas are like that.
Definitely bouncy and I think they feel a teeny bit faster/less tiring.
I might even use them for London.

V expensive but I'd promised myself a treat if I beat a time in a half marathon.
I do a mean bargain.
12/04/2013 at 11:05

Cougs, any chance of a face to face review in The Chandos? 

cougie    pirate
12/04/2013 at 11:15
No problem. Assuming I get there - then they are already a half decent shoe !
15/04/2013 at 08:49
Bought a pair yesterday. Went out for a little 5k on my regular route. I was definitely faster. Completed in 19 mins - I would usually expect 21. I was measuring my average split pace on a suunto ambit, and was v surprised at the pace I was maintaining, without really trying to push on.

The comments about heat are valid though. I strike on my forefoot, and the balls of my feet were burning up. I don't think I would have been able to run much further. I wonder if its because of the insulating properties of the foam.

I think these would benifit from better airflow too, and before I get a load of "I told you so" garbage about getting a bigger size: I bought them in store to a size that fits me well. I think these are interesting shoes but badly implemented. I suggest buying from a running store that gives no fuss returns if you try them and don't like them (there are plenty of them out there).
cougie    pirate
15/04/2013 at 09:35
I've worn mine twice now.
I run two miles to the gym and then do an hours session that starts off steady and ends at marathon pace. Then I run back again.

I've not really noticed that the 2 mile times have come down - but there's too many variables with crossing roads etc.

They did get hot in the gym. Moreso than other trainers and started to give me blisters on the second run.

I'd read a lot about the shoes feeling too cool but I've not noticed that all

They won't be my marathon shoes until I've got some long runs in outdoors - but I would use for up to 10k. A few back to back park runs might tell me of there's any increase in speed with them.
15/04/2013 at 19:46

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.

16/04/2013 at 21:24

I bought a pair, they are comfortable but after wearing them 4 times I am now injured, coincidence? Maybe, but it worries me.

17/04/2013 at 13:31

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.

17/04/2013 at 16:08

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!! 

18/04/2013 at 12:39

Woah - edit my last response - it's the 120 quid ones I have. The Adistar Boost. Going back today though.

18/04/2013 at 12:53
Rob, how can you return a used pair of trainers?
cougie    pirate
18/04/2013 at 13:00
Oh mine must be the adistar boost then. With continental rubber. At least they match my bikes now.
20/04/2013 at 07:03
Thought I would comment as I was looking for info when I bought my Adidas Boost M, the ones with the heel support and Continental sole. I went up from 10 to 10.5 and was very sceptical. I've run in Asics Kayano's for about 15 years and at times will do 80 miles per week.

The Boost I have found to be outstanding, the spring is very much tangible and that's not a first run thing. I've worn for three weeks and do about 8 miles every day but at times up to 12 and they feel light but supportive. Uphill I really notice the extra 'spring' and feel like I can really motor at times. About two weeks in after the 'new trainer' effect I did a regular run and on the way out in the first two miles was 60 secs quicker without pushing in any way. On the way back when I pushed it I was over 2 minutes quicker.

Also for years in my left foot I've been bothered by a Morton's Neuroma and for a few weeks it had been aching all day and this was actually the driver for trying a pair. Three weeks on the pain has gone and I'm back to normal.

As stated I'm a cynic with stuff like this but so far I've been blown away by them. Now have three pairs of redundant Kayano's !!

Only test still to pass is how long they last before the spring goes.
20/04/2013 at 08:29
Sorry but how come yet again we have another long perfect post about this shoe and it someone's first post....

20/04/2013 at 09:01

Read my post. I wanted info before I bought and couldn't find anything decent. Given I have been so positive about them I felt it decent to share with others who might be similarly looking for info.

Why is it the world is full of cynics like you wih nothing better to do than make inane comments? I don't work for Adidas, a sports shop a PR company or anything similar and not for your info as I have zero interest in your opinion but I actually work for a manufacturer of nutraceuticals.

So for anyone else my post is 100% genuine and only intended to assist others who might want info.
20/04/2013 at 10:16
booktrunk wrote (see)
Sorry but how come yet again we have another long perfect post about this shoe and it someone's first post....


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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