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

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20/02/2013 at 19:38

All the hype over these new trainers, anyone on here had a go yet in them?

Mark

20/02/2013 at 23:07

ive seen the "boost" foam stuff, but not tried the actual shoes on. tis very bouncy stuff, but i'm not sure its going to make any difference, just like "zig-tech" doesnt or any other gimmick. it might be squashier but that looses energy.

20/02/2013 at 23:18

I don't think they are likely to be the revolution that Adidas claim. 

A running shoe ultimately involves a trade off between shock absorption and responsiveness, and I suspect that the industry has done as much as can be done in terms of specification.   

cougie    pirate
21/02/2013 at 00:27
Do they have a snake oil additive ?
21/02/2013 at 00:28

Probably about 15 years ago I remember a (then) fancy counter top demonstration thing that showed the "bounce" of a large ball bearing on 3 different materials - metal (representing nothing), a piece of EVA foam and a piece of NOENE insole.

This was supposed to demonstrate the shock absorbing benefits of the Noene insoles.

Basically, on the metal the ball bounced the highest, on the EVA it bounced a bit and on the Noene there was NO bounce at all…

Therefore… ta daaa… prooving the shock (energy?) absorbing benefits of the fancy insole.

 

Apparently these days, bounce is good!

 

Surely you can’t have shock (energy) absorbing and bounce (energy return) – it’s one or the other surely…

 

Depending on which one the marketing guys decide in in vogue in the current market probably!

 

Today Adidas have decided BOUNCE is good.

 

 

Who am I to argue - if the shoe fits, wear it.

Edited: 21/02/2013 at 00:28
21/02/2013 at 07:37

Agree with all of above.

The manufacturers place an emphasis on a different performance aspect each season, this doesn't represent a shift in trainer development but a reason to punt out more units to gullible punters.

As far as I can tell we should all be running barefoot or as near a dammit or having a mini bouncing ball stuck under each foot depending on whose manufacturer's pitch this sales campaign you follow. It is similar to football kits being constantly tweaked it just shifts units it is almost as if Adidas are motivated by profit 

Trainers are like haircuts, when you hit 30 find one you like and stick with it 

Fashion cycles make me laugh, what was cutting edge two weeks ago is passe now and don't get me started on features announcing that "Denim is back". Yeah right because we all stopped wearing jeans didn't we 

Emperors and new  clothes come to mind. Who is to say that in 40 years time we won't be a generation of aging cripples ruined by bogus running technology? We could be wearing the Asbestos of exercise on our feet five times a week.

I'm a cheery ole sole this morning 

XX1
21/02/2013 at 09:39
oirisheyes -- If we should all be running barefoot, or as near as dammit, then perhaps the majority of us have been gullible punters for many years... But who's to say that this whole barefoot thing isn't the asbestos of exercise?
XX1
21/02/2013 at 10:10

Agree with what others have said, and Adidas seem to have completely missed the minimalist shoe idea, where less padding is better.

If you want to see something worse than the new shoes, google "Adidas Bounce" and see the monstrosities they've previously made with this name - hideous £200+ porsche design shoes with some bizarre suspension system.

Of course, I'll take this all back if the Adidas-sponsored runner breaks the 2 hour barrier in VLM (I think its Kipsang who'll be wearing them, but I might be worng)! 

21/02/2013 at 12:55
Taxi Driver wrote (see)
oirisheyes -- If we should all be running barefoot, or as near as dammit, then perhaps the majority of us have been gullible punters for many years... But who's to say that this whole barefoot thing isn't the asbestos of exercise?

I don't think thats quite what oirisheyes meant

21/02/2013 at 13:01
Waylon Smithers wrote (see)

Probably about 15 years ago I remember a (then) fancy counter top demonstration thing that showed the "bounce" of a large ball bearing on 3 different materials - metal (representing nothing), a piece of EVA foam and a piece of NOENE insole.

This was supposed to demonstrate the shock absorbing benefits of the Noene insoles.

Basically, on the metal the ball bounced the highest, on the EVA it bounced a bit and on the Noene there was NO bounce at all…

Therefore… ta daaa… prooving the shock (energy?) absorbing benefits of the fancy insole.

 

Apparently these days, bounce is good!

 

Surely you can’t have shock (energy) absorbing and bounce (energy return) – it’s one or the other surely…

 

Depending on which one the marketing guys decide in in vogue in the current market probably!

 

Today Adidas have decided BOUNCE is good.

 

 

Who am I to argue - if the shoe fits, wear it.

It depends on whether it is a damped or undamped spring response, a pure spring response will return almost all the energy on the return stroke.

21/02/2013 at 13:06

Whether they're good or not, I certainly won't ever run in adidas shoes again.......they are the asbestos of running in my humble opinion.

21/02/2013 at 14:02

Adidas running shoes give you cancer?

21/02/2013 at 14:46

http://www.stuff.tv/news/life-etc/5-of-the-best/adidas-boost-and-five-other-running-trainer-milestones

The reviewer in this piece seems to like them.  But at £110 its' a bit pricey. 

XX1
21/02/2013 at 14:48
oirisheyes -- If nothing else you seem to have coined a new term: "the asbestos of running"
XX1
21/02/2013 at 20:47

I worked for a few years in a specialist running shop, that placed a very high premium on customer service. 

The first thing that I taught new trainees, was to ignore everything that the manufacturer told you about their product. 

It was less misleading, more informative, and plain easier, to teach them to interpret the shoe themselves from the ground up. 

23/02/2013 at 20:45
2wheels-good wrote (see)
Waylon Smithers wrote (see)

Probably about 15 years ago I remember a (then) fancy counter top demonstration thing that showed the "bounce" of a large ball bearing on 3 different materials - metal (representing nothing), a piece of EVA foam and a piece of NOENE insole.

This was supposed to demonstrate the shock absorbing benefits of the Noene insoles.

Basically, on the metal the ball bounced the highest, on the EVA it bounced a bit and on the Noene there was NO bounce at all…

Therefore… ta daaa… prooving the shock (energy?) absorbing benefits of the fancy insole.

 

Apparently these days, bounce is good!

 

Surely you can’t have shock (energy) absorbing and bounce (energy return) – it’s one or the other surely…

 

Depending on which one the marketing guys decide in in vogue in the current market probably!

 

Today Adidas have decided BOUNCE is good.

 

 

Who am I to argue - if the shoe fits, wear it.

It depends on whether it is a damped or undamped spring response, a pure spring response will return almost all the energy on the return stroke.

Thanks for that - so which one is better for runners - or is that imposiible to answer?

25/02/2013 at 22:29

Sadly we've all been there, why did the maker of the running shoe we all like change the design, the matireal, even the way its laced?  When a company has a hit, they should change the colours options and thats all.  The standard of running has gone down in the UK, and its because of gimmicks like this. So many runners will show up in marathon season with a boost in the step (literally) 

Guess it beats the old ways of solid training!!!

26/02/2013 at 12:09
Lots of comments and opinions on this thread, but no answer to the original question - I must admit i am interested to hear the opinions of anybody who has actually run in a pair of Boost's? I'm due a new pair of shows soon and I'm considering my options.
26/02/2013 at 17:11

Seems to have got a good review on Running Guru;

http://www.runningshoesguru.com/2013/02/adidas-energy-boost-review/

26/02/2013 at 23:10

Skebble - only adidas testers would have run in them so far (enough to give a review anyways).  Shoes have a life span, and the real new angle here is the fact these probably hold their life and properties for longer and in more extreme conditions (hot and cold seems to be the buzz).  Take running shoes reviews with a pinch of salt though, every shoe released and tested should have both good and negative reviews because everyone is different.  These shoes are probably similiar to the previous adidas line, and they've been launched in marathon season, most likely being targeted at lazy runners (in the main) with a very high price point.  Adidas shoes tend to be the smallest fitting size on the market, and tend to be quite stiff, not my cup of tea, but then they have runners breaking marathon world record in their adizero range (but in fairness the shoes the pro's wear are nothing like the stock version).  If you are running well in a particuliar shoe, then stick with it (unless your ready to repalce a previous adidas shoe), don't buy these because they promise energy return. Theirs only one property that can deliver that - the runner.    The way to get more, do the training miles, do a training program and get the best possible fitness you can push yourself to without geting injured. This is a gimmick, and in a few years adidas will need a new angle and buzz word.  Remember as well, adidas have a poor share of the running shoe market in the states, these were launched in New York. 

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