Thursday, February 20, 2014

adidas Energy Boost 2: First Look from Holabird Sports

The original Energy Boost was one of my Best of 2013, actually the Boost material was and is the best. The Energy  got me through 2 painless (almost), blister less marathons.  The next generation Energy Boost 2 is hitting the market in Feb. 2014. From what I understand all changes are to the upper.  Video from Holabird Sports describes some of the changes:
  • a new TPU cage at the midfoot upper. I thought this area was fine so will see.
  • still the sock like Tech Fit upper which I liked, but many didn't,  but with new arrangement of overlays in forefoot. It looks like the forefoot overlays are reduced to 2 from 3 and the front overlay is moved a bit back from the toe which may make the feel a little more open and less constraining and directed. 
  • weight at 9.9 oz Men's 9. Adidas has the Boost 1 at 9.5 oz so heavier, not a good thing.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sam - I know you decided to run Boston in the Adios Boosts which is a testament to how great the shoes are. I was curious though, what are your thoughts on the Guide Boosts versus Energy Boost 2's? Also, where will the Boston Boosts lie in the Boost spectrum? Thanks in advance.

sam winebaum said...

The Energy Boost 2 is from everything I see and hear and after trying them on, strictly an upper update and from what I can see a pretty minor one. I think they are a little less constricting in the forefoot than Energy 1. The Glide has a wider and less constricting forefoot, quite a bit more flex than the Energy Boost 1 and 2 but sadly is heavier probably due to the upper materials and quite a bit more outsole material. I will likely get a pair for easy long miles. They felt great. The Boston Boost will sit between the Adios and Energy and my instinct is that this will be a fabulous shoe and the one I plan to run most of my miles in. I think it will have the flex of the Glide as it has a bit of EVA near the toe and I hope it has the softer Torsion system of the Glide.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the input Sam. One last question...I have run in the Energy 1's and felt like there was just a bit too much heel in the shoe. I am a midfoot to slight heel striker and am SLOW. I fear the Adios is a bit too little shoe. In that light, did you notice that the Guide has a little less heel versus the Energy or would you recommend I wait until the Boston comes out and go with that? Thanks again.

Eric

sam winebaum said...

Eric, I was not able to do much more than run around the store in the Glide. I believe drop is about the same as the Energy but despite added weight Glide felt more nimble as they are more flexible. I am running more and more in the adios boost. Plenty of cushion, most of my training is 9-10 minute pace. Your pace and weight? The Boston should sit between the Glide and adios. Another alternative is the Skechers Ultra and Ride 3, well under 10 oz and nicely cushioned and nimble. Less heel drop at 8mm or if you take out the insole 4mm. Not as long wearing outsole as the continental rubber on the adidas but a great value at $80 retail and Ultra is equally fine on road or trail. Review here http://samwinebaum.blogspot.com/2013/12/review-skechers-gorun-ride-3-and-gorun.html

Anonymous said...

Sam - Thanks again for your continued help. I weigh about 175 and have a 5K/10K typical "race" pace of about 9:00-9:30. My training runs are anywhere in the 10:00-12:00 range depending on the distance. Based on what you are saying, the Adios may work out for me. I know they have gotten great reviews from just about everybody. Now if I could just find them somewhere. I'm guessing Adidas is about to release an update or new colors. I may still give the Glide a try considering they too have been very well reviewed.

Eric

sam winebaum said...

I just got my second pair of adios boost from of all places footlocker.com.

sam winebaum said...

Eric, Glide boost or Skechers Ultra for longer slower runs and adios boost for faster and races might be a good combo for you.

Anonymous said...

Sam - Thanks again for your comments and time. I bought the Glide's and have run a couple times in them and think they are fantastic. It may sound ridiculous and is probably all in my head, but I feel like they run a lot lower than the Energy Boosts. For some reason, I was never able to really get myself to land comfortably in those. Anyway, I agree with the Adios being my up-tempo choice. I'll be on the hunt for those next. I've been wanting those for quite a while. Take care and good luck!!!

Eric

sam winebaum said...

Eric, glad you like them. I am going to get a pair after Boston if they don't launch the in between Boston Boost that is! Feeling the heel in Energy. I think the drop is about the same as Glide. It may be that because they are more flexy in forefoot you roll forward off the heel quicker.