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I have been running in Boost since they first came out almost 2 years ago first the Energy Boost a daily trainer for me and also my marathon racing shoe and last year the incredible Adios Boost, my shoe of the year and a super versatile tempo, spadework, and sub marathon racing shoes for me. Kind of believe the Adios helped "turn back the clock" this past year as I ran faster than I have for 4 or so years in halves and 10K. I am 57.
So I was most curious about this second generation of Boost featuring
- a new Stretch Web outsole,
- 20% more Boost,
- a Torsion system embedded in the midsole instead of just on top of the outsole,
- a sock like PrimeKnit upper.
adidas promotional video for Ultra Boost
adidas Ultra Boost
From Runners.fr review
Frederic calls the overall shoe "a superb object of technology"The PrimeKnit upper "marries the foot shape and moves and stretches with movement... truly a second skin. Don't oversize."
Frederic has run four times in the Ultra Boost: a moderate run, intervals, hill intervals, and an hour and a half long run. " the shoe is not easy to put on, one must pull on the rear tab vigorously. Once on, one is struck by the absolute comfort of the upper on the foot. Like a sock but one feels the elasticity of the mesh by forcing the foot to the sides."
He does not usually need much lateral support and ran with the laces quite loose, in fact he thinks he could remove them completely!
|adidas Ultra Boost Outsole-Photo courtesy Runners.fr|
He calls the Stretch Web outsole particularly "particularly grippy" and makes "an unusual sound and may seem to be quite firm but its mechanical behavior in conjunction with the Boost is perfect." "Very sure footed push off and this despite an apparently narrow forefoot but don't forget the elastic properties of the upper."
"One can really feel the rebound of energy but also the specific design of the outsole, more Boost and more flexibility leading to an acceleration of the rear foot transition for a fluid stride and efficient... leading to very pleasant moderate pace running.." Glad to hear they are more flexibility as I was concerned more Boost might mean a stiffer shoe than the already somewhat stiff Energy Boost.
"One really feels the return of energy from the heel and wishes for a bit more return from the forefoot. it takes a conscious effort to move to the forefoot. "
Is the Ultra Boost the best running shoe ever created as adidas claims. Frederic is not certain but he is certain "it is remarkably designed". He is an "absolute fan of the PrimeKnit and the Stretch Web outsole" two innovations he says "provide a real plus in terms of comfort and efficiency."