Adidas Ultra Boost

Adidas Ultra Boost Running Shoe Review

Adidas Ultra Boost

Hands down, the Adidas Ultra Boost is my favorite shoe of 2015. I write weekly running shoe reviews and spend time running in lots of different makes and models. So, when I tell you that this shoe is my first choice for road races, that’s the best endorsement I can give.

Primeknit material of the Adidas Ultra Boost
Primeknit material of the Adidas Ultra Boost

Let’s start with the fit. The Adidas Ultra Boost sports a comfortable, stretchy, sock-like Primeknit upper without a tongue. You slip your foot into the shoe like a comfortable pair of slippers. The Primeknit upper wraps your foot in a secure fit that takes a minute to get used to, but feels great on the run. Some have called the fit narrow or a bit tight, but I found the shoe true to size. This is definitely a shoe that you need to run in before making a judgement call on shoe size.

Boost foam midsole of the Adidas Ultra Boost
Boost foam midsole of the Adidas Ultra Boost

The Adidas Ultra Boost is incredibly responsive. The Boost™ foam energy-returning midsole is light, cushioned, and gives bounce to every stride. I found myself thinking about the shoes on the third mile of my 5K race last weekend as I climbed a steep and unforgiving hill towards the finish line. As you know, any help is welcome when your legs turn to cement, your shoulders ache, and your lungs burn with each ragged breath.

The Adidas Ultra Boost provides a secure fit and flexibility
The Adidas Ultra Boost provides a secure fit and flexibility

The Adidas Ultra Boost provides both stability and structure to your running mechanics. The highly elastic, snug-fitting heel has an external heel counter to provide a good fit while allowing natural and unrestricted movement of the Achilles tendon. The TORSION® system under the midfoot arch mirrors the natural flex of the foot for a smooth heel strike and toe-off motion.

Adidas Ultra Boost Running Shoe Review
Adidas Ultra Boost TORSION® system

 

Weight: 9-10 oz.
Heel-to-Toe Drop: 10mm
Surface: Roads
Purpose: Racing, Training
Available in Men’s Black/Blue, Red/Black
Available in Women’s Black/Blue, Berry/Blue
Price: $180 Adidas | Finish Line | Roadrunner Sports | Amazon

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Running to Age Group 1st Place Finish

I wore the Adidas Ultra Boost last weekend at my first race of the year. The course was a roller coaster ride up and down hills all the way to the finish line. I ran faster than I thought I would, and ended up winning my age group division. The Adidas Ultra Boost didn’t let me down.

At first, the stretchy Primeknit upper made it seem as if the shoes were too tight or too small. I worried about blisters and toe room. However, as I warmed up for the race, I was delighted by the bouncy feel and the secure fit of the Adidas Ultra Boost. The Boost energy return was both obvious and appreciated.

A pair of shoes was provided by Adidas for review. This article has affiliate links.

Jason Saltmarsh

Jason is a competitive masters runner and freelance writer for several running publications.

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