Runners who need some stability and an easy to use heel to toe drop (10mm), this is the kind of shoe you need to think about. True, it is hugely expensive but fans of Ultra Boost will know it’s worth the investment in terms of energy return and general response underfoot. Take a look at the Mizuno Wave Inspire for a shoe that offers similar stability and performance.
What’s not to like about the adidas Ultra Boost ST. The weight is superb in that it’s light (although marginally heavier than the previous model at 12.5oz for a size 11) and it feels supportive. The added stability compared to the Boost means this lends itself to almost every distance. It’s more than capable and we’re going to say, a ‘must’ for most shoe collections.
The Boost cushioning unit is aptly named. Not much has changed in the way of evolution since the 2.0 shoe, but frankly that’s not a problem. The basic concept is that the more energy you give, the more is returned and when you run in a pair that’s the feel you get. It’s not like you’re propelled down the road to amazing PRs, but the shoe certainly feels light and responsive and despite its harder feel, really quite cushioned. Something is going on down there and your legs will thank you for it.
In this instance, adidas also employs its Torsion system between heel and forefoot to create a stable ride. The system has come on a million miles since its first inception in the late 1990s and performs how you would expect.
Continental rubber and a Stretchweb rubber outsole completes the picture making for very good durability, our testers note, and compared to last year, the traction was amazing. Slip sliding along in early 2016, gripping the road in 2017 – that’s because the nubs on the outsole have been flattened compared to the Boost, small but significant!
Today’s perfect running shoe must employ an incredible fitting system, which in this case starts with the Fitcounter moulded heel to hold everything in place. From there, the Primeknit upper provides a breathable, comfortable sock-type fit for your foot. It adapts to different foot positions as you run and the supportive cage locks it all down.
The Ultra Boost is not an out and out stablity shoe, so the additional support comes from the fact that non-stretch Primeknit is used, holding your foot in a more solid position. It’s still snug and adidas has removed much of the plastic moulding used in previous models for a more comfortable fit.
Top dollar, but top performance. You’ll find yourself reaching for these shoes for everything from a 5km race to the marathon and everything in between. The stability working with the Boost ST’s superb energy return system. An everyday shoe that can be put to the test, if you feel the need, every now and then.
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