Summary

We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The newly-improved Continental rubber compound in the outsole is designed to enhance an already very good traction.
  • The Adios Boost 3.0 has a snug upper that adapts very well to the movement of runners.
  • Some runners noticed that Adidas used better quality materials in the Adizero Adios Boost 3.0.
  • A small number of testers loved the responsive cushioning of the Boost midsole.
  • Comments about the tons of comfort that this shoe provides are common among numerous reviews.
  • Designed for marathons and long-distance running, a few testers consider the Adidas Adios Boost 3.0 as good enough even for shorter runs like 5Ks.
  • It looks very cool and stylish, especially since it has 4 color combinations.
  • The gait cycle is effortless and smooth based on the reviews of several testers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several runners noted that the fit is a bit too narrow.
  • Some parts of the upper have caused blisters or hot spots in the foot of a couple of runners.
  • It is expensive.

Bottom line

The Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 3 combines the toughness of an everyday trainer and the nimbleness of a racing shoe. With sufficient arch support, responsive cushioning, and insane comfort, running all types of distances are a breeze with this shoe.

Facts

  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    $140
  • Weight
    Men: 8.1oz
    Women: 7.3oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Men: 27mm
    Women: 27mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 17mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Dec 2015
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Rankings

Expert Reviews

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85 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 98 / 100 | Stephen Clevenger

    Chicago Marathon in the Adidas Adizero Adios 3.0

    I was looking for a racing flat for my first marathon, the 2017 Chicago marathon, and had liked a Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 3.0 a try.

    They couldn’t have worked out much better for the race. They felt great throughout the race. I didn’t notice any hot spots or ever feel like there wasn’t enough shoe for support.

    In the lead up to race day, I tried a few other flats that left my legs feeling overworked. Not enough structure behind them.

    Adidas has a perfect blend of just enough structure while still being lightweight and responsive. On the day I was hoping to run a little faster, but it wasn’t the fault of the shoe!

    Previously, my go to flat was the Nike Streak. The Adidas Adios seems more aggressive and has a more substantial support for longer distances.

    Mainly, the Streak left the bottom of my foot sore often times when used for longer runs and workouts. This was not a problem with the Adios Boost 3.0.

    Upper

    Out of the box, the shoe was comfortable and light. The upper has a responsive feel than some of the more expensive flats. It replicates a sock-like feel. I really like the secure fit this provides.

    When running fast, I prefer to not have the feeling like I am running in socks and that your foot has TOO much freedom to move around within the shoe.

     

     

    Another important note is that I didn’t have any issues with the laces/tongue digging into my upper foot and creating pain points or blisters which is imperative.

    Cushioning

    The boost technology is amazing!

    The sole is lightweight and comfortable while not being overly bulky. The sole offers a substantial cushion for a racing flat without feeling heavy. I could wear this flat as an uptempo trainer, and likely will from here on out.

    They are perfect in terms of cushioning and weight for a half marathon to the marathon race.

    Even after a full marathon, I didn’t have any foot discomfort that is often present with racing flats with very little cushioning.

    Traction

    The Adidas Adizero Adios 3.0 has the Goodyear traction placed on the bottom of the shoe.

    A lot of flats give the feeling that you may slip if even one raindrop hits the pavement. You might even slip on your own sweat.... not with the Adios.

     

     

    They are unlike any other running shoe I’ve tried in this aspect!

    You really feel connected to the ground. When running at faster speeds this is very reassuring. Making 90 degree turns in a race is also easily navigated due to the extra sense of traction provided.

    Responsiveness

    When you put on the Adizero Adios Boost 3.0 on you feel fast.

    From the support they offer, the unbelievable traction, to the lightweight cushion, they are a near perfect marathon flat. Very responsive and light combination.

    The upper allows your foot to feet secure without creating hot spots or pain points due to too much restriction. A secure foot in the shoe has always made me feel faster and more confident in a workout or on race day.

    Overall

    There must be a reason that a good number of the top marathoners in the world wear these shoes!

    You put them on and just feel faster and they offer enough cushioning to get your legs through a marathon. These will be my go-to racing flat until the next version (maybe)!

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 65 / 100 | Andrew Dillow

    Hola Adios!

    I needed a new road shoe for training and marathon racing. I like to train in light trainers and often use them for my marathons.

    I have been wearing the Nike Lunar Racer shoes for the past couple of seasons however when Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 3.0.

     

    The Fit

    I wear a 10 and the shoe fits true to size. The arch support is firm and fits a medium height arch very well.

    The toe box is what I would consider an average toe box. There's enough room to wiggle the toes but not too much that your foot slips around and not so tight that you get numbness. This caused me some initial pain in my arches and blisters on my forefoot due to slipping.

    The laces are the flat type of laces and offer a nice tight pull without slipping. I never had these shoes come loose while running. If you notice the laces are close together, this causes issues with getting the shoe off.

    Every time I put the shoe on or take it off I have to loosen the laces more than I do with other shoes. If you’re like me and have to have your shoes laced to fit you for every run this causes me concerns with having to get the tension correct for every run.

    Engineering

    The shoe specifications say it has a 9mm heel drop, neutral trainer, weighing 246gms/8.7Oz in size 9. My size 10’s only weighed 220 grams or 7.7oz.

    You can see the very open mesh upper. It breathes extremely well but doesn’t keep any of the environment out if you need a shoe that keeps the weather out.

     

    Here is what I found to work and not work, in my experience 

    • The synthetic/mesh upper breathed very well & my feet were always comfortable.

    • The forefoot of the shoe is very stiff; I really didn’t like these shoes until I got over 100 miles on them when they are finally broken in enough to be comfortable.

    • The traction is very good on this shoe and the soles wore extremely well.

    • The shoe has no motion control and thus it feels like it doesn’t have any. I am a neutral runner with a very slight overpronation, so I had no issues with the lack of support.

    • This shoe doesn’t do well on trails nor was it designed to.

    • I felt the shoe was a bit slow on the track and I didn’t feel that there was any boost.

    • At marathon distances there isn’t enough cushion, you will feel the miles.

    Durability

    I have logged over 500 miles in these shoes and they show it. The tread didn’t hold up as well as I'm used to Continental rubber holding up.

    The support and upper wore very well and I felt that I could get more miles out of the shoe had the outer sole held up better.

     

     

     

    Pros

    • Once broken in they offer a comfortable ride

    • Nice tight lacing

    • Good all-around shoe

    • Lighter than expected

    Cons

    • Stiff shoe for the first 100 miles

    • Laces make it hard to get shoe off and on

    • Outer sole wears quickly

    Conclusion

    It took me a while to get used to the road trainer. These aren’t super light and don’t have a fast or cushioned ride. 

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 96 / 100 | James Hughes

    Adidas Adios: The shoes that changed everything

    Until I bought a pair of Adios 3.0, I was a one shoe fits all kind of runner. Adidas Adizero Adios is a neutral shoe; they are very light with thin cushioning, designed for road running and racing up to marathon distance.

     

    Why I Bought A Pair

    As my experience has grown as a member of a couple of running clubs, I noticed a trend among the faster runners that a pair of Adidas Adizero of some sort seemed to be a consistent presence in their trainer garages.

    I read up on the different models and tried them on in various shops before eventually settling on the size 11 Adios 3.0. I was hoping they would be a nice light, comfy shoe for running, and I hadn’t considered how much more than that they might be.

    Sizing Them Up

    Buying running shoes can be stressful because of the potential impact they can have. The right pair can help make you a faster, better runner while the wrong pair can increase your chance of injury, more because of incompatibility rather than bad design.

    I initially tried on sizes 10 and 10.5 of the Adios and Boston boost trainers and found both too tight for my forefoot. Despondent, I began considering alternative options assuming the shoe design was just too narrow and larger sizes would be too long.

    Eventually, I returned and tried a size 11 which I thought would be way too big but was the right size for me. So if you consider these shoes, be sure to try quite a range of sizes, you might be surprised what actually fits, and other Adidas models aren’t necessarily a good guide!

    The Actual Running

    I began using these as my primary running shoes, around 3-4 times a week usually including a Saturday track session.

    First off, as my first pair of Adidas Boost, I didn’t notice a discernible ‘boost’ maybe a slight spring (that’s not to say it doesn’t provide any)  more likely that I’m insensitive to such things.

    The minimalist cushioning provides a nice level of comfort, but you are very aware of the shoe lightweight nature which when used for faster-paced track work provides feedback to an extent I’ve never felt before.

    This was the game changer for me with these shoes, I more readily felt how my feet were landing and how my legs moved more mechanically through my stride, where previous trainers with greater cushioning numbed me to these inputs.

    I had been improving steadily before I bought these shoes through excellent training sessions at the club. I feel the shoes help me improve my performance as I was setting PR’s on Strava for routes I regularly ran.

     

     

    As the title suggests, I love these trainers, but there are two negatives in my eyes. One is the sizing because I usually I'm roughly a size 10, but as explained above, I need an 11 in these.

    The second and more prominent issue is the Shoes’ durability. I have run just over 100 miles and have circled in the image above where some of the tread pads have worn off. I’m certainly not easy going on shoes, but I only weigh 74 kg, and the wear seems disproportionately high.

    To Sum It Up

    The Adios did change running for me. I fully recognize this may be purely the flat racing concept, but these were my first foray into such a style.

    They are very light yet comfortable enough to do a half marathon and probably a full easily. I’m confident they alone have made me a little faster, but also helped me consider my running form more, which in turn helped improve my technique.

    Getting the right size is a pain, and they seem to wear out quite quickly which is disappointing, but I will buy another pair when they do because they work that well for me.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 85 / 100 | Felipe Lopez

    Adidas Adios Boost 3.0 after 200 KM

    I have worn the Adidas Adios Boost 3.0 for about 150 miles now, and I have found it to be a superb racing flat for any distance from a 1600m on the track to a muddy 5k cross country race.

     

    Comfort

    When it comes to comfort, the Adidas Adios Boost 3.0 is fairly good. It’s comfortable for running fast, as the thin amount of cushioning is paired with the tight fitting upper to provide almost a spike-feel for the roads. 

    However, I’ve found out that by running with these shoes too much, I’ve gotten shin pain and tight calves. Keep in mind this is just my experience, and it will vary from person to person. I’m used to shoes with more cushioning, so these shoes feel very minimal to me.

    Overall, the Adios Boost will be comfortable depending on what you’re used to. In general, these shoes can be comfortable if you get used to them, and enjoy a tight fit.

     

    Upper

    Regarding the upper for the shoe, I have a love-hate relationship.

    The upper is very lightweight and breathable, which is great for a racing flat. On the other hand, the upper is slightly rough and can be uncomfortable if you’re not wearing socks.

    I’d recommend always wearing socks with these shoes. The upper is very hard to describe, it’s not a mesh, but it’s not hard by any means.

    Overall, the upper is good, but not great. It gets the job done.

    Cushioning

    The cushioning on this shoe is Adidas’ Boost technology, which has been hyped into oblivion and then some. To be totally honest, Boost doesn’t make a difference. 

    I’ve worn the Adidas Energy Boost and this shoe, and I’ve found it to be no different, no more responsive, and no better than any other cushioning I’ve worn.

    I am not, in any way, shape or form saying that Boost is terrible. I’m just saying that it’s not as good as people make it out to be.

    The cushioning on the Adios Boost is almost non-existent. You barely feel it while running, which is good, that’s what a racing flat is supposed to be - minimal and fast.

    To sum it up, on the Adidas adios boost 3, the cushioning takes the edge off.

     

    Outsole 

    The outsole of the Adios Boost uses Continental rubber, which is very durable and grippy.

    I used the Adios Boost on some light trails, track, gravel roads, pavement, grass, and muddy cross country races and it met my expectations in all of those departments. I wouldn’t expect perfect traction on muddy cross country courses, but it performs reasonably well, even in those conditions.

    The outsole of the Adios Boost does precisely what it’s designed for.

    Width 

    I don't usually include this category in my review, but I've heard a lot of shouts that the Adios Boost 3.0 is a narrow shoe, and I agree. 

    I didn’t have any problems because I think my feet are slightly narrow themselves, but if you have wider feet or just like the extra room, then I wouldn’t recommend this shoe to you.

     

    Durability

    To give you some background, I weight 119 lbs, I’m 5 foot 8, and I am midfoot to forefoot striker.

    The Adios Boost is a durable shoe. I have run in them for just over 200km, and they are still going strong, with no signs of wear.

    I’m very pleased with how well they look, and when it comes to the durability of this shoe, I can say with confidence that these will last you at least 300 miles, maybe more.

    Value

    When it comes to value for money, the Adidas Adios Boost is okay. The MSRP is $140, but you can find it for about $100 now, which is still expensive but not as bad as $140. For $100, that’s not a bad price considering how many miles you can get out of this shoe.

    The value for money proposition isn’t bad, but it isn’t anything to write home about either.

     

    Looks

    The Adidas Adios Boost 3 is a sleek, retro-styled racing flat, and for that, I give it my highest praise.

    I love the look of the Adios Boost on feet, and the suede overlays on the forefoot give it a fantastic vintage running look. In my opinion, racing flats are the best looking type of running shoes, but of course, looks are highly subjective.

    When to wear Adidas Boost 3.0

    I would recommend the Adios Boost for any fast workouts on the track or races below 10k. Unless you have calves of steel, I wouldn’t personally wear these for any run over 6 miles.

    My calves tend to get quite tight, and I found these shoes to be too minimal for me. When I wore them for all of my easy runs, they made my calves and hamstrings very tight.

    Keep in mind this is merely my experience, and things will vary from person to person.

    Final Thoughts

    I like the looks and tight fit, which deliver almost a spike-feeling for the roads.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

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Updates to Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 3.0

  • The 3rd version of the Adidas Adizero Adios Boost is a lightweight running shoe that’s meant to function well in distances that range from 5K up to the marathon. The responsiveness of its individual components allow it to set the runner up for a more efficient and natural stride that’s not bogged down by a heavy weight or an uncomfortable structure.
  • The upper unit shoe uses materials and technologies that ensure the runner stays cool and dry at all times. When combined, these fabrics encourage air to constantly enter the shoe, rendering the interior environment free from odor-causing moisture. A memory foam in the heel collar ensures that the foot stays in place.
  • The mid-sole unit features a foam technology that uses a compaction of TPU pellets to make a responsive and comfortable platform. It is one of the most durable foams around, so runners truly get high quality performance, even after many uses.
  • Two outsole technologies cover the external sole unit of the Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 3.0. One of them offers durable protection against landing impact, aside from its anti-abrasion capability. The other component gives the runner effective traction over dry and wet surfaces.

Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 3.0 size and fit

The Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 3.0 has a standard running shoe length. It comes in sizes that follow the regular measurements for men and women. The available width is medium, so it accommodates the runner who has a medium sized foot. Its semi-curved shape allows the natural curvature of the human foot to acclimate well to it.


Outsole

Continental™ Rubber is one of the most durable and effective outsole technologies on the market. Originally used for racing tires, this rubber material gives the runner great control over the surfaces, and even surface conditions such as wet or slippery roads. It runs from the mid-foot to the forefoot section.

The ADIWEAR™ is a proprietary outsole rubber that’s placed in the heel area. Aside from delivering traction and durable protection against abrasion, it is also able to provide shielding from the impact forces when landing the foot on the ground.


Midsole

The boost™ foam technology is a lightweight mid-sole unit that’s made from thermoplastic polyurethane pellets that have been formed together to make a comfortable layer that protects the foot from impact. It is responsive and it doesn’t limit the movements of the wearer.

The Torsion® System is a thermoplastic unit in the mid-foot area that serves as a means to maintain the structure of the sole unit. It also gives increased stability because it helps the foot to go through the gait cycle with ease.


Upper

Open Mesh is the main fabric used in the Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 3.0. Its open construction allows the foot to be well-ventilated as air constantly enters the shoe. It’s also soft and responsive, and it doesn’t limit the flexibility of the foot.

The Coolever Mesh Lining gives the runner dependable moisture control. It’s a smooth material that’s easy on the skin, therefore allowing the wearer to use the shoe even without socks.

The Geofit construction with memory foam in the heel collar improves the fit by conforming directly to the natural shape of the wearer’s foot. It keeps the foot in and prevents accidental slips.


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