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. It gained mixed reviews from users, but the positive experience overshadowed the minimal negative comments. With sufficient arch support, responsive cushioning, and insane comfort, running all types of distances are a breeze with this shoe.


Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 8.1oz | Women: 7.3oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 27mm | Women: 27mm
Forefoot height: Men: 17mm | Women: 17mm
Release date: Dec 2015
Brand: Adidas
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $140
Colorways: Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Multi, Orange, Pink, Purple, White
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86 / 100 based on 15 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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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!

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    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.


    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.


    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.





    • Once broken in they offer a comfortable ride

    • Nice tight lacing

    • Good all-around shoe

    • Lighter than expected


    • Stiff shoe for the first 100 miles

    • Laces make it hard to get shoe off and on

    • Outer sole wears quickly


    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.

  • 80 / 100 | Men's Running | Level 3 expert

    It is flexible, allowing your foot to move comfortably.

  • 96 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    The Adios Boost 3 is not a stripped down race flat but a well cushioned, very durable shoe closer to a trainer than a pure race shoe in features and weight.  

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  • 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 heavyweight 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.

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.

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. 

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. This material is also seen in the Ultra Boost Uncaged.

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.

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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