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WeightMen: 8.8ozWomen: 7.5oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 10mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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Heel heightMen: 29mmWomen: 29mm
Forefoot heightMen: 19mmWomen: 19mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 7: Fast and furious
As soon as I pulled them out of the box, I could tell the Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 7 were going to be a fast shoe. Lightweight and a cool design, I was ready to give them a whirl before busting them out at the Boston Marathon.
At 8.6 ounces (size 9), Adidas boost technology, and Continental rubber outsole, the Adizero Boost 7 is built for speed while still providing some cushion.
The Boost 7 upper is lightweight and super breathable. With how light the upper is, I was afraid that it would either not be supportive enough or be too tight when I laced them up.
However, I found the upper to be surprisingly stable and have had no issues with rubbing. The upper fit my foot like a glove and made for a comfortable run. The tongue kept my foot from moving around without having to tie the laces overly tight.
The midsoles of the 7, pack a powerful punch of speed and responsiveness without losing too much comfort. Without even thinking about it, I found myself moving at a good 30 seconds faster per mile the first time I took them out for an easy jog.
During tempo runs, I could easily ramp up the speed without feeling a lag. They definitely put a spring in my step, but I also felt some amount of cushioning.
Overall, I would say that speed trumps cushion in the 7; however, they are more comfortable than what you would expect in a similar shoe.
The Boost 7 features a Stretchweb continental rubber outsole. It delivers a lot of grip and great traction. While running in wet conditions, I found no issues with slipping and got the same performance as during dry conditions.
With the upper being lightweight and dries quickly, the Boost 7 would make a solid shoe even in poor conditions. The grip of the shoe also held up very well running on loose gravel. The outsole appears durable and able to withstand many miles.
After logging some shorter tempo runs and long slow runs, I see these as being saved for faster workouts and races up to marathon distance.
While the 7 does provide some cushioning, towards the end of one of my marathon training long runs, I could start to feel the impact on my feet slightly, so not sure if I would trust this as a daily trainer if you are logging a lot of miles.
However, it offers more protection than a traditional racing flat so it would be ideal for someone who needs just a little cushioning.
I found the shoe to run slightly smaller than expected. I didn’t end up going half a size bigger. However, it was right on the cusp where I could have.
The toe box and really the shoe, in general, are narrow which may prompt some runners to go up half a size. Although I would have preferred slightly more room in the toe box, I have narrow feet, so I did not find this to impact me negatively.
The Adizero Boston 7 come in a few different color schemes ranging from the not so stylish all-black to the sleek green and blue with racing stripes. Additionally, Adidas has put out Boston Marathon edition shoes which feature the official logo on the back and come in either high-res yellow or black and blue.
The Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 7 is a lightweight, breathable shoe that will find a place in any serious runner’s rotation. For those who are looking for a fast tempo or racing shoe for up to the marathon distance but prefer additional cushioning over a traditional racing flat, I would highly recommend getting a pair.
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If I were shelling out clams for a new pair of souvenir shoes at the Boston Marathon expo, these would be my choice. I am looking forward to seeing the non-event related versions of the Boston 7.
Great overall fit, but I will recommend this shoe for runners with more of a narrow foot. It felt best at slower speeds and will accommodate heel strikers quite well. It’s not to say the midfoot forefoot runner wouldn’t like the B7, I just think it lacks the snap off the forefoot I like.
...these shoes are SICK looking and belong in every Boston Marathon runner’s closet just because of their iconic Boston aesthetics. They fit true to size, and fit a narrower foot such as mine to perfection. After running 54 miles in them, I have no concerns with my feet, no hot spots or rubbing.
Updates to Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 7
- In comparison with its previous versions, the Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 7 offers the same silhouette with the almost-similar appearance, albeit there are minor differences in structural elements. The shoe promises to deliver the same lightweight and responsive ride but, at the same time, aims for improved performance with the updates it presents.
- The shoe’s general appearance is inspired by another Adidas shoe, the Adizero Adios, while the construction and colorways form a representation of the Boston Athletic Association (BAA), including shoe structure and printed decoration. It features a Microfit system for a locked-down fit.
- The midsole still uses the boost™ technology to give the maximum responsiveness that runners know and expect. On the other hand, the outsole has been reformed to the Stretchweb and Continental® tandem of rubber compounds.
Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 7 size and fit
The Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 7 has a true-to-size fit and follows standard running shoe length and width conventions. The shoe caters to wearers with a low to moderate foot volume, as evident in its toe box height, heel width, and midfoot area. Both men’s and women’s versions are created with the medium width profile.
Adidas uses a combination of two types of rubber compounds to form the outsole of the Adizero Boston Boost 7. The Continental™ and the Stretchweb outsole materials work together to produce a shoe with a reliable grip and a fluid movement for a speedy and efficient run.
To promote a problem-free stride and a snappy toe-off, the forefoot area has Continental™ rubber. This element works by effectively providing traction on both wet and dry surfaces, as it has comparable properties as the rubber tire of a vehicle. The Continental™ outsole also helps the runner pass through inclines and downhills with ease. This feature is also present in another Adidas running shoe, the Ultra Boost 19.
As the name suggests, the Stretchweb takes on the appearance of a web, and it makes up the rest of the outsole of the Adizero Boston Boost 7. This design allows the shoe to flex and to follow the runner’s motion with little resistance, therefore enabling for a comfortable and effortless pace.
The well-regarded boost™ midsole gives the Adizero Boston Boost 7 an exceptional level of underfoot comfort. It offers the wearer a luxurious in-shoe feel, while also working hard to deliver the most responsive cushioning and energized ride.
Atop the boost™ is an ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) layer called the Symmetrical Energy Rail, a supportive unit that increases stability and balance, aiming to improve transitions.
Meanwhile, in the midfoot area is the Torsion® System, a thermoplastic insert that acts as a bridge between the forefoot and heel. This feature promotes stability for a smooth transition, but without the added weight.
The updated engineered mesh of the Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 7 now produces a lightweight upper that is more breathable compared to its previous version. It has no overlays, as it encourages a comfortable fit without the bulk.
Instead of synthetic overlays, the upper is installed with the Microfit technology. The Microfit is a system that ensures a locked-down fit to reduce slippage and permits the foot with a snug and secure fit, letting the runner go fast without the worry of discomfort and inconvenience.
Beneath the mesh upper is a CoolOver internal lining, which absorbs and evaporates moisture within the shoe to keep the foot clean, dry, and healthy.