Summary

We spent 10.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Many buyers noted that the Adidas Pulseboost HD LTD is slightly cheaper than the other road running shoes.
  • “Comfortable” is a word that many runners have used to describe their experience with this shoe. 
  • Several users were happy that the Adidas Pulseboost HD LTD is perfect not only for running but also for everyday use.
  • Many purchasers lauded the value of this shoe considering the quality of the components. 
  • This Adidas running shoe has superior cushioning on all surfaces, which makes the running session less stressful, according to many purchasers. 
  • This shoe is ideal for long runs, a reviewer claimed.
  • The lightweight structure of the shoe helps increase running speed, a couple of commenters observed. 
  • Some people reported that this running companion has amazing traction capacity. 
  • A few wearers stated that the midsole of this shoe is responsive to the movements of the foot. 

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some consumers disliked that the Adidas Pulseboost HD LTD required a break-in period.
  • The upper material is a bit scratchy in the forefoot area, commented by a few testers. 
  • Several purchasers mentioned that the upper is too tight and rubs at the back of the ankle. 

Bottom line

The Adidas Pulseboost HD LTD gained mostly positive reviews from consumers. People who have tried it felt that the shoe is comfortable and responsive to their movements. This running shoe’s excellent grip, affordability, cushioning system, and lightweight structure were also appreciated by many users.  Meanwhile, the break-in period and tight upper construction were factors that did not satisfy a few consumers. 

Facts

Base model: Adidas Pulseboost HD
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 12oz | Women: 12oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Material: Knit upper, Rubber sole
Features: Breathable | Comfortable
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Technology: Boost
Heel height: Men: 18mm | Women: 18mm
Forefoot height: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Brand: Adidas
Type: Heavy | Big guy | Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $100
Colorways: Black, Grey
Special editions: 1 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
Forefoot fit
Narrow Wide
Heel fit
Narrow Wide
Toebox
Tight Roomy
Flexibility
Stiff Flexible
Breathability
Warm Breathable
Cushioning
Firm Plush
Durability 8/10
Comfort 7/10
Traction 8/10
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- Adidas Pulseboost HD LTD is one of the first pairs to use Adidas' new high-density (HD) version of Boost cushioning. The Boost cushioning technology runs the entire length of this shoe, providing amazing comfort and protection against impact. Another shoe that utilizes this technology is the Adidas Pure Boost.

- Adaptive Traxion is incorporated in this running gear. This rubber sole offers excellent grip to quickly change direction and traction on any surface.

- Adidas Pulseboost HD LTD features an Adaptive Knit upper that adjusts to any foot shape, giving the user a customized fit on the go.

The Adidas Pulseboost HD LTD is available in standard running shoe length. Its stretchable upper construction is sure to accommodate the regular sizing preference of purchasers. However, it is best to test the shoe first or utilize the general feedback of users before purchasing. It is available in a range of sizes for both men and women. 

In the outsole of Adidas Pulseboost HD LTD is the Adaptive Traxion technology, a new Continental Rubber outsole that was developed by artificial intelligence. This rubber outsole provides maximum traction on a variety of surfaces in both dry and wet conditions. It also gives an unbeatable grip to allow the user to quickly change direction.

The midsole unit of Adidas Pulseboost HD LTD utilizes the Boost HD. This high-density version of Boost cushioning is more stable than the traditional boost. It is engineered to provide superior stability with the same quality of comfort and responsiveness. The Boost foam compound also offers endless energy-return from heel strike through the toe-off of the running pace. 

The Boost cushioning technology has been one of Adidas' best assets in recent years.

The Adidas Pulseboost HD LTD uses an Adaptive Knit upper that ensures breathability and support. The textile knit is designed to wrap each foot in breathable comfort to remain dry, cool and comfortable at all times. The non-stretch zones feature of the upper helps increase structure and support, while the overlay feature delivers distraction-free strides.

Additionally, the sock-like construction of the shoe snuggly hugs the foot for a comfortable and irritation-free fit. 

Comparison

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Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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