Adidas Solar Boost review
A few years ago, Adidas released the first Solar Boost, a road running shoe designed for neutral runners.
Now, the new Adidas Solar Boost has a street-ready design packed with innovative technologies designed for long distance runs. It also offers responsive cushioning and precision support.
What’s new with the Adidas Solar Boost?
One of the updates of the Adidas Solar Boost is the Tailored Fiber Placement (TFP). It is specifically placed in the midfoot for added stability and secure fit.
The Solar Propulsion Rail is also placed in the midsole of the Adidas Solar Boost which is designed for increased stability. It aids the foot to move more naturally, reducing pressure and fatigue miles after miles.
- Tailored Fiber Placement (TFP) – Sewn into the neoprene upper of the Adidas Solar Boost is the Tailored Fiber Placement. It is made from thousands of threads stitched together to provide midfoot support and enhanced fit.
- TechFit – The TechFit overlays deliver adaptive fit without affecting the flexibility of the upper and the weight of the shoe.
- FitCounter – Heel’s FitCounter offers improved fitting without compromising natural foot motion.
- Boost Technology – One of the notable midsole technology from Adidas which is designed to deliver responsive, long-lasting cushioning. The Boost absorbs impacts efficiently for a smoother running transition.
- Solar Propulsion Rail – Working together with the Boost technology, the Solar Propulsion Rail helps the foot to move naturally, increasing stability all throughout the run.
- Continental Rubber Outsole – Widely known as durable outer sole material, the Continental rubber offers dependable traction on varied surfaces. It also offers added flexibility without affecting the shoe’s overall cushioning.
Performance of the Adidas Solar Boost
Cushioning. The shoe uses the Boost Technology and as usual, the technology works efficiently in providing a more responsive and smoother ride on the roads. The cushioning absorbs the shock during landing and it offers a powerful toe-off. The Solar Propulsion Rail technology is also effective in providing stability for a more satisfying run.
Traction. The Adidas Solar Boost offers high-level of grip on varied running surfaces. Aside from being durable, the Continental Rubber Outsole also offers traction, flexibility and added cushioning.
Fit and durability
Durability. I admired the overall sturdiness of the Adidas Solar Boost. The shoe is made from high-quality, premium materials, from the upper to the bottom.
The neoprene looks good as new even after several miles of running. The Continental rubber also offers impressive durability as well as the Tailored Fiber Placement which offers structural durability.
Fit. The fit of the shoe is a bit annoying. There is no enough room in the toe box. It is not constricting but not enough for the toes to move comfortably.
The midfoot area felt tight because of the stitched threads. Unfortunately, it gave too much pressure on my foot.
Comfort and breathability of the Solar Boost
Breathability. The neoprene material in the upper is durable but it is not breathable. There are no enough perforations for the air to pass through.
It also gives the foot a warm environment, especially in hot weather. Compared to a mesh material found in some of my Adidas running shoes, the neoprene is less breathable.
Comfort. The smooth internal fabric lining of the Adidas Solar Boost offers a very comfortable in-shoe feel. It feels so smooth on the skin but unfortunately, there are other factors to consider in determining the overall comfort that this running shoe provides.
Since the fit in the forefoot is a bit narrow and the threads in the midfoot put pressure on my foot, I think this shoe is not as comfortable as I expected it to be.