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
    $120
  • Weight
    Men: 10.8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 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: 30mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 20mm
  • Width
    Men: Standard
    Women: Standard, Wide
  • Release date
    Jun 2018
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Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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84 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Road Trail Run

    The Drive is a fine, softer bouncy and stable neutral daily trainer with a great upper which favors wider feet and truly pampers all feet.

  • 85 / 100 | Road Trail Run

    It is a tad heavy, and it could breathe much better, but I have had no qualms about it 50 miles in.

  • 81 / 100 | Solereview

    If the overly soft ride of the SolarBoost and Solar Glide doesn't appeal to you, then the Solar Drive is a good back-up plan.

  • 79 / 100 | Believe in the Run

    If you’re an Adidas person, and you either a) love the Response Boost LT, b) think the Boost foam is too mushy and are looking for something more responsive, or c) like to do some of your runs in heavy shoes so that when you switch to something lighter you feel artificially faster, try the Solar Drive. If none of these things apply to you, probably don’t try the Solar Drive

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Updates to Adidas Solar Drive

  • The Adidas Solar Drive is a neutral running shoe that’s designed for the roads. Runners who want some extra steadiness may find it in this model as it has a set of features like the Torsion System that are meant to prevent any deviation in pronation. It is worth noting that this shoe is not expressly for overpronated foot motion; instead, it reduces the risk of irregular deviation of movement or gait.
  • A fabric-like engineered mesh is used for the upper unit of the Solar Drive. This material is one of the most popular as it is light, flexible and breathable. Shoes like the Brooks Launch 6 and the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 use such a fabric to offer comfort and security.

Adidas Solar Drive size and fit

The Solar Drive has a standard running shoe length. The usual sizing expectations can be used when eyeing for a pair. When it comes to the width, the available option is D – Medium. Those with medium foot volumes may find this model comfortable. Moreover, the Adidas Solar Drive has a semi-curved shape that mimics the natural outline of the human foot.

Outsole

The outsole unit of the Adidas Solar Drive features the Stretchweb technology, which is a rubber compound that is patterned like a grid on the entire under-pad of the midsole. This layer protects against the abrasive nature of the roads. It also doles out traction and flexibility through its mildly prominent nodes and shallow grooves.

Midsole

Boost™ is a licensed cushioning technology that’s made from the amalgamation of thousands of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) pellets. The resulting compound is tested and proven to be highly reactive to movement and impact shock.

The Solar Propulsion Rail is a layer that’s placed on top of the boost™ platform. The job of this add-on is to steady the foot and help it become energized as it transitions toward the toe-off.

The midfoot section features the Torsion System, a thermoplastic cage that preserves the structural integrity of the midsole foam. It also prevents the muscles and tendons of the foot-pad from getting fatigued.

Upper

The upper unit of the Adidas Solar Drive utilizes engineered mesh, a cloth-like material that aims to provide a form-fitting and irritant-free coverage. A ribbed forefoot section is meant to heighten flexibility and ventilation.

Printed overlays cover the sides and the eyelets of this running shoe. These elements don’t add any weight to the entire product, and they don’t look bulky as well.

The padded tongue and collar have the job of holding the foot in place and preventing in-shoe wobbling.

The Fitcounter heel print locks the heel in place without restricting the ankles or Achilles tendon. The natural movement may be appreciated because of this add-on’s thinness and flexibility. It also prevents accidental shoe removals.

Reflective details on strategic areas of the façade permit runners to tackle nighttime runs, as they’re safety features that make the shoe more visible in low-light conditions, especially when hit by streams of light.


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