Our verdict


The Solar Glide 5 from Adidas—dubbed as the "best Solar Glide to date"—is a running shoe that's fit for many miles on the road. With the protection and support it offers, there's no doubt that it's a surefire killer in high-mileage efforts. It's a perfect fit for newbies and long-time runners alike who want a daily trainer that's just as great in gym training and walking as it is in running.


  • Stable even on uneven terrains
  • Smoother ride than before
  • Protective cushioning
  • Grippy when cornering
  • Comfortable wrap
  • Secure lockdown
  • Great for gym and walking
  • Eco-friendly upper
  • Perfect for beginners


  • Heavy
  • Expensive for a daily trainer

Who should buy the Adidas Solar Glide 5

Pick up the Solar Glide 5 if you: 

  • prefer a firm, stable, and protective ride for high-mileage runs
  • want a daily trainer that can double for walking and gym training

Adidas Solar Glide 5 adidas logo

Who should NOT buy it

If you're looking for a more affordable alternative to the Solar Glide 5, consider the Adidas Ultraboost 21 or the Adidas Solar Boost 19. If you want to do a little bit of everything, the Nike Pegasus 38 and the Saucony Triumph 19 are a great match.

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Adidas Solar Glide 5 vs. 4

For a more stable ride, the fifth version of the Adidas Solar Glide has a brand-new upper and employs the LEP (Linear Energy Push) system from the Ultraboost 21, which adds some firmness to the shoe. 

Adidas Solar Glide 5 linear energy push

On top of this, it has an improved rocker-style geometry that makes transitions easy and efficient. 

Won't make you feel tippy

Compared to other max-cushioned trainers, the Adidas Solar Glide 5 sits on the firmer end of the spectrum. Its cushioning in the heel and forefoot have a more rigid feel to it, keeping your strides steady. 

Adidas Solar Glide 5 cushion

So much so, runners feel surefooted on rugged and uneven terrains. 

Can be a tad too stiff for some

If a traditional or firmer ride is not your taste, critics say it can feel dead and rigid. According to them, it feels like a brick and doesn't inspire a responsive ride for tempo runs. 

Adidas Solar Glide 5 forefoot

Run easy with the Adidas Solar Glide 5

Compared to past iterations of the Adidas Solar Glide, multiple experts agree that the fifth edition has a more seamless heel-to-toe transition. This is owed to the shoe's heel bevel and snappy toe-off. 

Adidas Solar Glide 5 toe cap

Traction level: Continental

Time and time again, the Continental rubber's grip "doesn't disappoint." Droves of testers claim that during sharp turns, there are no missteps in the Solar Glide 5. 

Adidas Solar Glide 5 continental

Pushing sustainability forward

Many runners are a fan of the shoe's upper being made with recycled ocean plastic. Apart from the brand's environmentally-conscious approach, they also appreciate the fact that the upper wraps comfortably around their foot despite it being made from plastic content. 

Adidas Solar Glide 5 knit upper

Feel supported in the Solar Glide 5

The upper, tongue, and shoe's lacing system all work together to provide a snug and locked-in feel. The majority even compare it to the Adidas Ultraboost 22, saying it has a much more dialed-in fit. Overall, there are NO reports of slips from any reviewer. 

Adidas Solar Glide 5 lockdown

Ready for hot days

Those who have tested the Solar Glide 5 in warm conditions state that the upper remains breathable despite its rather thick design. 

Adidas Solar Glide 5 breathability

A heavyweight workhorse

This is the price to pay for all the protection you get from the Adidas Solar Glide. With all the cushion it has, it weighs more than the average running shoe (335 g/11.8 oz. vs. 280 g/9.9 oz. in US M 9). 

Adidas Solar Glide 5 ankle collar

It mutes out the harshness underfoot and the impact of each foot strike; runners say their feet don't feel beat-up even after long miles on the road. 

Can hurt the bank

Retailing for $130, the Adidas Solar Glide is among the most expensive daily trainers on the market. For reference, daily running shoes only cost $118, on average. 

In comparison to the average Adidas daily trainer ($123), it's still pricier.