Verdict from 68 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Comfort: The Ultraboost 20 DNA is very well-cushioned that runners report there's no impact while running. They also say that there's no need to break in the shoe because wearing it is like "walking on clouds." 
  • Stability: It's just as supportive as the Solar Boost. Reviewers attribute this to the external cage and form-fitting upper of the shoe. 
  • Breathability: It's much more breathable than the Brooks Adrenaline. Athletes who ran in cold conditions say that they felt the cold breeze enter the shoe. 
  • Bouncy ride: The shoe is responsive and propels you forward. 
  • Fit: Just like its parent model — Ultraboost 20 — the 20 DNA has "optimal" and "glove-like" wrap, as expressed many testers. 
  • Roomy toe box: Those with wide feet really like this feature. They say it helps, especially when the feet start to swell. 
  • Upper comfort: It's flexible, stretchy, soft, and well-ventilated. 
  • Looks: The shoe is "cool" and "futuristic-looking," anyone can pair it with either jeans or slacks. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • Poor quality: After just wearing the shoe twice, there's already some fraying on the toe area fabric. Critics say that this version's material seems much cheaper than that of previous Ultraboost models
  • Heel hold: Because the heel has no structure, there have been reports of heel slippage.

Bottom line

As you can already tell, the Ultraboost 20 DNA is almost flawless. But how does it stack up against its competitors? To put it quite plainly, there's nothing special about the Ultraboost 20 DNA anymore, especially given its steep price. But for a shoe that excels in giving comfort and style in your slow-paced runs and walks, the Ultraboost 20 DNA really delivers. 

If you want something as bouncy but cheaper, you can consider the FuelCell Propel v2. But if you don't mind paying the premium, this shoe is a tried-and-true easy-day, short to mid-distance model.  

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Adidas Ultraboost 20 DNA: For your lifestyle and running needs

Whether you're running, walking, or just looking for a pair of sneakers to match your outfit, you've got all of these in the Ultraboost 20 DNA from Adidas. It comes in multiple colorways and a very fashion-forward exterior that you can match with practically any outfit. Going beyond aesthetics, it has got the right amount of cushion and comfort to take you miles without putting strain on your foot. 

Behind the design: "Mind in the cosmos, heart on the planet." 

You might be wondering how this spinoff model differs from the original Ultraboost 20. The short answer is: it has a Primeblue upper and it comes with Artemis badges on the tongue, signifying Adidas' partnership with NASA. 

So what is this Primeblue material exactly? It's an upper fabric that's made out of recycled plastic gathered from beaches and coastal communities to prevent ocean pollution. 

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
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.

jens@runrepeat.com