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What is it for? As an all-purpose trainer, the FitBoost it is not geared towards any specific activity. It can take you from short intensive spurts of running and jumping to the slower-paced strength training.
However, it is not recommended for lifting weights which are above average. Nor is it cushioned enough for running sessions of more than 2 miles.
What makes it different? The shoe appears to be a re-visited version of the Pureboost trainer, another workout shoe from Adidas which employs a Boost midsole. The brand introduces a few advancements in the FitBoost:
- The new sole configuration helps to improve the stability-cushioning compromise.
- A significantly extended heel tab addresses the problem of heel slippage.
Multi-directional traction. A combination of horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lugs grip the floor no matter what direction the foot takes. Because these lugs are small, they act as tiny teeth that bite the surface to prevent slippage.
Stable base. The rubber compound is not limited to the underside of the shoe. It covers up the entire midsole and part of the upper, constraining it inside a robust cage. It minimizes the squishiness of the foam, making for a steady foot base.
Adidas’ most responsive cushioning. A full-length Boost unit is placed at the heart of the FitBoost Trainer. Although this foam started as the brand’s running shoe technology, it quickly made its way into most types of athletic footwear from Adidas.
This cushioning unit gained instant favor of the customers for its springy characteristics. Comprised of numerous tiny TPU balls, it squeezes under pressure and quickly restores its shape once released. This kind of cushioning not only protects the foot during high-impact training sessions but also adds a sensation of an extra boost.
The downside to this foam in training shoes lies in its thickness. You may not feel as close to the ground as you would in a pair of CrossFit shoes.
Breathable foothold. Mesh covers the entire area of the shoe’s upper. It also makes up the tongue. That way, the foot can get a flow of fresh air throughout a sweaty training session.
Supportive overlays. A hard-wearing TPU component is fused into the critical areas of the upper. It can be seen on the sides of the forefoot and around the laces. They reinforce the durability of the mesh while adding support to the foot.
Heel slippage prevention. The heel tab at the back of the shoe is hard to miss. It extends considerably higher than what’s typical for a workout shoe. It is also generously padded to make sure the heel stays securely inside the shoe at all times.