Summary

We spent 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas Solar Boost offered a snappy ride, wrote a reviewer.
  • The boost™ midsole supplied added bounce and encouraged a quicker pace, mentioned a runner. Others said it provided a cushioning that was more accommodating than expected.
  • A user claimed that the outsole had a broad heel that enhanced ground feel.
  • Various commenters agreed the shoe possessed a stylish appearance that was suitable for casual wear.
  • The upper was praised by several users, citing remarks such as “breathable,” “comfortable,” and “lightweight.”

2 reasons not to buy

  • Many buyers thought the Adidas Solar Boost was expensive.
  • One wearer complained the arch support was missing from the shoe.

Bottom line

The Adidas Solar Boost delivered what runners would expect from a road running shoe: comfortable, responsive, and efficient. Many users were satisfied with the performance brought about by the shoe, and they found a bonus in its trendy look. Despite the high price point and other relative criticisms, the Solar Boost seems to have proven that it enables a fantastic running adventure.

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A top rated Road running shoe
Top 8% most popular running shoes
It has never been more popular than this August

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  • Running enthusiasts might be familiar with the name of this Adidas running shoe, as a similar release was made a few years ago. The Adidas Solar Boost is now redesigned, including an overhaul of its construction and technologies. While some might notice the silhouette is the same as the original version, it is worth noting that this edition adds crucial features that the previous one lacked.
  • The Solar Boost uses an all-new, premium technology dubbed the Tailored Fiber Placement (TFP) to create an overall lightweight shoe. This process confirms a secure fit while also permitting a convenient way of wearing the shoe. Aside from the new method, the Solar Boost also favors new materials in the development of the upper, such as the Parley midfoot cage.
  • Meanwhile, the sole unit consists of familiar and trusted characteristics, namely the boost™ midsole compound and the Continental™ and Stretchweb® rubbers for the outsole. Although the boost™ was also present in the original version, this shoe takes the technology and utilizes it better, resulting in improved performance for the runner. It also exhibits a new unit: The Solar Rail Propulsion technology.

The Adidas Solar Boost applies the length and sizing of a standard running shoe. While it has a noticeable semi-linear construction from the forefoot to the heel, its featured technologies allow the shoe to deal out a secure and contoured fit for the runner. The Adidas Solar Boost is available for purchase in medium width for both the men’s and women’s versions.


Like most of Adidas’ running shoes, the Solar Boost is spruced up by the outsole tandem of Continental™ and Stretchweb® rubber compounds. More than just fancy installations, these elements work hard to make the outsole efficient.

The Continental™ outsole material is as rough and durable as car tires, and this is because they are from the same rubber compound. Such a material ensures that the Solar Boost is equipped with sufficient grip capabilities. With its sturdy figure, runners can rely on the Continental™ to protect the shoe and their foot against injuries, damages, and abrasions.

On the other hand, the Stretchweb® rubber of the Adidas Solar Boost aids in absorbing shock and shielding against impact. The material gives the outsole a flexible property so that the stride has an enhanced comfort level. It also lends reinforcement to the foot to permit natural movements.  This is the same outsole materials used in the popular Adidas Ultraboost 19.


Adidas’ boost™ technology makes its way back in this update of the Solar Boost. In the previous version, the midsole compound was only in the heel area. Therefore, as an upgrade, boost™ now contributes to the entire length of the shoe.

The boost™ is comprised of thousands of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) pellets that a shaped as a single unit to furnish the ultimate degree of energy return. Compared to conventional foams, boost™ possesses a unique structure that lets it absorb and release energy differently, resulting in an ultra-responsive shoe. The boost™ material is also resistant to extreme temperatures and longer-lasting than traditional midsoles.

Another modern technology exists in the shoe – the Solar Propulsion Rail. It works similarly to a shank, as it dispenses stability and balance while also guarding the underfoot. It is partnered by the Torsion® System, a plastic unit inserted in the midfoot area, to enable an amended transition and overall gait cycle.


The upper is where most of the relevant features of the Solar Boost are abound, which are technologies that set them apart from other running shoes.

The first release of the Solar Boost employs a breathable mesh that promotes a second-skin sensation while refining support and relief for a stable ride. While all of these are in the current version, a new attribute aids the upper, called the Tailored Fiber Placement (TFP). The TFP is a knitting process that gets the fibers close together, resulting in a protective and robust fabric.

TFP contributes to the shoe’s minimal weight while also providing an accessible entryway for the foot. It supplies the Solar Boost a sock-like feel that hugs the foot in all its contours.

A midfoot cage made from Parley plastic – an environment-friendly material sourced from plastic debris from the ocean – offers structural integrity and a supportive figure for the Solar Boost.

Additional defensive elements come in the form of a TPU toe cap that shields the forefoot from injuries caused by accidental kicks, and a stiff heel cup that accommodates and backs a wide range of foot shapes.

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.

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