Summary

We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • A few users claim that the shoe is very comfortable. 
  • Some of the wearers commend the colorway of the shoe.
  • The shoe is very versatile as it can be used for casual occasions and long-distance running, according to various reviewers. 
  • A lot of the users say that the shoe is worth the price. 
  • Some of the runners note that the shoe is very lightweight

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some users complain of the feeling of constriction on foot.
  • The sole of the shoe is too stiff, mentioned one disappointed runner. 

Bottom line

The overall feedback of the Adidas Solar Drive 19 has been mostly positive. One of the highly noted features of the shoe is the comfort that it offers, especially for long-distance running. A lot of the runners also commended the lightweight feel that the shoe gives them. On the other hand, some users thought the shoe is stiff and that they felt constricted in their movement. 

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Facts

Rankings

Among the better Road running shoes
Top 7% most popular running shoes
It has never been more popular than this August
Better rated than the previous version Adidas Solar Drive

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Zappos, REI and 19 other shops don't have user reviews

  • The Adidas Solar Drive 19 is a neutral running shoe that is engineered to offer a breathable and stable feel for the runner both for long-distance running and casual running. To achieve this, an engineered mesh was used as a component of the upper. The engineered mesh upper has a lot more perforations than most conventional mesh materials allowing sufficient airflow into the shoe while running. It is highly durable, and it allows a more natural bend when running. 
  • The shoe’s outsole also utilizes the Adiwear Stretchweb. This outsole technology is composed of a durable rubber material that helps protect the shoe from abrasive elements. This also enables efficient and energized transition when running.

The Adidas Solar Drive 19 is available for both men and women in the standard sizing scheme. The arch height of the shoe ranges from high to normal arch. The technical components directly affecting the fit of the Solar Drive 19 are the engineered mesh upper, the traditional lacing of the shoe, the synthetic overlays, and the padded collar and tongue of the shoe. These elements help in the enhancement of comfort and fit of the shoe. 

To ensure that the exact fit of the shoe is chosen, it is highly suggested that one should go through various user feedback with regards to the size. Trying on the fit of the shoe first is also advised. 

Adiwear™ is a wear-resistant technology that’s incorporated into the Solar Drive 19. It helps protect the shoe from rough surfaces and other abrasive elements when running. This runs throughout the entire shoe’s length, which also provides energized transitions in each of the runner’s stride.

The Stretchweb is also employed in the shoe’s outsole which is a rubber compound that provides protection to the midsole This technology is also the reason behind the good traction of the Solar Drive 19. 

Adidas Solar Drive 19’s midsole utilizes the Boost™ technology that allows the efficient return of energy during take-offs. This means that this technology also helps boost the speed of the runner. The Boost™ technology also promotes comfort while running as it is softer as opposed to the conventional EVA cushioning in some road running shoes. The Boost™ technology is also structured to cope with various temperature ranges. In short, runners can use Solar Drive 19 on practically all occasions without having to worry about any issues.

The midsole also incorporates the Solar Propulsion Rail that works with the Boost™ technology to guide the foot to a more stable running condition. This technology also helps the runner propel forward faster through toe-off. 

Solar Drive 19 also employs the Energy Rail System which helps in guiding the foot in the pace of the runner. This technology also serves as a stability component for a smooth running experience. 

Just like the other road running shoes, the Adidas Solar Drive 19 is composed of an engineered mesh upper. It provides a breathable feel while running because it allows a higher level of airflow into the shoe. Because of the permitted airflow allowed inside the shoe, it leaves the foot feeling healthy and fresh even after long runs. The engineered mesh also has a lot more perforations than standard mesh materials. Unlike other standard mesh materials, it allows a more natural bend, and it is twice more durable.  This material is also incorporated in some running shoes like Brooks Launch 6 and On Cloud

The tongue construction of the Solar Drive 19 allows a more comfortable feel on the foot when running, especially during long-distance runs. Meanwhile, several key areas of the shoe present synthetic overlays that are strategically placed. These ensure that the shoe stays fit and secured most especially that it is built for long-distance running. 

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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