Adidas Questar Flow NXT review

My only experience with Adidas until trying the Questar Flow NXT was the Ultraboost lineup. I’ve worn the Ultraboost 19 and Ultraboost 21 and was a huge fan of them for casual style and work fashion in the hospital, but found them to have a good amount of response, but they were a bit too firm for running. 

So, with that said, I find the Questar Flow NXT to be even less suitable for running. The Cloudfoam is much less responsive than the Ultraboost and the Questar has a much worse/looser fit. The Ultraboost have that amazing sock-like fit that molds to your foot, whereas these shoes fit much more like a traditional Adidas sneaker. 

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As you can imagine, the run is pretty lifeless and the shoe performs much more poorly as the distance or time increases since there isn’t a lot of support and cushion.

If you’re interested in an Adidas running shoe, take your money elsewhere. There are a lot of adidas models that I personally haven’t tried, but have gotten a lot of love online, including the Boston series, Takumi Sen, Adizero Pro, and Adios Pro 2. Even the Ultraboost would be a much better Adidas alternative for running, although I still wouldn’t reach for them personally.

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Who should buy it

The Questar Flow NXT is for anyone looking for a comfortable running shoe that can pass off as professional or stylish casual wear. The white Adidas shoe is a classic street wear look and I’ve also seen plenty of healthcare workers wearing that style of shoes with scrubs and it looks great. 

Who should NOT buy it

The Adidas Questar Flow NXT is not for runners who:

No pop in the Questar Flow NXT

As usual, I tested these shoes in multiple settings: 

  • easy running
  • sprinting
  • jogging on the treadmill
  • some random exercises in the gym

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I can’t say I was happy to be wearing them for any of these activities, especially in comparison to the Adidas Ultraboost and any other running shoes I’ve worn. They’re not heavy, but the lack of “pop” or responsiveness when your foot strikes the ground makes the shoes feel clunky. 

It is comfy right out of the box

The shoe is very comfortable walking around and lounging in. No hot spots and there was no need to break them in like some shoes and foams require (a great example of this is the Saucony Endorphin Shift, which took me about 50 miles to break in). 

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Annoying heel slip

The Questar Flow NXT had no issues with grip on a treadmill, paved roads, or on a gym surface. However, I did have some stability issues when making sharp or sudden turns with faster running and gym activities.

My heel would feel like it was going to come out of the shoe due to the lack of a good heel lockdown. The heel slip is annoying and makes anything at a faster pace difficult.

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The Questar Flow NXT is a good looking shoe

The style is that of a pretty standard sharp-looking Adidas shoe: clean white (until you run on a trail like I did) with the classic three black stripes. Nothing fancy, but still very aesthetic. The performance is subpar for running purposes, but still a good looking shoe for other more casual wear.

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Conclusion 

On a running performance scale of 1-10, with 1 being barefoot (no offense barefoot runners, just not my cup of style) and 10 being my favorite running shoes of all time the Saucony Endorphin Speed, I think I’d give these a 3 or 4.

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For reference, I’d consider the Adidas Ultraboost to be a 5 or 6 and plenty of other running shoes to be in the 7 to 9 range. But hey, Adidas still deserves some credit for always coming out with some crisp street wear shoes!

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 283g
Arch support: Neutral
Base model: Adidas Questar
Collection: Adidas Questar, Adidas Cloudfoam
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch

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Author
Austin Jones
Austin Jones

Hey everyone, I’m a relatively new (20 months) but passionate runner training for my first marathon. I run about 50-60 miles per week, usually including a tempo run and a long run, and lift weights 4-5 times per week in addition to running. I’m also currently a radiology resident training (and running) in San Antonio, TX, so I have to fit it all into a tight schedule, be flexible, and often exercise on suboptimal amounts of sleep. But hey, that’s what coffee is for!