These shoes are the ones that some of the professional running group “Tinman Elite” runners use as their shoes for most of their mileage, as their go-to daily trainer shoes.
So I decided to give them a try and see what I think of them. After putting them through different types of runs, and after a lot of training, I can say I had a good, but not the best, time running in this.
For easy/recovery days (7’00-7’45 pace per mile), these shoes performed great. I found that the shoe allows me to glide along my recovery paces while not feeling mushy or too soft, but providing the right amount of comfort.
On my tempo runs (anywhere from 3-4 miles at 5’45-6’15 a mile pace, depending on effort) they felt good but not anything outstanding.
I found the shoe to provide comfort on the tempo, but it is still quite a heavy shoe and I definitely felt it at the tempo paces especially towards the end.
The same goes with my short interval workouts, typically 3-7 minutes at a hard effort anywhere from 5’20-5’30 a mile pace.
I think the shoe has a good amount of responsiveness, but the cushioning gets almost too soft and sort of mushy on faster and harder efforts.
So overall the shoe did great for the easier/moderate efforts, and on the harder/faster efforts they did fine but definitely aren't made for it.
Also, one thing about the ride is that something with the structure or way the shoe is made, it feels as if it just doesn't suit my feet or gait well, especially my running gait on faster paces.
That being said, they are marketed for support and comfort, and that's exactly what they provided on most of my runs.
It also has a very simplistic design, with a decent amount of colorways. Overall there’s no real complaint with the looks.
Upper & fit
I enjoyed this upper a lot more than I thought I would. For the fit, I went true to size, which was perfect for me.
At first, it looked (and there is) like there were so much material and a lot going on to it. Surprisingly though, the upper kind of went away while running.
The upper of this shoe is an air mesh upper. This material has a multilayered construction which allows it to stretch and retain its structure as the foot goes through the gait cycle.
The toe box is very breathable and is where most of the breathability will come from, as the rest of the upper is pretty plush and thick.
In the heel area, there is a Fitcounter heel for an unrestricted fit and is really comfortable. I wasn't sure how well the split heel cup design would hold the heel in place but there was never any heel slipping.
The tongue is very cushioned as well as gusseted, which provides better midfoot lockdown. It also features Tailored Fiber Placement for midfoot support, and could possibly help the durability of the upper as well.
The drawback I have about the upper is that after the first 2 weeks of using the shoe, some of the stitching seems to be tearing. For now, it's only aesthetic but that isn't a good sign for the upper durability.
It is thick for the most part, so on days 70-80 degrees and over it gets hot, that it should be fine, but I would be cautious on getting this shoe for the hot seasons as it is just thick overall.
In colder weather (50 degrees and under), the shoe felt just fine, so it seemed to even out with the cold air and the thick upper. Once again, I would definitely use this shoe in a cooler season rather than a warmer season, like summer, just because of the thick upper.
Also, because the upper material is a little slicker, plus the plush tongue, specifically on tight turns, there is some loosening up in the shoe but it was very little and didn't affect the ride that much.
Overall I was pleased with the upper and for the shoe being made for “targeted support and optimal comfort for everyday long-distance running (as claimed by Adidas)”, the upper claimed true to that.
The midsole of this shoe is composed of Boost Foam, which is Adidas signature running foam. It’s meant to be durable and provide great responsiveness. The high boost stack provides great impact protection as well.
The only drawback is that Boost is on the heavier side of foams, so it does add weight to the shoe, but the responsiveness of it, and the snappiness of the Torsion System in a sense cancels it out, as it didn’t feel 11 oz heavy on foot, more of 10.5-10 oz.
The Torsion System (Red piece on outsole) is a thermoplastic piece between the midsole and outsole was designed by Adidas to add some structure to the midsole.
It extends from the midfoot as the base to the outer edges of the medial heel (and up into the base of the medial side do the foam) and the forefoot area, which I believe added a hint of snappiness.
Lastly, Adidas has Solar Propulsion Rails, which are placed on the sides of the midsole. Those rails act as a guide and keep the foot in the midsole. In a way, it almost reminds me of stability rails for stability shoes.
On the first run I could definitely feel the rails on the sides of my foot, but all the runs after that I didn't feel it anymore and I will say my foot did feel-more locked into place because of those rails.
One thing I will note is that the heel flares to the outer edge of the shoe, almost like Nikes Pegasus shoes, but off-center. It seems to give the impression that there is more foam on the medial side of the shoe, almost like a stability shoe.
I haven't found a valid reason on the Adidas website for the reason for this, but I have seen people say it is because that's the foot’s natural way of landing. I wouldn't say it negatively affects my form or gait, but it does definitely change it in the slightest way that is still noticeable to me.
Admittedly, at first, it drove me crazy, as I am a runner who focuses a lot on my running form. I got used to it for the most part but the slight change the shoe gives never really went away in terms of feeling.
It could possibly be that the structure of the shoe just simply doesn't match great with my foot shape or running gait, but overall I got used to it and it wasn't too bad. (Foam structure in heel shown in the photo below).
The outsole is a Stretchweb outsole made of Continental Rubber. The Stretchweb design provides a very high amount of flexibility, while the Continental Rubber provides a very good, almost sticky traction.
The outsole also performed great on dirt/grass trails, never was concerned about traction going uphill, downhill, etc.
It is also very durable, and I can foresee this outsole lasting at least 450-500 miles, and I would even say the upper end of 700 miles (based on other reviews and my own experience with continental rubber).
On wet roads, the outsole performed just fine and had great traction even while wet. The outsole is also very stable and has a fairly wide platform for those who enjoy a wider landing.
I definitely think this shoe is overpriced, as I feel there are so many better options at $160 and even below that. I will say this shoe could probably last longer than most shoes but even then I feel $160 is a lot. I would put this more at $140.
In conclusion, I would say this is a tank of a running shoe. It will definitely last you for plenty and plenty of miles and provide the support and comfort you need to get through the bulk of your runs.
It's definitely not the fastest or lightest thing on the market, so don't expect it to excel at the runs that require those things, but once again that's not what it was made for.
Once again, the only drawbacks I have about this shoe is that the stitching came loose on the upper, the structure of the shoe changed my running form, and the shoe isn't the most versatile or the lightest.
That being said, it is very durable, comfortable, and will definitely provide good protection of the legs for miles and miles.
Adidas introduced Solar Boost last year as a replacement for Energy Boost. The technology used in the Solar Boost is inspired by NASA.
This year, Adidas has revamped the whole upper but kept the midsole and outsole setup of the original Solar Boost. Continue reading to find out whether Adidas has improved or ruined this shoe.
- Boost midsole
- Energy Rail midsole
- Solar Propulsion Guidance Rail
- Air Mesh Upper
- Torsion System
- Continental rubber outsole
- PRONATION: Neutral
- OFFSET: 10mm
- WEIGHT: 310gm
- CUSHION: Mid Soft
- CLOSURE: Lace up
- TERRAIN: Road
- BEST USE: Long Distance Runs
- FIT: True to Size
This is the only part where Adidas has made a change. Solar Boost 19 has an Air Mesh upper instead of a TechFit upper, which many found to be not breathable enough. The upper of the Solar Boost 19 looks much lighter, and it is more breathable than the previous iteration of Solar Boost.
The upper feels softer and the recycled plastic cage is also replaced with much sleeker plastic cage which further improves the breathability of the shoe.
The Air Mesh upper wraps the foot, provides great support, and keeps the foot locked. It prevents the foot from sliding while taking sharp turns.
The Tailored Fiber Placement (TFP) around the upper provides extra support on longer runs when legs get beat up.
Toe box and tongue
The toe box has the Tailored Fiber Placement for more support. This reduces the stretch around the toe box and provides additional structure to the upper.
The width of the toe box is average, but not on the narrow side. It has enough space for toes to splay when doing longer runs.
The Solar Boost 19 has a gusseted tongue, which provides secure and supportive fit around the midfoot. The tongue is also fairly padded and has a very smooth and soft feel. It did not cause any issue like sliding or irritation.
The Solar Boost 19 has an external molded FitCounter around the heel area. This keeps the heel in place while picking up the pace. The FitCounter heel also allows the free movement of the achilles.
The heel of the shoe flares backward to prevent irritation. Adidas added reflective materials on the heel counter for safety purposes.
This is the place where this shoe has a lot of technology loaded. First, it has the Solar Propulsion rails at the lateral side for added support and more responsive ride. Second is the Torsion System that has two parallel strips of plastic that help with heel-to-toe transition. Last is the Boost and Energy Rail midsole that helps with stability and efficiency.
I found the Boost midsole very responsive, very snappy, and bouncy. As I picked up pace, the Boost midsole becomes even more responsive. I did a total of 35 miles in this shoe; the longest was around 10 miles, and the Boost was responsive from the first to the tenth mile.
The boost midsole feels mid soft. It is like a combination of Ultra Boost and Boston Boost, ensuring a stable and energized ride.
Despite being little heavy, it was easy to pick up the pace because of the responsive Boost. I have used this shoe for long as well as tempo runs, and it performed really well in all kinds of run.
The Solar Boost 19 has the Stretchweb Continental rubber outsole. This rubber outsole is much more durable than the previous version's. The continental rubber outsole performs well on all kind of surfaces; I have tried them on wet road and wet grass and this outsole provided excellent traction.
The Stretchweb pattern on the outsole and the torsion system in the midfoot add flexibility to these running shoes from Adidas.
So far, I have done 35 miles in them, and the Continental Rubber outsole has not shown any sign of wear even if I was running all those miles on asphalt.
Ride and Performance
The Solar Boost 19 provides a very smooth and responsive ride. The Boost midsole and the Propulsion Energy rail propel the the foot forward.
The Solar Boost 19 has a midfoot shank that serves as its torsion system. It starts from medial side of the heel and extends to the forefoot. This torsion system increases the midsole's responsiveness and provides very smooth heel-to-toe transition.
The longest run I did in the Solar Boost 19 was 10 miles, and the Boost midsole did not quit and continued to provide a responsive and energized ride.
The Solar Boost 19 shines when the runner has to maintain a pace for a long period of time. Maintaining pace in the Solar Boost 19 was very easy; once you get going in these shoes, it's like turning on cruise control.
When I first put the shoe on, it felt really snug around the midfoot. However, the upper did not feel that tight after a few minutes.
The upper provided a secure fit and kept the foot stable when accelerating.
The upper has ARAMIS technology, which is also used by NASA, Boeing, and BMW. This ARAMIS technology maps the movement of the foot and behaves like a second skin for natural movement. this also helps prevent pressure and irritation.
The Solar Boost 19 offers a luxurious fit. The heel and tongue feel very soft. They have just the right amount of cushion; they do not feel overly padded at all.
The toe box is shallow but not uncomfortable. The width of the toe box is average, so runners with wide feet might have problems with the toe box. My foot is of average width and I did not find any issue with the toe box. It has enough space for my toes to wiggle.
The materials used on the Solar Boost 19 are top notch. The Continental Rubber Outsole is very durable I have used this shoe for 35 miles and not noticed any premature wearing of the outsole.
This is my sixth pair of Adidas that has Boost, and I have found that Boost really is more resilient than any other cushioning. The Boost midsole in the Solar Boost 19 will easily last for around 500 miles.
The Solar Boost 19 looks much different from the previous Solar Boost; all the stripes from the toe box have been removed and the TechFit upper has been replaced with Air Mesh.
My assessment of its looks is of course subjective, but I think the Solar Boost looks better than the Solar Boost 19.
- Responsive midsole
- Breathable upper
- Durable outsole
- Great fit
- Stability version is also available
- Less Boost in the forefoot
- Little overpriced
This year, Adidas has updated only the upper of the Solar Boost model and retained the rest of the shoe. The updated upper feels and performs better.
The Solar Boost 19 is built to tackle long distance runs. This shoe is for those runners who like a mid soft feel and a responsive ride in their shoe.
The Solar Boost 19 is a very versatile running shoe. It can be easily used for long distances, from 10k runs to full marathons.
If you are looking for a shoe for your longer runs, the Solar Boost 19 might be a good choice, if you have a budget of $160 that is. If you don't want to spend $160, go with the previous version of the Solar Boost, which is on sale now.
Good to know
- The Adidas Solar Boost 19 is a neutral running shoe that aims to promote natural motion and agreeable steps. The facade has been constructed using the ARAMIS motion-tracking technology to fully accommodate the curvature of the foot and the flexibility that comes with it.
- Fibers made of recycled plastic make up the tailored overlay system, giving targeted support to the foot as it transitions through the gait cycle.
- When it comes to the midsole, this replacement of the Adidas Energy Boost model has Solar Propulsion Rails that steady and center the foot.
The standard sizing scheme was used when the Adidas Solar Boost 19 was made. Consumers are welcome to get a pair using their usual size preferences. However, it is always a good thing to test the shoe first to find the most pleasant in-shoe experience.
When it comes to width, the available options are D - Medium and B - Medium for men and women, respectively. Those with low or medium foot dimensions are the ones who are likely to enjoy the wrap.
A semi-curved shape is used for the lasting board of this product. This design choice works with the form-fitting upper to accommodate the natural outline of the human foot.
The outsole unit of the Adidas Solar Boost 19 features the Stretchweb design, a net-like structure that is prominent in many of the brand’s premier performance shoes. This makeup is fundamentally set of evenly-spaced, non-prominent traction nodes that rest on a blanket of rubber grooves. This grid of an outsole encourages contact-specific grip and full-bodied flexibility.
Continental™ is the brand of rubber that is used for this external pad. This material is commonly used for the tires of vehicles. Durability, traction and movement control are the target end-results of this technology.
Boost™ serves as the midsole unit of the Adidas Solar Boost 19. This cushioning unit is one of the brand’s most used, giving its signature responsiveness to the foot of the runner. It also has a tested-and-proven impact attenuating capacity that saves the foot from the forces that are generated during the striking phase of the gait cycle. Boost™ graces some of Adidas’ most beloved running shoes, including the revered Ultra Boost line.
Solar Propulsion Rails are placed on the sides of the midsole unit. These foam-like sidewalls are tasked with locking the foot in place and keeping it at the center of this shoe’s platform. They also lightly stabilize the stance, averting any midfoot bucking during the running session.
The Torsion System is a thermoplastic layer that is placed between the midsole and the outsole. This accoutrement is meant to bolster the structural integrity of the platform, keeping its tout form for a long time. It also doubles as the tendons and muscles of the foot-pad, bending and extending as a means to help the quality of each step.
A removable insert is placed on top of the primary cushioning system. This piece offers an extra softness for the underside of the foot.
The upper unit of the Adidas Solar Boost 19 is made of air mesh. This material has a multilayered construction which allows it to stretch and retain its structure as the foot goes through the gait cycle. Furthermore, the breathing holes that pockmark its silhouette permit the flow of air into the foot-chamber, thereby ensuring a cool and dry ride.
ARAMIS is a motion-tracking technology that maps the shape of the foot as it stands idly or transitions from the heel to the toe. It fundamentally makes the upper as form-fitting as possible, with elastic zones that encourage natural motion.
Tailored Fiber Placement (TFP) is a system of stitched-on material that serves as the overlay system of the Adidas Solar Boost 19. The fibers are made of recycled plastic. They’re meant to help the rest of the upper unit when it comes to securing the foot and keeping it inside the compartment.
The Fitcounter thermoplastic heel counters are placed on the left and right sides of the shoe’s rear. The purpose of these reinforcing pieces is to hold the heel in place and prevent it from exiting the shoe unexpectedly.
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