This year, Adidas totally revamped the most famous running shoe in their line up, which was launched in early 2015 and instantly became hit. However, in spite of its being a running shoe, it was used more as a lifestyle shoe.
This year, Adidas decided to relaunch Ultraboost, and specifically designed it for running. The Ultraboost 19 was soft-released in late December and in February large scale release took place.
The Ultraboost 19 does not look even a percent similar to any of the previous Ultraboost's iteration. It looks like a totally different shoe. Adidas has changed the look and materials from top to bottom. Adidas has also reduced the number of pieces, from 17 to 4, and these are the following:
- Continental outsole
- Boost midsole
- Knit upper
- 3D heel frame
Let's see; do these changes make the Ultraboost 19 the greatest running shoe ever?
- Primeknit 360
- 3D hell frame
- Torsion system
- Boost midsole
- Continental rubber outsole
- Pronation: Neutral
- Offset: 10mm
- Cushion: Soft
- Weight: 305gm or10.8oz (9UK)
- Closure: Lace-up
- Fit: True to size
- Terrain: Road
- Best use: Long-distance runs
The Ultraboost 19 features Primeknit 360 rather than the plain Primeknit used in the earlier versions. Primeknit 360 is rough on the outside, and it has some lateral stitching for added support. The material snuggly wraps 360 degrees around the foot.
Those who complain about the lack of support in Primeknit will love the Primeknit 360. Primeknit 360 is not as stretchy around the midfoot, adding support to the upper.
Primeknit 360 is soft, which means it can also be used without socks. The material feels very premium against the foot and does not cause any irritation or chafing. Breathability is also good. I have worn them in high temperatures of around 45°C or 113°F, and they felt airy and kept my foot dry.
The Ultraboost 19 features a bootie construction. Primeknit 360 wraps the foot much better than the Primeknit in the earlier versions. It provides enough support when taking turns, keeping the foot in place.
When I tried Primeknit 360, it felt more secure and functional as it provided support during lateral movements. The knit is stretchy around the toe box, which helps with toe splays during long runs. Primeknit 360 is less stretchy around the midfoot for better support and stability.
This time, the midfoot cage is made of translucent plastic that is stitched to Primeknit 360; this provides more than enough support during longer runs when legs get beat up. This plastic cage does not cause irritation at all when laces are tightly tied.
Primeknit 360 has a reinforced pattern in the lateral direction for more support on the midfoot. This material does its job pretty well.
As usual, the toe box is of average width. However, people with wide feet will not find any problem with this because Primeknit 360 is stretchy around the toe box area.
Adidas replaces the traditional heel cup with the 3D heel frame, reducing the shoe's weight while adding more support. This 3D heel frame keeps the heel locked in place even when taking sharp turns during street runs. It also stops the heel from riding up while picking up pace.
Unlike the previous versions of Ultraboost, Adidas significantly decreased the padding in the heel, providing only pods of foam for padding. Adidas has also added soft suede lining across the heel counter.
I just loved the new fit of the heel counter with its reduced padding, even though I know that this might hurt those who used the previous versions of ultraboost as lifestyle shoes.
Adidas has put 20% more Boost in the midsole; one can visually compare the amount of Boost in the previous iterations and in the Ultraboost 19. One might think that the chunky Boost midsole feels clunky; however, the Ultraboost 19 provides a very smooth ride.
The texture and feel of the Boost in the Ultraboost 19 is kind of rough. The shape of the Boost is also different as compared to previous versions.
The Boost in the Ultraboost 19 is much more responsive and lively. It will not bottom out or loose it's responsiveness even after hundreds of miles. One might get suspicious by looking at the chunky boost midsole and think this shoe might feel clunky but on the contrary ultraboost 19 provides very smooth ride.
Picking up pace in the Ultraboost 19 is easy and effortless. The Boost midsole also helped in maintaining the speed over longer distances without any effort.
In the earlier versions, there was a piece of plastic visible on the the lateral side of the Boost midsole. This time, Adidas has changed the shape of the torsion system and it is no more visible on lateral side, ensuring stability and a smoother transition from heel to toe.
The new torsion system is like two "Us" connected by a small rod. This torsion system works much better, and pushes off more explosively.
The Ultraboost 19 has a Stretchweb continental rubber outsole ,but this time the tread pattern is changed. The treads are much wider and looking more like the patterns on a tire, hence they provide much more grip and traction on all kind of surfaces.
The continental rubber outsole is much more durable than the normal Stretchweb outsole. This outsole did not show any kind of premature wearing and provided good traction on all kind of surfaces, be it wet road or wet grass.
Adidas has corrected all issues regarding support of the shoe. Primeknit is replaced with Primeknit 360, which is less stretchy so it keeps the foot locked in even during sharp turns and lateral movements.
Also, Adidas has stitched the midfoot cage to the Primeknit 360, making it more comfortable. In the Ultraboost 4.0, this cage caused irritation when the laces are tightened and it did not do its job efficiently. The translucent plastic cage in the Ultraboost 19 is much softer and does not cause any kind of irritation.
I mostly run on streets and have to dodge people and change directions frequently. Fortunately, the same plastic cage did its job by providing more than enough support.
Adidas has also replaced traditional plastic heel cup with the 3D heel frame, which has more coverage around heel area and keep the heel locked down.
Ride and flexibility
The ride delivered by the Ultraboost 19 is surely an improvement because it has 20 percent more Boost and has a new torsion system.
The Boost midsole of the Ultraboost 19 feels much more comfortable than the previous iterations. It is more responsive and provides more impact protection. The longest run I have done in them is 10 miles, and the Boost midsole provided a smooth and bouncy ride from the 1st to the 10th mile on the road, and my legs were not sore at all after running.
The Ultraboost 19 is not so flexible, but it is flexible enough not to alter the runner's gait. The Primeknit 360 upper wraps the foot and moves with the foot. The grooves on the continental rubber outsole also adds to the flexibility of the shoe.
The new tread pattern on the continental rubber outsole provides better traction than the earlier versions of Ultraboost or any other continental Outsole.This is mainly because the tread pattern now covers more surface area, so it grips the ground in a much better way. This also leads to an increase in the durability of the outsole.
The continental rubber provided great traction on every kind of surface, be it wet road or wet grass. It will continent will not let you down and you can step onto any kind of surface with confidence.
Adidas is a German brand and we know how famous Germany is for their quality products. The Ultraboost 19 is no different. An amalgamation of Boost, new tread pattern on its continental rubber outsole, and Primeknit 360 upper makes the Ultraboost 19 far more durable than any other shoe.
I have ran multiple times in them and they still look new. No wear and tear on outsole, no fraying of upper and boost has not bottomed out at all.
Everyone loves the looks of the previous versions of Ultraboost. I found the looks of the ultraboost 19 much better than the previous versions'. The unfinished look of the heel collar, lateral stitching on the forefoot, and 3D heel frame make the Ultraboost 19 look different from rest of the shoes available in the market.
- 20% more Boost
- More responsive
- Improved fit
- Improved traction and durability
- 1 oz lighter
- Less Boost in forefoot
Now, Adidas can proudly say that the Ultraboost 19 is the greatest shoe ever. This year's model fits far better. I also found that the Ultraboost 19 much more comfortable as compared to previous versions.
Adidas has corrected all the issues like the excessively stretchy Primeknit. The plastic cage has also been stitched to the Primeknit for more support.
I found that the Ultraboost 19 is the best cushioned shoe, and I did not find any single issue with it.
In spite of the 20% increase in Boost in the midsole and replacement of Primeknit with Primeknit 360, Adidas still kept the retail price at $180, and I think this shoe is fairly priced and really worth every penny.
If a buyer does not have problems with the weight of the shoe and wants a solid durable daily trainer, I would suggest that they go with the Ultraboost 19 without thinking twice.
I’ve been hearing a lot about the Adidas Ultraboost 19 for years. However, the $180 price tag was beyond what I could stomach.
I managed to find a deal not too long before Black Friday on the Adidas site, where it ended up at $88. Given that, on average, I spend about $60 for my running shoes, this was a bit of a splurge! But I had to see if the hype was legit.
I’ve never had a running shoe box open from the top! Very clever.
While looks generally isn’t a concern for me, they look good! I’ve gotten numerous compliments from running buddies.
Also, the sheer number of color options is almost overwhelming. I suppose this is what happens when a shoe is also a fashion-statement like the Ultraboost.
|Weight||9.0 oz (Women’s US 7), 10.9 oz (Men's US 9)|
|Stack height||heel (29 mm), forefoot (19 mm)|
It’s a full sock fit with the Adidas Primeknit 360. The laces are almost superfluous. I suppose if you have a super narrow foot, you might actually tighten them.
But in my case, with a slightly wide foot, the lacing system is just extra.
The knit also seems pretty durable. I tend to wear the left big toe quickly (like a literal hole over the left big toe), and these are showing no signs of that happening.
The midsole has dual-density Boost under the arch. I was sold even on the very first run!
My foot doesn’t slide around, the heel stays in place, and the transition from foot plant to toe off is really smooth.
The feel of the shoe is really plush. When I looked up the weight, I was actually shocked to see it was only 9 ounces in size 7.
It’s not a racing flat light but this shoe feel like it should weigh more for how plush it feels.
I wear through my outsoles really fast because my cadence is very high (short legs, the only way I can run faster is to increase my turn over).
My easy run cadence will be around 195 steps per minute. In fact, last evening’s 8 miler in these shoes was an average cadence of 199.
Certain brands, I will just burn through the outsole in as little as 150 miles. Brooks Launch, for me, is particularly bad with how quickly the outsole breaks down.
Adidas outsole is a Continental rubber. I have yet to wear through to the midsole in any pair of Adidas I own, and these are similar. They show little wear after 70 miles.
|Nike||7 - 7.5|
|New Balance||7 - 7.5|
|Altra||6.5 - 7|
So, Is anything wrong with these shoes?
Honestly? I can only say the price. Paying full retail at $180 for these is a hard sell for me. But on sale, I’ll definitely try to replace these once I wear them out.
A very tiny ding might be the weight. I still think they are quite light for a daily trainer, but how much sweeter would this shoe be if it was like 8.5 ounces?
However, I’d hate to sacrifice too much of the plush ride and durability for just a half ounce.
I’ve run in several different Adidas models with mostly success. Some notable failures:
Adidas Ultraboost ST
I realized I didn’t need stability and it was just not a good ride for me
Adidas Pure Boost X
I almost walked back from a run barefoot because my feet were cramping terribly. I have a wider foot, and it was like a prison of fabric and foam.
I’ve had great experiences with the Energy Boost, Glide 8, and most recently the Adios 7 (I ran Boston 2019 in them). They were light and fast! Ran course PR of 3:26!
So I figured the odds were good that I’d like the Ultraboost.
I think they are best used as a daily trainer for long runs, recovery and easy runs, perhaps even up to tempo or steady-state efforts.
I would not race in these simply because I am looking for more of a racing flat like the Adidas Adios 7 where I can shave off 2-3 ounces of weight per shoe.
One more reason these shoes are my main squeeze right now
About a week ago, I managed to break my right pinky toe on a dog gate as I stepped over it (short legs strike again!).
It’s been 8 days, and it’s finally not purple, but the right toe is definitely a little more sausage-like and fatter than my left. It still aches a bit - NSAIDs are my good buddy.
The only shoes that my foot really tolerates well at the moment are the Ultraboosts. Altra Superiors are also ok thanks to the spacious in the forefoot.
Because of the Primeknit upper, my taped toe isn’t banging around in the toe box, and it’s hugged without being painful. I can run with mild discomfort, which is pretty good.
Either way, I suspect I will buy the next version of these when they aren’t so new, and I can snag them for closer to $100. If money is less of a concern for you, go for it. They are the best road shoes I’ve used, possibly ever!
The revolutionary Ultraboost gets "reboosted" in 2019. The original Ultraboost was so good that I have 2 of them; the 3.0 for long runs and the 4.0 for walking.
Standing for long hours became bearable. So when Adidas redesigned it—dubbed the 19—with 20% more boost, I just had to try them on!
Redesigned from Ultraboost 4.0, it has four major changes. It has 20% more midsole boost, new torsion spring plate, Primeknit 360 upper, and 3D printed heel frame.
The Primeknit 360 is certainly an upgrade from the Primeknit—snuggier yet able to stretch more. Meanwhile, the new heel frame locked the heel better than previous but just slightly.
The 20% more boost paired with new torsion spring plate is the appeal factor for me. This combination somehow mirrors Nike's Zoom Fly carbon plate combined with React Foam, which for me, is the closest thing to Boost foam.
Dry run - short tempo
They have significant weight different too. Zoom Fly weighs 250g while Ultraboost 19 weighs 312g for both an 8 UK size.
To get a feel on how the torsion spring and extra boost fare on high speed, I did a short 5km tempo run. With this, I was able to do a 4:53 min/km pace on my usual 5km route.
Being a heavier shoe, a harder effort was needed to maintain that pace. There was 14% of the total running time of 24:29 were spent in heart rate Zone 4.
Honestly, I didn't feel significant propulsion from the torsion spring. That spring makes the shoe feel stiff, losing that unique softness identity of the original boost.
It can be concluded that it is not a fast shoe. If you want a faster shoe, get Adidas Adios 4, instead.
Dry run - long slow run
This is what Ultraboost is for, at least for me. I did solo Shah Alam LSD at half marathon distance. The beauty of Shah Alam is that it has many long fast corners, short hills, long hills at various inclination—great to test out shoes.
I did similar route a month ago with Ultraboost 3.0, nailed it—a solid sub 2 hour with a fast, strong finish with zero stops.
So, how did the 19 fare? It was the opposite of 3.0, to my surprise. The shoe was hard due to the torsion spring and was not comfortable for a long run!
I didn't feel the responsiveness from the spring and the energy return on the extra boost. It was a hard effort just to stay at 5:46 pace and resorted to multiple stops times just to get the HR down.
I guess as in any plate/spring technology, you need bigger force exertion to gain the intended propulsion. But being a specialized shoe for a lazy, slow run, it beats the purpose as it is heavier to pounce unnecessary energy utilization.
In conclusion, the 19 doesn't get the balance just right for me. It wanted to be more responsive, but it defies its identity.
Maybe it's just my physique. I'm guessing this shoe would perfectly suit a larger, stronger person. It has rave reviews everywhere, but just not from me.
Good to know
- The 2019 iteration of the Adidas Ultraboost is a road shoe that’s designed for those who have neutral pronation. It is an update to a highly revered product, the Ultraboost. The original model has been touted to be one of the defining aspects of Adidas’ popularity as a producer of quality running shoes. It still finds recognition today as people flock to retailer stores and online shops to catch a pair.
- New technologies grace the Ultraboost 19. The upper unit uses Primeknit 360, an open-weave mesh that accommodates the natural movement capacity of the foot while never reducing supportiveness. An external heel frame is meant to hold the back of the foot, preventing it from wobbling. A Torsion Spring prevents midfoot destabilization while encouraging the foot to push forward with power.
- The Boost™ cushioning system is retained in this model as it’s the highlight of its functionality. The change is that the 2019 iteration has 20% more boost™ than the rest of the Ultraboost models ever released. Moreover, the one-piece opening and the seamless construction is retained, though the collar has a thinner profile while the tongue has no padding at all.
The Adidas Ultraboost 19 was constructed to have a true-to-size distinction. Models are available in full and half-size options, so runners are encouraged to get a pair using their usual sizing expectations. When it comes to width, the available options are D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women. This neutral shoe’s semi-curved shape mimics the natural curvature of the human foot.
The outsole unit of the Adidas Ultraboost 19 features Continental™ rubber, a compound that is typically used for car tires. This layer is designed to protect the rest of the underfoot platform from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. Moreover, it has a sticky construction that allows it to dole out traction during the activity.
Stretchweb is an outsole configuration that is made of multiple traction nodes that are connected by interstitial grooves. The purpose of the mildly protruding nubs is to heighten surface grip while the rubber-twined spaces encourage flexibility.
Boost™ is a full-length cushioning unit that’s made up of thousands of thermoplastic polyurethane pellets. These small pieces are fused together to make a cohesive underfoot platform on which the foot can stand. It has a bouncy yet impact-resistant structure; it even has a lightweight build that won’t hold the foot down.
An insole is placed right above the primary cushioning unit. This add-on keeps the foot comfortable as it has a smooth surface. It can be removed or replaced with a custom insert if the runner chooses to do so.
A Torsion Spring is placed in the middle portion of the platform. This thermoplastic layer is meant to steady the foot and prevent it from quivering while idle or when taking each step. Adidas has touted that this piece can also propel the foot forward with energy.
The upper unit of this Adidas running footwear is made using Primeknit 360. This textile has an interwoven construction that coherently interlocks vertical and horizontal strands, giving a clean look that is also breathable. Targeted security is given to the forefoot and midfoot sections as they have extra strands on them.
The silhouette has a one-piece opening that allows the wearer to experience a smooth and seamless wrap. A traditional tongue unit isn’t present so there won’t be any case of tongue deviation or material bunching, which may cause hot spots or irritation on the instep.
The collar has mild padding on it to support the ankles and the Achilles. The thin foam also helps in averting any accidental shoe removals.
The left and right sides of the midfoot have thin saddles that connect to the lacing system. These panels are tasked with helping the rest of the upper in holding the foot in place and preventing it from shaking during the run. The faint outlines of the three-stripe logos can be seen on these sheets.
A 3D heel frame is placed on the outer part of the shoe’s rear. This clearly visible addition holds the heel in place and prevents it from exiting the interior chamber unexpectedly. It extends to the midsole, covering it and strengthening its structural integrity.
Since the series’ inception in February of 2015, the Ultraboost has become one of the staple names in the world of running. People have bought and worn its various forms as the years went by, using it for both exercise and casual walks. The lightweight build of the Boost™-laden products continuously granted comfort during long walks or extended running sessions. For many, the ultimate blend of fashion and functionality was brought to life by Adidas and its industry-changing products.
Here are some of the well-known Ultraboost models that have been released:
The original Ultraboost model saw a rise into prominence in 2015 because of its highly stylized design and its use of a unique cushioning system called the boost™. This addition to the neutral shoe category features a contemporary yet sporty façade that still holds up to today’s standards. The relatively new engineered mesh upper is featured in the OG Ultraboost. It is reinforced by an external heel cup that has the words ‘ultra boost’ emblazoned on it, as well as midfoot saddles that people mostly disliked. The full-length rubber coverage of the highly cushioned Boost™ platform was also given praise as it heightened durability while preserving flexibility.
Adidas Ultraboost Uncaged
People didn’t like the presence of the plastic saddle on the original Ultraboost model. Some of them even proceeded to remove the add-ons from their pairs. Adidas saw those reactions and made the ‘Uncaged’ version because of them. This model offers a few extra quality-of-life changes other than the removal of the midfoot cages, namely the integration of a stretchy one-piece opening similar to gartered socks and the use of discrete eyelets that are reinforced with fused overlays. People adored the ultra-minimalist design of the Ultra Boost Uncaged, with many of them considering it to be one of the modern classics.
Adidas Ultraboost ST
Runners who have overpronated foot motion are encouraged to purchase shoes that can correct their unusual stances. It’s imperative for consumers to perform with their anatomies as correctly aligned as possible. Thankfully, Adidas has a product that caters to those with flat arches: the Ultraboost ST. This model looks like the OG Ultraboost, and it even has its various parts and features. The significant difference is in the midsole, which sees a denser version of the boost™ foam being placed on the medial side of the platform. The purpose of the dual-density foam is to support the arch and neutralize the excessive inward rolling motion that’s associated with overpronation. Aside from the midsole, the upper also has a thin saddle system to hold the middle part of the foot (including the arch) in place, preventing it from shaking or destabilizing.
Adidas Ultraboost ATR
ATR literally means All-Terrain Runner, and the Ultraboost series has this distinction in one of its products, namely the Ultraboost ATR. This hybrid running shoe can function as both a road companion and an option for the trails. Its outsole has a trail-optimized tread-pattern with a generous helping of Continental™ rubber serving as the protective layer. Semi-aggressive gripping lugs offer improved grip over uneven terrains. The ATR outsole is also thicker than the usual configurations of other Ultraboost models, making it suitable for many types of topography. The upper has a sock-like closure system that involves a stretchy and encompassing collar, the signature external heel cup, and the minimalist outline that makes it look like a casual sneaker.
Adidas Ultraboost X
The Ultraboost X is a model that's designed with the foot-dimensions of women in mind. It still uses the signature sporty look that’s prevalent in many of Adidas’ flagship line. The unique aspect of this X version is the floating arch, which entails the midfoot unit being separated from the midsole. The visual effect is a space right above the Boost™ midsole. When it comes to functionality, the purpose of this design aspect is to allow the fabrics of the upper to completely encompass the arch of the foot, thus giving security and burrito-like coverage that lasts.
Brooks Ghost 11
The 11th version of the Ghost running shoe from Brooks offers stealthy support in a relatively lightweight package. It still features some of the brand’s most prominent technologies such as the BioMoGo DNA, yet it also has some space for new features like the DNA Loft shock-attenuating unit in the heel and an updated upper construction that involves fewer overlays. Though the profile of this road shoe is somewhat substantial, thanks to its generous midsole and a high-quality upper, it still permits the foot to move naturally and speedily.
Skechers GOrun 600
Stylish looks in a performance-ready package: that’s what many of Skechers’ fans are searching for in their running shoes. The GOrun 600 offers street-ready looks and a design that encourages effective steps. The upper unit this model is highly minimal in construction: it’s made of breathable mesh, printed overlays and interior padding. However, the midsole and outsole offer lithe yet springy steps, as well as responsible traction over the surfaces. The components don’t even have a substantial weight. Consumers could wear this shoe for extended periods if they wanted to.
Under Armour Charged Escape 2
Under Armour offers comfort and high-quality performance in a product that is cheaper than most options in the market. The Charged Escape 2 is one of the company’s most popular models. It utilizes a two-layer cushioning system that involves a solid heel piece and a soft forefoot unit to offer well-attenuated landings and enabled takeoffs. A knitted upper that is supported by the SpeedForm® form-fitting cover system provides both security and freedom of movement while inside the foot-chamber.
Nike Revolution 4
Nike doesn’t just dole out expensive running shoes that cater to hardcore sneakerheads and elite athletes. The brand also has a bevy of products that the neophyte runner can enjoy. One of these products is the Nike Revolution 4. This update to a fresh series of beginner-tier road footwear offers industry-standard components in a silhouette that can compete with today’s contemporary greats. The midsole is comprised of a full-length ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) unit, and it’s covered by a rubber exterior. Open-weave mesh and synthetic prints make up the upper, and they work in conjunction with the interior padding and lacing system to provide a snug, secure and highly customizable fit. Runners from all over consider this product to be a powerhouse in quality, price and the general thought that Nike can deliver a high-tier creation without slapping on an expensive price tag.