Who should buy the Adidas Ultraboost 22
The 22nd version of the Ultraboost from Adidas is a reliable pick if you want one shoe for:
- daily runs
- casual wear
Who should NOT buy it
Definitely skip the Ultraboost 22 if you're looking for (1) a speed trainer or (2) a lightweight shoe. If you want to go fast, here's a list of other tempo shoes.
Ultraboost 22 vs. 21
The first gender-specific Adidas Ultraboost
There's a dedicated men and women's version of the Adidas Ultraboost 22. For the female's shoe, it's been made by an all-ladies design team. It drops the typical "color it feminine and size it down" approach.
Instead, it follows the natural shape and form of the female feet.
Among the gender-specific features added into the women's version is a more padded heel since the female heel is narrower.
Compared to the Ultraboost 21, the Ultraboost 22 has a softer Boost midsole, making it more feet-friendly.
The Ultraboost 22 only weighs in at 12.05 oz (UK M 9) while the Ultraboost 21 weighs in at 13.35 oz.
The eyelets and the midfoot cage have been revamped, allowing the shoe to lock the foot better.
Adidas Ultraboost 22: Adding pep to your step
It's complemented by the Boost tech, creating feedback for an energetic ride.
They've even dubbed the shoe as a more stable alternative to the Asics Novablast 2.
Grip and durability level: Continental
All experts agree that the strength of the Continental rubber is unquestioned. It's built to last like the other Ultraboost models.
And its traction? Just as awesome!
They took the Ultraboost 22 on wet and dry road and concrete, and not one complained about slips.
According to them, the shoe provides an "assured feel" regardless of terrain.
Say goodbye to wobbling
So much so, there have been zero reports of excessive foot rolls. From the heel to the forefoot, they have not experienced any slips.
The Adidas Ultraboost 22 eats up the impact
The Ultraboost is loaded with lots of Boost foam, which is primarily the reason why it's heavy. But it also makes an effective impact dampener.
Commenters say that their feet and legs don't feel strained.
Stepping it up in the comfort department
The upper has more stretch this time, allowing it to mold to the foot better.
Taking it a step further, road runners have also noted that the lowermost eyelets' lace loops allow the foot to bend "more freely."
Easy on and off
The slip-on design and extended heel tab of the shoe make it convenient to wear.
Ultraboost 22: Maximizing comfort, minimizing waste
Runners find it very "cozy" and "stretchy;" it's almost "sock-like."
Warning: Can be constricting
This is a case for wide-footed runners. There's not much volume in the toe box, making the shoe suffocating.
Their recourse has been removing the insole entirely to make the fit more comfortable.
The Ultraboost 22 is lighter but still heavy
On paper, the Adidas Ultraboost 22 goes on a diet. But on the run, it doesn't translate; critics still find it "clunky."
Breaks the bank
For a shoe that doesn't offer much when it comes to performance, many find the Ultraboost's $190 price tag outrageous.