Adidas Energy Boost Shoe

May 20, 2013
Outside Magazine
ASICS GT-2000 Adidas Energy Boost Mizuno Wave Rider 16 summer buyers guide best road shoes of 2013

ASICS GT-2000, Adidas Energy Boost, Mizuno Wave Rider 16    Photo: Inga Hendrickson

BEST FOR: High-mileage training runs; heel strikers.

THE TEST: This season, Adidas ­unleashed a new proprietary foam it calls Boost and trotted it out on this soft, neutral trainer. All our testers noticed it immediately—there’s a lot of bounce to this shoe. “Instantly likeable” and “totally uninhibiting” popped up on test forms. The shoe has a remarkably quick turnover, although the foam is a bit soft for really efficient running, and the ten-millimeter drop caters heavily to heel strikers. Testers’ one universal gripe: there’s not nearly enough room in the upper near the laces—and only four lace crossings total.

THE VERDICT: Energetic cruiser. 9.7 oz; 10 mm drop.


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