“Rocket propulsion for your run” – well, if that isn’t a good reason to try the latest Ultraboost ;) Especially since I have run some Boost models before, but never the Ultraboost. I hope it’s not too late to get in at the 20th revision.
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After unpacking, the shoe does not seem too unfamiliar to me. The similarity to other models such as the Solarboost are unmistakable. But the patch on the tongue is striking.
adidas has a partnership with the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory and apparently wants to demonstrate this. Under the theme “Goodby Gravity” it is even to be sent into space. I guess it won’t make any difference to my shoe here on Earth. ;)
In profile you can see the generously used boost material – especially under the heel. The “reactive cushioning” is designed to return energy with every step.
The outsole is (as usual) from Continental and promises the usual grip and durability.
The heel has got a spacey cage. The collar is wonderfully soft and pulled up at the Achilles tendon – probably to avoid pressure points there.
The upper material consists (partly) of recycled plastic waste and is sock-like tight. A high-tech weaving technique provides reinforcements in places where you would otherwise expect glued-on applications.
For lacing, the Primeknit upper is reinforced by two large tabs that surround the midfoot quite well.
On the scale, this equipment brings the shoe just over 750 grams (for both shoes in my size) and thus just about into the heavyweight. Heavier are actually only a few trail shoes.
But as experience has shown, you shouldn’t necessarily be put off by the weight. It was certainly not an issue for my first runs, because I was more concerned with the lacing. The sock construction holds the foot so well that it would almost be enough for me. Therefore the lacing was always too tight at the beginning and I had to loosen it bit by bit. But then it went quite well.
Nevertheless, I wouldn’t call the Ultraboost 20 responsive and I didn’t notice any rocket propulsion. But on long runs the high comfort of the shoe is a positive feature. The Boost material is still very impressive and not only allows the shoe to roll gently, but also to make a dynamic impact if you want it to. For intervals or threshold runs, however, the shoe would be too heavy for me.
The adidas Ultraboost 20 offers a very comfortable package of Boost sole and Primeknit upper. For my taste it is a bit too heavy, but it is still a lot of fun, especially on long, easy runs.
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This is where Thomas Pier writes about running and (much more than just the necessary) equipment. I don't run particularly fast or far. But I like to share my experiences as an ambitious recreational runner, curious early-adopter and as my own trainer.
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