Adidas Ultra Boost X: a review

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Adidas UltraBOOST X to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

As a runner, I tend to hoard running shoes when I find something that I like. Seriously. I had 4 pair of Brooks Launch at once, because they went on sale somewhere, so I figured eventually I would get through them all. And I did, so luckily I was given the opportunity to review something new through BibRave. The Adidas Running UltraBOOST X, a shoe made exclusively for women. A neutral shoe with a 10mm heel to toe drop, that weighs about 8.5 oz. (8.3 if you are a size 7, but I am not, so I am just guessing here). The sole is made of Adidas's BOOST foam, which is very lightweight, responsive, and cushy.
Not sure if you can tell from these pictures, but the upper is fully knit, and fits your foot like a sock. It is made of only one piece, Adidas calls it Primeknit, and it is extremely comfortable and breathable. The thick layer of BOOST foam on the bottom is supposed to be extremely responsive, the website states, "the more energy you give, the more you get". And despite what appears to be a thick sole, the shoe is still extremely lightweight.

I took these shoes out for a run immediately out of the box. I was actually headed out for a long run right then. I had 7 miles on the schedule that day, and so I put the shoes on and headed out, depsite the fact that it was HOT outside.

Before I started running and they were on my feet, the kind of felt weird. I definitely was not used to the sock-like feeling of the shoe, and the completely snug feeling around my foot, heel, and arch was a new sensation, but once I got moving, they just felt amazing. I ran the 7 miles in the heat, and immediately felt as though these shoes were going to be getting a lot of miles from me in the future.

I have worn them for several long runs, easy runs, and speed work on the track and the treadmill. These shoes are definitely fantastic and they have just formed to my foot over time. Now when I put them on, I no longer feel like they fit strangely, as I have grown used to them. And now, they have over 60 miles on them (I have run well over that, but I work in different shoes all the time so as not to wear through one pair in particular too quickly), and they are still feeling amazing. Yes, 60 miles is not that many, but as of now, I am really enjoying them.

The shoes really are beautiful and feel wonderful on. They are pretty pricey, but I am honestly considering buying them again. That is how much I am loving these shoes.

Do you wear adidas? Have you tried a shoe specifically marketed to your gender?


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