adidas Energy Boost 2 Men's Shoes Blue/Carbon Customer feedback

Comments: A little about me, I have a midfoot landing, wider forefoot and run 30-60 miles a week (6'2'' 170 lbs). I have logged 130 miles on the Boost v2.0 and 500+ miles on the Boost v1.0. Both used for long and tempo runs. With both versions, I surprisingly had to go up one full size to a 13 vs wearing a 12 in virtually every other running shoe. The versions also have an upper made from a stretchy high tech sock like material that absorbs water and thus wouldn't prefer to take these out on a rainy day. The stretchiness is a positive though, forefoot and toes can expand on landings without any problems. Boost v1.0 was the first pair of Adidas I ever wore for running. I chose it partly because of gear boredom but also appreciated the responsive cushiness and lightweight feel. In the first 100 miles I had to lace the shoe very loosely towards the bottom to prevent the plastic lacing support structure (that Adidas stripe logo on both sides) from digging into my forefoot on landings. After about 300 miles the default shoelace broke on one shoe and a visible wearing in the upper on both shoes was noticed. This was caused by the plastic lacing support structure rubbing against the upper. The v1.0 are still being used (for a marathon later this month) and have really evened out nicely the more miles you put on them. The visible wearing mentioned above hasn't progressed noticeably yet I didn't want to have any problems during my training plan and thought to try the v2.0 after reading some reviews on the Adidas website. V2.0 overall is the same shoe with some adjustments. The sole looks virtually identical and that is just fine. Connects with the road and glides well. There was no break-in period with this shoe, none of the forefoot issues from v1.0. Adidas corrected this by slightly moving the lacing support structure up the shoe, which allows nothing to constrict an expanding forefoot on landings. There are some very subtle design enhancements that should also prevent that wearing issue that is common in the v1.0 shoe. V2.0 does feel a bit bulkier as the lacing support structure is made of a thicker plastic and, maybe subjective, the padding around the ankle feels cushier. It takes a little more tinkering than the 1.0 to find out how tight to lace to prevent heal slippage. My take on any shoe as far as price is based on the 500 mile mark. The Boost, despite some minor concerns in the beginning, can take a pounding for many miles and stay comfortable and offer support. I am never loyal to one brand but this distance running season belongs to the Boost.
From: Mario. San Francisco, CA, USA. July 5th 2014

Comments: Since the Energy Boost 2 is new to the market, I will offer my review of the Energy Boost 1 as they are very similar shoes. I am 6'2", 180, 5K PR of 18:38 and 1:30:00 Half. I run over 40 miles per week. I have only been running 2 1/2 years so I enjoy trying different shoes to see if they will help with performance. I alternated between Energy Boost 1 and Brooks' most recent version of Ghost during my cold and snowy winter training in northern Illinois. I used the Boost for Interval Tuesdays, Tempo Thursdays and Long Run Sundays. Pros performance = great energy return as advertised to the point where I felt like I was cheating. Light upper helped offset the weight from all of the boost in the heal. Cons Performance = if you are a mid foot striker, the heel may get in the way at times during your speed runs. I did not feel the road as much as I wanted but, my legs never fatigued and neither my feet nor my legs were sore after long runs in the 12-15 mile range. I felt liked t hey did not perform well on turns due to the high heel but that should not be an issue during a marathon. Pros Fit = I love the way the upper hugged my narrow size 12.5 feet. By the way, I went 1/2 size up to a 13 and it fit perfectly. I trained and raced in the prior version of Brooks Launch in my normal 12.5 size during 2013. They also looked good. I really like the light upper material. Cons fit - some may find the toe box a little restricting but I switched from Experia padded socks to thinner socks and the problem was solved - plus, it gave me more feel of the road with thin socks. I raced in the Energy Boost 1 at Chicago's Shamrock Shuffle 8k at 6:14 pace to see how they would perform on the streets for the marathon there this Fall and I found the ride luxurious. I did not like the way they felt during my last 400 meter sprint since they did not feel that responsive. I will likely wear the Energy Boost 2 for my first marathon this Fall but I am searching for a lighter shoe wit h less heel for track training and the 5k - 10k road season this summer. I hope that RW carries the orange/black color for Energy Boost 2 that Adidas sells on their website.
From: John. April 28th 2014

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