Thanks to Hypebeast, all of us can view a video of how the adidas Ultra Boost is assembled. While we wish we could see how the Boost midsole is made, the video does show how the Primeknit upper is constructed and how the shoe is pieced together. If you have never seen how a shoe is assembled, the above video is worth a view.
Available February 2015 – MSRP $180.00
With full-length Boost, a Primeknit upper, and a Stretch Web Outsole, the adidas Ultra Boost looks to gain a strong foothold in the category of high-end neutral trainers.
- Stack Height: 27mm Heel, 17mm Forefoot, 10mm offset
- Weight: 11.4 oz (Men’s size 9.0), 9.4 oz (Women’s Size 7.0)
- ASICS Gel Kinsei 5- MSRP $200.00
- Mizuno Wave Prophecy 4- MSRP $210.00
A Boost in Popularity
Innovation is what drives the market. It’s what we crave, perpetually waiting for that next big thing to be unveiled. For adidas, this major breakthrough came in 2013, when it revealed the Boost midsole compound. This revolutionary material, composed of thousands of TPU pellets, boasts remarkable energy return properties unmatched in responsiveness.
Since the creation of Boost, adidas has confidently placed all their eggs in one basket. You’ll be hard pressed to find an adidas trainer that doesn’t use at least a little Boost these days. While it may be true that you can have too much of a good thing, that principle may not apply to adidas’ latest unveiling, the Ultra Boost. Boldly touting a full-length Boost midsole in combination with a midfoot Torsion system that creates smooth and powerful heel-to-toe transitions, this latest creation is looking to make big waves in the running world.
The Adidas Hagio is a racing flat that doesn’t mess around – it just delivers wins with its featherweight, flexible ride.
- Light & Durable: Just 6.1 oz in a Men’s size 9, the Hagio features a high-strength mesh upper and adiWear carbon rubber for long-lasting grip and traction.
- Well Cushioned: adiPRENE cushioning keeps this shoe comfortable and provides a responsive toe-off.
Though the Hagio is considered a replacement for the much-loved adizero Rocket, it’s really the adizero Pro reborn. It’s nearly an ounce lighter than the Rocket and feels much more stripped-down than that shoe. But don’t worry, the responsive ride that gave the Rocket such a fast feel is alive and well in the Hagio. “Like butta” is the best way to describe the shoe’s smooth transition.
The Hagio is a case in point for anyone claiming that you can run fast and remain comfortable. Elite runners will cover the marathon in this shoe, but for most runners this is an ideal shoe for 3K to half marathon distances.
One surprising feature of the Hagio is how grippy its outsole is, particularly in the forefoot. This is a big help at speed, giving you confident traction at toe-off. It’s also a nice feature to help you feel reassured if race day conditions are on the rainy side. We like the highly breathable mesh on the upper, and the fact that you can easily wear this shoe sockless without getting blisters all over the place.
So is this the perfect racing flat? Well, not quite. Out of the box, the laces are laced “backwards,” making them difficult to tighten easily. It’s easy to fix this problem – just undo the laces and string ‘em up correctly. Some testers found the Sprint Web overlays in the midfoot to be too constricting, and others thought the forefoot was a bit too generous.
All told, the Hagio deserves the huge heap of praise it has received since its January 2012 launch and is a big win for Adidas in the lightweight racing flat category.
“No doubt the Hagio feels light, but it didn’t feel quite as fast as I was expecting.” – Daniel
“I can see why so many customers rely on the Hagio come race day. This shoe fits the niche of a lightweight racer to a T.” – Lauren
“One of the best transitions of any running shoe I’ve tried out.” – Matt
The Sequence series from Adidas updates to its fifth version this Fall. Nothing earth-shattering about the redesign of this moderate support, moderate feature shoe, but a fresh design and lots of little tweaks should help it appeal to a broader range of runners.
As with past shoes in the series, the Supernova Sequence 5 will be available in Men’s and Women’s models. It releases in July 2012 at a price of $115.00. The Men’s model will be available in the Tech Grey/Bright Gold color seen below along with a Bright Green/Silver version. The Women’s Sequence 5 launches in the Tech Grey/Hyper Green model shown above and in Bright Red/Tech Grey.
What to Watch For
- Better Upper: Adidas changed the last of this shoe for an improved forefoot fit, redesigned the heel collar, and crafted the upper with a welded microsuede for a softer fit and better forefoot flex.
- More Grip: A larger Continental rubber outsole delivers over 20% more traction in wet and dry conditions.
- Lighter Weight: Adidas estimates a weight of 12.0 oz/10.2 oz (Men’s 9/Women’s 8). That’s just about a half ounce less than the current Men’s model and over three quarters of an ounce less than the current Women’s model.
- Gender-Specific Design: Subtle changes to the outsole vary flex points for Men’s and Women’s models, and the PRO-MODERATOR pronation control system also receives tweaks based on gender.
- Infrared/Metallic/Silver Adidas Sequence 5
- Grey/Silver/Green Adidas Sequence 5
The Tempo series goes on a diet for its fifth version, releasing in July 2012 at an MSRP of $110.00. Already a lightweight trainer, the Tempo 5 slims down about 1.5 ounces in both Men’s and Women’s models compared to its predecessor.
Expect a more streamlined shoe that now lives up to its name as a true tempo trainer. As you can see, the Tempo 5 shows off its speed with much brighter colors than prior generations.
What to Watch For
- Lighter Weight: The Men’s Tempo 5 is estimated to weigh 9.0 oz (size 9). The Women’s model is set to come in at 7.6 oz (size 8).
- Mid/Outsole Updates: Adidas removed the FORMOTION decoupled heel to reduce weight and added flexibility to the outsole in the forefoot.
- Lower Heel: The Tempo 5 is spec’d out to drop 1.5mm in the heel compared to the Tempo 4. We’ll give you full stack height and heel-to-toe offset measurements when the first production models arrive in our warehouse.
- Upper Updates: Sprint Web overlays are strategically placed on the microfiber suede upper to provide lightweight structure and durability.
“There’s a ton of cushion in this shoe – particularly in the heel – but there’s a feeling of integrity in the cushioning technology that makes me think you’ll enjoy that ‘first try on’ feeling longer in this shoe than other maximum feature trainers.” – Daniel
“For long-lasting comfort, it’s hard to beat the Ride 4. Your feet sit high off the ground, surrounded by a plush upper. I liked the heel cushioning, and it’s impressive how much comfort they packed into this shoe given its weight.” – Joanna
“At first, it was Tale of Two Shoes for me in the Ride 4. I’d land on a chunky, pillowy heel and then get some actual road feel in the forefoot, which isn’t as soft as many other shoes in this category. But after a little more time in the shoe, I started to appreciate the heel-to-toe transition.” – Matt
- Microsuede Upper: This lining provides a soft and cozy home for your foot.
- Active Formotion: A stretch panel in the midfoot wraps the foot for an adaptive fit.
- Memory Foam Heel Collar: For a more customized fit in the heel, adidas adds a Fitfoam heel collar.
“Cushion for sale…get your cushion here…lots and lots of cushion!” We envision an Adidas product rep shouting out something like this on the nearest streetcorner to attract some interest to the Ride 4. And cushion certainly is a big story for this shoe – but not the only one.
The Ride 4 gets a healthy dose of adiPRENE+, an EVA-based foam cushioning technology, along with a decoupled heel to help you land safely and securely. The upper also envelopes your foot with a soft, rich fit.
But it’s not like you’re just sticking your foot in a big tub of butter. The technology that gives this shoe structure never feels completely lost, so you still feel some connection to the road and a stable, purposeful ride. The forefoot in particular feels responsive at toe-off.
All testers were impressed by the build quality on this shoe. More than one of us commented that it reminds us of a high-end German car in terms of fit and finish, comfort and solidity.
Currently, an adidas shoe with the new-look, horizontal three-stripes, signifies a fresh product that is all about speed. This certainly applies to the adiZero Feather (pictured above). By stripping down the upper to its bare essentials, reducing the shoe’s foot-print through strategic cutouts and utilizing a super light midsole foam, this shoe comes in at a reported 6.2 ounces (men’s size 9.0). Combine the low weight with a propulsive underfoot plate and you have got a speed demon. The specs suggest this shoe should excel during interval training, but we will have to get our hands on a pair to determine its best use. Look for the limited edition adiZero Feather to be available at Running Warehouse in September 2011 (MSRP is $115.00).