adidas Ultra Boost Black/Black
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.
Asics Fall 2010 Neutral Shoes
In the realm of running products, it is common to hear a company’s sales representative describe a good, better, best story. The idea is that good suits the needs of the everyday runner, better adds a bit of a technological advantage for improved performance and best is hands down superior to anything else within a product line. With apparel, this is often easy to observe. The best top dries faster (stays drier longer) than the better top, which exceeds the good top. With shoes, it’s little harder to observe the difference. A technologically superior shoe does not necessarily translate to a better feeling shoe or a faster shoe, but the goal generally is for better technology to translate into an improved experience for the runner. So how do things shake out with the Asics Pulse 2 (“good”), Cumulus 12 (“better”) and Nimbus 12(“best”)?
[Take me to the Men’s Nimbus 12, Cumulus 12, Pulse 2 or Women’s Nimbus 12, Cumulus 12 or Pulse 2.]
What makes each shoe unique?
Taking advantage of trickle down technology, the Nimbus 12 incorporates the Guidance Line design that was first introduced in October 2009 with the Kinsei 3. Guidance Line is a groove that extends from heel to forefoot, which aids in the repeatability of each foot-strike along an efficient path throughout the gait cycle. At the time of this review, Guidance Line only exists in the Kinsei 3 and Kayano 16 and now the Nimbus 12.