adidas Boston 5 Shoe Review

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At a Glance


  • 8.5 oz. (Men’s size 9.0), 7.7 oz. (Women’s size 8.0)
  • 10mm heel-to-toe drop: 26mm heel, 16mm forefoot
  • Fast & responsive underfoot feel at fast paces
  • Exceptional energy return creates a smooth feel at any pace
  • Adequate cushioning for efficient runners to use as a daily trainer




The adidas Boston 5 blends lightweight performance with springy cushioning to create a versatile shoe, fast enough for up-tempo workouts while having sufficient cushioning for daily training.


Lightweight Cushioning


Weighing in at 8.5 oz., testers found this performance trainer to deliver a versatile experience making it an exceptional choice for the runner seeking a shoe type between a daily trainer and a racing flat. Even for races up to the marathon distance, the Boston 5 provided an ideal balance of cushioning and responsiveness. With the introduction of the Boost midsole, the Boston 5 received a notable upgrade from previous models. While the boost material contributed to a quick and cushioned experience, a more minimal forefoot design provided significantly less protection when compared to the heel and midsole. This lack of cushioning is made up for with an increase in flexibility which testers could feel as paces picked increased.



Excellent Energy Return


Composed of thousands of capsules that store and return energy in every step, the upgraded boost midsole provided a smooth experience. Testers immediately noticed the Boost material giving the shoe a firm yet bouncy ride. At slower paces, this trainer provided a effortless ride and as paces increased, so did performance. The springy midsole helped runners achieve a quick transition making it perfect for tempo speed efforts and even a great choice for faster track workouts.  More efficient runners may even consider this shoe as a daily trainer as the boost technology provided plenty of cushioning to protect runners on the roads.


adidas Boost Family


Within the adidas Boost line, the Boston 5 is going to find itself located between Adios Boost 2 and Energy Boost 2. The Adios Boost 2 is adidas’s current marathon racing flat and offers a slightly more minimal experience than the Boston 5. With a lower volume design and reduced weight, the Adios is going to offer less protection and a firmer feel. The adidas Energy Boost 2, on the other hand, is going to offer a plushly cushioned experience. With a softer seamless upper design and even more boost midsole than the Boston 5, the Energy 2 is going to be a solid option for the runner looking for a highly cushioned daily trainer.


Available now at Running Warehouse:

adidas Boston 5 Men’s Shoes

adidas Boston 5 Women’s Shoes

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