adidas Adios Boost 3 – 50 Mile Review

What can I say – other than this will more than likely be my running shoe of the year for 2016. High praise to say the least for a shoe that I have only 50 miles on.

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Harold aren’t you the one who says, 50 mile reviews are often fool’s gold!

Yeah and I will be the first one to say it on almost any shoe I run in the future.

However, the Adios Boost 3’s run different from any other running shoe that I have ever run in – in a great way.

They are listed as a marathon racing shoe, but for me at least they will be my race day shoe and if I am honest with myself and was not so much of a shoe snob who wants more than one pair of running shoes going at a time, they probably would work as my daily trainers too, especially if I was really into more minimalist running shoes.

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About the only things the Adios Boost 3’s do not work too well for is my recovery runs. When I run in them, I just naturally (without too much effort) run faster, which defeats the purpose of a recovery run.

Enough of the glowing introduction.

I think you can guess that I sort of like them – so far.

What kinds of runs have I done so far?

I got them for race day/faster for me and treadmill running this winter, however I haven’t done any racing in them – yet. I have taken them down-back on dirt roads, tar, the treadmill and in heavy rain and sleet. Plus a couple runs outside where it has been windy and in the low 30*F.

In other words, most of the types of runs I do in a pair of running shoes.

What do I like?

Well, the Adios Boost 3’s are comfortable when running in them, wide enough in the toe box, so they don’t bother my bunionette, have done well on any type of run I have attempted so far, in good and nasty weather. The grip is superior, they are light and fast feeling, but have a LOT more cushioned feeling than their stats would indicate.

The big thing is that I want to run in them.

What don’t I like?

The stock laces are finicky and personally I don’t like flat laces, so while many runners prefer them – I don’t and I replaced them with LockLaces.

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Also the AB3’s have a fairly thin tongue and the last cross-over pressed too much into the top of my foot when it was tightened to hold the heel in place with the stock laces. They still do a little with the LockLaces, but it is not noticeable unless I am wearing them for a long time – like at work.

Sole

Boost to me, seems to provide a more cushioned feel for lower stack heights (amount of midsole between the foot and ground) and seems to give back more energy (bounce) than other shoes.

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The tread, shows very little wear after 50 miles and has a superior feeling of grip on pretty much all surfaces I have used the AB3’s on. I wouldn’t hesitate to use them on dry or wet surfaces, on groomed trails like Quarry Road (anytime) and single track like Bond Brook when it is dry.

Upper

I love the slightly retro styling on the Adios Boost 3’s uppers, they look great and work well for me. There is a trade-off for their level of breathability, they will be cold during the winter.

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Once the cold weather gets here, they will be better used inside or only for race days. I wouldn’t really want to be outside for a 5+ mile run in them too often in 20*F or less temps, even with merino wool socks on.

Going forward

I have to be careful not to get too hyped up over the adidas Adios Boost 3’s, because it would be way too easy to do so since:

I run well in them.

I feel good running in them.

I want to run in them.

They are going to get a LOT of time on my feet as I move to doing more treadmill running this winter.

Yeah, I guess Sam W’s over at (Road, Trail, Run) recommendation for me to get a pair of the adidas Adios Boost 3’s was absolutely spot on.

Will I get another pair?

Let’s get them to the 200 mile review, before I answer that question. However, if the next 150 miles are anything like the first 50 miles, I have a pretty good idea what the answer will be.

Here is to my what will probably be my 2016 running shoe of the year.

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The adidas Adios Boost 3.

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