Adidas Response Boost 2 – 50 Mile Review

Okay, let’s get back to the running shoes I usually write about – those older ones that are on the closeout, clearance racks or found on eBay for really cheap prices. Like how I found the adidas Response Boost 2 TechFit back in September.

The price was more than right, they appeared to be nearly new from the lack of wear on the outsole and the real reason was that I really wanted to try running in adidas Boost running shoes again. Running shoes with the Boost midsole have always intrigued me, but the ones that I have run in the past just didn’t fit correctly, were WAY too heavy or I have been sticker shocked out of wanting or being able to buy them.

Also I was wondering if there are any differences between the Boost midsoles of the “serious” Boost shoes found in run specialty versus the those lower priced offerings found in the big box stores. Just one of those things I have always wondered about. If I figure out anything that might be its own post down the road, but for now let’s just say – it depends and leave it at that.

Getting back to the Boost Response 2s.

The Response Boost 2s were/are a lower end Boost running shoe (right around the $100 price point for retail), but according to many of the reviews on them that I read they shared many of the same traits of higher priced adidas Boost model lines and for the most part those who reviewed them seemed to like them.

Plus their weight compared to a lot of adidas shoes was pretty light:

So I was intrigued by them.

Use and Experience

Okay what kind runs have I done in them:

Mostly recovery or those daily training runs where you just want to put comfortable miles on your feet. Although that sub 8:30 pace for 7.0 miles felt pretty good for a training run, with a few sub 8:00 thrown in the mix without breaking anything.

However, you will notice that there was a pretty long break in my running in them back in September. The Response Boost 2s needed a break-in period, I didn’t give it to them and as a result they started to REALLY bother the bottoms of both my feet. When I have to stop, (like I did on that 9/17/18 run), take off my shoes to give my feet a break from the shoes mid-run, it means that something ain’t right with the shoes for me.

Which sucked because I really loved they way that they felt underfoot (at least until they started to hurt my feet like they did) and especially since the fit was better than any other adidas had fit my feet in a long time.

At that point I almost threw them in the woods and walked back to the house barefoot. I didn’t, but I did put them in the give-away pile and didn’t really think that I would give them another chance after that kind of negative experience in them. I don’t have a lot patience when it comes to my feet and a pair of shoes – either they work or they don’t.

Back in September the Response Boost 2s were headed out the door.

However, each time I would go by them something called to me to try them again. At the end of October when we were getting ready to make a Goodwill run to get rid of a bunch of stuff they were in the pile to go away with five other pair of running shoes.

Something in me, just said to try them one more time.

I took them off the pile and decided to take them out for a make or break run that morning. They didn’t bother on that 6.0 mile run, although they were right on the edge a few times, they felt good to run in. It was good enough to make me think about adding them back into the rotation, with the stipulation that I didn’t run consecutive days in them until they didn’t bother my feet at all.

As you can see for the most part that is what I have done. I really do like the way they feel underfoot and while the Response Boost 2s have done everything I have asked of them since that little break.

I wondered if a pair of their “serious” running shoes model lines would work any better for me. After alternating a few days between the Response Boost 2s and the AB3s, there is a difference in feel between the two (yeah, one is a trainer and the other a racing shoe). Enough of a difference that I talked Bennie into ordering a pair of adidas Boost Tempo 9s for a Christmas present. Now I just have wait until them to see if I am full of crap or if there is a real difference.

Back to the review

Enough yakking what do I think of the adidas Response Boost 2s now that I have been running regularly in them again?

Fit/Feel/Looks

The size 8.5 is nice for my actual size 8.0 Hobbit style feet (narrow heel that needs a wider forefoot to take care of my Tailor’s bunionette). Although the heel cup fabric tends to be a bit finicky about not getting a fold in the fabric, so I have to be aware of that after I put them on.

If you look at the heel of the right shoe, you can see the line that easily turns into a fold.

The Response Boost 2s have a well-cushioned (but firm) feel, with a smooth heel to toe transition. That is the Boost midsole feel that appeals to me so much – cushioned, yet firm enough to be responsive.

The Response 2s look more like a classic running shoe than some of adidas’ newer offerings and I like their classic looking shoes better than some of their newer offerings. While I am not crazy about a lot of black on my running shoes, the yellow and black combination looks pretty good.

Though they do tend to run a bit warm with the TechFit upper, for the Fall running and now colder weather running they are just about perfect.

Outsole

The outsole on the Response Boost 2s is one of the areas where there is a noticeable difference between the higher end and lower end running shoes for adidas. After 50 miles the outsole is showing much more significant wear in the forefoot and heel areas than running shoes usually do for me.

They are mostly quiet, but with the amount of rubber on the outsole they are a little noisier than other shoes, but not that much noisier than the AB3s.

The traction is very good on wet tar or gravel roads, although I have a feeling that mud or wet snow will cake up pretty quickly in the treads.

They do pick up an occasional pebble or two, but nothing like many other running shoe outsoles do, so that is a good thing where I run.

The reality is that

The adidas Response Boost 2s were a decent lower priced running shoe from 3-4 years ago and they are now up to the 4th edition of this model line. However, they do require an actual break-in period before you can run well in them.

In other words they and probably a few of the other Boost models are not shoes that you want to take out of the box and do a 10 mile run in – your feet will probably pay the price if you do.

Speaking of the later Response Boost line shoes. I got the Response Boost 3s in last week thinking that they would be a nice shoe based on my experience with the 2s. Unfortunately, they are a completely different running shoe, well more of a lifestyle, athleisure shoe than running shoe. They are almost 2 ounces heavier and have an upper that quite frankly in my opinion sucks. So I won’t be sticking with the Response line going forward.

If I am honest – I like, but do not love the Response Boost 2s and wouldn’t go out of my way to get another pair. They were an experiment and became my gateway shoe back to the world of Boost midsoles again. For the price I paid they have accomplished what I wanted and the miles that I actually get out of the Response Boost 2s is a bonus.

I prefer the feel of the Boost midsole to other styles and midsoles that I have run in this year, with the only one that comes close being Reebok’s FloatRide midsole foam, which isn’t surprising since adidas and Reebok have just a wee bit in common.

However, the Response Boost 2s made a good enough of an impression that I did get another pair of adidas Adios 3s and asked Bennie for a pair of Tempo 9s, so that part did work out pretty good.

I will wear them until they are worn out, but I really don’t expect to get much beyond 200 miles in them before they go away.

It is too bad, because I really think that if they had stayed the course with the Response Boost line and updated the 2s versus overhauling them, that they were an economically priced running shoe that could have competed very well with other Brands offerings in the same price range.