Just as you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone, sometimes you only realise what’s been missing when it arrives. Adidas’s line-up of Boost shoes is phenomenally successful, but it’s been missing a shoe like the SolarBoost – a performance running shoe that’s not as lightweight as the Adios or the Boston, but more stable and lighter than the UltraBoost. I’ve taken the SolarBoost out for a couple of runs, so while this is just my initial impressions of the shoe with a full review in the works, it lives up to the hype so far.
The Boost foam provides as enjoyable a ride as ever, but the upper on the SolarBoost is very different to the UltraBoost. The toe box is snug and keeps the foot locked in place better than a knit upper. I feared it would be too tight and annoy me when running, but that didn’t prove to be the case. It’s best described as secure rather than tight, and it’s consistently stable, even when you pick up the pace. The guide rail on the shoe also helps with this. The SolarBoost is not a stability shoe designed to counter pronation problems, but it is more supportive than the UltraBoost, the knit upper on which can feel slightly sloppy when running at speed.
I took the SolarBoost out for a steady five miles on some light trails and a speed session involving eight 1km intervals at 10K pace. From the limited experience I’ve had with the shoe I’d say it’s slightly too heavy to excel in 10K races and in sprint sessions, when I’d prefer a shoe like the Adios instead, but it feels like a great shoe for holding a brisk pace over longer distances and bouncing through your general training in comfort.
If you’re a very keen runner who has truly embraced Boost shoes, the SolarBoost will fit into your line-up for long training runs and easy days, with the lighter Boost shoes saved for track and races. And if you’re a casual runner looking for a cushioned neutral shoe to tackle everything, the SolarBoost fits the bill as an all-purpose trainer/racer.
£139.95, buy on adidas.co.uk