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Review: adidas Ultraboost X

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Last week, I had the honor of being able to attend the adidas Ultraboost X launch in San Francisco with 100 hand picked ladies from all over the world.  It is still always a little surreal to be surrounded by so many inspirational women.  I've been to a number of events in the past, but it never ceases to amaze me when I hear other peoples's journeys and what led them to living a happy, healthy, and active lifestyle.  Even more amazing was that we were some of the first women in the world to try the Ultraboost X for the first time.

So let's talk about shoes.  First, let's talk about the original Ultraboosts.  If you follow me on Instagram, you know I love my original Ultraboost shoes.  I've ran everything from a mile to a marathon in these shoes without any issues.  Now, if you've read my review of the PureBoost X, you would know that I'm not a fan.  I own a few pairs of these shoes and almost never reach for them when I'm going out for a run.

At first glance, the Ultraboost X looks like the original Ultraboost and PureBoost X had a baby and named it Ultraboost X.  adidas describes the shoe on their website as:  Designed to respond to the way your foot moves through each stride, the shoes feature a floating arch and an adidas Primeknit upper that hugs and adapts to your foot throughout the gait cycle. boost™ delivers maximum energy return, and a stretchy outsole flexes to adapts to the way your foot strikes the ground.

To better understand my review, it'd help to know a little about my running and what I normally run in. I have a neutral gait/mid-foot strike. I also have a normal arch.  In Nikes, I train in the Pegasus and LunarTempo (which were sadly discontinued).  In adidas shoes, I train in the Ultraboost.  Here's a little break down of the some of the shoes I just mentioned:

adidas Ultraboost Xadidas PureBoost XNike Pegasus 33Nike LunarTempo
Weight: 10.7 ouncesWeight: 6.5 ouncesWeight: 8.6 ouncesWeight: 6.2 ounces
Stack height: 30.5 mm (Heel) / 20.5 mm (Forefoot)Stack Height: 25.5mm (Heel), 16.5mm (Forefoot)Stack Height: 29mm (Heel), 19mm (Forefoot)Stack Height: 26mm (Heel), 18mm (Forefoot)
Runner type: NeutralRunner type: NeutralRunner type: NeutralRunner type: Neutral
Price: $180Price: $120Price: $110Price: $110

I was surprised to see how heavy the Ultraboost X are, because they feel incredibly light.  The upper is Primeknit, which is the only knit that I don't have to break in for months for them to stop hurting my feet (I have wide feet).  In fact, I was able to run/train in these for almost 10 hours a day for 2 straight days without any blisters or issues.

The arch is actually surprisingly supportive and a major upgrade from Pureboost X, which I attribute to the to the Primeknit upper.  In the Pureboost, I felt that the "floating arch" was punishing me, but in the Ultraboost X, the floating arch is comfortable and slightly supportive.

Another thing to add is that the Primeknit upper gets rid of that annoying heel tab that used to dig into the back of my foot in the Pureboost X.

The midsole is adidas' famous Ultraboost technology.  If you love the midsole of the original Ultraboost, you will love the Ultraboost X because they are literally the exact same.  With the Pureboost X, I felt like I didn't get enough support in the forefoot (since I'm a forefoot striker), so if the midsole is something you didn't like about Pureboost X, I think that the Ultraboost X will definitely be your jam.

And lastly the outsole is Continental™ Rubber.  If you don't know what Continental™ is, it's a friggin' tire company!  It was raining for most of our stay in San Francisco, and I never felt like my feet were slipping during the runs.

Bottom line:
It's a bit pricey for a shoe ($180), but I think that it's a very attractive shoe.  I ran 5 miles in these today (my longest run in them), and could definitely see myself wearing them for even longer runs since they remind me so much of the original Ultraboost.  Additionally, I could see myself wearing these shoes on a run, training, or even out to brunch with my girlfriends.  The Ultraboost X is an incredibly beautiful shoe and I think its versatility definitely makes up for it's high price point.

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