FIR (First Impression Review): adidas adizero Adios Boost

Hello, and welcome to a new feature on Once A Runner, Always A Runner that I’m calling FIR posts, a.k.a. First Impression Review.  I’ve been very fortunate in receiving shoes every now and then for review purposes, allowing me to take some time and put in some miles on various terrain, at different paces, etc.  Sometimes, though, my experience with a product is limited to a wear-test at a group run. With the caveat that all FIRs will be based on limited experience, and therefore should be taken with a grain of salt, I’ll share some details about the product itself along with my thoughts on its performance.  To kick off the FIRs, I give you the adidas adizero Adios Boost.

The Adios is adidas’ lightweight, performance trainer/racer entry in its new Boost line (you can read my review of the Supernova Glide 6 Boost here and adistar Boost here).  According to Road Runner Sports, the Adios weighs in at 8 oz. with a 10.5mm drop (Pete Larson over at Runblogger has them listed at 7.8 oz. and 10mm).  The shoes really burst on to the scene at the 2013 New York City Marathon, where Geoffrey Mutai won wearing them and 12 of the first 100 finishers were also Adios-ing.

Mutai Winning


And here’s me wearing them at the Greater Boston Running Company – Newton run.

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Also, they come in orange, which you can find at Greater Boston Running Company – Andover.


The Run

Slip these shoes on your first thought will be “I WANNA GO RUN!”  The Adios is just one of those shoes that makes your legs want to move, and move fast.  Despite the 10.5mm drop, the ride on these shoes felt a lot closer to a 4mm drop shoe in the sense that I felt like I was achieving a midfoot strike, and not on my heels.  As expected, this shoe felt extremely fast, even to the point where I felt like my feet were flailing a bit, unused to that racing flat feel.  Although most of the run was at a moderate to slower pace for me, I did put the Adios through its paces on the hills, including Heartbreak Hill.  The shoes felt like a real asset when pushing uphill, removing any extraneous resistance on the incline.  I did feel like my feet were slapping the pavement some, but I don’t really know what to attribute that to.  It didn’t take away from the ride of the shoe, which I absolutely loved, but it may have annoyed my fellow runners.  Fitwise, I was wearing a size 9.5, only because that’s what was available, when I usually wear a size 10 in adidas.  The 9.5 fit me, but not in a way that I’d want to run in all the time.  Point being I think they fit true to size and have a roomy enough toebox for someone who finds Nikes narrow.

Now, truth be told, in terms of body type, I am no Mutai, more…Moo Shu.  I bring this up to point out that this shoe is likely best for lightweight runners who are biomechanically efficient.  I have a feeling that a lighter runner may have found more cushioning in the shoe, which would make it better for longer distances than I’d feel comfortable in.  Personally, I think this would be the perfect 5K, and pushing it 10K, racing flat, but I can absolutely see how it would work extremely well for the svelte runner looking for a 13.1, or maybe even 26.2 racer.  I’d also take these for a spin for interval work, and think they’d perform exceptionally well on the track.

So, there you have it, my first FIR.  If you get a chance to check out the adizero Adios Boost…do so!


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