adidas energy boost 3

Adidas Energy Boost 3 Review

Let's talk about running shoes. Similar to most other sports, running can benefit from proper equipment and gear. Not only that, but you can save yourself a lot of pain and fatigue just by having the right pair of shoes to accompany you on whatever type of run you enjoy. To give you some shoes to look at, we are doing a comparison of the Adidas Energy Boost 3 against three other similar models. This should help you understand what each model can give you as a runner and what you may need from a running shoe as well.

What Are the Adidas Energy Boost 3?

As a running shoe, the Adidas Energy Boost 3 act as a cushioned and high energy sneaker for those wanting to do light or short runs. The Adidas Energy Boost 3 are designed to be a neutral training shoe, meaning that they can function both as training shoes and as running shoes. This is a big perk for some who cannot work out in running shoes since they tend to lack support and grip on side-to-side movements.

Adidas Energy Boost 3

Product Specs

Moving into specs, the Adidas Energy Boost 3 feature a stiff midsole and a well-cushioned heel, which may be an odd combination for some. Together with the Boost foam incorporated though, it produces a spring loaded but solid base. It is stiff, and that likely means that it will take much longer for it to wear down or deform.

What really helps the Adidas Energy Boost 3 get its bounce is the plastic runners. These are plates in the center of the shoe that are there to reduce torsion. Adidas has also added two on either side of the sole to keep things in place as well as give extra resistance on hard surfaces.

The outsole of the Adidas Energy Boost 3 is rubber, which means those who tend to wear the lining of a shoe down first would likely benefit from these. The actual bottom of the sole is exposed foam though, with a checkered pattern of rubber squares over it. We have some concerns with this pattern as it does leave foam exposed and will likely wear down faster.

In terms of the upper portion of the shoe, there was obviously thought that went into the look of the design. Lots of high tech or fashionable features like breathable mesh, an extra heel counter, and flat lacing make an appearance in the Adidas Energy Boost 3.

Pricing

Prices are always changing on the market, so what we have here is only an estimate; however, we will also include different places to look for the best deals on the Adidas Energy Boost 3.

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How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

NIKE Men's Air Zoom Wildhorse 4 Running Shoes
HOKA ONE ONE M Challenger ATR 4
Saucony Men's Peregrine 8 Running Shoe

Breathability  

Durability

Design Quality

Here is where we find the most issues. As we mentioned before, the inner layer was not the best choice both because of breathability and for comfort. It is very easy to feel this separate piece inside the shoe as you run and this can easily cause blisters.

Moving on to the mid range of the shoe, there are plastic overlays on the exterior of the shoe on either side that form the Adidas logo. While this may look nice, it creates an uneven compression on your foot that is not comfortable and can be inconvenient if you are running on uneven surfaces.

Weight

Pros

  • Good spring and resistance
  • Good for outer sole runners
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Not flexible
  • Toe box can cause blisters
  • Easy to wear down center outer sole

Where to Buy

Amazon

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These are trail running shoes, which means they need to be a little more durable (and probably bulkier) than other types. While this type of shoe is not typically flexible, it does try to make up for that in being protective and usable in any condition. The inner sole of the shoe provides great protection for your feet as you go across different terrains. It also has a great sticky rubber for the sole so wet conditions especially are much more manageable.

Breathability  

The new midsole design of this shoe does have a negative influence on the breathability, as it covers about a third of the mesh top. Runners have not reported major issues, but it has definitely been noticeable.

Durability

There have been no issues with durability so far, which is good considering that the nature of this shoe requires it to be durable. This shoe is meant to fit snuggly every time you put it on, and users noted that even after putting in many miles, it still fit just a snug and kept its resistance.

Design Quality

Nike introduced a new midsole system with this model. It is much more snug and keeps your foot from moving or rocking laterally in the shoe while protecting your feet from slipping on wet surfaces and your ankles from collapsing every time you hit a tree root. Overall, runners have seen this as a long distance trail running shoe, as it performs well especially when you are feeling tired and are getting sloppy.

Weight

These weigh in less than the Adidas Energy Boost 3, which is surprising as these are trail runners and tend to be slightly bulkier. At only 11 ounces though, they could be considered a lighter weight trail running shoe.

Pros

  • Snug fit
  • Very protective
  • Minimizes lateral foot movement
  • Good for wet terrains

Cons

  • Less breathability
  • Not flexible
  • Midsole system not for everyone

Where to Buy

Amazon

HOKA ONE ONE Men's Challenger ATR 4 Trail Running Shoe Black/Kumquat...
  • Breathable seamless dual-layer mesh upper
  • Breathable textile lining for abrasion-free wear
  • Removable OrthoLite foam insole for a cooler, drier shoe environment

This model is a lightweight versatile option for those who run trails and roads. While not a full-fledged trail running shoe, it can hold its own on most well-kept terrain and still provide a lightweight experience there are well as on the road, track, or treadmill. These are a good, breathable option for those with wider feet as well, as build and sizing both accommodate that.

Breathability  

Breathability was a priority for this model as the top section is a double layer of mesh. This not only increases breathability but also helps repel water and speed up drying times. So for those runners who want a lightweight shoe that breathes and helps keep your feet dry, you may want to check the ATR 4.

Durability

Overall, we were pleased with the ATR 4's durability. Even the upper mesh - often one of the first pieces to show wear - ended up being durable even on trail runs. While the sole will likely exhibit normal wear signs, even after going well into the double digits in terms of miles, we did not feel that they had begun to wear down.

Design Quality

The lugs are only 4 mm, which means they are not a great option for muddy paths or trails. Beyond that though, they have a slightly wider toe box and mid-range, so those with wider feet should be comfortable; but those in the average range should still be able to tighten down.

Wei​​​​ght

At only 9 ounces, this model is actually fairly lightweight. However, in order to achieve that, they did sacrifice some padding and protection around the heel in particular.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Versatile
  • Durable
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Not as padded
  • Do not work in mud
  • May not accommodate narrow feet

Where to Buy

Amazon

Saucony Men's Peregrine 8 Running Shoe
  • EVERUN topsole
  • ISOFIT dynamic upper
  • PWRTRAC outsole

This is a neutral trail running shoe. It is designed to be versatile enough to perform well on a variety of different terrains and provide support while doing so. It is designed to be stable going through uneven or unexpected terrains as well as provide traction and grip at the same time.

Breathability  

There is an upper mesh that is both comfortable and very breathable. However, there is nothing stopping snow or water from getting in, which means that - as a terrain shoe especially - we were disappointed in the lack of follow-through.

Durability

Overall, these shoes proved to be quite durable. The tread especially is very durable (though we would recommend taking time to pull the small rocks out to keep that durability).

Design Quality

One area that we felt needed some attention was the resistance. There was not a lot of energy return, which was disappointing as they do advertise the shoes having a lot of return. Because of this, there will be some shock lines and creases that show on the sole.

Users have reported that this shoe tends to run a half size bigger, however blistering does not seem to be as big of a problem as with some shoes.

Weight

We would not classify this as a lightweight shoe, as it is around 11 ounces in a size 9.

Pros

  • Breathable
  • Durable
  • Versatile

Cons

  • No rebound
  • Not meant for wet weather
  • Runs big

Where to Buy

Amazon

Conclusion

After going through each of these models, we are returning to the Adidas Energy Boost 3. Overall, we feel it has some good qualities, with the main one being the foam chosen for the shoe. It really works well and gives good feedback and rebound. However, the cons really seem to outweigh the pros in this case with a design that took over functionality and even compromised it in some places. Given what we found in the rest of the shoes and how the Adidas Energy Boost 3 compare.

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