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Adidas Terrex Boast: Insane Traction and Stability

Review Overview

Construction - 91%
Protection - 88%
Traction - 97%
Stability - 89%
Comfort - 98%
Weight - 80%

91%

Overall Rating

Tons of traction. Big beefy outsole. Great on long, aggressive trails.

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When we first saw the Adidas Terrex Boost ($160; adidas.com) at Winter ’15 Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, we knew we had to test out these babies. They looked amazing on the shoe wall – sleek and stylish with a pop of color. The question was would these stylish shoes perform on the trail?

The short answer to this question – they did! The longer answer – they ripped through wet, snowy trails above Boulder, Colorado. They felt stable on dusty, gravel trails around Las Vegas. They were great on the flat rocky trails of Sedona. They responded to, and excelled in, every environment we tested them in.

The Adidas Terrex Boost was designed to meet the needs of competitive mountain runners and we have to admit, the engineers at Adidas have impressed us. Our reviewers appreciated the boost™ technology, which harnessed energy from each ground strike and helped propel them forward. One reviewer said, “I was skeptical at first, but on my longer runs I had more energy at the end of the day to push myself to the finish line.” They also loved the huge lugs made of Continental™ rubber on loose gravel and slippery rock. By far, the best attribute of the Terrex Boost is its traction and grip on all terrain.

WHAT WE LIKED ABOUT THE ADIDAS TERREX BOOST:

  • Insanely good traction. The huge lugs glide through loose dirt, gravel, and even provide sure footing in wet conditions. You won’t have to worry about hydroplaning in these shoes. They also recover extremely well when you’re a bit out of control during downhill. The Continental™ rubber sticks to just about everything and is stiff enough to edge on a dime.
  • The sock fit technology matched with speed lacing construction held the foot snugly and comfortably.
  • The boost™ midsole harnessed energy throughout the run and provided comfort.
  • The EVA frame with extended wings provided excellent 360° protection from cactus and other sharp objects.

WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT THE ADIDAS TERREX BOOST:

  • One reviewer found that the EVA tongue rubbed against the front of the ankle and created a hotspot.
  • We found the shoes to be slightly heavier than comparable trail running shoes. The difference was marginal, but noticeable.
  • Speed lacing construction loosened over longer runs. However, with the speed lace construction it only took a second to retighten.

Overall, the Adidas Terrex Boost is a high performance trail running shoe – great for advanced trails and foul weather.

About Kevin Riley

Kevin Riley has been a rock climbing and general outdoor enthusiast for over sixteen years, served as the associate publisher for Climbing and Urban Climber magazines, and co-founded the Denver-based non-profit, First Ascenders. He graduated from UMASS (Amherst).

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