Adidas Boston 3

I had seen these shoes a while back but was too afraid to take the leap to a more minimalist shoe. (Minimalist for me is a like being afraid to lose even a 5mm drop).  The point is, these shoes on first touch felt lightish, with only a slight lateral flex. They had some cushion and some support. For me that sounded like a perfect combination for a possible race shoe.

The Boston 3 is named after the iconic Boston Marathon, most probably due to Geoffrey Mutai who holds the current record for the Boston Marathon. Its isn’t a selling point for me but that’s why it’s called the Boston. Every time I put the shoes on, the feel is so comfortable. The toe box is not that wide, and it is a snug fit. I run a 8.5UK which stays pretty much true to all my Adidas shoes. The first thing one should do is de-lace them and re-lace them from the beginning, with your foot in the shoe of course!

For someone who has been running mainly in a support shoe for the past few months to aid ligament recovery. I made the switch to the Adidas Adizero Ride 4 (as seen in one of my earlier reviews). As my legs slowly repair and rebuild I am able to start running in lighter and less supportive shoes (5 – 10k only! for the time being anyway), therefore, the Boston 3 is a welcomed addition to my shoe collection.

I had initially wanted to save this shoe for race day because it felt too light as a trainer. However, the more I recovered the more speed work I was able to integrate into my weekly training schedule. Some days I choose to run a 5k distance with alternating speed kilometres above race speed, and then recovery pace between 4 and 5 minutes p/km. Using the Nike + gps watch, I have been smashing my own personal speed records and most of them with the Boston’s. They are just superbly light, efficient, comfortable yet firm and responsive. They are a joy to wear and I can’t get enough of them to be honest.

The construction (as with all Adidas running products) are superbly put together. The materials are top notch, there may be a few cliched selling points like the “Continental Tyres” rubber they use for the soles, but if you overlook these minor annoyances and disbelieve that the rubber compound they use on the soles will save you from a 120kph crash in wet weather; then youre onto a winning shoe that doesnt need the overkill.

Overall, this shoe is bright, its loud, it makes a statement, and honestly? it deserves to be all of those things and more. This shoe cries out for speed. It isnt your shoe to plod around in on a Sunday morning. No, the Boston 3 is a need for speed shoe that will come into its own when you know how to run in it.

Runners without too much over or under-pronation could use this shoe happily for up to a half marathon perhaps. Only those runners with solid neutral gait would be happy using this for up to marathon distance. It really depends on person to person because they know when and if their arches or calves have had enough. That is why it is important to buy different shoes and try them for different distances and see what happens. Afterall, running is very personal, its about YOU and how YOU run.

Below are the facts for the Boston 3:

Weight: 265 g (size 8.5)

  • FORMOTION™ adapts to the ground to ensure the smoothest, most comfortable run possible; Air mesh upper for maximum breathability; Synthetic overlays for added support
  • adiPRENE®+ in the forefoot maintains propulsion and efficiency; TORSION® SYSTEM for midfoot integrity
  • Non-slip lining for maximum performance
  • adiPRENE® under the heel for superior cushioning at impact
  • adiWEAR® outsole offers the ultimate in high-wear durability; Continental™ rubber for surefooted grip

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