adidas ultraBOOST X Running Shoe Review


Hey everyone, welcome back to my channel! It’s Noelle and I’m here with another shoe review. I received the adidas ultraBOOST X I think towards the end of February, so I’ve had it for about a month now and yeah this is the standard colorway that
the women’s version arrives in. And I will be showing you a bit more in-depth footage coming up, so let me just read to you what adidas has told me about this
product. BOOST has been around for quite some time and of course competing brands
have released their own responses to this technology but adidas still touts itself as the first and the best when it comes to really good cushioning and energy return. Right so the purpose of this review is to tell you whether or
not the new ultraBOOST X is an improvement over previous versions of
the ultraBOOST. The ventilation holes of the original ultraBOOST returned to the upper across the foot’s key sweat zones the cage and forefoot. And then the new PrimeKnit construction is supposed to have reduced stretch to provide runners with
a prime fit and additional support so you will see that in the heel counter —
normally most heel counters just go straight across this part of the heel, but this time the heel counter is split down like this so this allows the
Achilles tendon which actually extends to the bottom of your heel to move a bit
more freely. Obviously you know I’m not a very technical person and I don’t really
keep up with all of the technical breakthroughs and technology innovations
that shoe brands come up with per iteration of their footwear. What really matters to me is how comfortable the shoe is and how it helps me run at my best. and so I used the ultra boost X for a month starting from when I used the shoe in an adidas Runners Manila session which was
actually a speed session going up a hill at the Bonifacio Greenway and you know
that was really like first impressions of the shoe and I share them with you in
this video. COACH NYLAH: Good evening everyone and welcome to the speed session. We normally have our BOOST run and then we have our speed session every Wednesdays. For the first timers
here please raise your hand. And Kikay Runner, thank you for trying out the newest ultraBOOST X, I’ve heard many good reviews. This is my first run session outdoors in a long while. Hi! This is Josh, one of my avid readers — YUCK! (giggles) Tonight I’m trying out the new ultraBOOST X So for the first few hundred meters it feels a lot like the old ultraBOOST X All Terrain that I’ve been wearing but I’ll see how it performs as we go
through tonight’s speed session. When was the last speed session I ever did? Oh, maybe last year? The softness of the BOOST cushioning is —
it’s like Goldilocks, it’s just right. The shoe itself is still very responsive
and it’s really quite light so you can notice it during speed sessions like
this one where you want to put on a burst of speed and the shoe actually lets
you do it. Last one, last one! How many? How many are you doing? -Six. YEEEES! -Hi, Kikay! Probably the only con that I can think of is that right now the shoe is just a little bit tight
around the arch and forefoot area but with my previous experience from this
kind of shoe, it usually loosens by a few runs in so I’m not too worried about the
comfort level. -Hi! I’m gonna go for my cooldown, I think
they’ve already started. I’ll check back in after a few weeks of using these shoes. Obviously the ultraBOOST and the ultraBOOST X are different in that the ultraBOOST X has a floating — well I like to call it floating but it’s called an adaptive arch by adidas. Between the first introduction of this adaptive arch and this current iteration of the
ultraBOOST X they’ve actually made some changes. It feels like the arch is a bit
lower to the shoe and it doesn’t move as much these days versus let’s say when
they introduced this adaptive arch in the pureBOOST X it really felt like the
arch was a bit more freely moving and it felt like your foot would slide off the
shoe sideways. In this iteration yeah your foot is secure here you’ll see that the foot base, the shoe base is actually wide enough so that even if your foot
slides sideways it won’t come off the shoe completely. Also, this PrimeKnit holds your foot in place even if it looks deceptively pliable, like it’s just fabric but it’s actually not. This is actually the first time I’m running in an ultraBOOST X with the cut as low as this one. I already have the ultraBOOST X All Terrain which had a higher cut like this I did notice with the previous ultraBOOST X All Terrain that the PrimeKnit kind of started feeling a lot more comfortable towards the end of my testing period. I don’t know if it was because the PrimeKnit had given a little and had molded to my foot a little. I think that’s really how it’s
supposed to work and so with the PrimeKnit of the ultraBOOST X that I received I was kind of waiting for it also to have a little more give
towards the end of the testing period and it did that but it never lost
the quality of being somewhat a fully wraparound shoe. It really felt many times like I was wearing two pairs of socks rather than a pair of socks and then shoes over it. That’s how snug it felt. It was very comforting to know that your shoe isn’t gonna come off your foot, but at the same time for those of us who like to wear their shoes a little bit more loosely, that upper across the arches was a little unforgiving. You can see that there isn’t really a tongue section here it’s really one-piece construction and
the laces seemed to be there a little bit more for decoration rather than for
real structural functions. There’s a bit more build up across these three stripes, there’s a bit more… I would say that it cups it a little bit more and then the top of the shoe stays on there. It doesn’t really stretch that much or if
it does stretch, you do feel that resistance. So for me I like a little bit
of play going up and down like this in my shoe. It didn’t really provide for
that. Overall though this PrimeKnit is super breathable. I never felt like my
foot was getting hot or uncomfortable inside. It really helped like if there was any moisture buildup it was never contained inside the shoe because of this PrimeKnit. So everything just *pffffff* evaporated away
quite quickly. I used it yes I used it on a beach. I did get the shoe wet when I
stepped into a puddle but that didn’t really translate to the inside of the shoe. I didn’t feel any dampness inside when I stepped in the puddle. And of course you know after a few kilometers of running, the shoe was again
dry. Yeah, when I took the shoes off it didn’t really have any dampness in the
inside of it except for this heel cup because the heel cup is a bit more
cushioned, it’s got this cushioning here. It did feel
a little bit more damp than the rest of the shoe so I had to air it out for a
bit before putting it back in storage. I did mention that I like to wear the shoe
very, some of my shoes very loosely and the ultraBOOST X didn’t allow me
to do that with this shoe because of the overall wraparound knit construction. I eventually did adapt to that feeling and it was very good to run in, but sometimes it
could get a bit tight especially if my foot started to expand towards the end of a long run and then in particular my right foot got crampy. And this happened maybe two out of — how many sessions did I run in this shoe? 15 sessions. Two out of 15 sessions this happened to me and it was probably because I was clawing my
foot a little bit. It was probably subconscious and it’s not something that
I normally do with my shoes. Differences between the adidas ultraBOOST X and the
ultraBOOST X All Terrain. There aren’t really a lot of differences but I will show you
the two shoes side-by-side. So these are the two pairs of shoes the adidas ultraBOOST X and ultraBOOST X All Terrain. The ultraBOOST X All Terrain has a bit of a higher cut and it’s meant to keep things out of the shoe versus the ultraBOOST X which has a lower cut and a more stylish cut if I do say so. This one is the one that I feel would best translate from
performance to lifestyle like if you’re coming from the gym and you’re gonna go straight to a girl’s brunch you can still wear this. You’ll notice that ultraBOOST X All Terrain is a bit beefier with the sole and this is a Continental outsole. It’s a bit different because this Continental outsole looks like it’s got like little crosses on it versus the Continental outsole of the ultraBOOST X
which has a bit more of a rounded nub. You will see that the sole of the
ultraBOOST X All Terrain is just a bit thicker. And the ultraBOOST X All Terrain has this cage right? The ultraBOOST X doesn’t have that cage. So this All Terrain really expects that
you’re gonna take it on uneven terrain just a bit but this one expects that you’re running in a more urban environment. Both of them still do have
that that heel counter which allows room for the Achilles to move. The tech between these two shoes, they’re the same, so yeah if you already have this you might be
less inclined to get this and if you get this I’m not sure if you’re actually
someone who runs in all terrain conditions anyway. Maybe one thing to note is that the PrimeKnit for the ultraBOOST X is just a little bit different from the PrimeKnit of the ultraBOOST X All Terrain. I do feel like my All Terrain is just a bit softer across the top of the foot versus the
the ultraBOOST X which just feels a little bit more built up across here. So you might feel that difference at some point. It’s really quite snug. It’s a sock that molds to your foot and some people really like
that and some people don’t. So it’s really up to you what kind of runner you are. To sum up, I really loved running in the
adidas ultraBOOST X. And I ran in these ultraBOOST X’s to fulfill the Takbo.PH Women’s Stride Virtual Run requirements. So I had signed up for a 50-kilometer
virtual run which means that from March 1 to 31 I had to complete a total mileage of 50 kilometers and these were the shoes that I ran in for all of those
kilometres and I have to say that it was one of the best months of running that
I’ve had because every time I put these shoes on I just felt on top of the world. Just another note that I didn’t run further than 10k in any one of those run sessions so sometimes your foot feels great in shoes
for short distances but then it changes as the distances get longer. I did feel towards the end of the 10k that my foot was kind of swelling and
this usually happens the longer you run and the PrimeKnit was getting a little
snug. I’m not sure if the PrimeKnit will give to let you run longer sessions — like maybe if you run long sessions then this will adjust to your foot as well
and will expand to give you more room to run those long sessions in. I know that the ultraBOOST X All Terrain was a really good shoe to run 21 K in, like it was super
comfortable and I didn’t feel any joint aches at the end because you know the
BOOST really gave me that much cushioning. And like I said this soft knit allowed my foot to expand in the shoe so maybe that’s gonna happen in this ultraBOOST X. I probably won’t know unless I
run longer than 10k in these shoes. I will let you know what happens then. Very responsive shoe when it comes to change-up in speed like I never felt that my
foot got stuck on the ground really long. If I had to pick up the speed, I just told my legs to go and they went. Sometimes with a very very cushioned shoe you’re gonna feel like um it’s a bit more leaden when you try to peel your
foot up off the ground faster. This one had no issues. Actually the only barrier between me and running faster was me, myself. I didn’t really feel motivated
to run any faster and if I did, I didn’t feel too great which is a
function more of fitness rather than the shoe. This shoe is a bit pricey, yeah? It’s almost ten thousand pesos so it is
an investment shoe. Would I buy it? Yes, but it would be the only shoe I
would buy for that entire year. I would probably have an older shoe that I would
rotate with it. Okay so that does it for my review of the adidas ultraBOOST X. If you liked this review please give it a thumbs up. If you haven’t yet please
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8 Comments

  • Very informative review! It's great to know that the Boost lineup is still improving but stayed true to their core design language. I've been using them since the first Energy Boost came out then upgraded to Ultra Boost the following year and had their respective second generations.
    These 2 models both provide adequate support for heel strikers like me but are light enough for races. I was only able to jump from 21k to 42k because of the Boost line of shoes.
    If the primeknit upper proves to be too tight, the Energy Boost has a more traditional design with a tongue uses Techfit but still uses the same thick Boost midsole.
    Because I tend to pronate, my next target is the Ultra Boost ST.

  • Have you tried the normal ultraboost pairs too? Or what I recommend, the u caged versions

  • I like the color of that shoe!

  • Is it better to get 1/2 sizs bigger for this style?

  • If worn on rainy day do you notice any leaking?

  • sup, kikay.

  • Kikay Runner does it fit true to size or narrow fit? Did you get yours true to size?

  • Great review thank you. I just bought this exact pair for my wife.

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