Adidas Solecourt Boost Official Thread

Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
So, when you tried them, what was the difference between the Adios and the SL?

The Adios 5 felt like stepping into a Ferrari. Very narrow fit - i have avoided previous generations of the Adios for the same reason. Interesting combination of lightstrike and boost in the cushion. Only tried for a few runs before I realised it's not the shoe for me - one for more accomplished milers. The feel in the forefoot of these is incredible for sure. Lightstrike gives that mixture of impact protection, feedback and light weight that is an incredible combo for people who strike on their forefoot. Would have been nice to see full length lightstrike implemented but maybe there are still concerns about the longevity of lightstrike for road shoes with thinner midsoles?

Regarding the SL20 the fit was again a little narrow for me. The lightstrike implementation in these is firmer than it is in the basketball shoes I use (and have used) which is interesting because they are obviously able to play around with the density of the foam material itself rather than relying on a midsole carrier to make the material softer or firmer. Even though the platform is slightly too narrow for my foot, the upper is incredible and arguably the best "wrapping" I have felt in a running shoe. Adidas now makes the best uppers in tennis, basketball and running shoes imo. The lightstrike material felt incredible in these, too. My only knock is that when you are really pushing for tempo it is too squishy. You lose some energy return, which is not what you want in an all around runner imo.

In running shoes, I still prefer the Zoom X / carbon fibre system that Nike uses. Nike has found a sweet spot of combined impact protection and "springiness" but for me it's also partially a fit issue.

There's definitely still room for lightstrike to improve as a cushion in runners. But for court shoes, it's already the best imo.

The only question is long-term longevity. Not something I'm worried about because I go through shoes too quickly, but a legitimate concern for Adidas generally particularly in distance running shoes.

It's going to be fascinating when they start implementing it on tennis shoes.
 

Tennis_Hands

Bionic Poster
The Adios 5 felt like stepping into a Ferrari. Very narrow fit - i have avoided previous generations of the Adios for the same reason. Interesting combination of lightstrike and boost in the cushion. Only tried for a few runs before I realised it's not the shoe for me - one for more accomplished milers. The feel in the forefoot of these is incredible for sure. Lightstrike gives that mixture of impact protection, feedback and light weight that is an incredible combo for people who strike on their forefoot. Would have been nice to see full length lightstrike implemented but maybe there are still concerns about the longevity of lightstrike for road shoes with thinner midsoles?
Actually the Adios 5 is not designed for the forefoot strikers. It is also not narrow at the front. It is wider at the front from the previous generation by about 0.7 centimetres, which is a huge difference, and it is almost into the Boston territory, which is comfortably spacious for a mid to mid wide feet. It is also heavier than the previous version of Adios. It actually has a full length lightstrike, so I don't know what shoe you are describing here.

 

Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
Actually the Adios 5 is not designed for the forefoot strikers. It is also not narrow at the front. It is wider at the front from the previous generation by about 0.7 centimetres, which is a huge difference, and it is almost into the Boston territory, which is comfortably spacious for a mid to mid wide feet. It is also heavier than the previous version of Adios. It actually has a full length lightstrike, so I don't know what shoe you are describing here.

Yes, the toe spread is good. Just slightly too narrow through the rest of the shoe and the upper doesn't have as much "give" as it does in less racier models. So the fit really matters. I think the reason I have generally avoided Adidas running shoes is the narrower fit for my foot. It's obviously a perfect fit for more accomplished runners and/or different foot types as the Adios reputation goes without saying.

Regarding the cushioning, the Adios 5 has combined lightstrike / boost cushioning. You may have mistook the listing of full length lighstrike as meaning it is only lightstrike, but the cushioning system is combined full length lighstrike with boost on the Adios 5.

How many miles do you think you've put in on the Adios 5 since getting them?
 
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Tennis_Hands

Bionic Poster
Yes, the toe spread is good. Just slightly too narrow through the rest of the shoe for me. I think the reason I have generally avoided Adidas running shoes is the narrower fit for my foot. It's obviously a perfect fit for more accomplished runners and/or different foot types as the Adios reputation goes without saying.

Regarding the cushioning, the Adios 5 has combined lightstrike / boost cushioning. You may have mistook the listing of full length lighstrike as meaning it is only lightstrike, but the cushioning system is combined full length lighstrike with boost in the heel on the Adios 5
You said that the shoe is narrow, and that is not true, and especially not true comparing it to the previous generation of the Adios. You didn't make any distinction between the fit of both shoes. Interesting. Adidas also has a variety of fits, including for wide feet, so your general statement is also false.

I have had every generation of the shoe till the Adios 5 and the Adios 5 is presented in my running group by two people, so I have had a good look and feel for the shoe, so don't talk to me about "listing". It is you who said that

Would have been nice to see full length lightstrike implemented but maybe there are still concerns about the longevity of lightstrike for road shoes with thinner midsoles?
The shoe HAS a full length lightstrike implemented, so, you are mistaken yet again ... probably confused by the listing that says that it has also Boost.

Here is how this shoe looks like:



The midsole is a full length lightstrike cushioning, so I must conclude that you didn't even see the shoe, let alone have it for any period of time.

 
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Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
The shoe HAS a full length light strike implemented, so, you are mistaken yet again ... probably confused by the listing that says that it has also Boost.

Not for nothing, but your comments on the Adios 5 shoe would hold a little bit more weight if you had actually TRIED the Adios 5 :)

But yes, I meant it would be interesting to see lightstrike implemented without the additional use of boost. Mea culpa on the use of the term "full length lightstrike" when I should have said "only using lightstrike". It's an important distinction so duly noted.

The grey colourway of the Adios 5 running shoe you posted is a bit "out there" for my taste. Thankfully other colourways are available. It's a good looking shoe in the right colourway.

I'll definitely be keeping an eye on the Adidas running lines, because I am a huge fan of lightstrike, and the Adios and SL20s are very good, but right now Nike produces a better running shoe for my needs.
 
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Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
Passed on a pair of Parley at the outlet today for $48 bucks. I didn't even know local outlet stores carried tennis shoes! I ended up with some ubersonic 3 and barricades '17 both for under $100!
Which outlets?
This was the case here as well.

They had the triple white sole court boosts (I think this was one of the parley models?) and the Stycons, both at approx. 40% of retail. I was a big fan of the SCBs except for issues I had with the heel, the weight and also not liking the lateral outrigger.

I was surprised to see SCBs in an outlet because I know how popular they have been. Was not as surprised to see the Stycons there, as they would have to be one of the worst tennis shoes ever released, and have been incredibly unpopular.
 
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Sardines

Professional
The N3xt L3v3l b-ball shoes have Lightstrike and they are comfortable but firm. I'd say firmer than Boost 2.0. Longevity wise I'm not sure I'll see the end of life as the outsoles wear after 3-3.5 mths max if I play a lot. The NL shoes did last at least a year but I use them for b-ball 1-2 times a month and then as casual shoes.
The next step would be a tennis shoe with lightstrike, a cushion that Adidas has implemented in quite a few performance shoes recently.

It's an extraordinary material. Imagine a lighter version of boost with the same impact protection and better court feel..... That's lightstrike.

The only potential problem is the longevity of the cushioning. How long does it retain it's spring and volume before flattening out? That was always the knock on lunarlon, which was also an amazing foam but suffered from a short shelf life.
This was the case here as well.

They had the triple white sole court boosts (I think this was one of the parley models?) and the Stycons, both at approx. 40% of retail. I was a big fan of the SCBs except for issues I had with the heel, the weight and also not liking the lateral outrigger.

I was surprised to see SCBs in an outlet because I know how popular they have been. Was not as surprised to see the Stycons there, as they would have to be one of the worst tennis shoes ever released, and have been incredibly unpopular.
Which outlet is that? I'd love to stock up on Stycons, especially the clay versions!

The all court Stycon is sold out in TWE (which had them below MSRP the moment they got them, could be a forex thing). Obviously it's not a perfect shoe, with the same heat issues as the SCB, but I have to put my orthotic insole to fit the SCB properly. The Stycon's compression is fitted and comfortable to wear for me but obviously not for everyone. Still, I doubt it's unpopular as much as it is misunderstood, and too foreign for some to wrap their minds around. I haven't found a more stable shoe that is low to the ground like that.
 

suvirb89

New User
Managed to have a massive sprain on my ankle in these shoes yesterday :( Got into the air running for a 2hbh and I landed on the lateral part of my foot and severely rolled my ankle. I still don't quite know how I feel about the big pontoons on the lateral edge of the SCB. I constantly feel like I am tripping myself on them.

Hi SlvrDragon50,

This weekend, it happened to me as well, I got ankle strian on left foot while doing a 2hbh and landed on rolled ankle. I have been wearing solar boost x parley for about 1 month.

Suvir
 

burma_shave

New User
Can anyone compare the fit of the Solecourt Boost and Ubersonic 3? I'm on my second pair of the Ubersonics, really like them, but after something with a similar fit but more durable.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Just tried on the SCB and noticed the arch is high/firm. Does it remain firm? Not as firm as a Barricade, but........................................................curious
 

Tennis sprew

Hall of Fame
Just tried on the SCB and noticed the arch is high/firm. Does it remain firm? Not as firm as a Barricade, but........................................................curious
Only slightly. The arch kinda stays the same, unless you change insoles or wear orthotics, something of the sorts.
 
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