If we learned anything form this year’s New York City marathon, it’s that, when given the chance, elite runners prefer adidas’ Boost cushioning underfoot more often than not. Though, while the Adios Boost looks to be the top choice for runners at the moment, the arrival of the Supernova Glide 6 Boost should give its popular counterpart a run for its money (pun intended).
It took a few tries, but it looks like adidas has finally perfected a way to integrate its high-energy rebound midsole technology into the ideal neutral running shoe. While the first generation Boost shoes like the Energy Boost and adiStar Boost were impressive in their own regard, the Supernova Glide 6 Boost takes the technology to an entirely different level thanks in large part to a new and improved upper design.
Rather than the TechFit upper—which proved to be a bit to restricting and lacked support—seen in previous Boost models, the Supernova Glide 6 Boost features a textile and mesh upper that looks better, breathes better, and offers more structural support, all the while offering runners with maximum comfort to go the distance.
In addition to the new upper, the Supernova Glide 6 Boost does feature some carryover performance tech from the previous, non-Boost version of the Supernova, including Torsion System for midfoot integrity, miCoach compatibility for tracking progress, as well as a Continental Rubber outsole for lasting grip. Then, of course, there’s the Boost technology, which is comprised of thousands of miniature TPU foam pellets compressed together to form a state-of-the-art midsole unit, allowing runners to literally add a bounce to their step.
This shoe is a winner through and through. In fact, it has our early vote for the best neutral running shoe of the year.
Weight: 10.4 oz
Construction: Synthetic and mesh upper
Release date: November 27, 2013 (available for pre-order)
Key technologies: Boost midsole, Torsion System, Continental Rubber outsole
Best for: Elite neutral runners
Fit: True to size