KNOW YOUR TECH: adidas Boost

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KNOW YOUR TECH breaks down the scientific technology used in your favorite sneakers and activewear. Let’s demystify your next purchase: today’s technology is adidas Boost cushioning. Unveiled earlier this year, Boost takes cushioning to new heights with an innovative composition; small individual TPU pieces molded together instead of a standard solid foam.

What is it? Hundreds of small TPU capsules which are heated, expanded, and fused together, resulting in a midsole without the use of standard foams. In comparison to EVA, adidas Boost offers a higher level of responsiveness and energy return, producing a bounce-like effect. The Boost midsole is also designed to offer extended longevity, retaining the same responsive properties they have out of the box throughout their lifespan.

How does it work? The styrofoam-like construction absorbs energy and impact in a different manner than standard foams, with hundreds of TPU capsules working in unison to then exert the energy back out for a responsive feel. With temperature-resistant properties, adidas Boost maintains its function and plush feel in conditions as low as -20 degrees.

Notable Products: adidas Energy Boost

Bottom Line: This award-winning cushioning is a must-try for any athlete, especially hardcore runners.

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