Weighs 9.6 oz. (272 g.) for a US M9 / 8.8 oz. (249 g.) for a US W7.5
Just an upper update, which is kind of a downer
Points to the design team– still love the look of the shoe
Why, oh why, does Lightstrike still exist?
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THOMAS: Every now and then, someone has to take one for the team. Unfortunately, this time it was my turn. Which is crazy, because one of the highlights of the year used be the release of the newest version of the Boston. At the time, Boost was the king of things and the Boston was a butterfly knife on the roads. A pocket rocket that could flick open at a moment’s notice, from light daily trainer to tempo shoe whenever you needed it.
We’re not gonna pretend that the Boosted Boston didn’t need a facelift, but were still taken aback when the Boston 10 flipped the Boston legacy on its head. In short, it was one of our least favorite shoes of 2021. A shoe that was previously nimble and lively made a hard U-turn into the blockish and bricky lane.
Before we got this version of the shoe, we actually had the chance to chat with Nick Roché, global product manager for the Adidas Adizero line, on a recent episode of The Drop podcast and we learned a few things. First, we learned that we’re not good enough runners to appreciate the shoe — ouch. It’s not entirely our fault, as Adidas works with its top pros to find out what works for them and then spreads the love to everyone else. Apparently, if you’re a 2:09 marathoner, you really want a somewhat heavy shoe that’s cushioned like a brick. Hopefully, I’ll get there someday.
The second thing we learned, which hurt just as badly, was that the Adidas Adizero Boston 11 update would be little more than an upper modification. That means that the only part of the Boston 10 that I actually liked was about to change, while the unresponsive Lightstrike midsole would stay.
Which is to say that not even a Tinman Elite logo on the side will fix this ride (though it may sell a few extra pairs). In fairness, some people liked the Boston 10. They just had to caveat it with the fact that you first have to break it in for 50-100 miles. That’s… a break-in period that’s as long as a Hoka Rincon lifespan.
For now, I’m going to skip most of the technical stuff — if you want it, you can read the Boston 10 review because it’s the exact same shoe underfoot. Let’s get straight to the vibes (or lack thereof).
As the founder of Believe in the Run, Thomas’s goal is to help runners pick the shoes and gear that will make their running experience the best that it can be.More from Thomas