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What to Expect When adidas Boost Technology Hits the Basketball Court

Not too long ago I was given a pair of adidas Energy Boost trainers and was asked to test out the new tech so that I could share my thoughts on the new tech.

However, it was never the intention to share my thoughts on how they performed as a running or training shoe… it was so that I could figure out what to expect when adidas Boost technology hits the basketball court.

If you want to find out what my thoughts were then head over to Sneaker Report to read the article. Feel free to come back here and share your thoughts and opinions as well, I’d like to hear your opinions on how Boost could or should be implemented into an adidas basketball shoe.

  1. The technology sounds very interesting. Addidas just needs to get it right the first time and it will be a hit.

  2. Awesome article.

    As a recent convert to foam cushioning for hoops, I am very interested to see how this tech would work in a bball shoe.

  3. thanks NW,

    personally, I don’t think that the Boost Trainers are anything but unstable considering runners need to be stable as well. if there was minimal instability, a few modifications or added support would solve this issue easily, possibly doing XX8’s blueprint of targeted sections. eva foam seems to be a good idea but I would prefer a lighter and thin type EVA.

    why Adidas hasn’t introduced this with basketball shoes? it could be that Adidas is trying out the market first if the technology would benefit or help them “boost” their sales.

    anyway, if there was something that Adidas needs to fix, is that they should stop making the midfoot part on their basketball shoes too damn narrow. it’s a basketball shoe, not a Jimmy Choo.

    1. The Energy boost was designed for distance running. If you read Nightwing’s article he talks about this. You don’t do a lot of cutting and changing in direction in distance shoes. People actually prefer this setup and lack of support because it provides more cushioning for helps you run longer with less fatigue.

  4. Sounds good but i don’t think it will hold up anytime in the next year or two. I feel it is more a running thing than a basketball thing like Nike free. Something that is great for runners, but not for ballers. I do believe though, that Adidas will be able to perfect the tech and become one of the best cushions on the market.

  5. Last 5years no tech Except boost gave me a real surprise . I like it.
    For Big, young , heavy and healthy player, boost tech would be great to encapsulated in both fore foot and heel area separately in crazy light midsole.
    For me, I need boost tech in heel .and i would prefer crazy lightbnfoam cushioning in fore to control my body balance stable. Fore foot or full length Boost tech might be too responsive for me to stop or to change direction.in game.

  6. I am really curious about this foam. I know they say that it wont bottom out, but it still is a foam cushion. I am curious to see the longevity of the “boost” foam. And how responsive it will be for thicker guys like myself.

  7. Boost might rebound (pardon the pun) back too much on the basketball court. they’re made to absorb impact from the asphalt not for jumping or absorbing heavy fall impacts along with quick cuts.

    1. How’d you cme up with that. I’m pretty sure nike zoom is just as bouncy as boost, and since boost is a foam it’s has impact absorbing properties like lunarlon. People said the same thing about lunarlon when it first came out. There are ways to make them more stable like a firmer foam carrier like the jordan 2010 or like the firm outer casing of the kobe 8. They don’t necessarily have to be made as an insole, they could make it built in the midsole.

  8. any idea on what the insole is? … anything special? also the boost material? It reads “energy boost”.

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