Adidas UltraBOOST X Review

Disclaimer: I received a sample of the adidas UltraBOOST X shoes to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

Dear readers,

My name is Jen and I have a running shoe problem.

I love running shoes. Like, I LOVE, love them. I love trying out different shoes and learning all about the research and technology that goes into making a running shoes. I love all the technical data surrounding running shoes. I’m lucky in that I have a very neutral stride. I don’t over pronate or supinate. This allows me to try out all kinds of neutral running shoes without too much issue. I can switch shoes easily so long as they fit well.

A couple friends of mine had recently switched to the adidas running shoes and were raving about them. One of the ladies in my running group swears by them and trained for her first marathon in a pair of the UltraBOOST. So, needless to say, I was jumping for joy when I got the chance to test out the new adidas UltraBOOST X

One of the first things you notice about these shoes is the super cool colors. I fell in love with the “glow orange/core black” color. I mean, they just LOOK cool. I felt like my coolness factor shot up 100 points as soon as I put them on.

The second thing I noticed was how lightweight they were. They weigh about 8.3 oz. – lighter than the 9.0 oz some of my other shoes weigh. They are deceivingly much lighter than they appear. The adidas Primeknit upper and ultra lightweight boost cushioning help keep the ounces down.

I have a very narrow foot so I do need a shoe that isn’t too wide or else I feel like my foot is just flopping around in the shoe. The adidas Primeknit upper is almost like putting on a sock. It’s super stretchy and lightweight. It essentially hugs your foot when you put it on. There’s no tongue, no nasty seams to rub blisters, and no stiff back behind your heel. It’s all one big, stretchy foot hug.

One of the coolest things about this shoe is the adaptive arch. It’s hard to tell from my pictures but there is a sizable gap between the boost cushioning sole and the adidas Primeknit upper. The arch is designed to adapt to your foot to give you a better run. I could feel the arch support between the adidas Primeknit and laces hugging my foot.

The shoes are also outfitted with the boost cushioning. This cushioning is supposed to be responsive, meaning the more effort and energy you put in, the more it will give right back.

I definitely noticed that they were a little stiffer in the soles than some of my other running shoes. This took a little getting used to for me. After about 3 shorter distance runs in them I really, really started to like them and get used to them. The heel to toe drop was a little more than a lot of my other running shoes at 10 mm. I could feel the drop difference and stiffer sole definitely in the bottom of my feet after a longer run. On the shorter distance runs (3, 4 and 5 milers) I had zero issues. I would just have to ease into the longer distances in these shoes. I personally LOVED them for my short runs.

I loved how easy they were to get on and off with that stretchy, super comfy adidas Primeknit upper. No rubbing seams on my toes was a big, BIG plus in my book. My toes tend to curl up and I wear out the top of my shoes a lot.  I can see these lasting longer since they were so stretchy and adaptive to the way my foot fit in them.

Finding the right socks to go with them was a little trial and error too. They are low profile and to me, ankle socks just looked weird. I also felt that my normal, slightly padded socks just didn’t feel right in the shoe. They were almost too much sock for this shoe. I had to switch to a much thinner, lower profile sock and I was happy.

I’m really loving these shoes for all my shorter runs right now. I’m slowly breaking them in on some mid-distance runs (8ish + miles) and hope to work them up to a half marathon distance soon. In fact, I wore them to a recent 5k this weekend and took home 1st place in my age division!! They are absolutely some of the most responsive shoes I’ve ever worn. I really liked them and will definitely consider purchasing another pair once these wear out. They are a definite addition to the shoe rotation.

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Global Running Day Local Race Discounts

It’s one of my favorite days of the year!! It’s GLOBALRUNNING DAY!! I look forward to this day every year. I love hearing about everyone going out to log their run. I love reading all of the runner stories; how people started running, how they’ve come to love running, how much they’ve accomplished through running. It’s such a hugely motivating day!

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If you haven’t already, you can get you a nifty Global Running Day badge here by pledging how many miles you plan to run today.

Oiselle is also doing a cool Global Running Day – Relay Around the World. They’re trying to get running participation in every time zone around the world!

 

  • Take a picture of yourself running on Wednesday, June 7th 2017 in your favorite #flystyle
  • Post in Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram
  • Tag @Oiselle (so we can find you!)
  • Use #OiselleWorldRelay + #[Your Time Zone Abbreviation] ex. #OiselleWorldRelay #EST
  • Follow Oiselle to follow the fun!
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Sporting my #flystyle Roga shorts for the #OiselleWorldRelay!

There are a TON of race discounts for Global Running Day as well! I’m just going to break down a few local ones around South Louisiana:

Run for FREE tonight with the New Orleans Track Club as part of their Summer Series kick off. Sign up to become a new member and you get a really cool t-shirt for free too!

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The Northshore Half Marathon (Mandeville, LA) is offering 20% off your race entry with code RUNDAY

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The Battleship 12k (Mobile, AL) is offering 22% off your race entry with code RUNDAY2017.

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The Big Easy Running Festival (New Orleans, LA) is offering $10 off your race entry with code RUNDAY

The Shamrockin’ Run 8k (New Orleans, LA) is offering $10 off your race entry with code RUNDAY

The Louisiana Marathon (Baton Rouge, LA) and theMississippi Gulf Coast Marathon (Biloxi, MS) are offering 15% off your race entry with code RUNDAY2017

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The Jazz Half Marathon (New Orleans, LA) is offering $25 off your half marathon entry with code NRD2017 and $10 off the 5k entry with code NRD5knrdweb.jpg

The Best Damn Race New Orleans is offering $5 off your entry with code RUNDAY.

Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans – save $29 off your entry with their 24 hour sale. They’re having a huge sale on all the RnR races.

I’ll post edits as I see any more coming in. Now get to registering and I’ll probably see you at the start line!

 

 

BUFF® UV Arm Sleeves Review 

 Disclaimer: I received a sample of the BUFF® UV Arm Sleeves to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

Being a Southern runner, I don’t have too much winter running gear. I can count the number of times per year we actually touch freezing on one hand. So, my winter running gear consists of a few long sleeve shirts and a couple pair of tights. I’m running in shorts and tank tops almost 12 months a year. A quirky thing about me is I really dislike running in any shirt with sleeves. I just hate all the excess material flopping around my arms. It’s distracting an annoying for me. I love my sleeveless shirts…tanks and singlets. I will wear a long sleeve shirt grudgingly if it’s super cold, but I honestly prefer a tank and arm sleeves for colder running.

BUFF® just recently released their UV Arm Sleeves made out the same highly breathable, moisture-wicking material, that everyone loves in their headwear. I was super excited to try these out, but was hesitant because it was already May and getting very warm here in Louisiana.

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One of the first things I noticed when they arrived as how lightweight they were. They are thin so they don’t feel like you’re adding a super thick layer on your arms. This was encouraging for our warmer temps. I really liked the reflective print on both arms. It was strategically placed at the top and bottom of the sleeves and lit up well when you shined a light on it.

Putting these things on was a bit like putting on a wetsuit. Lots of grunting and pulling and puffing, but once you get them one they feel great. They fit tightly with a slight bit of compression that really felt good while I ran. I was surprised how much I liked the compression factor on the arm sleeves. I especially loved the elastic upper and the silicon grip at the top. The sleeves didn’t budge once you got them one. They’re also made with flat-lock seams that are almost flush with the rest of the material. This was huge for me. I have some other arm sleeves where the seams and silicon grip are raised and I’ve gotten some nasty chafe marks from the sleeve seams.

The moisture-wicking material actually seemed to helped cool me down as I was running in the humidity.  They were a bit warm at first, but once I started sweating and they pulled the moisture off my arms, they were refreshing.

I also ran in them in the rain to help protect from the high winds and rain and they performed great. One of my favorites was soaking them in cool water right before a hot, hot run. While they were a shock to the system to get on (so, so cold) they felt great in the noon heat here.

The UPF 40+ protection is also a huge bonus for outside running as yet another protection from the elements. I can see this being especially beneficial during long runs. Slathering up with sunscreen can be a sticky, mess. And even waterproof sunscreen can take a beating in our high humidity and ultra-sweaty runs. These arm sleeves would be great for keeping those nasty sun rays away.

Will I wear these a lot during my summer runs? Nah. Not really. I might put them on for long runs to help with UV protection but I’ll likely honestly wear these in the cooler months. But I really, really liked the BUFF® UV Arm Sleeves … a lot. I plan to continue to wear them and use the heck out of them as the temperatures drop.