Adizero Prime Boost LTD with the Box.
Adidas Adizero Prime Boost LTD Review. This is what I call serendipity.
The Adidas Adizero Prime Boost LTD is an exclusive shoe. The previous iteration was known as Adizero Primeknit but it was also a limited edition. It was marketed as a light and fast running shoe armed with a Primeknit upper and a Boost midsole which in my book, will always be a winning combination.
The Adizero Prime Boost LTD was released on 28th December 2016 in Asia and Australia, released January 2017 in North America and Europe. Of course I know all about the adizero Primeknit but I didn’t know there was gonna be a new release of this silhouette at the time. Fortunately for me, I was in KL at the day of release and found myself at The Marathon Shop at Lot 10 Bukit Bintang. This sneaker immediately caught my eye, I knew it was something exclusive. It was priced at RM780 (BND255) and no questions asked. I whipped out my card, swiped and brought it back to my hotel next door. The Adizero Prime Boost was an unexpectedly delightful find for me.
Right off the bat the Adizero Prime Boost LTD looks more like an Ultra Boost Uncaged than its previous iteration. The cargo Primeknit upper colourway is officially named ‘Tech Earth’ and exudes a wonderful military vibe with it. Grounded and earthy green upper combined with the white Boost midsole and black Continental outsole. It looks like a winner.
Let’s get into the details of the Primeknit upper which is very similar to an Ultraboost Uncaged. This shoe utilises a sock collar with its cuffs. No tongue. Just classic Primeknit sock. It has no eyelet so the cargo green laces go through the Primeknit upper. If you remove the laces you can see the ‘adizero prime’ labeling knitted vertically onto the darker green upper tongue area. On the right shoe it is in English. On the left, the same ‘adizero prime’ spelt in Japanese Katakana. Nice touch and easy to miss.
Primeknit upper from the top.
Unravel the laces to see this hidden logo.
On the other side it’s in Katakana.
Despite having a full Primeknit upper, this shoe is a bit thicker than an Ultraboost 3.0. It is thicker and multi-layered on the sides. But it is thinnest at the toebox area and has added breathability. There’s a lot of airseams throughout the Primeknit upper. The classic three stripes is painted in a lighter shade of cargo green on the outer side. Finally there are modern military-inspired black patterns on the heel counter and the inner toebox.
Between the Primeknit upper and the Boost midsole is a dark green rubber layer. After that it is the Boost which is just short of full length. The Boost midsole is thinner than an Ultraboost and an NMD. As usual, the Boost midsole is a bit thicker at the heel area and thins toward the front. Aesthetically it gives the shoe a lower profile and looks similar to a Nike Flyknit Racer, which is also a very good sneaker.
Three stripes painted over the Primeknit perforations. Boost midsole.
More perforations on the front and the military pattern.
This being a running shoe, you can expect multiple technologies implemented into it. The outsole combines three. It uses a silver coloured Torsion System for midfoot integrity. This is used to lock the foot down further when running. It utilises the Adiwear Stretchweb rubber outsole which is lightweight and elastic and gives more stability, working together with the Boost midsole. And to top it all off, the Continental rubber outsole gives the shoe excellent grip for all-weather conditions. Adidas really did well to put all this tech in one package.
- Primeknit Upper – Great comfort and sock-like fit.
- Boost midsole – Great comfort and Boost energy returns.
- Torsion System – Enhances foot lockdown.
- Stretchweb rubber outsole – Lightweight and enhances stability with Boost.
- Continental rubber outsole – Excellent and proven grip on all-weather conditions.
Continental rubber outsole.
Torsion System in place.
This is the Adiprene Sprintweb overlapping the Boost midsole.
Smart military-inspired colourway. Subtle and street-ready casual style. Great sneaker technologies in one package.
Comfort and Fit: OK
When you talk abut comfort you have to compare with the Ultraboost and rank it relatively. Because nothing can beat the Ultraboost in that aspect. I would also rank the NMD higher than the Adizero Primeknit in terms of comfort. The Primeknit sock-like upper is excellent and very comfortable but the Boost midsole isn’t as responsive and as bouncy as I would’ve liked. That’s because this shoe has markedly less Boost than an Ultraboost and an NMD. It is also a bit on the stiff side and has greater structure than an Ultraboost. The heel counter is very stable and really locks the foot in place.
Military theme on the heel with the Boost midsole.
What I like about this shoe is it is easy to put on. Not as easy as an Ultraboost but I’d have no problem putting them on and taking them off if I’m driving around. This shoe has no heel tab but it has sock-like cuffs so no problems there. As I’ve mentioned before I prefer to drive without my shoes on so I’ve made this factor as a test of some sort. A test whether a shoe is easy to put on and take off in the driver’s seat. I don’t think anyone else makes this comparison. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Please note that this shoe is narrower than most. I had to go half size up when I bought these. Thankfully I didn’t order online as I wouldn’t have known and there were no size guides online for this particular shoe. As I bought these in-store I had the opportunity to try them on and I absolutely had to go half size up (US 10.5). I normally go with US (10.0). This is very important. Wide feet CANNOT go True to Size. Go half size up or even one size up. Narrow feet can go True to size.
I’ve never used these for running but I’ve worn them for a while. And from experience I can tell I will get some blisters if I ran with them. I would probably also get blisters if I use them traveling abroad and walking all day, all night. I would guess it is because of the stiff heel counter. Also despite me going half size up and fitting well, the shoe still can get too tight on my feet. Ultimately, you can remove the laces and the shoe will still look great. But I won’t be using them for traveling.
Narrow and tight-fitting running shoes made for runners. Go half size or full one size up for wide feet. Narrow feet can go True to size. Great structure and stability but not as comfy as an Ultraboost or an NMD.
Worth It? Depends
This shoe retails at USD180/RM780 (BND255). It’s quite expensive and you can justify it with the amount of technology adidas packed into the shoe: Primeknit, Boost, Torsion, Sprintweb and Continental. It was released with only one colourway: ‘Tech Earth’, so it looks nice and casual street-wear ready. But despite all that I would categorise it as a running performance shoe. Unlike the Ultraboost (which was initially marketed as a running shoe).
For one thing, the shoe is not that popular at the moment despite having the golden combo of Primeknit and Boost. I’ve not seen it at online stores that ship to Brunei like Foot Locker. I haven’t seen any on Instagram or on the streets. Fame-wise this is well below the NMD, Ultraboost lines, Nike Air Maxes, Roshes, Huaraches and Air Prestos. Again, it’s more performance shoe than sneaker. It does make the shoe exclusive and limited though but honestly I don’t see it picking up in popularity.
Another thing, and more importantly, it’s just not that comfortable and wide feet-friendly. That might be a big turn-off to most people. This shoe is marketed as a running shoe and is aimed at serious runners. Now I’m not a runner but if I was one, I would hesitate to pay BND250 for a shoe I intend to run with. And again, it’s not that comfortable. But it is very LIGHT. Not as light as the NMD R1 but again, it is made for running. The adidas Alphabounce is miles ahead in terms of comfort. That’s what I wear running.
I bought this shoe because it looks great. It has both Primeknit and Boost. It is exclusive and difficult to obtain online. But I would hesitate to call it a ‘must-have’.
Quite expensive. Looks nice. Great tech but not so popular. Might be too pricey to use and abuse on the tracks. There are better and cheaper running shoes out there.
Good look on feet.
View from my tummy 🙂