The adidas Pulseboost HD is a new runner from Adidas that debuts Boost HD, a brand new version of Adidas’ beloved Boost cushioning.
Boost originally debuted in 2013 and today “Boost is Life” is an often-recited fan mantra. The inclusion of Boost on any shoe is a clear indication that it will be comfortable. adidas has built huge brand equity in Boost. So why are they messing with the tried and true formula?
The good folks at adidas sent us the Pulseboost HD so we could try them and give you the details. The three of us put a bunch of miles on them, ran in all types of conditions, worked out in them, and, of course, rocked them casually. Here’s how it went:
Pulseboost HD looks pretty similar to the Ultra Boost Uncaged considering they both have knit uppers, bootie constructions at the ankles, and Boost midsoles. However, they are notably different. The Pulseboost HD has a very low profile (the midsole, not the ankle) and streamlined design — you feel a lot closer and more connected to the ground, whereas Ultra Boosts give the sensation of being elevated.
|Adidas Pulseboost||Adidas Senseboost|
|Product Dimensions||11 x 4 x 7 inches||11.2 x 7.3 x 4.2 inches|
|Shipping Weight||3 pounds||11.4 ounces|
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Aesthetically, the Pulseboost HD has a great style, whether you plan on running in them or not. In my opinion, Adidas is one of the best brands at making the elements of sneakers that are distinctly for performance actually look good, too. This can be seen with the reinforced Adaptive Knit stripes on the lateral side of the shoe and even the futuristic-looking outsole.
Weighing in at 12 ounces, the Pulseboost HD is minimally heavier than the 10.9-ounce Ultra Boost and 11-ounce Ultra Boost 19 (weights are based on size 9 shoes). Despite the small difference in weight, the sneaker still feels exceptionally light. I think the difference in weight can mostly be attributed to the Boost HD midsole since it’s denser. Read also: Adidas Ultra Boost vs Nike Vapormax.
In the past, I’ve found that Boost midsoles can sometimes be too squishy when doing activities that require stability, but the Pulseboost HD solves that issue well. They’re still more comfortable than a more traditional EVA foam or plastic midsole, but they’re sturdy enough to feel planted on the ground. After running, my feet felt just as good (no fatigue or pain) as they have with other Boost sneakers, so there was no sacrifice in comfort.
While the denser Boost foam was designed to help runners make sharp turns and cuts and go from pavement to cobblestone to grass (and whatever other surfaces they might come across in a city), it also serves well for other training techniques that require stability like workout drills or weightlifting.
Adidas Sense Boost
These running shoes are designed to give you a light, efficient experience in urban landscapes without losing any speed. Taking full advantage of Boost technology, the Senseboost GO has a very soft midsole with high responsiveness that gives you more energy as you stride faster to the finish line. A careful heel widening in the Senseboost GO generates greater stability during each transition.
The Continental™ rubber outsole, with the usual Stretchweb design, offers great traction on asphalt thanks to its flexibility and adaptability to a variety of surfaces. As if this were not enough, the Senseboost GO’s upper is woven with the new Circular Knit, whose texture allows better airflow and a more precise subjection thanks to the interaction between its cord closure and a pair of strategically placed straps in the forefoot.
In association with Spotify, the Senseboost GO also have a QR code on the tab to allow you to access a customized playlist depending on the world zone you are in.
Designed for the ever-changing urban landscape, these running shoes have a lightweight knit upper that follows the natural movement of your stride. The wide platform provides support for lateral movement, and responsive cushioning returns energy with every step.
– Endless energy: Boost is our most responsive cushioning ever, delivering incredible energy return: The more energy you give, the more you get
– Flexible outsole: Stretchweb rubber outsole flexes underfoot for an energised ride
– Adaptive tongue: Adaptive tongue construction distributes pressure for midfoot lockdown
– Arch type: Normal
– Lace closure
– Single-layer knit upper with adaptive tongue for midfoot support
– Textile lining: Flexible Stretchweb outsole
– Responsive Boost midsole
– Lockdown feel
– Weight: 274 g
– Midsole drop: 8 mm (heel: 18 mm, forefoot: 10 mm)
Adidas Pulseboost vs Senseboost
Generally, both these Adidas’ Shoes have their strong specifications. You can wear them for running, but they are still look good for casual use. However, from the design, Adidas Sense Boost comes with lighter design which will leave the user in comfortness.
Senseboost GO has a very soft midsole with high responsiveness that gives you more energy as you stride faster to the finish line, since it takes full advantages of Boost technology.
Whatever you choose, pick the one that really fits your needs!