Adidas SolarBoost 3

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The Adidas SolarBoost 3 is a good road running shoe with high-stack stable cushioning for daily runs.


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A good running shoe with effective and stable cushioning
The Adidas SolarBoost 3 is, along with the UltraBoost, one of Adidas's most popular models. This new version focuses on delivering a steady and cushioned ride without being a stability shoe.

Like its colleague, the UltraBoost, the SolarBoost is heavy, with over 10.6 oz/300 g on the scale. Its three-piece midsole can explain this: Boost (of course) for cushioning, Control Rail for stability, and Linear Energy Push (LEP) for propulsion. The stack height is high with 32 mm under the heel and 22 mm under the forefoot. The result is medium density cushioning. Its main advantage is to absorb shocks and to be stable. For the rest, the feel is not very responsive. It's a pity because, according to the testers, the cushioning is rather unimpressive at low speed. You have to increase the pace to start enjoying the ride, but at the same time, with its weight, the SolarBoost is not a shoe for tempo runs either.

The upper offers an effective lockdown but is a bit stiff. Ventilation is good, and overlays and reinforcements enhance the engineered mesh structure. Finally, the Stretchweb Continental outsole is sturdy and provides good grip: you'll even be able to stray onto easy dirt roads.

In short, the Adidas SolarBoost is a shoe for athletes looking for adequate cushioning that's neither too soft nor too firm and stable. The shoe doesn't exactly shine, but at the same time, it doesn't disappoint either, and its durability helps justify its somewhat high price tag.
Value for money
  • Good overall comfort
  • Sturdy shoe
  • Stable cushioning that disperses impacts well
  • Good grip
  • Heavyweight
  • The Upper is a bit stiff
  • Cushioning lacks responsiveness


Model: Adidas SolarBoost 3



Heel to toe drop

10 mm

Heel stack height

32 mm

Forefoot stack height

22 mm



Weight (men)

305 g/10.8 oz

Weight (women)

287 g/10.1 oz

Release year


Bounce (1-5)

2 – Low

Softness (1-5)

3 – Moderate


Half marathon, Mid distance, Marathon, Long distance




Daily running

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  • Stretchweb Continental: sturdy rubber with traction nodes to ensure good grip on the road.


  • The midsole uses Boost. This flagship cushioning technology of the German brand consists of thousands of TPU pellets merged together to support the foot and to improve the energy return.
  • Linear Energy Push is a torsion system that enhances the structure of the shoe to optimize rebound. Adidas claims that this configuration increases rigidity by 15% under the toes for a smoother toe-off.
  • Control Rail guides your foot for a smooth and more natural movement.


  • The Adidas SolarBoost 3’s upper features an engineered mesh that comfortably keeps the foot secure inside the shoe while letting it breathe, especially when you go faster.
  • The heel counter molds comfortably to the foot to offer a safe lockdown.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Is this running model true to size?

Yes, runners who reviewed this model confirmed that it fits true to size. Therefore, you can buy your normal size for running shoes.

I overpronate. Are these shoes suitable for me??

Yes, this shoe aims to deliver a stable run with its Control Rail technology. While not purely a stability model, it should be suitable for those who run in stability shoes.

I'm a heavyweight athlete. Can I run in these shoes?

Yes, this model should be suitable for all weights. The shoe has a relatively high stack height (32 mm under the heel), and the cushioning density is moderate (i.e., the sole is not too soft), which is suitable for heavy runners.

Is the Adidas SolarBoost 3 a good choice to run a marathon?

This Adidas running shoe is very suitable for daily workouts of any distance. When it comes to marathons, you should rely on your experience first. If you find it comfortable during your long sessions, then there should be no worries. Note that this is not a shoe for going fast, but it’s sometimes more reassuring to wear the same shoes you used during your preparation.

Comparisons – Adidas SolarBoost 3 vs:

Adidas UltraBoost 21

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Adidas Solar Boost 3 review road running shoes
Adidas SolarBoost 3 stretchweb continental rubber outsole

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    A good running shoe with effective and stable cushioning.

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