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Adidas Ultraboost 5.0 DNA

Popular with shoe collectors, the Ultraboost 5.0 DNA is so much more than a fashionable running shoe.
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Surface

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Surface(s) this shoe is designed for

Road

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Support philosophy of shoe

Neutral

Drop

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Heel-to-toe angle

10mm

Heel Height

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Underfoot height on the heel of the shoe

22mm

Toe Height

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Underfoot height on the forefoot of the shoe

12mm

Adidas Ultraboost 5.0 DNA Review

Likes

  • Stable ride with smooth transitions
  • Nicely cushioned
  • Glove-like fit
  • Appealing style

Dislikes

  • Feels heavy
  • May run narrow on some feet

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9.33/10
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Adidas Ultraboost 5.0 DNA Features

Comfort and Fit

A very comfortable shoe. For those whose feet are not too wide, the Ultraboost 5.0 DNA fits like a glove and is fun to run in thanks to the Boost foam. Those who report a glove-like feel also mention no hotspots or blisters.

Traction

Very strong traction for a road shoe thanks to special rubber material from Continental Tire. Works well under dry and wet conditions.

Durability

The knit uppers get good reviews for flexibility and durability and the soles showed little wear after over 100 miles of running by one tester.

Support

While not as plush as many other road shoes, the UltraBOOST 5.0 DNA has a very supportive midsole and feels stable on the run.

Breathability

A knit upper allows the shoe to breathe very easily.

Style

The Ultraboost line-up has been popular with shoe collectors and resellers which makes this style trendy. Outside of being trendy, the shoes do have a nice look.

Flexibility and Responsiveness

This is how energy return should feel on a shoe – snappy and responsive.

Adidas Ultraboost 5.0 DNA Construction

Outsole

The Ultraboost 5.0 DNA outsole is made of a Contintental Tire material and works well in wet conditions, even on smooth surfaces.  The lugs also work well in dry conditions and could even manage some trails.

Midsole

Here’s a midsole for runners who what some cushion, but not too much! This shoe features a Boost foam which is firmer but offers great energy return coupled with a very light weight.

Upper

The uppers are either going to be a dream, or too narrow. The forefoot is wider with room for some toe splay, but the knit upper as a whole feels narrow to some. For those who fit into the knit, it’s locked down and very comfortable.

Conclusion

It’s hard to believe a trendy street shoe can deliver the goods for real runners, but the Adidas Ultraboost 5.0 DNA is a fantastic running shoe. The 10mm drop may be a bit bigger than some neutral runners prefer but it’s hard not to at least try a shoe which gets high marks across the board.

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Adidas Ultraboost 5.0 DNA

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