Running brands have never been short of ambition when it comes to hailing the qualities of their new products, so really it was only a matter of time before one of them compared a new shoe to a space shuttle. Step forward the Adidas Ultraboost 20, which has been launched in partnership with the International Space Station (ISS) US National Laboratory.
Like a space shuttle, every part that has gone into the Ultraboost 20 has a unique purpose. Unlike a space shuttle, you can use the Ultraboost 20 for running, but not travelling to space. We’ll call that a draw.
Last year Adidas made its first major changes to the popular Ultraboost line since it launched in 2015, adding more bouncy Boost foam to the Ultraboost 19’s midsole as well as updating the upper and heel counter.
This year’s update looks to be less radical, instead making a few targeted tweaks rather than an overhaul, plus a new, slightly space-y design with a pretty awesome ISS US National Laboratory patch on the tongue.
The Primeknit upper now features Tailored Fibre Placement technology, to ensure your foot gets the support it needs in exactly the right places, while the Boost midsole has been optimised to provide an explosive toe-off.
Not a lot has changed from the Ultraboost 19 then, but we did rate it as a great long-distance running shoe, especially as the Boost foam in the midsole is so durable. If you’re preparing for a marathon and need a shoe for logging the long miles of training that you can also wear when not running, the Ultraboost is a solid option. We’d switch to something a little faster on race day itself though.
To celebrate the partnership with the ISS, Adidas has also launched a workout programme to help you train like an astronaut. We’re not sure it’s going to help you smash your marathon PB, but it’s interesting to see how hard astronauts work on their fitness.
The Ultraboost 20 will be available to buy from 9am on 5th December on the Adidas website, where you can check out the shoe’s designs now. The shoe will cost £159.95, the same as the Ultraboost 19.