In my review of the Adidas Energy Boost 2, I mentioned that I would be reviewing these soon, so I have made a lot of comparisons to that shoe in this review.
The Adidas Supernova Glide Boost looks to be basically an Energy Boost 2, without a techfit upper, which, for some, will be a huge relief. However, what caught my attention slightly more than the mesh was the cradle. It is a lot softer than in the Energy Boost, so I expect these to feel a lot more like a regular shoe. Putting them on, they do feel more 'normal'. They are noticeably firmer than the Energy Boost 2, and have much more space in them. There was no need to go up a half size like I did in the Energy Boost 2, and although they were softer than most, I put them on straight after the Energy Boost, so they felt a lot firmer, almost disappointingly so. However, leaving it a few days, and putting them on again, they do feel very soft, and much softer than a lot of shoes. I also noticed though, that they feel slightly more unstable than most as well. Even the Energy Boost felt more stable than these, which is slightly worrying.
The midsole is the talking point. It uses the Boost foam, which promises added energy return compared to other foams. They do feel very springy, and a lot more responsive than the Energy Boost did when just standing around, so it will be interesting to see what happens when I run, as this is where the Energy Boost 2 came into its own.
The upper is a more traditional style mesh, although still a technical one. It uses welded overlays at the front for flexibility, and a stitched on mid-section for a little structure. Inside is very smooth, and soft, meaning there was very little irritation. As mentioned earlier, they fit to size, and are a lot more voluminous than the Energy Boost 2, which is almost trying to be a second skin.
One very nice feature is the outsole. It uses Continental rubber, which for those that don't know, has been used on many Adidas shoes to great effect. It is highly durable, so you don't need to use as much of it, saving weight, and it is very sticky, so the grip is incredible. Yes, it is the same Continental as the tyre's...
The Supernova Glide Boost is an interesting shoe. It performs well, and in itself is a very good shoe. It is on the unstable side, so be aware that you must be a very neutral runner, as my shins began to hurt after an hour, and I very rarely suffer from this. The cushioning was good, but overall, having tried the Energy Boost 2, I think I'd rather spend the extra £20 and get those. I think in a way I was spoiled by testing those first. They were completely different, and blew me away, whereas these felt distinctly average in comparison. Don't get me wrong, these are very good shoes for a neutral runner, and they felt great, but if I were to buy some, I think the extra money is worth it. That being said, those that prefer a firmer ride will appreciate these slightly more than I did.