The arrival of the adidas Ultraboost 20 was out of this world, almost too literally.
Ultraboost 20 marked another addition to the ever-so-coveted runner turned lifestyle favourite adidas Ultraboost series. And this time, adidas linked with International Space Station US National Laboratory for special launch colourways featuring the agency’s logo patch.
As we all know, adidas went in a more performance-specific direction with the arrival of the Ultraboost 19. With a completely new look that’s different from the OG Ultraboost models that we used to love, various features remained. Primeknit, plastic heel counter, separate lace cage, and the full-length Boost midsole all returned in modified versions. The Ultraboost 20 continued that direction and even dared to drift off to space with the help of the ISS.
When you actually compare the Ultraboost 19 and its successor, they look exactly the same. But the Ultraboost 20 improved certain aspects from the 19 to improve the overall fit and durability of the running trainer. The Primeknit upper’s reinforced with Tailored Fiber Placement (TFP) technology on high-wear zones; specifically the forefoot, so you won’t have to worry about the knit upper tearing apart.
On the heel, the material is now made out of mesh and padded well to provide a secure fit. The lighter and slimmer 3D printed heel frame also makes a return for support and stability.
The main highlight of the Ultraboost 20 is the namesake full-length Boost foam midsole. Ever since the Ultraboost’s debut in 2015, Boost foam dominated the cushioning game with its consistent proprietary foam. Boost has been utilised by adidas on both lifestyle and performance footwear, making it one of the most versatile foams around.
Finishing the design is the consistent Stretchweb traction pattern made with Continental rubber that’s durable and grips most surfaces. Stretchweb works so effectively that adidas didn’t even need to change it at all.
A torsion spring within the midsole gives arch support to aide the runners and urban travelers wherever they go.
The launch colourways featured two pairs in Black and Grey. ISS US National Laboratory’s logo patch adorn the tongue to fulfill the space theme. Another homage to the cosmos is the coloured Boost midsole that fades from blue to purple.
Back then, Boost has always been white. This is because the dye changes the property and density of the Boost pellets, making the cushion less bouncy. This has since then been resolved by adidas as the three stripes continued to release colourful Boost foam midsoles that add to the flair.
With a lot of good colourways around, check out some of the latest adidas Ultraboost 20 sneakers that are still available for purchase.
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