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I have an interesting Adidas ZX Flux Femme Pas Cher thought on what Adidas could do differently in order to establish a thorough cushioned feel in all of their Boost midsole shoes all the way from the heel-forefoot. Note: I¡¯m pointing this out because, as you said, the Boost midsole shoes have too much of a dramatic heel-toe offset so that you only get that great cushioned feel if you¡¯re a heel striker.
Depends on how you define minimalist. I¡¯ve never been a pure minimalist runner if you define it as zero drop, minimal cushion. The shoe I¡¯ve put the most miles on in the past 5 years would be the Saucony Kinvara, which probably has more cushion than either the adios Boost or NB 1400. I like shoes that are lightweight and simple in costruction, I don¡¯t mind cushion (actually prefer a bit) and use Adidas Adi Ease Homme France a range of drops.
I¡¯d recommend the XT 5 to anyone looking for a performance trail running shoe, and especially to those trail runners that have run in shoes like the NB MT101/110 (the XT 5 is essentially the type of shoe I wish NB made with the 100 series) or Nike Kiger. Additionally, if you run in adidas shoes on the road, you¡¯ll feel right at home with the XT 5 on the trail. The only thing I don¡¯t understand is why adidas doesn¡¯t take this approach with their other trail shoes (which are usually pretty chunky and more like hiking shoes, like the new Terrex Boost for example).
The adidas adizero XT 5 was a pleasant surprise for me. I¡¯d not seen much info about it until it just recently popped up on adidas¡¯ website, and after looking it over I decided it was worth a try.
I love these shoes. I was using the lunaracers for a race shoe which are about 3 ounces lighter than the adios but when I started using the adios boost my times were significantly faster. I started running a year ago and ran my first maratho n in the adios boost and ran a 3:06 bq. These shoes held up great the whole race. I know why the elites use these and not merrels. They are a well thought out piece of performance equipmentt. They will defiantly be my race shoe from now on.
Don¡¯t think I wrote that, maybe something along the lines of a shoe can be the cause of overpronation. The only shoe that I¡¯m pretty sure caused an injury due to causing overpronation is the N Adidas Gazelle OG Homme Vente B MT110 which ha a slanted sole from lateral to medial.