By all accounts adidas’ foray into snowboard boots last year was a massive success. Buoyed by a strong team – not to mention an established foothold in the skate shoe market – the Blauvelt, Samba and others quickly became popular choices. Leading the charge to build on this early promise is the new Energy Boost. It’s far and away the priciest boot on this year’s WL100, but for the extra cash adidas are promising nothing short of “a revolution in cushioning” thanks to the implementation of their patented Boost foam. Initially developed for running shoes, it returns the energy you put in as you ride.
When big forces are involved at eye-watering speeds, they are not only dampened by the sole but also re-applied in the form of quick edge changes and all-round response. When you’re cruising, though, there’s less of that energy around and so it will feel a little looser and more playful. Compared to the widely used EVA (aka Ethylene vinyl acetate) shock-absorbing polymer, it’s reportedly three times better at maintaining its form in the extreme cold. However, a fancy sole does not a good boot make, and adidas has clearly taken great care elsewhere in the design process. Highlights include a dual-zone speed lacing system, Recco avanche rescue technology, and a footbed that somehow uses recycled coffee grounds to reduce boot stink. The liner’s made of merino wool – the type found in the best thermal layering gear – so you can be sure these will keep your toes warm and dry. A quality boot all-round, then, but expect that sole to be the thing that gets tongues wagging this year.