Color: Grey/Silver Metallic/Solar Yellow
adidas's marketing pitch: Energy filled ride that doesn't sacrifice ground feel.
Surfaces tested on: Road, ambient temperature of 19° C/66° F
Upper: Closed mesh, midfoot sleeve, synthetic leather, Urethane layering.
Midsole: Dual density foam which consists of firmer EVA and softer Boost foam.
Outsole: Continental carbon rubber from heel to toe.
Weight: 341 gms/ 12.0 Oz for a half pair of Men's US11/UK 10.5/EUR 45.3/CM 29
Widths available: Single - regular (reviewed).
US MSRP: $ 130
Much like the Nike Lunarglide, the adidas Sequence 8 Boost is a different spin on the motion control footwear story. It does not feature a traditionally designed medial post, or a ‘pro-moderator’ wedge in adidas-speak.
Instead, the Sequence uses a kinda-neutral heel design combined with a supportive under-arch area. This distinction separates it from many other models in this category, all of which claim to slow down inward foot roll by means of a much harder inner midsole.
It also has a firm foam cupping placed over the Boost midsole, with raised midsole rims around the heel. This creates a supportive cradle of sorts for the rearfoot, and prevents it from moving around on the insole.
Either sides of the heel midsole have exposed Boost foam – though when you look down from the top, the Boost (and the EVA frame) flares out more on the inner side than lateral.
The lateral outsole is also beveled at an angle. This might seem like a motion control feature, but other adidas neutral models like the Energy and Glide Boost also have a similar heel edge to help with footstrikes.
The only difference is that the Sequence’s distribution of Boost foam makes the outsole edge angle appear slightly more acute.
The heel cushioning is skewed towards the inner midsole, and this is how the Sequence Boost 8 justifies its stability or motion control classification. There is also a plastic ‘dam’ which extends from the midfoot shank.
This was there on the Energy Boost too; while we were unable to determine whether it affected the ride quality, it surely helps the shoe look more stable.
‘Stableframe’ is what adidas calls this midsole design. The upper layer of firmer EVA swoops down under the arch, and bridges the center of inner midsole. This doubles up as both an element of arch support and overall stability mechanism.
You definitely feel the presence of under-arch firmness even on runs as short as 3 miles, but the net experience isn’t distracting at all.
What you get is a stable yet cushioned ride, with a slight hint of lateral side lean which usually comes with the motion control shoe set-up. The difference is evident when you swap the Sequence with the Glide Boost, where the rearfoot feels more centered.
The ride dynamics of the Sequence 7 was very impressive, and that doesn’t change a lot on the 8. But wait, aren’t both versions based on the same midsole? And if so, why should the ride change? That’s a good question indeed.
The other consequence is that the near-neutral feel of the Sequence 7 is somewhat diluted on the 8, and we’ll explain why in a moment.
Regardless of the minute ride differences, the Sequence Boost 8 retains its superior transition quality. The combination of the firmer EVA midsole and softer Boost is complementary in nature.
The firmness keeps the shoe supportive and the progressions smooth, while the bouncier Boost delivers the responsive cushioning one experienced on the Sequence 7. This is a shoe which works for forefoot strikers too; instead of the firmer EVA topping, there are rectangular windows cut out for better cushioning feel.
Most of the ‘first feel’ softness is produced by the removable sockliner, which is carried over in its exact form from the Sequence 7. Compression molded EVA, with a nap-textured fabric lining.
And since the firmer midsole is a separate layer over the Boost, the Sequence 8 feels firm at standstill or walking around. Crank up the speed, and the otherwise firm midsole rewards you with responsive cushioning.
The Nike Zoom Odyssey also has a similar tendency of delaying cushioning delivery, and that applies to the Sequence Boost 8 as well.
The outsole is nearly full contact, except for a small portion covered by the plastic shank. What’s also unique about the Sequence’s outsole is that it happens to be a single piece of rubber without deep grooves or exposed area.
Besides reducing the risk of individual rubber pieces coming off, the seamless design helps in consistent transitions. And yes, no debris or small stones get lodged due to the lack of deep flex grooves or lugs.
Durability is A+ on adidas’s Continental branded rubber outsole. Many readers have shared their experiences on solereview, with some pairs having seen 600 miles/1,000 kms and still going strong. It is evident that the quality of rubber used here is superior, and a flatter lug profile also prevents quick shredding.
This is same material used on the Glide too, with similar results in long term durability. And given the fact that the Polyurethane based Boost foam is inherently more durable than EVA, the sole unit is virtually indestructible for at least 500 kms/310 miles of use. Unless you run crazy long ultras, and your favorite running route happens to be Death Valley in middle of summer.
adidas has put its alliance with tyre maker Continental to good use, unlocking superior rubber chemistry for running footwear. adidas has a long history of partnering with automobile tyre brands – they use Goodyear branded rubber on some of their lifestyle products.
Now why did the Ultra Boost not take that path? There is news of an updated UB with Continental rubber, but the debut version’s outsole was so buttery, it would have lasted longer if it were made of Parmesan Cheese.
There’s this recent trend of increasing softness with each succeeding model, and the Sequence Boost 8 also falls for that. Compared to the 2014 Sequence 7, the 2015 adidas Sequence Boost 8 has a softer ride. And the cause is neither the removable footbed nor the EVA midsole. The Boost foam is actually softer on the Sequence Boost 8.
Manufacturing variance? Not sure, but on our tested pair, the Boost foam was easier to compress than the one used on the Sequence 7. This raises the level of under-heel softness and some measure of increase under the forefoot as well. This update was evident even on the first wearing trial.
A softer heel also enhances the feel of cushioning bias, which wasn’t so evident on the firmer Sequence. While it is true that the Sequence has a nearly neutral rearfoot design, it doesn’t change the fact that the medial (inner) side midsole has a higher volume of Boost foam than the lateral sidewall. Hence making the foam softer leads to more compression, and thus increased sense of lean. Thankfully, it still remains a supportive shoe.
Our opinion is divided as far as the Sequence Boost 8’s upper is concerned. Some updates are welcome improvements over the Sequence 7’s upper fit, and a couple are not.
So we’ll just lay it out for ya, and leave you to make sense of it.
Let’s get the basics out of the way. The upper retains the combination of stitched-on synthetic plus no-sew tech. Except that the no-sew detail is more rubbery than the sharper layering of the Sequence 7.
So it is safe to say that the design language is toned down a bit. Even with the lime green accents on our color, the overall look felt a bit muted compared to the 2014 Sequence.
First, the good news. The Sequence 8’s toe-box is higher, made possible by raising the profile of the molded toe-bumper. The Sequence Boost 8 now makes use of a urethane toe-bumper instead of a synthetic leather type.
This helps release more room vertically, and puts a stop to the big toe poking through the mesh.
Forefoot is still snug, but less so than the Sequence 7. The reason? The lacing has been pushed back by a few millimeters, which means the lacing pressure also shifts backwards.
Both the Sequence versions use a half inner sleeve, and the mesh used on the 8 is thinner than the 7’s. This material switch also frees some room inside. In a nutshell, the quality of midfoot lock-down was more intense on the Sequence 7.
The SB8 uses a thicker tongue, which while insulates the lacing top-down pressure, leaves a bit to be desired in the midfoot grip. It isn’t the foam padding which has increased, but rather the closed mesh which gives the extra structure to the tongue.
So when you have the thicker eyestay and tongue working together, it gets in the way of the lacing trying to lock the upper down.
We also like the small changes made to the heel area. The lining and foam padding stay the same, yet the internal heel counter/stiffener has been lowered. This makes the Achilles dip area of the Sequence 8 softer without compromising on the quality of grip.
So the toe-box, forefoot and heel fit – we like. But there are a few things which we’re not exactly a fan of. There’re still no optional widths available, which for running shoes, is as bad as not offering free Wifi in a coffee shop.
The Sequence Boost 8 uses a lot of synthetic layering on the upper midfoot. It replaces the thin, well-ventilated panels (of the SB7) which sat flush over the foot. All that extra material on the Boost 8 makes the shoe stiffer, versus the relatively good-to-go out of the box feel of the 7.
The eye-stay on the Sequence 8 is much stiffer, which makes the lacing feel higher over the foot instead of laying flat over the tongue.
There’s an undesirable side-effect of this whole synthetic overload. The last eyelet rows are also the unfortunate beneficiaries of this stiffness, and end-up poking into your foot while running.
It seems as if someone from Hoka One One has started working at adidas, because Hoka has a lot of this going on in their shoes.
The tongue doesn’t help here (from the eyestay poke), because the flap is fairly narrow. The pressure from the eye-stay is applied directly on to the foot instead of being filtered through the tongue padding.
At the time of writing this review, the upper had not yet broken-in. So we suggest you hold off doing 10+ milers on the Sequence Boost 8 till those eyelets soften down a bit. The midsole is certainly capable of going long and fast right out of the box, but the same can’t be said for the Sequence 8’s upper. This is one area where the Sequence 7 scores over the 2015 version; that shoe felt good to go right out of the box.
Use of a closed upper mesh and the thicker midfoot panels makes the SB8 warmer. However, the running climate in your location will decide whether the decreased ventilation is a good thing or bad. And we’ll leave it at that.
Weight is up on the Sequence 8 by 5%, or 15 grams. The sole hasn’t changed, so all of the increase can be attributed to the reworked upper.
Since both models use the same midsole, the heel part retains the giant overlay of reflectivity. This thing is huge; when under light beams, it should be visible from a hundred meters at the very least.
A note on sizing, and this applies to most adidas models. adidas (and Hoka, New Balance) follow a half-size conversion from UK to US sizes, in contrast to one size difference between US/UK for the rest of American and Japanese brands.
So here’s a general thumb-rule: if you have a US 11 in Asics, Brooks, Nike, Saucony, then get a US 11 adidas. On the other hand, if you buy a UK 10 shoe, you need to get a UK 10.5 in adidas.
Technically speaking, adidas is correct, because that is the right conversion. And it is no surprise that even New Balance, who started with making orthopaedic footwear follows a half-size conversion. The rest of the brands have kept things simple with a +1 conversion.
So is the 2015 adidas Sequence Boost 8 an upgrade over the 7? In some ways, yes. Like the improved upper fit in the forefoot, barring the stiffness. Can the softer ride be called an upgrade? That depends on what you want, but as far as we’re concerned, a stability shoe should be firmer and less prone to cushioning bias.
Personally speaking, we’d pick the Sequence 7 over the 8.
(Disclaimer: For this review, Solereview bought the shoe at full US retail price.)
Looking to upgrade your older adidas Supernova Sequence Boost 7 to the latest version, but not sure how the 2015 model compares? We can help here. The following infographic is a ready-reckoner for what changes you might expect in the new model vs. old. To make this more fun, we’ve put in a system of percentage match, which calculates a weighted average for a set of attributes.
A higher or lower match percentage is neither good or bad. The % number just tells you how similar or distanced the new shoe is from the previous version. Total match % is a result of weighted averages.