The adidas UltraBOOST WINTER.RDY is Just ThatRelease: 23 January 2021
When the adidas UltraBOOST launched in 2015, it was lauded as the near-perfect running shoe for its instant comfort and performance credentials. Its Primeknit uppers paired to BOOST midsoles and Continental rubber outsoles were largely responsible for its success, but it had one Achilles heel common to many lightweight runners: a distinct lack of weatherproofing. Thankfully, adi are set to rectify that minor issue with the UltraBOOST WINTER.RDY.
As the name suggests, it is a ‘winterised’ version of the popular running shoe, and it achieves this through a couple of modifications. Firstly, Primeknit is still used for the uppers, but the weave has been tightened to be more water resistant, while still remaining breathable and stretchy. Additionally, a welded synthetic overlay that adi are calling COLD.RDY lines the perimeter above the midsole, acting as a mudguard to prevent wayward splashes seeping in. The entire upper is coated in WINTER.RDY, adidas’ in-house take on Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatments. Underfoot, the all-conditions tune up is completed with Continental WinterGRIP rubber compound arranged in a grippier configuration, which, of course, is mated to the venerable full-length BOOST midsole unit.
Now, that’s certainly an eyeful to take in. However, the proof is in the puddle. His and hers editions have just released at adidas in all-black colourways, so give them a splash if you don’t fear the wet stuff.