Lighter, faster, greener: Adidas updates its most popular running shoe franchise

The lightest Ultraboost ever has a 10% lower carbon footprint and features a redesigned LEP for optimised responsiveness

Adidas launches Ultraboost Light running shoes
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Adidas' Ultraboost line of running shoes has always been one of the most popular among casual runners, not least because the shoes were soft and bouncy and looked quite cool, too. And if you liked the previous iterations of the shoe – we sure did, check out T3's Adidas Ultraboost 19, Adidas Ultraboost 21 and Adidas Ultraboost 22 reviews – you'll love the new lighter and more sustainable Ultraboost Light.

Marking a decade since the introduction of BOOST technology, the new and improved Ultraboost Light benefits from 30% lighter BOOST material. Taking runners' experiences to the next level, the all-new Ultraboost Light also boasts a redesigned Linear Energy Point (LEP) found on the sole of the shoe has been reworked to "optimise responsiveness and work in harmony" with the new Light BOOST material.

Looking at the press images, the Ultraboost Light seems very similar to previous Ultraboost shoes with its chunky heel, plush integrated heel tab and sporty, tight-fitting upper. “Thanks to our ground-breaking material innovation – Light BOOST – runners retain the existing benefits of running in an Ultraboost, but with the bonus of a lighter silhouette,” adds Simon Lockett, Footwear Product Marketing Category Director at Adidas.

Adidas launches Ultraboost Light running shoes

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Another new addition is the PRIMEKNIT+ upper, which we already saw on the unique Adidas 4DFWD sneakers, built for ultimate breathability and comfort, and the Continental natural performance rubber outsole that is said to provide optimum traction in any weather condition. As for sustainability, the Ultraboost Light has a 10% lower carbon footprint than previous versions.

Interestingly, Adidas recommends the Ultraboost Light for performance running, which might surprise people who ever ran in Ultraboost before. If by 'performance' they mean recovery performance, we'd certainly agree. The aggressive 10 mm drop does suggest a more forward-moving approach, though. 

The new Ultraboost Light will launch in a white colourway, featuring solar red and core black detailing, priced at $190/£170/€190 and is available to purchase in-store and online at Adidas US, Adidas UK, with Early Access for members of the adidas Adi Club from today. For more info about Adidas performance footwear, visit our best running shoes guide.

Matt Kollat
Section Editor | Active

Matt Kollat is a journalist and content creator who works for and its magazine counterpart as an Active Editor. His areas of expertise include wearables, drones, fitness equipment, nutrition and outdoor gear. He joined T3 in 2019. His byline appears in several publications, including Techradar and Fit&Well, and more. Matt also collaborated with other content creators (e.g. Garage Gym Reviews) and judged many awards, such as the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance's ESSNawards. When he isn't working out, running or cycling, you'll find him roaming the countryside and trying out new podcasting and content creation equipment.