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Adidas Acerra 3ST 2020 Review by The Good Ride
The Adidas Acerra 3ST is a new boot for 2020 that takes a lot of the response and shock absorption of the old Acerra but gives it a little more comfort and a little more day one comfort without sacrificing too much longevity.
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How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.
Size Tried: 8.5 and 10
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Nick (Size 10, 165lbs, 5’8”)
Insoles: Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers, Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers Lite, Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Falcor
Boards: Korua Pencil, Burton Flight Attendant, Rome Ravine
James’ Foot Specs
Foot Size: 9 US
Foot Width: D bordering on E
Arch Length: Right 9.5 and Left 9
Calves (Top of boot): 17”
Calves (Bottom of boot): 12”
Nicks Foot Specs
Foot Size: 10 US
Foot Width: C
Sizing: The Adidas Accera 3ST runs ½ size too big for most in the US so it’s often best to size down. A few readers have told me though that in UK sizing it fits true. It also runs really wide so if you have a wider foot that is in the size E or EE range this might work better than some wide boots.
Fit/Heel Hold: Even if you have a narrower foot the fit of the Adidas Accera 3ST is pretty good. It locks in the ankle more than the other Adidas boots but it’s still a little behind Focus Boa boots that overlap around the ankle or boots like K2 that have a narrow ankle area along with an inside and outside BOA around the ankle to really lock it in.
Comfort: Adidas boots can cause downward pressure on the top of the boot but with the Adidas Accera 3ST it seems like it’s been dialed back a bit to the point where I didn’t really notice it much.
Flex: Pretty medium-stiff to stiff flex.
Flex Retention: It will keep its flex a while but it doesn’t have the longevity that the old Accera or the Adidas Tactical ADV does.
Footprint: Very reduced footprint and if you combine that with that it is about ½ size larger which is mainly from the inside, you have a boot that is about ½ to 1 full size smaller in footprint than most boots. It can help reduce heel/toe drag with what you have and might help you get into a slightly narrower board than you are used to but don’t get greedy here.
Response/Turn Initiation: the Adidas Accera 3ST can overpower an easy turning board and it likes to work with boards that take more work to turn. Even though the flex is on the med/stiff bordering on the stiff side it has response that is near the top.
Shock Absorption: It’s the best we have come across. That is why we like the Adidas Accera 3ST and Tactical ADV so much. It really adds life to your snowboarding career.
Adjustability: There is a separation between upper and lower BOA’s which is great for those that are used to Burton Speed Lace or something similar to it.
Traction: Pretty good traction all around and those little patches of rubber last a long time. After 100 plus days on the same sole that’s on my Adidas Tactical ADV’s, there isn’t much wear.
On & Off Ease: Very quick on and off. If it wasn’t for the lace lock around the liner it would be perfect. Still, it’s hard to complain about that.
So if you want a super responsive boot but also want really exceptional shock absorption then the Adidas Accera 3ST might be a good call.
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