Adidas Response ADV 2019 - 2018 Review by The Good Ride
The Adidas Response ADV is very similar in response to the Tactical ADV but in many ways, it trades Double BOA adjustability for Energy Boost shock absorption. This is a really good boot but to us, the shock absorption of the Tactical ADV was better for us than faster adjustability. Still, for many, it will be the other way around and the shock absorption is still very good.
The 2019 Adidas Response ADV is the same as the 2018 model. Both run about 1/2 size large so it is best to side 1/2 size down from your true size. For example, I’m a true size 9 but fit best in a size 8.5 Adidas boot. In 2017 I fit a size 9 but for 2018 and 2019 an 8.5 fit almost like the 2017 size 9.
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Size Tried: 8.5 and 9
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Zobel (Size 11.5, 6’ 180lbs),
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Superpro, Burton Genesis X, Burton Cartel, Union Force, Union Strata, Union Contact Pro
Boards: OZ Custom Woody, Jones Ultra Mountain Twin, Lib Tech TRS, Korua Puzzle, Korua Otto, Korua Tranny Finder
Insoles: Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile, Sandsole Custom Insoles
Bindings: Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Strata, Union Superpro, Burton Genesis, Burton Genesis X,
James’ Foot Specs
Foot Size: Right 9 and Left 8.75
Foot Width: Right and Left between a D/E
Arch Length: Right 9.5 and Left 9
Calves (Widest Point): 17”
Calves (At top of boot): 12”
Fit/Sizing: So it runs a little bit on the wider side and just a touch wider than Burton boots which many are familiar with. So other than UK sizing which fits true, the Adidas Response runs on the bigger side and for all of us at The Good Ride the boots fit right at 1/2 size smaller than our actual fit. They also fit a wider foot and although they aren’t technically wide boots they fit as well as some boots made specifically for wider feet.
Flex: The Adidas Response ADV flex is right there with the Tactical ADV at a 6 out of 10 and we felt this is a pretty right on an assessment by Adidas. Some companies can be way off. It’s got a good feel on the forward flex.
Comfort: So I wish I could do this review over now that I found 8.5 for the 2018 models is a perfect fit for me because the size 9 was a little off. I think a lot of the little flex issues/pressure points would disappear with the response like they did with the Tactical ADV when I sized down. It seems like it would be almost free of pressure points and hot spots day one.
Flex Retention: Love the way the Adidas Response ADV is laid out. It’s got the articulating cuff that we love that seems to really help with flex retention. Seems like a boot that will hang in there for 100 days without becoming a sock at the end. So my only concern with the Response is how comfortable it is day 1. Sometimes this could mean that the boot will break down quickly but in this case, I’m leaning towards thinking it won’t. Just because my 2017 Tactical ADV with more than 50 days on it still has almost all it’s flex and it has similar flex retention tech.
Footprint: At my size (9 and 8.5 with this boot) the Adidas Response ADV kills it and it’s smaller than every boot in the industry. As you size up it’s not quite as reduced as some of the industry leaders like Burton. At least most will size down 1/2 size so it should come close to evening out.
Turn Initiation: It’s got the kind of turn initiation I love. There is enough response to power a slow turning stiff freeride board well enough but also still be fun on a more freestyle oriented board. It’s got that fun middle ground response that fits a wide spectrum of boards.
Shock Absorption: Before I tried Energy Boost like with the Tactical ADV and Acerra ADV I would have said this was at the top but they changed things for me. Still, it’s way above average.
Heel Hold: I like how the BOA lacing works here. You have adjustability but you also still have a good wrap around the ankle. If you want a super grip around the ankle there is better BOA lacing out there but it’s better than most speed lace boots I’ve tried.
Adjustability: Most double BOA boots don’t give you the adjustability that the Adidas Response ADV does. Upper and lower are completely separate so you can keep the top tight and the bottom loses or vice versa. Love this and it’s nice to see more BOA boots like this.
Traction: Actually the traction on the Response was better in most conditions than the Tactical ADV and I love this Continental rubber.
On & Off Ease: BOA is pretty easy on and very easy off. It’s on the upper end of the quick on and off thing so many people love.
So all in all the Adidas Response ADV got slightly edged out as a favorite by the Tactical ADV but it came very close and we liked this boot. For us, the Energy Boost shock absorption tech and overall feel underfoot on snow put the Tactical ADV over the top but many of you will prefer the better traction and BOA lacing.
Adidas Response ADV Past Reviews
Before you watch these vids I tried a size 9 but based on the liner change an 8.5 would have been a better fit. Based on trying a 2018 8.5 vs. 9 Tactical ADV this fall I found all little pressure point issues went away going to an 8.5. It’s probably the same case for the Response.
Adidas Response ADV Images
Adidas Company Information
Adidas Response ADV User Reviews
Any thoughts on changes in 2020?
I have the 2017 version, they are great, no foot pain. The heel hold could be a little better but willing to Put up with this because of comfort factor.
One problem is as James mentioned, the side of front instep area started to kink up a bit after about 25 days. I think there's a weak point there on the outer shell. But still overall great boots. They are at least 1/2 too big ,if not more.
I saw the 2019 version had redesigned outer shell, that looks similar to Tactical Adv, which might help with eliminating the weak points around the area. Have you guys at Good Ride had a chance to ride 2020 version?
Thanks and keep up the good work!
Great boots but
Great boots overall but two issues:
1. heel hold could have been better - the boots feel loose even though I tried to tighten it a lot and I've already sized down
2. the material of the outer shell could have been more durable - the material started peeling off after only 10 days of riding
Still love these boots overall and sent mine in for warranty claims - still I feel Adidas could have done a better job.
Had 32 TM2 XLTs before which were good but these things are another level.
I have wide feet, these things are sooo comfortable.
The reduction shortened the length by about two sizes, I’d say, reducing drag, comes in handy for eurocarves, reverts, etc.
They’re much lighter, noticeable when riding.
The BOA lacing is so much easier. Standard lacing was a chore to adjust through the day, these are a delight.
My only gripe would be the stitching on the toe cap and top of the toe box isn’t very durable and has already started coming undone. Looks cosmetic at the moment but I'll reinforce with resin just in case.
They’re pretty much my dream boot, although I haven’t tried Energy Boost.
Adidas ADV Snowboard Boots
These ADV's look the bees knees but dam did Adidas not even bother with the final quality check and design.I watched and read the review from this site and even though I been riding Burton boots for last 8 seasons I decided to take the plunge and purchase a pair of ADV's.
On the first day I notice the lower part of both tongues just before toes its was digging in but not enough pain I would called it a day plus the were crease marks on either side of the boots starting from the top 1st Adidas strip towards the middle 3rd strip.(I mainly just carved and switch riding).
Second day(bit more free styling) the pain got worse.Tried adjusting boot settings,bindings and stance maybe a fraction this way or that way might have ease or solved the problem but to no avail.Only could ride for 3 hours and had to call it a day with these boots.Sold the boots to a local guy for €200(Paid €310) and add on another €120 for a pair Burton Imperials.
Buyer contact me about 10 days later to help with his warranty claim as what I was mentioning above one boot has clasped in due to bad R&D.
PROS....Classic like Adidas sneaker look.Soles are very comfy.2 nice colour ways.Double Boa System.
CONS...Velcro kept departing from tongue.5-10% wider than most snowboard boots(not a bad thing if you have wide feet).Poor design of boots overall for a price tag of €350!!!