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List Price US $320
Adidas Response ADV 2018 Snowboard Boot Review
Riding Level Intermediate - Expert
Lacing Type Double BOA
Manufactured in
Flex

Medium

Turn Initiation

Medium/Fast

Comfort Great
Heel Hold Great
Adjustability Great
Reduced Footprint Excellent
Flex Retention Great
Shock Absorption Great
Traction Great
On & Off Ease Great

Adidas Response ADV 2018 Review by The Good Ride

The Adidas Response ADV is very similar in response to the Tatical 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.

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. 

Days: 3
Size Tried: 9
Riders: James
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union SuperproBurton Genesis X,
Boards: OZ Custom WoodyJones Ultra Mountain Twin,  Lib Tech TRS

James’ Foot Specs
Shoe Size: 9 with most boots/active shoes and 10 casual.
Calves (Widest Point): 17”
Calves (At top of boot): 12”
Foot Width at Widest Point: 4”
Mid Foot Width: 4”
Heel Width: 2.5”
Foot Height (Highest Point): 3”
Widest Point Around My Ankles 11.5”

Fit: So it runs a little bit on the wider side and just a touch wider than Burton boots which many are familiar with.  I would say for most it fits about 1/4 to 1/2 size smaller than most boots fit me so it’s probably the same for you.

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 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 is completely separate so you can keep the top tight and the bottom loose 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.

 
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