Great sneakers for rainy-day runs

The Adidas Ultraboost All Terrain has a water-repellent coating.
The Adidas Ultraboost All Terrain has a water-repellent coating.

With Singapore's weather blowing hot and cold these days, runners might want to wear a pair of weather-resistant running shoes when they are out jogging.

Enter the Adidas Ultraboost All Terrain (AT).

In my previous tests, the Adidas Ultraboost had the most responsive ride and best energy return of the various running shoes I tried. This is due to its Boost midsole, which absorbs power from the wearer's foot-strike and releases it during push-off to propel him forward.

This AT version uses Adidas' Primeknit upper that has been coated with a layer of water-repellent film. The sockliner-like upper extends all the way up to aboveankle level for support and comfort.

In addition, these running shoes have an integrated mid-foot cage to hold the foot in place during transition. Its flexible grid-like rubber outsole is said to have a firm grip, whether on wet or dry surfaces.

The shoe's fitting is a tad tight. For those who prefer to wear their shoes a bit looser, go for half a size larger than the regular shoe size. Keep in mind, though, that the tight fit does allow the heel counter to cup the ankle securely without restricting movement or comfort.

The trade-off for the weatherresistance is that the AT feels quite warm in Singapore's tropical climate. Even when not running, one's feet can feel really warm.

  • TECH SPECS

    PRICE: From $339

    MATERIAL: Adidas' Ultraboost midsole with Primeknit upper and rubber outsole

    HEEL DROP: 10mm 

    WEIGHT: 338g (US 9, Men's)

    RATING

    DESIGN: 4/5

    PERFORMANCE: 5/5

    VALUE FOR MONEY: 3/5

    OVERALL: 4/5

However, during recent runs in rainy weather, I appreciate the water-repelling feature of the AT. My feet are "wet" only from sweat, but not from torrential rain or puddles of water dotting the park connector on my usual 5km jogs.

I also appreciate the massive energy return the AT gives me. I feel a bounce every time my foot hits the ground. I shave off a minute from my usual times just by wearing the AT.

Furthermore, the AT looks trendy enough to wear on a day out. It is also great if one is travelling to a cold country as there is no need to pack another pair of walking shoes.

• Verdict: It has all the benefits of the Adidas Ultraboost wrapped in a weather-resistant coating. A great pair of sneakers for a rainy-day run, although they can get a little warm.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 31, 2018, with the headline 'Great sneakers for rainy-day runs'. Print Edition | Subscribe