adidas Adios Boost vs. Nike Zoom Streak 3: Comparing the Two Most Popular Shoes Worn in the 2013 NYC Marathon

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Yesterday morning the first two women to cross the New York City Marathon finish line had something in common other than a shared 02:25 timeframe. Both Priscah Jeptoo and Buzunesh Deba wore the Nike Zoom Streak 3 across the finish line, finishing 49 seconds apart. Their loyalty to the 2010 Nike model was shared, as 10 of the first 100 runners to cross the finish line (including elite men and women) choose the Zoom Streak 3s.

The other notable shoe of the race became the Boost version of the former elite go-to Adizero Adios. Twelve of the first 100 runners wore the Boost-enhanced Adios while another handful of people wore the Boost Energy (more equipped to run the 26.2 with a slightly thicker midsole for less experienced runners). Why were these two models so popular among elite and everyday athletes this year? Let’s compare the two most popular shoes of the 2013 ING NYC Marathon, the Nike Zoom Streak 3 and the adidas Adios Boost.


Calvy Click is the Editor-in-Chief of Sneaker Report. When she isn’t writing about performance footwear and apparel, you can find her running around Manhattan to Rick Ross anthems. Keep up if you can on Instagram or Twitter

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  • rgsooh

    Not much of a comparison of the two shoes. I run in the Adios 2’s; the boost would make it a much different shoe. I would assume the Streaks are a very unique Nike tool, but the article just mentions one difference between the soles of the Adios and Streak. Give me more details on the technical differences.