We interrupt our regularly scheduled performance running reviews to bring you this sub-$100 model. Not everyone can afford triple digit shoes, and that’s OK. We got the opportunity to check out something a little less pricey, and it’s actually not a terrible option.
One of the first things you might notice about the Cosmic 2 is its similar design to Adidas’ own Pure Boost DPR. However, instead of using Boost foam, this one uses Cloudfoam. This is basically just a proprietary version of run-of-the-mill EVA foam (it feels like there’s also some rubber content in there). It’s what Adidas uses in their lower-cost models and some sandals. On the plus side, Cloudfoam feels a little bouncier compared to say, bargain basement EVA stuff that you’d find in shoes by Champion or similar brands. We’d actually place it a little above the FreshFoam used in the New Balance Arishi, even though that’s one of NB’s signature cushioning systems. Truth be told, the last time this reviewer owned regular EVA shoes was some Nike Cortez’s while attending university. With my background in more expensive shoes, I was actually very impressed with Cloudfoam. That said, Boost it is not, or even the newer Bounce foam. A good comparison would be more like Nike’s Lunarlon or the foam set-up in the Brooks PureCadence (DNA foam, but much less of it). It unfortunately is not as good as either of those at absorbing shock, so heavier people on longer runs may be really rubbing their legs, afterward.
The upper is minimal in design, but no frills in function. It’s a little warmer and thicker than the Pure Boost DPR, despite looking very similar. It’s mildly supportive (as is the sole), and is on the narrow side. Overall, the best use of this shoe would be on the track or treadmill, where the relative softness of such surfaces will lend a hand to the shoe’s durability and performance.
The Adidas Cosmic 2 isn’t an amazing shoe. But it is MSRPed at $70, and sales will drive that price down even more. This reviewer’s preference is for the Galaxy 3, which has the same midsole and is $10 cheaper, while being a little wider. However, the Cosmic 2 is a bit more fashionable. It’s not built to last and not fantastic for people with a lot of pain/joint/weight concerns, but it’ll get the job done when you need it to.