Elevar Flybolt Review: A better, cheaper running shoe?

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Elevar Flybolt Review: After we reviewed the cheaper Ultraboost alternative, the Elevar Arc Racer – we were pleasantly surprised. So, when they released their new Flybolt, we were excited to give you our honest review.

A great, affordable shoe
Elevar Flybolt Running Shoe

For about 50 bucks, it's hard to find much wrong with this lightweight, comfortable shoe. We don't LOVE the design, but it's a great alternative to more expensive shoes.

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Let’s dive into our Elevar Flybolt Review to see if they really are a worthy of replacing your favorite running shoes.

Elevar Flybolt Review vs. Competitors: what’s the big idea

In short, Elevar is trying to make a better shoe company that is more affordable, but packed with technology and comfort. The Elevar Flybolt is their new performance-driven running shoe that they hope can compete with the likes of the Adidas , Nike , and the other big dogs.

So, how did they fare? Let’s take a look.

Elevar Flybolt: It’s super lightweight

The first thing you’ll notice with the Flybolt shoe from the second you take them out of the box is just how lightweight they are. They are only 289 grams, which is almost unheard of in the running shoe world – at least if you want any cushion. It’s also lighter than the Elevar Arc Racer.

This was a pleasant surprise, and they feel very light on your feet while you are running. There is definitely a noticeable difference when you compare them to other shoes that can be much heavier.

You almost feel like you are gliding when you run in them, and they are very comfortable overall.

Elevar Flybolt: They have a great fit

Elevar Flybolt Review

The next thing you’ll notice is the amazing fit of these shoes. They are snug but not too tight, and they hug your feet in all the right places.

The AEROKNIT® upper and the micro-fiber tongue is designed to give you a comfortable sock-like fit and the best mid-foot support.

Even though the shoe has a “sock-like” fit, I would recommend wearing socks with the Elevar Flybolt. That will keep them lasting a long longer and not smelling so stinky.

Find some no-show socks to really complete the look.

Quick warning: I am not a sneakerhead.. or even a runner

I am not a sneakerhead. I don’t wait in line for the newest Air Jordans to come out. I don’t have a shoe closet full of designer labels. I just like comfortable shoes that are sturdy, lightweight, and last a long time. So, take this Elevar Flybolt Review for what’s it worth: I’m not a sneakerhead, it’s just an above-average shoe review. That’s it.

I found the Elevar Flybolt to be a comfortable, lightweight and durable shoe.

Elevar Flybolt Review: The facts

Elevar Flybolt was created by a brand new shoe company, actually based in India (but the founders have a ton of experience in the shoe industry). Before we dive deeper into our Flybolt Review, here’s what Elevar has to say about their shoe:

  • Ultra-Responsive Cushioning Technology: The RYDEFOAM soles are comprised of ETPU, tiny thermoplastic foam pellets that provide a smooth, cushioning footbed with high bounce energy return.
  • Incredible Sock Like Fit: The AEROKNIT upper is made from a breathable, flexible fabric composition that finds the ideal balance between stability and mobility.
  • Integrated Foot Stability System: The TPU-supported heel piece, inner ankle locking mechanism, and mid foot stabilizers work together to form a system that is designed to keep your feet in equilibrium at all times.
  • You have to appreciate a shoe company that can states exactly what they are trying to accomplish.

Elevar Flybolt Review: What we love

As I mentioned earlier, I’m not a sneakerhead, I just like good comfortable shoes. There is a lot to like about the Elevar Arc Racer!

However, Elevar is VERY clear about what their shoe is made for:

The Comfort

Comfort: 9.5/10

Weight: 289 Grams per shoe

Breathability: 8.6/10

First things, first: these shoes are super comfortable and super lightweight. A size 10 Flybolt is around 289 grams each shoe. The Ultraboost in the same size is about 330 grams per shoe. Not a HUGE difference, but that shows you how light these shoes really are.

The Tree Dasher (read our Tree Dasher Review)

In comparison, Allbirds Wool Runners weigh about 450 grams per shoe. Even wearing the Arc Racer and the Flybolt on each foot, I could actually tell a difference

The Arc Racers also have the same sort of “bounce” as the Ultraboots – it helps add to the lightweight feel, but the Flybolt has a more natural feel to the sole. Not the giant “bounce” you get with some other shoes – but that’s by design.

Elevar claims that the TPU heel piece (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) is a robust yet flexible substance that supports the heel and maintains your foot in good form, especially when running. When you’re wearing it, it doesn’t feel “floppy” (my phrase, not theirs).

The Design

We prefer the simple look of the Arc Dasher, but it isn’t a deal killer.

We loved the simple, all-black design of the Arc Racer, but the Flybolt has a bit more going on. We wish it was a little more simple, but not a deal killer.

We do love the inner red sole that you see when taking on and off the shoe, it’s a nice touch.

Knowing what they are – and what they aren’t

We also really liked that these shoes knew what they stood for: they wanted to bring high-end technology at a more affordable price. Granted, at about $50, they still aren’t the cheapest shoes you will find, but they are an incredibly good value.

Elevar Flybolt: What we didn’t love

There are just a few minor things that we didn’t like about the shoe, and to be honest, they’re kind of silly.

The Insole

The insole is a really cool red accent, which makes it pop. However, a slightly better-fitting insole would have been much better. Since I’ve been spoiled by Allbirds, I don’t wear socks very often. You can get away without wearing socks with the Elevar Arc Racer, but I’d recommend wearing socks with the Elevar Flybolt.

The insole comes out of the shoe easily when I take my foot out of it without socks on. It’s difficult to put it back in there, so I suppose that’s nit-picky.

The Design

I wish the design was just a little more simple. It’s not a bad looking shoe, there’s just a lot going on.

I’m not sure how well the show will hold up over time, especially with the small type on parts of it – but the shoe isn’t hideous, either.

Elevar Flybolt Review: A worthy running shoe alternative?

A great, affordable shoe
Elevar Flybolt Running Shoe

For about 50 bucks, it's hard to find much wrong with this lightweight, comfortable shoe. We don't LOVE the design, but it's a great alternative to more expensive shoes.

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All in all, I’m thoroughly impressed with the Flybolt. It’s a fantastic running shoe that is also versatile enough to wear for other activities. It’s well-made and lightweight, making it perfect for on-the-go use. At $50, it’s an incredible bargain – you really can’t go wrong with this purchase!

Let us know if you have any questions and if you’ve tried this amazing new shoe brand. I really love any shoe brand that is willing to take on the big dogs like Nike, Adidas and more!

Want something more formal? Check out our Zerogrand Review, our Amberjack Review, and Wolf & Shepherd Review (and their Loafers, too).

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