Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
WeightMen: 12ozWomen: 10.2oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 10mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
Heel heightMen: 33mmWomen: 33mm
Forefoot heightMen: 23mmWomen: 23mm
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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87 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews
When running on a soft, muddy surface, it can give you the traction you need.
However, I’ve enjoyed the Raven 3 so much that I really wanted to give a nod to what I think is a really great protective, smooth riding, yet responsive shoe that is probably one of the most well-rounded trail shoes I’ve run in.
The Ravens deal well with shallow mud (far better than the Salomons – I tried a run with a Raven on one foot and an XA Pro 3D Ultra on the other to be sure), with all the lugs finding firmer ground underneath. As I expected they are not so good in deep mud, but that’s not what they are aimed at
"5/5 for looks, quality, cushioning, grip and all round awesomeness"
- The 3rd version of the Adidas Adistar Raven gives the runner superb performance on the trails. Even from its façade, one can definitely see that this shoe is a high quality trail running gear that’s made to deliver sure service to those who wear it. Sturdy and efficient technologies ensure that the roughness of the paths are no match for its design and purpose.
- The upper unit features textiles and synthetic materials that are strong and very effective in protecting and wrapping around the foot securely. The runner definitely gets the feeling of being fully covered and hugged by the upper an all-encompassing overlay system and breathable mesh. In essence, this shoe’s upper unit is really created to take on the trails.
- The mid-sole unit uses proprietary Adidas technologies to make a reliable and responsive platform on which to rest the foot. Propulsion and efficient forefoot lift are afforded by a springy forefoot foam, while shock absorption is handled by a unit in the rear section of the shoe.
- The outsole unit of this running shoe uses some of the most aggressive trail-specific technologies that are going to render the unpredictable paths easier to traverse. Traction over all kinds of surfaces is afforded by this very versatile external layer. It also protects the shoe from damage or wear.
The Adidas Adistar Raven 3 has a standard running shoe length. The men and women’s versions come in sizes that follow the regular measurements. The available width is medium, so it accommodates runners who have medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape also lets the foot adapt well to it.
The outsole unit of the Adidas Adistar Raven 3 uses the ADIWEAR™ technology, which is a durable material that is able to protect the shoe from wear and the abrasive nature of the unpredictable terrain. It doesn’t peel off easily, so it stays efficient even after many uses. This outsole material is also used in the Duramo 9.
Continental™ Rubber is a technology that’s primarily used for racing tires. It’s crafted to deliver sure grip on dry and wet surfaces, so accidental slippage is prevented. Its considerable use in this running shoe greatly helps in controlling the surfaces.
The Adaptive TRAXION is a trail-specific outsole design that gives the runner more grip on multiple types of surfaces. It gives the runner the capability to surely handle uphill and downhill traversals.
The ADIPRENE® technology uses a foam material that focuses on delivering sure protection against impact shock when landing the foot on the ground. It’s primarily placed in the heel area, making each heel strike more agreeable.
The ADIPRENE®+ is placed in the forefoot area. This foam unit actually gives a propulsive boost to the movement of the runner, so each step becomes more responsive and powerful. Toe-offs become explosive, rendering each running experience faster.
Durable textiles and synthetic materials are used in the upper unit of the Adidas Adistar Raven 3. When combined, they deliver a sure and all-encompassing coverage that doesn’t lose structure easily. The overlay system connects directly to the shoelaces, so when they’re adjusted the whole upper follows suit.
Air mesh is a part of what makes this neutral running shoe breathable and free from irritating warm spots. It encourages air to enter the shoe to keep the foot cool and dry at all times.
The techfit™ upper engineering is made to follow the natural shape and movement of the wearer’s foot. It makes the inner section seamless and flexible, offering a sock-like fit in the process. The runner can even wear this shoe without socks and it won’t irritate the foot.
Anatomical underfoot support is afforded by a molded EVA sock liner, which gives the contours of the underfoot additional cushioning.