Facts

Discontinued
Update: Adistar Raven Boost
Terrain
Trail
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Price
$150
Weight
M: 340g | W: 289g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Heel height
M: 33mm | W: 33mm
Forefoot height
M: 23mm | W: 23mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

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.

Summary

We spent 7.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Easy to secure the foot because the Raven 3 includes a durable drawstring feature.

  • Provides great comfort to the foot through a thick insole, a padded tongue and padded ankle sections based on the observation of a handful of runners.

  • Available in bright colors that make the shoe look more stylish.

  • Less chances of slipping off the surface because of its good traction, according to a few testers.

  • Uses high-abrasion rubber for superior durability, which also makes the Raven 3 a good investment.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Runners who want to run long distances may not enjoy the 3rd edition of the Adidas Adistar Raven.

  • Not entirely water-resistant compared to what was promised.

  • This trail running shoe does not work well with deep mud, and may cause problems with your stability while trailing.

Bottom line

The Adistar Raven 3 is a trail running shoe designed for runners with high arches and underpronation. The curved last included in this shoe helped in allowing more pronation, thus, minimizing the stress caused on the foot. It is only ideal for short distance running or daily running on uneven trail.



World wide, Adistar Raven 3 is in the bottom 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, Adidas, is the 3rd most popular.

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Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 33 ratings

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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87 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 90
    CharlesLevel 1 expert
    by Charles Rodmell
    When running on a soft, muddy surface, it can give you the traction you need.
  • 86
    David HenryLevel 4 expert
    by Runblogger
    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.
  • 81
    CharlesLevel 2 expert
    by Gear Selected
    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
  • 99
    Siany1Level 1 expert
    by Dashing Divas
    "5/5 for looks, quality, cushioning, grip and all round awesomeness"
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  • Richard Shop Zappos
    Super shock-absorbing midsole and a rubber continental outsole that’s gonna help you be nice and steady on variety of surfaces.

Updates to Adistar Raven 3

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.

Adistar Raven 3 size and fit

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.

Outsole

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.

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.

Midsole

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.

Upper

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 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.


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