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Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Women: 7.5oz
Heel to toe drop: Women: 11mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Women: 25mm
Forefoot height: Women: 14mm
Brand: Adidas
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $75
Colorways: Grey
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  • The Adidas Explorer is a trail running shoe that’s created for women who have neutral pronation. This product boasts a street-ready façade, yet its external pad has been optimized for off-road paths. A rubber compound covers the entire cushioned platform, and it has prominent gripping lugs that can tackle the uneven terrains with ease.

  • Some may call the upper of this neutral shoe a fashionable one as it has an uncluttered look and sock-like construction that’s reminiscent of other trendy road runners like the Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit 2018. Like that shoe, the Explorer has a garter collar that evokes the feeling of merely wearing a sock; but unlike the Nike offering’s strap-based security system, this Adidas trail runner employs an asymmetrical lacing system with flat laces and discreet eyelets.

The Adidas Explorer shoes were made using the standard measurements, allowing runners to choose a size that suits their expectations. But it is always helpful to try on the shoe first or see some user feedback about the thoughts on fit and sizing. Widthwise, the only available variant is B – Medium as this shoe has been made with women’s foot dimensions in mind.

The outsole unit of the Adidas Explorer features an all-encompassing rubber compound, which means that it covers the entire underside of the midsole foam. The job of this relatively generous layer is to protect against wear-and-tear while also providing traction over the surfaces.

Moderately prominent gripping lugs pockmark the structure of the rubber exterior. These triangular nodes are meant to heighten surface grip, particularly on uneven topography. Upward and downward traversals are the actions that are most likely going to benefit the most from such a design.

The midsole unit of the Adidas Explorer is made up of a full-length Cloudfoam piece. This cushioning unit is tasked with carrying the foot throughout the entire running session and supporting it as it lands and takes off. It is lightweight in design, and its form is flexible. Runners who desire some bendability may find it in the Cloudfoam technology.

An Ortholite® sockliner is placed right above the main platform. The purpose of this add-on is to provide extra cushioning for the underfoot. The brand also boasts a treatment process that renders its products resistant to moisture and bacteria buildup.

The primary textile that’s used for the upper unit of the Adidas Explorer is mesh, which is a lightweight and breathable material. It has a multi-layered weave that helps in staving off dust and small debris without sacrificing ventilation.

A one-piece opening graces this shoe. A stretchy end-point is the one that accommodates the foot, hugging it completely and preventing the elements from entering the interior chamber. The ‘Adidas’ wording is repeatedly emblazoned on it.

The forefoot, sides, and heel have suede overlays to support the foot and keep it from wobbling. The ones on the heel are the only ones that don’t double as eyelets for the lacing system.

An asymmetrical lacing system assists the fabrics in embracing the foot, targeting multiple points to have more expansive coverage. Flat laces go through discreet eyelets, forming a seemingly haphazard pattern, but such a design is paramount to achieving optimum security.

A pull-tab is stitched to the back of the upper unit. It aims to help the runner when it comes to wearing or removing the Adidas Explorer. The person would only need to stretch the one-piece opening via the tab, widening the entry point and allowing the foot in/out effortlessly.


Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.