Summary

We spent 6.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The general feedback for the Adidas Kanadia 7 was positive and many said that it was very comfortable and agreeable to their performance on the trails.
  • An athlete wrote that they had no issue with this model when they used it for off-road racing competitions.
  • The trail-ready outsole was lauded by testers because it was able to hold onto the trail surfaces with ease.
  • Rocks, grass, dirt and mud weren’t much of a problem for this model, as observed by a majority of users.
  • A purchaser stated that they would recommend the Adidas Kanadia 7 to a friend because it was long-lasting, and that it had perfect quality.
  • The upper unit felt snug but not too tight, noted some runners.
  • A lot of testers wrote that they had a good price for such a quality trail running shoe.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A user complained that the toe-box was too big and that it caused their foot to slide around a little bit.
  • One tester noted that the outsole grip wasn’t as strong on wet surfaces because they slipped and fell under such conditions.

Bottom line

Comfortable coverage, responsive cushioning and a trail-ready outsole enable the Adidas Kanadia 7 to provide dependable performance in the great outdoors. A lot of runners and athletes praised its design, its cushioning and its grip on multiple types of topography. A polarizing user review criticized the outsole’s performance on wet surfaces but didn’t seem to be the case for a great majority of those who tried this neutral trail shoe.

Facts

Update:
Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9.7oz | Women: 9.7oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 11mm | Women: 11mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Brand: Adidas
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $80
Colorways: Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Grey, Pink, Purple, Red
Special editions: 1 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

Among the better Trail running shoes
It has never been more popular than this April

Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 | Sundried | | Level 2 expert

    Nice quality, stylish and fast. Well as fast as your legs can move. 

  • 82 / 100 | Take it in Your Stride | | Level 1 expert

    I have had worse shoes for 3 times the price of these so I’m really impressed.

  • 77 / 100 | Of Runsound Mind | Level 1 expert

    The trainer itself is comfortable, the fractured metatarsal area doesn’t get as cranky on the downhills as it does with other shoes but the aforementioned issue means these won’t be a re-purchase.

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  • Trail running sessions are more comfortable and well-supported, thanks to the Adidas Kanadia 7. Featuring breathable upper components, a responsive mid-sole and a trail-ready outsole, it enables the runner to perform more confidently and surely on the unpredictable terrain.
  • Breathable support is needed to make the running experience more comfortable to the runner. The flow of air in and through the upper fabrics prevents the interior from feeling too warm for the foot. The mesh material is able to deliver such a feature. A combination of stitched and fused overlays makes the upper feel more secure.
  • The SuperCloud™ technology delivers lightweight and responsive cushioning for the runner. It is able to conform to the shape of the wearer’s foot, aptly providing contoured support to areas of the underfoot that aren’t typically cushioned. Additional cushioning is afforded to the runner by a padded sock liner.
  • TRAXION™ is made from high quality rubber and proprietary materials. It covers the entire surface of the sole unit, essentially shielding it from wear and tear. Gripping lugs deliver traction over many types of ground. They face multiple directions, thus enabling the runner to tackle upward and downward traversals easily and efficiently.

The Adidas Kanadia 7 uses regular measurements for the sizing scheme. The available width is medium for both the men and women’s versions. It accommodates the runners who have medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape adheres naturally to the natural curve of the human foot.


Similar to its latest version the Kanadia 8, the Kanadia 7 uses TRAXION™ which is an outsole technology that uses durable rubber and proprietary components. It protects the rest of the Adidas Kanadia 7’s mid-sole from the potentially damaging nature of the unpredictable outdoor topography.

Gripping lugs that face different directions are molded to the surface of the outsole. They enable the shoe to hold onto many types of terrain, while also making it easier to handle uphill and downhill paths.


The Adidas Kanadia 7 has the SuperCloud™, which is a comfortable, full-length material that delivers responsive cushioning. It conforms itself to the shape of the individual’s foot, making sure to support the arch and other underfoot curves that aren’t normally cushioned by regular mid-sole foams.

The underside of the foot is given more cushioning by a padded sock liner. It is flexible and responsive to the movements of the foot, so it won’t restrict the natural performance of the wearer.


Air mesh is used for the upper unit of the Adidas Kanadia 7. Its breathable nature allows air to seamlessly enter the foot-chamber in order to maintain a well-ventilated running experience.

A mix of stitched and fused overlays makes the upper unit more robust in its looks and its functionality. Connected to the lacing system, these overlays adjust when the shoelaces are tightened or loosened, thus giving a customizable fit.

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