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Having connected Adidas with road running, I found my self reluctant to try a trail shoe like Adidas Kanadia 8.

I had a desire to move from low drop shoes to medium ones. Plus, it is a lightweight (<300gr) trail shoe with uncompetable price tag (45-EUR / GREECE).

All these factors turned the scales in favor of the Kanadia 8.

The design - 89%

The truth is Kanadia 8 is a bit bulkier than the Kanadia 7. However, I would consider it an edge rather than a drawback.

The design is totally appealing and aggressive without any unnecessary parts. Its weight of 275gr proves the fact that it is an advantage.

Comfort - 88%

I would characterize Kanadia 8 as a true-to-size shoe. Having past experience with narrow Adidas road running shoes, I went with half a size up, which I learned was unnecessary.

The midsole's soft foam turned out to perform above average, being very responsive and absorbing most of the bumps.

Also, since it is lightweight, it did not add up any pressure to your legs as fatigue starts to kick in after your first miles.


A decent image for a 300km(180mi) pair of shoes :)

Upper - 79%

This is the part where I have to be a bit critical about the Adidas Kanadia 8, specifically, with its solid panel. Although it adds protection, it will not let you tighten the laces as much as you want.

Also, the disappointing performance of the shoelaces themselves, combined with the aforementioned stiffness of the solid panel was not a satisfying outcome.

If you try a regular knot, you will find your self re-tying them soon. All of the above ended up in a bit of a loss in stability during intense downhill sessions.


The solid panel is the culprit for the loss of stability during intense downhill sessions.

Midsole - 88%

As mentioned before, the midsole's soft cloudfoam did more than well in protecting my feet from the rocky bumps of the Greek mountains.



The interesting part is that the performance did not wear off even after the 300km that I ran in them.

Moreover, it is relatively thick, and running to the full length of the shoe makes it ideal, no matter what type of foot strike you have (front, mid, or heel).

Outsole - 90%

The aggressive outsole with its big lugs provides a traction level that can compete with much more pricier options on the market.

Tested mostly on rocky and steep terrains, it almost always performed well. The loss of stability mentioned earlier has nothing to do with the outsole and is not accounted for this section.

Also having run around 300km (and counting) on them, the durability of the outsole turns out to be one of its most strong advantages.


Outsole after 300km (180mi)

Performance - 86%

The Kanadia 8 is a decent trail running shoe with its pros and cons. If you are a fast trail runner, you will probably be delighted with the uphill performance of the shoe.

On the other hand, with myself being a fast downhill runner, those parts were not my favorite. This is due to the solid panel stiffness of the shoebox. It doesn't let me perform at 100% speed.

To sum up, I consider this a detail that will not affect your majority of runs.

Conclusion – Overall 87%

Overall, the Kanadia 8 is a decent trail running shoe that will perform well on challenging terrains. It has a price tag that is difficult to find, without making any discounts regarding quality.

It is one of the best value for money ratios on the market (on the price tag of 45 Euros).


  • High level of traction
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Low price


  • Stiff upper part due to solid panel
  • Poorly performing shoelaces
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Hello, I am Kostas, and I am mostly a trail runner. I run an average of 50km a week, but this can go up to 150km, mainly during summer, as me and my team (#the3mules Instagram) are scheduling trail running expeditions. I have participated in over than 30 trail half-marathons(2:25pb), two 50km trail races, and 3 road marathons (3:19pb). I also ran in countless 10km races. I usually wear Saucony or Salomon for my trail runs and Asics for my road runs.

Updates to Adidas Kanadia 8

  • Adidas serves up a couple of changes in the 8th ride of the Kanadia. The completely revamped upper is the first thing that catches the eye for those who are familiar with the Kanadia series. In this version, the upper uses a relatively thick side panel to improve the shoe’s upper durability and locked down support.
  • A new mesh is in the works as well. It has slightly larger holes for added breathability since the side panels cover most of the shoe’s upper. A very large heel loop makes shoe entry and exit more convenient.
  • Adidas introduces a new Cloudfoam in the midsole that is a bit softer than before. It gives the shoe a more forgiving ride without taking away any significant snap from the midsole.
  • The outsole gets a boost by virtue of bigger lugs, particularly around the perimeter of the Kanadia 8. With bigger lugs in this area, quick turns or running uphill or downhill should be a bit easier with the new outsole layout.

Size and fit

The 8th incarnation of the Kanadia brings back the fit of the previous model with enhanced midfoot hold. Runners with average feet should have no trouble getting their most comfortable fit because of the decent toe room and adequate heel security. It runs true to size.


Adidas’ proprietary Traxion outsole in the Kanadia 8 uses moderately aggressive lugs all throughout the shoe. In this model, the perimeter lugs are a lot bigger than those found in the previous version for enhanced grip on uneven and rugged terrain. A nice mix of carbon and blown rubber provide excellent traction and durability.


The full-length and molded Cloudfoam midsole foam covers the entire length of the shoe. It is relatively thick and is made to be a bit softer by Adidas. The development will provide softer cushioning that does not diminish quickly over time. As the foam runs from the rear to the front, the transition from landing to take-off is also enhanced with this midsole design.


The upper of the Kanadia 8 is highly-recognizable because of the solid side panel that are directly connected to the laces. As the laces are cinched, the panel securely locks down the foot, which is great for stability and support when running on rugged terrains. The new mesh upper which can also be found in the popular Adidas road running shoe, Duramo 9, is a bit softer and also breathable. Adidas uses plush material around the ankle collar and the tongue for increased comfort. A molded sockliner enhances cushioning and support.


The current trend of Adidas Kanadia 8.
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