Facts

Terrain
Trail
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Price
$80
Weight
M: 275g | W: 236g
Heel to toe drop
M: 8mm | W: 8mm
Heel height
M: 27mm | W: 26mm
Forefoot height
M: 19mm | W: 18mm
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 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • Most reviewers expressed amazement at the Kanadia 8’s superior comfort.

  • It is very affordable.

  • There are 6 color options.

  • Some runners loved the lightweight ride of this shoe.

  • A good number of users valued the traction of the 8th version of the Kanadia.

  • A few appreciated the good ground feedback.

  • It handles different types of outdoor surfaces with ease, according to a handful of runners.

  • It is very durable, as noted by some trail enthusiasts.

  • The support is there despite the shoe being rather light.

  • A small number of runners observed that the entire shoe is very easy to clean.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Many runners commented that the new version looks bulkier than the previous model.

  • Some users remarked that it’s not as breathable as before.

  • The 8th edition of the Kanadia is slightly narrow and small, according to more than a few runners.

Bottom line

The Adidas Kanadia 8 is a wallet-friendly trail training partner that works as designed. Without any fuss, the shoe delivers exceptional comfort, good cushioning, adequate support and tons of comfort on challenging trails. Anyone who is looking for a reliable and a solid trail trainer should give this shoe a very good look.



World wide, Kanadia 8 is in the top 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, Adidas, is the 3rd most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 1010 shoes


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 109 ratings

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Updates to 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.

Kanadia 8 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.

Outsole

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.

Midsole

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.

Upper

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 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.


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