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A smooth and clutter-free construction of the facade allows the Response Trail X to become a less-daunting option for those who would like to take to the trails. This optimized-for-women product mixes a non-aggressive look with an inherently trail-ready platform to bring a mix of performance and stylishness. Versatility is even a part of the overall design as its lugged outsole has evenly spaced nodes with relatively flat ends that can work well on the asphalt.

The standard sizing scheme has become the basis of the creation of the Response Trail X. Runners are welcome to purchase this Adidas trail running shoe with their usual sizing choices in mind. Still, there have been reports of a loose in-shoe experience, so it might be beneficial to test the in-shoe experience prior to purchase or study user reviews that cover the aspect of size.

When it comes to the sideways fit, the upper unit’s close-weave textiles and hot-melted overlays work with a semi-curved platform shape to accommodate the natural curvature of the human foot.

The external pad of the Adidas Response Trail X uses Traxion, a rubber compound that is meant to be durable and highly resistant to wear-and-tear. This full-length layer ensures the protection of the bottom part of the midsole. Moreover, it is a source of surface grip as it has a naturally sticky nature.

Gripping lugs pockmark the surface of the outsole. The purpose of these nodes is to provide extra traction when tackling the unpredictable topography of the outdoor environments. Though prominent, these individual protrusions have flat ends that permit balanced performance on even ground.

Cloudfoam is the technology that is used for the midsole unit of this Adidas running shoe. The job of this foam piece is to carry the foot throughout the running session, ensuring that it is supported when taking each step and when standing idly. Cloudfoam has been touted to be a lightweight, springy, and flexible feature, and it is used in many other well-known Adidas products, including the Duramo series.

An OrthoLite® sockliner is put on top of the main cushioning unit. The job of this add-on is to provide a feeling of softness that the underfoot can enjoy. It has antimicrobial capacities that bring a healthy and clean in-shoe environment.

The upper unit of the Adidas Response Trail X is made of a close-weave textile, the job of which is to secure the foot while also preventing trail debris from entering the foot-chamber and causing havoc to the supposed safe haven that is the in-shoe wrap.

Seamless overlays are integrated with the form of the upper. These thin, fused layers are tasked with maintaining the upright position of the whole facade. They also help the textiles and the lacing system in holding the foot in place.

A pull tab on the heel allows the wearer to wear and remove this shoe with ease.


How Adidas Response Trail X ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 2% trail running shoes
All trail running shoes
Bottom 4% Adidas running shoes
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Bottom 2% neutral running shoes
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