After trail races in muddy, sharp and rock skipping type conditions, I am happy to say that I have found the trail shoe of my dreams.
I scoured the internet and did my homework to find a shoe that could handle the stability issue that I get when running over 70 or so miles and still have the feeling of a highly cushioned shoe.
During high mileage endurance races, my inner ankle (posterior tibial area) tends to weaken and my inner foot starts to roll inward (severely over-pronate).
I also needed a shoe that can handle the pounding of an endurance race between 50-100 miles while keeping my feet with a cushioned feeling.
With that said, let's get into the components of the shoe and what makes it and what breaks it.
Right out the gate when you step your foot in, you can feel the cushioning starting under the heel and moving its way forward to the forefoot. The tongue also has some very nice cushioning, which I tend to like in a trail shoe especially using it for the long Ultra races.
As for the foothold, that's where it goes a little bit south. Starting at the lacing system, the supplied laces are shorter than I prefer and find it hard to tighten the shoe down.
This leads me to the next issue. I find the heel in this shoe to be quite loose. It's loose to the point where I feel that when I step into suction type mud, I'm concerned the shoe may come off.
As for the toe box, it feels average. It's definitely not Altra wide but it's not overly tight in my opinion. The toe area does have reinforced coverage to protect against sharp rocks and sticks.
I did have a small tear start just past the re-enforced area but that’s not the shoes' fault. The rocks were pretty sharp and jagged. For me, the looseness of the upper does not add enough negative to overtake the overall comfort level of this shoe.
As for ventilation, my feet did experience some overheating feeling. So obviously I thoroughly enjoyed finding any water that I could find to run through.
This brings me to my next point, the Supernova did handle draining water well, however. I did not have to deal with any sloshing water feeling.
Right out the gate, when you step your foot into this shoe, its heaven on earth for your feet. It's a very nice cushioned feeling. The midsole has a “springy” like feeling to it.
The cushioned midsole not only helps with keeping the feet comfortable but also seems to provide an “energized” experience to help propel you forward on each stride.
Adidas has placed the dual density boost cushioning into this shoe. Adidas claims that this not only helps with providing that soft feel, but it will provide stability assistance on the medial (inner) side of the foot.
I can say from experience that I do have a decent amount of over-pronation in my left foot and with this shoe, I did not experience any pain issues relating to my overpronation. Thumbs up to the shoe for that!
I will say that one negative that I did notice was a good amount of ankle rolling because the shoe does seem to have a high stack height (32mm). This is a bit high for a trail shoe.
It would be fine on decently smooth trails, but if you get into trails with a lot of rock skipping and roots you will probably experience some ankle rolling.
The outsole has what Adidas calls, flexible stretchweb with continental rubber. Adidas says as the flexweb stretches, it energizes your step. I cannot disagree with that.
I felt that these shoes provided me with plenty of energized propulsion during my runs with them.
As for the Continental rubber outsole for tractions. This shoe “shined” in that department.
I had fantastic traction over wet, muddy as well as dry terrain. Moist roots (check), mud (check), rocks both wet and dry (check). The shoe had plenty of grip.
I did not feel like I was going to slide down any steep descents.
On the forefoot area, Adidas put the shoe lugs (for lack of a better term) in multiple different directions, providing for the excellent grip that the shoe provides.
What I like
- The Supernova trail has fantastic cushioning throughout the shoe, including the tongue and heel (Achilles area)
- The shoe drains water well
- This shoe has a fantastic grip with the continental rubber outsole
- The shoe kept my feet well supported and I did not experience a feeling of a weakened inner foot over time
What I didn't like
- The loose feeling of the heel that I will have to maybe get some longer laces so I can use the heel lock method
- Although the shoe drains well, it does seem to hold in some heat around the foot
- At 13 ounces for the standard measured shoe size (9), it is a heavier shoe, however, you can expect a stability shoe to have more weight to it especially one like this, which has so much foam in the midsole
These shoes are not perfect, but it's pretty good.
Would I recommend this shoe? The answer is a big YES.
The shoe does have some quirks, as I mentioned above. But for the comfort, traction, and stability, I am a fan.
I am waiting for the price to drop a little, in hopes that I can snag up a few more pairs. I believe that they are going for around $105 right now on the Adidas website.
Good to know
- The Adidas Supernova Trail is a trail running shoe that strives to excel on rocky and uneven terrains with its responsive dual-density cushioning and stable support. The structure of this shoe boasts of ruggedness and durability that performs significantly on off-road adventures.
- Some consumers may be aware that Adidas has offered a similarly named shoe in the past. But while both shoes target the same terrain, each one has its set of features and technologies that are different from the other.
- This version of the Supernova Trail features a mesh upper that includes a seamless waterline design, which works as a defensive unit against getting the shoe wet. Meanwhile, the midsole is a dual-density cushioning structure that yields a balance of stability, comfort, and responsiveness. The stability shoe sits on an outsole made from a combination of Stretchweb and Continental™ rubber compounds for the ultimate traction.
The length and width of the Adidas Supernova Trail are of a standard running shoe’s, and it is also available in assorted sizes. It has a moderate structure that will fit up to high foot volumes, and its shape follows the anatomical foot figure. The Supernova Trail could be purchased in men’s and women’s medium width.
Adidas uses a combination of rubber compounds to create the outsole of the Supernova Trail, promoting both traction and durability.
The Continental™ rubber is formed from the same material as automobile tires, which immediately makes it durable and high-endurance. In this shoe, the Continental™ outsole works by gripping the runner’s terrain no matter the condition.
On the other hand, the Stretchweb technology gives the outsole its webbed appearance. It is the same outsole technology used in the popular Adidas Ultra Boost. This pattern allows the shoe to flex optimally, with the aim of reducing the impact from footstrike. As the pressure against the foot lowers, comfort is enhanced, therefore improving the running performance.
The midsole of the Supernova Trail features two of Adidas’ proprietary cushioning materials: The adiPRENE and the boost™. The adiPRENE® covers the length of the shoe, providing overall cushioning and shock absorption. Its durable structure guarantees long-lasting comfort. Meanwhile, the boost™ midsole found in the arch aims to correct pronation, as it delivers an energized stability for smooth transitions.
In between the heel and forefoot is the Torsion System, a thermoplastic unit that allows the front and rear of the foot to move independently and flex more appropriately, thus reducing muscle strain. While this happens, torsion is produced, enabling the midfoot to adjust to the ground and stabilize the rest of the foot.
A respoEVA sock liner completes the midsole. It is capable of molding according to the underfoot form to give the optimum instep comfort.
A breathable mesh serves as the upper of the Supernova Trail. It has a flexible structure that works by contouring to the shape of the foot, thus lessening skin irritations. The top also displays a waterline design that brings the shoe its water-resistant quality.
Runners are ensured heel support with the Geofit collar. Made from memory foam, the Geofit wraps around the heel and ankle to supply additional comfort and backing, especially during indoor runs.
The Achilles Fit System of the shoe provides a better fit and reduces slipping issues. A Fitcounter supports this system by securing the heel further and encourages the best movement of the foot.
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