Shoe Review: Adidas Outdoor Supernova Trail
Adidas brings one of their iconic looking road shoes to the trail with this implementation of the Supernova Trail. It perplexes us a bit why they continue to operate the two lines so differently when there are obvious synergies that could be put to better use by aligning the road and trail platforms, but time will tell what their plan is. For now, we put these to the test.
The upper is a mix of engineered mesh, some light TPU overlays on places like the toe and then heavy overlays around the lacing and at the mid of the foot. There is a heavily reinforced heel along with a pull that makes on and off easy but almost isn’t needed. The collar is heavily padded for extra comfort.
The midsole on the Supernova Trail is 32mm of dual-density Boost so you have a lot of cushion on here. It isn’t heavily flexible but definitely feels plush. We think a lot of folks are starting to wonder what the next iteration of Boost is going to look like and if it will lighten up a bit. They also include what they refer to as their Torsion System which is supposed to help with foot transition.
The outsole uses what Adidas calls a Flexible Stretchweb implementation of Continental rubber. It almost truly spans the entire sole and does add quite a bit of weight. The lugs are not all that aggressive and at first glance, you might not even think its a trail shoe.
Style & Aesthetics
Obviously they only came in one color as they are a straight takedown from the Supernova road shoe. It is cool as it’s a bit of a throwback style with a bit more heft, but don’t expect other color choices.
Adidas wins big points on style, these things look just like a classic Supernova that has just been reinforced in a bunch of places. It looks cool as well when you put them on. It stops there though. These things are just way too heavy and I tried to run in them multiple times, but compared to other things out there it is just way too much shoe in the end. There is just reason for a size 9 trail running shoe to weight over 13 ounces because it becomes so noticeable. Again, they look super cool but save them for hiking or even honestly to wear with a pair of jeans on a blustery fall or winter day.
Overall, we love the idea, but the implementation is frankly just not a running shoe. At over 13 ounces they are just way too heavy and while they look cool and are fun to hike in, they just don’t translate over to running all that well. We would love to see a 9 to 10 ounce heavily cushioned trail shoe with a reinforced upper, but this will take some true rework.
Technical Stats, Pricing & Availability
- Weight: 13.1oz (size 9)
- Drop: 10mm heel/toe
- Cushion: 32mm
- Type: Neutral Cushioned Trail
- MSRP: $140.00
- Available: Now