Shoe Review: Adidas Supernova Sequence 3

PREVIEW:

STABILITY TRAINER:

  • Recommended as stability trainer for runners with normal to low arches
  • Excellent shoe for runners who need good mid-sole cushioning and for those who mildly over-pronate looking for a combination of cushioning and enhanced stability.
  • Weight: 13.0 oz.

I’ve previously reviewed two other Adidas shoes, the Adidas adizero-boston-ekiden, a lightweight trainer/racing shoe and the supernova-glide-2 a neutral training shoe both of which are light and very responsive.

This week, i received from Adidas their foremost stability shoe to test, the Supernova Sequence 3 which is by far the heaviest shoe among the three. While the Boston Ekiden is almost exclusively for fast and efficient runners and the Glide 2 for neutral runners, the Sequence 3 evokes the heritage of their stability models or for those who mildly over-pronate.

Like the Glide2, the Sequence 3 has a good blend of midsole cushioning and support some of which it gets from a lacing system integrated with the stripes.

CONSTRUCTION:

Cool style and its main construction feature is the stitched-on micro-suede upper which gives a soft, foamy feel outside and inside while the collar and tongue are also padded. The shoe is well constructed and has breathable air mess that inhibits heat to accumulate inside. And like in many Adidas running shoe, it has a blown rubber outsole (adiWEAR) that offers the ultimate in high-wear durability.

Among its other features include:

  • A redesigned forefoot with adiPRENE technology and new flex zones for improved transitions
  • A non slip lining and adiLITE respo EVA anti-microbial sockliner for comfort
  • Pro-moderator medial support device that prevents overpronation
  • Torsion systems for mid-foot integrity

FIT & FEEL:

When i tried it first last Tuesday for a 5k test run, i thought the forefoot was too narrow and the toebox wasn’t deep enough. However, i realized then that i was wearing new thick socks which i don’t normally use on my daily runs. Still, it felt comfortable but was getting that snugly feel because of the thick socks that almost rubbed the upper part of my foot from beneath the shoe’s upper.

PERFORMANCE:

Aimed for a 12k run this morning wearing my regular thin socks this time and voila! The Sequence 3 really felt comfortable, my foot was more relaxed and the 12k ride was excellent! It was stable, the cushioning was evident and the shoe was responsive. The only obvious flaw was that it was a bit heavy.

BEST USE: Highest and best use is for long training runs either on roads or even on non-technical trails. I would also use it for some tempo runs because of its stability.

VERDICT: A very good stability shoe!

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