The long success of adidas’ trail shoes stands the Kanadia TR in good stead on reputation alone. Emphasizing traction, and performance – the Kanadia’s very attractive price might cause it to be overlooked, which would be a mistake. Certainly it is not quite as equipped as its full featured siblings, but it does a surprisingly creditable job of cushioning, and the traction is as good as most of the better trail shoes, thanks to adidas’ Traxion tread design. The upper is cool airmesh, which is tailored to provide a nice secure fit, familiar to adidas afficiados. The midsole is a low profile single density CM-EVA with an small adiPrene crashpad which does a good job of cushioning on the trail and crosses over to the road as well. The features, fit, and price are enough to recommend the Kanadia TR to those looking for an entry to offroad performance.
Testers: “A great basic trail running shoe, especially for the price!”
Sizes: Men’s 6.5–13,14; Women’s 5–12
Weight: 12.0 oz. (M’s 11); 9.6 oz. (W’s 8)
Insole: sheet EVA, glued in.
For: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics to mild overpronation.