The Bottom Line
The Adidas Kanadia TR 3 trail shoe is a comfortable, cushioned shoe that provides excellent traction thanks to its spiky soles. The shoe is best suited to soft, muddy or rocky trail conditions.
- Excellent Traction on soft, muddy trails
- Breathable Mesh Upper
- Excellent Cushioning
- Lots of Color Choices
- Low Price
- Not Waterproof
- Sizing Issues (Seem to Run Small)
- Spiky Tread Is Good for Soft Surfaces; Not for Wet Pavement
- Trail Running Shoes for Men and Women
- Air mesh upper provides great maximum ventilation
- adiWEAR® outsole provides great durability
- TRAXION™ outsole for maximum grip in all directions
- Retail Price: $65
Guide Review - Adidas Kanadia TR 3 Trail Running Shoes
Adidas Kanadia TR 3 trail running shoes are comfortable, forgiving and lightweight. These shoes are designed for trail running and have an aggressive, spiky tread designed to shed mud easily. I like the superior cushioning in the forefoot and the thick padding around the tongue and top of the foot. It creates a snug fit without being too tight or confining.
The upper is made from breathable air mesh which vents fairly well. I found that my feet still got pretty hot, mainly due to the thick cushioning on the top of the foot and tongue. The shoe features the trademarked adiPRENE® cushioning technology which, for me, provided amazing comfort and shock absorption without feeling too soft. Heavy runners may find them a little too soft to support impacts on hard terrain.
The adiWEAR® outsole is an aggressive, spiky-looking tread that gives great traction on soft or uneven terrain. The tread extends slightly beyond the heel, which is an unusual, but nice, touch. I noticed that this extra tread even helped keep ugly mud spatters from landing on the back of my calf when running in wet, muddy conditions. However, the tread design doesn't provide much contact with the ground when running (or walking) on smooth or hard surfaces, and wet pavement felt a bit slick to me.
The larger toe box with a snug heel and midfoot fit me rather well and still allowed my toes to spread a bit. The thick, cushioned tongue is comfortable and kept debris from finding its way into the shoe.
The colors for the women's Kanadia TR 3 are pretty extensive, so you can probably find one you like. I found the sizing to be a bit odd: Different model years ran a half size larger/smaller than others. I suggest trying these on before you buy them because most people report they run a half size to a full size small.