Adidas Kanadia TR6 – Review
So I’ve had these shoes since the back of last summer (2014) I’ve worn them in all conditions so think I’ve had enough use out of them to give my full opinion. I don’t have a local shop that enables me to try shoes before I buy so I have to go on reviews and a bit of hope. Reading the reviews of this shoe it seemed it would fit with my running style and was a tough all round trail shoe at a reasonable price. According to most online opinions these shoes the sizing comes up small. I am normally a UK size 10 or 10.5 in most shoes but for these I went for a UK size 11.
Out of the box the Kanadia looks like tough good looking shoe. It has an aggressive grip with an upper a mix of airmesh and strengthened PU panels. I can list all the supposed technologies within the shoe but the main thing for me is how it runs. The size I had picked was spot on it’s a stiff shoe but easily handles the mix of rocky and muddy trails I normally run. They also handle small sections of paved road between trail sections without too much problems. I wore these through the winter in the snow and on icy footpaths road sections and they handled this well and gave me utmost confidence. On one run I passed some school children who could not stay upright due to the ice/snow covered footpath and I hear a comment wondering how I was staying upright and someone said ‘because he has special shoes’.
So for the downsides as nothing is perfect. Running distances up to around 15 miles they’re very comfortable. I’ve not run more than 20 in them but personally at around that point they become more uncomfortable so I personally wouldn’t recommend them for longer distances. I think this could be due to a lack of cushioning in certain areas specifically the mid/forefoot. I though am a bit of a traditionalist in shoes so this may not be an issue for those who like a less cushioned shoe. Also I’m not sure if this was a specific problem with mine or the shoes in general the insole (sock liner to my U.S. friends) moves around a lot so much so on one run the moved so far back they actually worked their way up behind my heel (so were poking out the top of the shoe). After this incident I removed them and they’ve been fine in fact as they have reduced the drop by a couple of millimetres it’s been an advantage.
So as an all round trail shoe for shorter distance’s I’d happily recommend them I would though as I mentioned be careful with sizing and as shoe for snow and ice the grip is exceptional. So will I buy more (or the newer model) when these have lived their life? Maybe I wouldn’t say no but I do have my eyes on some other shoes for my Ultra but as a short distance trail shoe I do like these