Adidas Supernova Sequence 9

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Adidas Supernova Sequence 9 Review Facts

This update to the Supernova Sequence line is still just as comfortable as its predecessor and features just a few minor changes. It remains a great choice for daily training. Runners thought the shoe was much lighter than they anticipated and while it’s not a speed demon by any means, it’s definitely not as clunky as before. Like the previous version, it is a stability shoe through and through and is a good option for those seeking pronation control with ample cushioning. Full-length cushioning makes the shoe a great fit for any type of foot strike. The upper has seen the most significant changes and offers better breathability than the previous model.

Pros
  • Boost foam cushioning
  • Good energy return
  • Less bulky than previous versions
  • Better breathability
  • Great arch support
  • Long lasting Continental brand rubber outsole
  • Super comfortable
Cons
  • Fairly rigid underfoot
  • Reflective heel band has been removed
  • Some fit issues (may need to go down a half a size)
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Supernova Sequence 9 features the same great grip as before. The shoe's outsole is made of Continental brand rubber (same rubber found in car tires!) which provides great traction and works great on slippery conditions. It also makes the shoe really durable. Nearly every runner who ran in the Sequence 9 commented that the shoe greatly surpassed their expectations in terms of durability. The outsole will keep up with your heavy pavement pounding with zero problems. It's not a good fit for off-road use, though. It'll do great on pavement, even in the rain.

The design of the Sequence 9's sole has changed a bit since the previous version, mainly in terms of aesthetics. The lugs still remain fairly flat which helps to avoid pebbles and other debris getting caught inside grooves.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Adidas Supernova Sequence 9 contains the same super comfortable Boost foam cushioning as before. Boost cushioning has become a staple in Adidas running shoes and offers ample shock protection while remaining super plush underfoot. Many runners prefer it to other types of cushioning that are out there.

The Sequence 9 still has full-length cushioning. Boost cushioning runs the length of the shoe from the heel to the forefoot. Denser EVA foam can be found in the midfoot area to improve stability and underfoot support. The Stableframe found in the midfoot area helps prevent excessive pronation and offers arch support.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The Adidas Supernova Sequence 9 continues to feature a closed mesh upper, but it's been revamped quite a bit. The material in the upper is softer and does a much better job at ventilating than the previous version of the shoe. The tongue of the shoe is wider than before. The toe box has even more room for runners to wiggle their toes, although some runners found there was a little too much height in the toe box. The overlays featured in the upper ensure that the shoe remains secure and snug around the wearer's foot without feeling restrictive. Another small change to note is that the reflective band in the heel that appeared in the previous model has been removed.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Like its predecessor the Adidas Supernova Sequence 8, the shoe isn't the lightest out there. It is a stability shoe, so some heft is to be expected. This time around, it clocks in at 11 ounces, so there's not much difference in weight from the previous model. However, the Sequence 9 feels less bulky underfoot than the Sequence 8. Some runners even noted that the shoe felt more responsive when they ran faster runs in it. The energy return seems to increase along with pace.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

In the upper of the Adidas Supernova Sequence 9, you'll find closed mesh that does a decent job keeping your feet from getting too hot and sweaty. In fact, the Supernova Sequence 9's mesh upper is a definite improvement on the previous model. Runners felt that it was much more breathable. Runners commented that the toe box was still nice and wide, which helps with breathability and comfort. However, some runners found the toe box was too large and made for a sloppy feeling inside the shoe.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Adidas Supernova Sequence 9 does a good job at keeping runners comfortable with its ample Boost foam cushioning. The Supernova Sequence 9 is firm underfoot but still manages to offer up a soft ride thanks to the Boost foam. The Supernova Sequence 9 fits snugly but not too tight, thanks to the upper's overlays. The heel cuff is nice and plush and offers even more comfort for the wearer. Some runners did find the shoe fit a bit too large because of the increase in size of the toe box. It might be necessary to go down a half size to ensure maximum comfort.
Style
Style

Style

Adidas seems to be improving the style of the Supernova Sequence line with every single update. It's no longer obvious that these shoes are solely meant for working out. Being able to take a pair of runners out for more than just a job is a definite point of attraction for some. The stylish look of the Supernova Sequence 9 definitely adds value to the shoe. The shoe looks stylish enough to wear out casually.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Adidas Supernova Sequence 9 Is a durable shoe that will last through several hundred miles of running. Its durable Continental brand outsole is built to last and the rubber is strategically placed in areas that runners will strike repeatedly. These shoes have a lot of life in them, same as with the previous models. It's part of why this model offers such great value. The shoes will definitely hold up for many miles!
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Adidas Supernova Sequence 9 is a substantial shoe and runners will feel protected while running in it. This model definitely looks less bulky than previous versions, but it's still built to last and ensure adequate protection for runners. It's built to support runners and offer a good amount of cushioning that will help reduce excess force on a runner's joints. Runners who are worried about the shock of running on hard surfaces will feel protected from external forces in the Supernova 9.

The full-length Boost foam cushioning offers great shock absorption and excellent energy return. One thing to note is that the reflective band on the heel has been removed for this update. It's not clear why Adidas decided to remove the reflective strip, but it's a little bit of a negative since it's always nice to have some element of reflectivity in a shoe.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Supernova Sequence 9 retains the same great responsiveness as the previous model. The shoe's Boost foam technology offers a comfortable cushioned ride. It definitely provides energy feedback as you toe-off on your run. The Supernova Sequence 9 is not a shoe for speedwork by any means but some runners commented that the cushion felt even more responsive at higher speeds.
Support
Support

Support

The Adidas Supernova Sequence 9 offers the same great stability of the previous model. The PROMODERATOR stability feature is still absent and instead runners are supported by a StableFrame layer. It's found in the midfoot and features denser foam cushioning to support the arch and control overpronation. The firmer cushioning in the midfoot area makes for a great supportive base but does tend to add some rigidity to the shoe. Some runners felt that they had to run several times in the shoe before they felt they were broken in.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Adidas Supernova Sequence 9 isn't a trail shoe by any means. You won't be taking these off-road, but that's fine because they perform great on roads. They have great grip on pavement and will effortlessly handle all that pounding on hard surfaces. Runners won't feel unstable on the roads and will be able to safely enjoy their run even if the rain begins to pour.
Price
Price

Price

The Adidas Supernova Sequence 9 retails for around $130. It still remains a very fair price for a shoe that offers up great stability and ample cushioning. Often, similar stability models will go for significantly higher, so these are a bargain. Most wearers commented that the shoe was long lasting and continued to provide a responsive ride. Those features alone make the price tag seem fair.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Adidas Supernova Sequence 9 does a great job giving runners traction, even in the rain. Having good traction is important when the weather may change at a moment's notice.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Supernova Sequence 9 is a great stability shoe. Runners should keep in mind that the stability features in the shoe make it rather rigid and inflexible. Many runners found that the break in period lasted longer than they would have liked. However, the responsive Boost foam makes up for these shortfalls. The lack of flexibility isn't a deal breaker, though. The rigid feeling underfoot helps to keep runners stable and supported, so it definitely serves a purpose.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Adidas Supernova Sequence 9 features the same stability features as the previous model. The Stableframe feature is the most prominent stability and offers excellent support and stability for runners. In addition, the Supernova Sequence 9 also features a Torsion shank which aids in counteracting overpronation and helps to keep the Boost foam in the heel intact. The shoe's midfoot also features firmer cushioning which makes the shoe a little rigid and inflexible but offers great arch support and stability for the wearer.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The heel to toe drop in the Adidas Supernova Sequence 9 is 10mm. The full-length cushioning makes this shoe a great choice for any type of foot strike. But the fact that there's ample cushioning also means that there's very little ground feel for the wearer.
Key Features of the Supernova Sequence 9
Key Features of the Supernova Sequence 9

Key Features of the Supernova Sequence 9

  • Full-length Boost foam cushioning

  • Same great durable Continental brand outsole

  • Great stability and support thanks to the Stableframe layer

  • Stylish appearance

  • Bottom Line
    Bottom Line

    Bottom Line

    The Adidas Supernova Sequence 9 hasn't changed too much since the previous version. A few tweaks have been introduced but for the most part, this version continues to offer great stability in a durable, comfortable package. Boost foam cushioning has been a definite game changer when it was first introduced in the Supernova Sequence 7. It has improved the Sequence line tenfold. The Sequence 9 is technically still a heavier shoe , but with each update the shoe seems to look a lot less bulky. Many runners even comment that they find the shoe surprisingly light. The shoe is very durable and will last many miles. The Supernova Sequence 9 still delivers the same great stability and cushioning as the previous version.

    As usual, this Supernova Sequence version remains a great choice for runners looking for a higher mileage shoe. It's a great choice for runners looking for a dedicated daily trainer during marathon training. Its ability to last many miles is a big bonus and manages to increase the value of the shoe. The Sequence 9 will provide ample support and pronation control while the upper has better ventilation and breathability. It's a good all-around stability shoe that would be a stylish choice for those putting in lots of miles.