Adidas Supernova Sequence 5

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Adidas Supernova Sequence 5 Review Facts

This update to the Supernova Sequence line brings a few welcome changes from the previous model. It keeps the weight and bulk of the previous version, but the cushioning has improved.  Like the previous version, it is a stability shoe through and through and is a good option for heavy overpronators looking for good cushioning. It’s also a good shoe for long runs and will last for several hundred miles no problem.

Keep in mind that it’s quite heavy, so if you’re used to running in a lighter shoe, you might find the Supernova Sequence 5 quite bulky. If you enjoyed running in the Sequence 4, you’ll likely feel quite comfortable in this update and have no problem seamlessly going from one shoe to the next.  However, there were mixed reviews about the sizing of the shoe. Some runners felt the shoe was too snug and others felt the shoe was a bit too roomy, because of the lacing system change and the roomier toe box.

Pros
  • Full-length adiPRENE cushioning
  • Long lasting Continental brand rubber outsole
  • Great grip on pavement
  • Very comfortable
  • A bit lighter than the previous model
  • Fair price
Cons
  • Still a heavy shoe despite being a bit lighter than the previous model
  • Rigid and inflexible
  • Fit issues - Definitely try it on before buying!
  • Laces easily unravel
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The grip on the Supernova Sequence 5 is markedly improved. The shoe's outsole is made of Continental brand rubber which improves the traction and works great in slippery conditions. It also makes the shoe really durable. This outsole will keep up with heavy pavement pounding without a hitch. It's not a good fit for off-road use, though. It'll do great on pavement, even in the rain. But this isn't a good trail shoe.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Adidas Supernova Sequence 5 contains plenty of full length cushioning. In the forefoot, the shoe contains the same adiPRENE+ cushioning as the previous model. There's a bit less adiPRENE+ cushioning in this model, but there's still enough to provide comfort and stability. The cushioning doesn't fall flat after several miles, which is always a welcome feature. The shoe's midsole also contains the Pro-Moderator stability feature helping to supply support to the wearer's arch. In this model, the Pro-Moderator feature has been decreased in size to help reduce the shoe's overall weight.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The Adidas Supernova Sequence 5 features the same mesh upper as its previous iteration. Adidas has done away with the textured laces from the last model and gone back to a smoother lace construction. Some runners were disappointed with this change. The laces don't have the same staying power as they did before. The upper also features a GEOFIT construction so the shoe fits snugly around a runner's foot. The standard EVA liner is removable and runners can pull it out in order to fit a custom orthotic. The forefoot of the shoe's upper is seamless which makes for a nice comfortable fit. It also eliminates common pressure points and reduces the chance for blisters, especially during a long run in the heat!
Weight
Weight

Weight

Like its predecessor, the Adidas Supernova Sequence 5 remains a pretty heavy shoe. Just by looking at the shoe, you can tell it's got some bulk. Still, it's much lighter than the previous version. It clocks in at 11.6 ounces. The heel counter from the previous model has been done away with and the stability Pro-Moderator component has been made smaller. The shoe is, therefore, lighter but it still offers a generous amount of stability. The reduction in size of the Pro-Moderator feature doesn't affect the shoe's ability to stop a runner from overpronating. It still does it's job quite well in the Supernova Sequence 5.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

In the upper of the Adidas Supernova Sequence 5, you'll find the same breathable mesh that does a great job keeping your feet from overheating. The toe box is a bit wider than the previous version which helps to improve the shoe's breathability. Your toes won't be squished together in the shoe, and you'll be happy to avoid toe blisters. Some runners did comment that the shoe didn't fare so well in wet off-road conditions. The upper does not dry as quickly as they might have liked and is a pain to get clean after a muddy run.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Adidas Supernova Sequence 5 does a good job at keeping runners comfortable with its ample cushioning. However, many runners did comment that the shoe fits smaller than the previous model. Some found the fit way too tight and very uncomfortable. The heel has a bit of a narrow fit as well. It helps to keep the heel and ankle in place and provides additional support. Even if you've been wearing the same size of the Supernova Sequence for a while, make sure to try these on before you buy.
Style
Style

Style

The Adidas Supernova Sequence 5 looks like a gym trainer. It's not a flashy shoe. The pops of color keep things looking funky and trendy without being overwhelming. It's not a bad looking shoe, but you won't find yourself keeping these on because they're stylish. It'll be because you appreciate the comfort. Still, it's obvious that Adidas has tried to keep the look of the Supernova Sequence line fresh and updated with each new model.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Adidas Supernova Sequence 5 offers up 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. However, a small number of runners commented on the durability of the cushioning, stating that it didn't last as long as previous models.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Adidas Supernova Sequence 5 is a substantial shoe and runners will feel protected while running in it. This is not a flimsy shoe by any means. It's built to support runners and offer a good amount of cushioning. Runners who are worried about the shock of running on hard surfaces will feel protected from external forces in the Supernova 5. The full-length adiPRENE cushioning offers great shock absorption. Heavy runners will find that they can head out for long runs without worrying about the effect the run might have on their joints. The shoe also features reflective components that will help runners be seen in low-light.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Unfortunately, nothing to brag about here. The Adidas Supernova Sequence 5 doesn't do a phenomenal job with energy return. The shoe is stiff underfoot and some runners found it was even less responsive than the previous model. It would have been nice to see an improvement here. No such luck. The cushion is soft underfoot but delivers very little feedback during the gait cycle.
Support
Support

Support

The Adidas Supernova Sequence 5 offers the same great stability of the previous model. The Pro-Moderator feature offers great arch support for the wearer. Some runners did comment negatively about the mid foot of the shoe. They complained that there was too much arch support and caused excessive pressure leading to the formation of blisters after runs longer than a few miles. Arch support is always a welcome feature in a stability shoe, but when the pressure is too great it can lead to very uncomfortable runs. The arch support in the Supernova Sequence 5 would suit runners with high arches that tend to collapse as they run.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Adidas Supernova Sequence 5 are not a trail shoe by any means. You won't be taking these off-road, because they do poorly in muddy conditions. The mesh upper is breathable, but it does a bad job when dealing with mud. Mud gets caked in the tiny mesh holes and cleaning the shoes post-run is a nightmare. The Supernova Sequence 5 shoes do have a great grip on other surfaces. You won't feel unstable on the pavement and you'll be able to safely finish your long runs even if it starts to rain. The Continental brand rubber outsole offers great traction and will hold up over many miles.
Price
Price

Price

The Adidas Supernova Sequence 5 retails for around $115. It's a fair price for such a substantial shoe. It's very comfortable and offers great stability. Often, similar stability models will go for over $150, so these are a bargain. Most wearers commented that the shoe was long lasting and very comfortable which those features alone make the price tag seem fair.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Adidas Supernova Sequence 5 does a great job giving runners traction. The shoes do a really great job of gripping the ground even when taken out for a run in the rain. If you're used to rainy, wet runs and need a shoe that won't slip in those conditions, the Supernova Sequence 5 does the job. You'll want to avoid muddy conditions though as the Supernova Sequence 5 doesn't grip mud as well as it does pavement.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Like the previous version, the Adidas Supernova Sequence 5 remains fairly inflexible. The separated heel does help it slightly, as it allows the forefoot and heel to move independently of one another. The Torsion System of the Supernova Sequence 5 helps to keep the foot stable but also helps with flexibility.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Adidas Supernova Sequence 5 features the same Pro-Moderator stability feature as its predecessor. It offers good arch support. However, some runners commented that they didn't feel stable enough in this shoe and blamed it on the new lacing system. Runners were also disappointed by the loose fitting heel cup which felt odd due to the narrower inner heel design. The loose fit of the heel cup meant that stability suffered.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The heel to toe drop in the Adidas Supernova Sequence 5 is 10.9 mm. You won't feel the ground very much with this shoe since it has such a high amount of cushion. You'll also notice that this shoe is geared towards heel-strikers. Still, the forefoot contains ample cushioning as well, so if you're a forefoot or midfoot striker you'll still find the ride comfortable.
Key Features of the Adidas Supernova Sequence 5
Key Features of the Adidas Supernova Sequence 5

Key Features of the Adidas Supernova Sequence 5

  • Full-length adiPRENE cushioning (adiPRENE+ in the forefoot)

  • Durable Continental brand outsole

  • Same great stability as the previous model

  • Great traction in wet weather

  • Bottom Line
    Bottom Line

    Bottom Line

    The Adidas Supernova Sequence 5 is a nice update from the previous version of the shoe. The heel counter is done away with and other stability features have been decreased in size to help reduce the weight of the already heavy shoe. The Sequence 5 is lighter than the previous version and offers the same great cushioning as before. The shoe also provides improved traction with its revamped outsole and does a great job at gripping the pavement in wet conditions.

    It's a good choice for runners looking for a high mileage shoe. It would be a great shoe for someone training for a marathon who needs ample support and help with their overpronation. It would also be a great shoe for a beginner marathoner who's concerned with the impact running might have on their body and joints. These shoes will cushion the blow of each footfall quite well and thanks to their great durability, runners will likely be able to get through a full training season without replacing them.