Adidas Supernova Sequence 6
The sixth edition of the Supernova Sequence has arrived! The Adidas Supernova Sequence 6 is a stability shoe that offers a good amount of protective features which add some heft but the shoe doesn’t sacrifice overall comfort.
Wearers commented that the shoe was quite comfortable and would be a good choice for daily training. This shoe is not meant to be used for speed work, so runners who want a very lightweight shoe might not find the Sequence 6 suitable for them. It’s a great option for beginner runners training for their first marathon, though. The shoe is meant to correct overpronation and although it’s quite heavy, it should please runners who enjoyed the Sequence 5.
Many runners commented negatively about the fit of the Sequence 6. The toe box is roomier than before but the unstable hold around the ankle was a dealbreaker for several runners.
- Full-length adiPRENE cushioning
- Very comfortable
- Long lasting Continental brand rubber outsole
- Features PRO-MODERATOR support to help with excessive pronation
- Stylish update
- Fair price
- Bulky, heavy shoe
- Rigid and inflexible
- Runners complained about various fit issues
- Some runners did not like the style updates
Because of these materials, the outsole also happens to be quite durable., though the shoe should not be taken off-road.
Even after several miles, the cushioning feels fresh. The midsole also has a PROMODERATOR unit which enhances the shoe's overall support, particularly in the arch area. It has increased in size in this model to help regain some of the stability lost.
The laces have, unfortunately, not returned to their textured composition. They remain smooth and once again, runners commented that the laces often come undone during their runs. Tripping on laces is the last thing a runner wants during a long run.
Runners quite liked that the toe box was even wider than the previous version. It helped greatly to improve ventilation and reduce the chance of blister formation. The roomier fit might be a negative for some runners, though. Some commented that the roomier fit compromised stability.
Many runners did mention fit issues that were a problem with the Supernova Sequence 6. They found their ankles were unsupported, therefore compromising stability. Runners also noted that the toebox was even roomier than the Supernova Sequence 5. They complained that the shoe fit much too big because of this. The strange thing with the Supernova Sequence 6 is that while the toebox is square and leaves a lot of room to wiggle one's toes, the rest of the shoe fits rather snug. Women runners have commented that this is actually a welcome change. Women's feet do tend to be narrower, so the narrow width coupled with a wider toe box is a perfect update for female runners.
The men's versions introduce darker colors to the model and some of the women's colors are also darker as well. It's a nice style change and it's a welcome change for those who hate to look at dirty white shoes post-run. There are also other color options that are anything but boring. Many women runners mentioned that they were pleased with the newer color options offered in this model.
The durability gets an upgrade in the Supernova Sequence 6, runners commented that this version was much more durable than its predecessor.
The shoe also offers some reflectivity for safety during times of day when there's little light.
The shoe performs poorly when it comes to rebound and energy return. Litle improvement has been made in terms of this aspect since the previous model of the shoe. The rigid construction of the shoe dampens rebound almost to zero.
Sadly, still no improvement in terms of responsiveness with the Supernova Sequence. The soft cushion is comfortable but provides almost no feedback during a run. Thankfully, the cushion does a good job of keeping its pep. It doesn't seem to fall flat after several hundred miles of running.
Remember, though, the lugs underfoot are not built for technical trails so you'll do best to stick to road running with this shoe.
The TORSION SYSTEM also aids in providing a bit of give to the shoe. This feature allows the front and back of the shoe to move separately and independently.
Still, the shoe is pretty stiff for the most part. The increase in the size of the PROMODERATOR feature adds to the rigidity of the shoe. It does a great job in helping to keep runners from overpronating but it makes the shoe even more inflexible.
The Supernova Sequence 6 also features the TORSION SYSTEM which aids in counteracting over-pronation. This features gives the shoe's forefoot and heel the ability to move independently of one another which helps keep a runner stable.
Unfortunately, some runners were unhappy with the loose fit of the shoe. Many runners found their ankle felt unsupported because of the roomy design of the shoe. Some runners felt, that the shoe's stability was sacrificed because of this. This model does feature added synthetic overlays in the upper which were added to increase stability and comfortably secure the wearer's foot.
Key Features of the Adidas Supernova Sequence 6
So who should be looking at the Supernova Sequence 6? The shoe is meant for runners needing moderate correction. Runners who tend to run long will enjoy the shoe's well-cushioned midsole. The shoe might also work for a new runner who needs a bit more cushioning than most other shoes can provide.
With a durable outsole and nicely cushioned base, the Sequence 6 will likely suit most overpronators. Fit issues aside, the Supernova Sequence 6 remains a well-constructed stability shoe that features a little bit more flair in terms of color scheme and design.