Adidas Supernova Sequence 8
Adidas has brought yet another addition to the Supernova Sequence. The Adidas Supernova Sequence 8 features the same very comfortable Boost Foam cushioning in its midsole. The shoe is still just as comfortable as its predecessor and features just a few changes since the last model. The forefoot and heel cushioning are a bit softer and the midfoot arch area is a bit firmer to increase stability and arch support.
The Sequence 8 would work well for daily running. Some runners commented that the interior was so comfortable (thanks to the seamless technology) that they felt comfortable running without socks. As a stability trainer, the Sequence 8 is suited to runners who overpronate. The heel to toe drop has also decreased in the Supernova Sequence 8. This brings runners closer to the ground and eliminates the focus on heel striking. Full-length cushioning makes the shoe a great fit for any type of foot strike.
- Excellent energy-return
- Less bulky than Sequence 7
- Great arch support
- Durable, tough outsole outfitted with Continental rubber
- Very comfortable shoe
- The ride is pretty stiff underfoot
- Could be more breathable
Nearly every runner who ran in the Sequence 8 commented that the shoe greatly surpassed their expectations in terms of durability.
The Continental rubber runs well on pavement but performs poorly on trails, even those that are non-technical. The lugs are meant to grip pavement, not mud or dirt trails.
Denser EVA foam can be found in the midfoot area to improve stability and underfoot support. The Stableframe portion of the shoe can be found in the midfoot area (recall that the PROMODERATOR feature has been done away with since the last Supernova Sequence model) and helps prevent excessive pronation and offers arch support.
Inside the shoe, the EVA liner can be removed in order to use an orthotic. Most reviewers were happy with the shoe's overall fit and had no complaints regarding hot spot or blister formation.
The fit of the Supernova Sequence 8 was often described by wearers as glove-like and some runners even found the interior comfortable enough to wear without socks. The overlays featured in the upper ensure that the shoe remains secure and snug around the wearer's foot. The height of the toe box has risen slightly as well in this version and runners will find they have a bit more room in the forefoot while still remaining secure.
Quite a few runners were surprised at how light the shoe felt on the run. Some runners might not find it a suitable choice for speed runs, but it's definitely an improvement from previous versions. It will definitely go the distance for Sunday long runs.
The closed mesh design does leave something to be desired, as some runners found the shoe wasn't as breathable as it could be.
The Sequence 8 also fits quite well. The upper wraps the foot securely without causing pressure points. In addition, this version of the Supernova Sequence features an even wider toe area.
You don't have to shy away from bright colors on the run. With the new colorways offered by Adidas in this version of the Sequence, you can stand out a bit while you train.
Running is the time when you can be as flashy as you want, so why not go all out? The new color options are anything but boring.
As with the previous model, you will get a lot of life out of these shoes. The flat outsole lugs don't protrude too much so there's less chance of them ripping off or wearing down quickly. These shoes will definitely hold up for many miles!
The supportive shoe provides ample Boost foam cushioning which acts to pad the wearer's ride and protect against the shock produced by each footfall. The shoe would work well for runners carrying a bit of extra weight who need a bit more support and cushioning underfoot.
Runners will be happy to see that this model keeps the same great responsiveness introduced in the previous iteration. It makes runs in the Adidas Supernova Sequence 8 really enjoyable.
The outsole grips pavement even when the weather offers up drizzling rain. Runners will feel grounded even when the weather takes a turn because of the tough Continental outsole.
Runners found the shoe lasted them 400+ miles so the durability alone hikes up the value of the shoe. Add to that the super comfortable (and popular) Boost cushioning and you've got a pretty great deal.
If you live in an area where it's always rainy and wet the Supernova Sequence 8 will keep you upright and won't let you slip. The shoe features the same great traction seen in previous models.
In this model, the foam is softer in the forefoot and heel. The shorter heel to toe drop brings runners closer to the ground.
Most runners relayed they were very supported in the Sequence 8 and liked the firm supportive arch area.
The drop has significantly decreased since the previous version, bringing runners closer to the ground and moving the focus slightly away from the heel. Despite this move towards the ground, the ground-feel still hasn't improved very much. But this time around the shoe seems to be geared more towards midfoot strikers and forefoot strikers.
Key Features of the Adidas Supernova Sequence 8
This shoe is a workhorse and will last many miles. Some runners even said that they managed to get 1000+ miles out of the shoe. The Supernova Sequence 8 still deliver the same great stability and cushioning as the previous version. They feature the same excellent energy return with cushioning that's a tad softer than before. It's hard to figure out what might be changed on a shoe that seems to have a few caveats, but Adidas managed to improve the Sequence 7, even if only slightly.