My love of working practically matches my love of Adidas sneakers. Chances are you’ll suppose that because of this I’m about to wax lyrical about my present pair of coaching sneakers, however for the primary time ever, I don’t get pleasure from lacing up a pair of runners.

All of my issues have been arrived at by carrying these sneakers 36 instances from 5km to 30km coaching runs, working pace units by means of to tempo block classes, and a few lengthy gradual miles. I’ve handled these as I might any heavyweight pair of coaching sneakers.



As an overpronator, stability sneakers are a should for me, or I find yourself injured with out them. That is much more vital now that I’ve stepped up as a marathoner.

As a body of reference, I’ve been utilizing Supernova Sequence for a very long time (six pairs over three iterations) they usually have handled me nicely. So, when it got here to the Supernova ST, I used to be beside myself with how snug they had been.

All this meant, with a little analysis, that I had nice hopes for the Photo voltaic Drive ST’s.

Out of the field (model new on the left, and on the proper 430km of coaching later), the shoe is enticing. The prime knit is a placing addition, one which I used to be doubtful of, however now love.



The consolation of this higher is enjoyable because it gives nice air flow. In lots of respects, that is an higher that I might like to have all through all warm-weather coaching.

My solely actual grievance concerning the higher is the heel collar. It simply will not be as plush and as snug as I’ve change into used to.

A little bit extra padding on this space actually would have left my toes feeling a bit of safer, a lot in the best way that I’ve change into accustomed to with different Adidas choices.

General, the match is sweet, and the sizing is just about on a par with earlier Adidas choices. However, to compensate for the much less plush higher, I went down half a measurement with these, nonetheless with loads of room for my toes!

Leaving the midsole apart for a second, the outer sole is modelled on the Continental rubber sample of the Supernova ST, with out the stamp. This hasn’t confirmed to be an issue, although.

The wear and tear has been minimal within the 430 km that I’ve put them by means of up to now (proven on the proper in each footage); even higher when you think about that I’ve a mid to fore-foot strike sample and these are designed for heel strikers.



The grip on provide right here has earned my belief and even after a pointy downpour, I can take these sneakers out secure within the data that they gained’t enable me to slide and slide on the greasy tarmac surfaces.

For all of the positives, there’s a sticking level: the midsole. The plush trip that the Supernova household has provided doesn’t exist within the Photo voltaic Drive ST.

This shoe is a bit of too onerous and unforgiving for the lengthy miles that I prefer to put in. The blue bar down the within of the shoe is there to point out you that Adidas has made a help shoe with my previous pal, the “Stableframe”.



At first, I used to be delighted to see the tried and examined stability constructions that includes so prominently. In all honesty, it’s the explanation that I purchased two pairs on the similar time!

However, whether or not the Stableframe has been up to date, the Increase midsole has been tinkered with or the Photo voltaic household of sneakers, with its fabled propulsion rail, is supposed to trip a bit of tougher, I simply don’t need to run as a lot in these sneakers as I ought to!

With each step I take, I get little to no suggestions and what seems like a brief, sharp shock by means of the size of my leg. There isn’t a absorbency current, so I really feel as if my legs are working twice as onerous as I have to.

An excellent shoe, and I’m glad to say that I’ve owned some, has left me feeling that it’s urging me on to take my subsequent stride, that ‘it has my again’ by propelling my toes ahead to assist me attain my potential.

So what am I lacking? 

Some might ask, ‘however absolutely this tougher midsole provides the shoe a racier really feel?’ No! Weighing in at 310g implies that this ought to be a resilient shoe designed to supply some consolation as you push on by means of your longer coaching runs.

Actually, this shoe claims to be as much as the duty of placing within the long-distance mileage as certainly one of its major functions. I might a lot moderately have a bit of extra weight to the shoe and a contact extra consolation, for these actually lengthy coaching runs.

Going above ten miles in these is an actual ask and never one thing that I relish within the slightest (solely 4 instances within the 36 runs which have made up my 430km of utilization).

If a shoe is simply too heavy to provide the edge/confidence in a race and too onerous to place within the lengthy gradual runs with out returning residence feeling a bit of overwhelmed up, what’s it for?

I may recommend that this could make an okay tempo run companion, however I favor to be acclimating myself to the present that I’ll subsequent be racing in. I’m at a loss as to the aim of those sneakers.

I totally settle for that they is probably not the perfect shoe to fulfill my wants, however I might at all times count on a help shoe to help you in placing the lengthy miles in if that’s its major goal.

I might be ceaselessly grateful to Adidas for the years of fantastic trainers that they’ve supplied me with, however for the primary time in a very long time, I’ll be on the lookout for a brand new model of shoe to do my lengthy runs in.

All this leaves me pondering that with the prospect of higher sneakers on the market, I can solely award these sneakers this rating.