Gear Review: Adidas Kanadia TR3


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I’m a big fan of the traditional geocache. I don’t mean the 200ml Systema snaplock container hidden at a kids’ playground, I mean the caches that geo-purists enjoy. The large containers hidden way out in the bush that take time to get to. These caches really put you to the test and generally mean you actually have to use your GPSr as it was intended. But finding them requires more than a kick-ass GPSr and a good set of legs. In my experience, the footwear you have on makes all the difference.

I’ve been through a number of shoes over the years. Whilst Rogaining I used a pair of Montrail off-road shoes. They were good, sturdy and lasted quite a long time, despite being caked in mud on a regular basis. For a while now I’ve been using standard Asics running shoes as the Montrails have long since given up the ghost – but I’ve found that they really aren’t good in the mud and wet. When I know it’s going to be muddy or wet, I’ve switch to my gumboots. They’re awesome and keep me grounded and steady in any environment but there is only so far you can travel in them before you get tired and your feet get sore. What I really needed was a shoe that had gumboot-like grip with running shoe performance.

Enter the Adidas Kanadia TR3. This shoe is awesome. The first thing that caught my attention was the excessive grip on the sole that made it look like you were wearing a pair of Caterpillar tracks. The grip on the sole is so extensive it even hangs over at the back to prevent slippage. And what’s even better is the feeling when you put them on. These must be the lightest pair of shoes I’ve owned; it was almost like wearing a pair of the natural running shoes that were the rage a few years ago. But the lightness didn’t detract from the sturdiness of the shoe – it felt solid and safe, hugging the foot gently but firm enough that it wasn’t going to slip out.

My first test of my new footwear was today. I set off on three adventures to get:


GCMN4X Sandflies, Eel and Morepork

GC21MPT Leishmans Falls

Just Q involved a dash along a dirt road and trot along a grassy forestry track. Sandflies, Eel and Morepork is accessed via a thin track that runs alongside a beautiful wee stream. It was quite damp in places and required a river crossing. Leishmans Falls had a bit of low-lying bush to travel through before completing a number of stream crossings on slippery rocks. The Kanadia handled all of these extremely well. It very rarely ever slipped and felt stable the whole time. My confidence in foot placement grew the more I ran, which in turn lead me to run faster. Due to the raised nature of the teeth on the sole they are probably less effective on slippery stream rocks, but given the infrequent nature of times spent in streams it a small price to pay for running faster and slipping over less overall.

My rating: 4/5 smileys




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  1. 床墊 says:

    September 23, 2010 at 7:36 am

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  2. Humidity Temperature says:

    November 18, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    you can always trust those high tech running shoes developed by adidas or nike, they are expensive but they are very good ;”`

  3. K. P. says:

    March 18, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I just got these shoes today. have not tried them on yet, but i got them on sale for $55. the sole is what attracted them to me. i was looking for a shoe that i can hike and bike in, while not costing a hundred bucks. i got the pink and gray and im happy to say i DID NOT get purple/black. They looked pretty bad on the shelf.

    GRIP: *****
    OVERALL: ****1/2

  4. Garreth Ballard says:

    May 4, 2011 at 4:58 am

    I bought these a month ago and they are already out of the grip on the bottom. They still hold me to the ground but I fear I may have to get new ones soon.

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