Attention gift-giving procrastinators: The Adidas Response Women’s Trail Running Shoe is a a superb last-minute gift idea, and here’s why…
- Weight: 10.8 oz (306 gm) size 8
- Material: Textile/Synthetics
- Tie Closure
- Internal heel lock
- Soft Lining
- Continental™ Rubber outsole
- Seam free water-resistant protection
- Responsive Boost midsole
- Retail $120.00 USD
The Response Women’s Trail Runner is properly named in my book. The concept is simple—the more energy you give to the midsole, the more you get in return. When properly engineered, this ‘Boost’ effect, as Adidas calls it, can lighten the overall feel by returning kinetic energy as you run, and the design of the Response executes this well. In fact, I’m a big fan of Adidas trail shoes in general for this very reason. The result, is a neutral trail runner with an exceptional, cushioned ride, and the versatility of a neutral shoe extends beyond the trail. They’re so comfortable, I’ve found myself wearing them for running errands, and to lift at the gym.
With trail shoes, a major consideration in my mind, is always the traction–especially in less than ideal conditions. There’s a good number of lugs and with a reverse pattern at the heel for a solid downhill anchor. The outsole lugs, made of Continental™ Rubber are firm enough to balance out the soft midsole, and offer great traction, even in wet conditions. I ran them through mud (no trails destroyed, I promise), rain, over rocks and even wood-planked bridges in slushy weather, and they had great response and grip in all conditions. You won’t feel as much ‘grab’ as a sticky rubber sole, but in this situation, I think a sticky rubber would be too soft.
The Response is fitted with seam-free water line protection that generously extends over the rand (toe) of the shoe, and a mesh, breathable upper. While a mesh upper isn’t generally preferred in winter, I didn’t find it to be a problem except for deep snow or dumping rain. Adidas does have shoes made specifically for bad conditions, so be sure and check them out, if you’re leaning more in that direction.
My overall impression of the Women’s Response Trail Shoe was overwhelmingly positive. For a neutral shoe, the Response had a great anatomical fit and comfort. I like to leave a little room for swelling, so choosing a size online can be tricky for me. Thankfully, the sizing was dead on, so this also makes a good, safe choice if buying for a loved one or friend during the holidays. The Women’s Response Trail Shoe is currently available in full and half sizes, 5 to 12, and at only $120 USD, it’s a great price for a solid shoe.