This model may still be available on clearance. But we've reviewed a newer version since we published this.
Evaluation No surprise that the Supernova sells well for Adidas. Like the Asics 2000-series, it has a blend of stability, cushioning and light weight that can meet the needs of a range of runners, from six-minute milers to 10-minute milers, and from neutral runners to mild overpronators.
The big change over last years Supernova Xtra is that the shoes forefoot is now made entirely of Adiprene Plus, the springy, rubberised cushioning material that helps make faster, lighter shoes such as the Gazelle Chartbreaker and the Neftanga so good. This boosts the shoes durability as well as the cushioning. The medial post, filled-in midfoot and support shank are similar to before, but the fit has become more slender. (It was already nicely sculpted in the midfoot; now its narrower in the forefoot too.) If youve enjoyed previous, soft versions of the Supernova, youll find this one has more of a firm responsiveness.
If youre wondering whether to shortlist the Supernova or the Asics 2070, the answer is that you should test-drive them both. Youll find that because the Supernova has a thicker midsole, it has a more cushioned and protective feel especially in the forefoot. However, its heavier and you get a less responsive feel for the ground youre running on. The Supernova also has more midfoot support and a narrower fit.
In short Neutral and stability-oriented runners are spoilt for choice at £70-£75. Out of the leading contenders from Nike, Saucony, Adidas and Asics, the Supernova has the most protective midsole now enhanced by full-forefoot Adiprene Plus. The only trade-off is a less speedy feel.
Try it if you liked Nike Air Structure Triax (£70); Asics GT-2060/2070 (£70/£75); Saucony GRID Omni (£70); Adidas Supernova Xtra (£75)