Having been faithful to New Balance for a while, I heard
many good things about the above-mentioned shoes. I have
been anxious to try them on real trails. I did.
The shoes are tremendous! Not only did they provide "riding
on rails" stability to my feet and lower legs, they had
tremendous cushioning from rocks and such into the
bottom of my feet.
I ran a long trail run a few weeks ago in a road shoe, and nearly
had my ankles twisted apart. The Adidas shoe has a "roll bar" like
attachment on the back of the heel, along with a very pronounced
heel counter stability device. These two devices, among other things,
kept my feet very well planted. The tread on the bottom handled
some slippery mud-covered downhills with ease.
I am impressed.
Rolf "Ironman" Arands, Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering)
Dept. of Chem. and Biochem. Eng'g, Rutgers University
--These are my highly opinionated views, not Rutgers'--