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Adidas Dropset Trainer 2

The Adidas Dropset Trainer is your next favorite training shoe. This model came out of nowhere as one of the top-performing gym shoes for lifting, versatile workouts, and even CrossFit. Don’t write off Adidas training shoes because the Dropset Trainer 2 continues to show up in a really big way.


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What I Like About the Dropset Trainer 2…

  • Stable for Lifting
  • Wide(r) Toe Box
  • Lightweight and Breathable


What I Don’t Like About the Dropset Trainer 2…

  • Not Great for Running
  • Outsole Durability On Concrete
  • Not the Best for Flat Feet

Product Summary and Features

The Adidas Dropset Trainer 2 has been a consistently strong-performing cross-training shoe for most workout tasks. This shoe features a dual-density midsole, giving the forefoot a more pliable and responsive feel, and the midfoot and heel a denser and more stable feeling. The upper is lightweight and there are additional sidewalls for lateral support and security.

The toe box in the Dropset Trainer 2 also has an “anatomical shape” which is great for accommodating different foot anatomies. This shoe should work well for most feet that are under EEE-widths.

  • Adjustable lacing system
  • Textile upper with synthetic overlays
  • Supportive TPU sidewall for midfoot and heel stability
  • Dual-density midsole with airflow window for breathability
  • Traxion outsole
  • Upper contains a minimum of 50% recycled content
  • Read my Dropset Trainer 2 Review

Adidas’ Return Policy: You can return and exchange items within 30 days of purchasing them. Learn more here.

Testing the Adidas Dropset Trainer 2 for Kettlebell Workouts

Dropset Trainer 2 Specs

  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 6mm
  • Weight: 9.85 oz (size 10 men’s)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Colors: 7 men/5 women


Lifting Tests

  • Max Squat: 435 lbs. The stability is awesome in this model. It feels like a traditional “weightlifting shoe” but is a trainer.
  • Max Deadlift: 555 lbs. The wider toe box and lower stack height are awesome for big deadlifts.
  • Max Lunge: 255 lb walking lunge. Good stability, I never had issues with the medial or lateral sidewalls in this shoe.
  • Max Leg Press: 590 lbs. The outsole gripped the machine well and the feedback I got from the platform is awesome.
  • TF2 Lifting Rating: 4.8/5

Versatility Tests

  • HIIT Workouts: Full-body circuits. I like the athletic feel of this shoe and the fact that it’s lighter weight. The dual-density midsole does a good job of walking the fine line between being bouncy and feeling stable.
  • CrossFit WODs: Fran, Cindy, and more. While not being designed as a “CrossFit shoe” the Dropset Trainer 2 is surprisingly well-rounded and dynamic for most WODs you’ll be doing.
  • Running Tests: Sprints and 1.5 mile run. For sprints, I like the pliability of this shoe’s forefoot and its snappiness. For my 1.5 mile runs, the heel was the downfall of this shoe’s comfort. I’d cap runs to 800-meters in this model.
  • TF2 Versatility Rating: 4.4/5


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