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Gear Review: Adidas Terrex Fast R GTX Shoes

Adidas Terrex Fast R GTX

Hiking Shoes
Adidas Terrex Fast R GTX
$155, 1 lb. 12 oz. (men’s 9)
Sizes: men’s 6-14
www.adidas.com/us/outdoor

Adidas might have named this low-cut shoe the ATV, because it really is an all-terrain vehicle. On local hikes in the Boise Foothills in all kinds of conditions—dry, packed dirt, mud, wet snow, and rain-drenched rock—the outsoles bit without a slip. That’s thanks to deep and widely spaced outsole lugs and Continental rubber, the same kind used for mountain bike tires. Also unique to this shoe: A thin, plastic shock plate between the midsole and outsole that shifts up to one cm upon impact—not enough to feel squirrelly, but instead delivering cushion as well as acting as a confidence-inspiring brake on steep descents. The laces run through “stripes” wrapping around both sides of the midfoot to cradle the foot. The shoe has a sturdy toe bumper and heel cup to protect your feet, too, and a Gore-Tex membrane that kept my socks almost completely dry through a steady rain.

They are among the most torsionally rigid, supportive low-cuts I have worn, yet light enough for easy trail running. Hikers who like a lot of support or roll ankles easily but still want a lightweight, low-cut shoe will love the Terrex Fast R GTX. But it may feel a little clunky to hikers accustomed to a very light, nimble shoe.

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NOTE: I’ve been testing gear for Backpacker Magazine for 20 years. At The Big Outside, I review only what I consider the best outdoor gear and apparel. See all of my reviews by clicking on the Gear Reviews category at left or in the main menu.

—Michael Lanza

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Michael Lanza

A former field editor for Backpacker Magazine, Michael Lanza created The Big Outside to share stories and images from his many backpacking, hiking, and other outdoor adventures, as well as expert tips and gear reviews to help readers plan and pull off their own great adventures.

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