Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 14.8ozWomen: 10.9oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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I found them to be painful at the end of ten miles with 50 lbs pack, due to the lack of support, the sloppy heel, and stability of the shoe.
Updates to Adidas Terrex AX2R
- The Adidas Terrex AX2R is a low-cut hiking shoe that offers comfort and stability when tackling different terrains. It has a breathable textile and synthetic upper that dries quickly when wet.
- The shoe features an EVA midsole that provides lightweight cushioning aided by Adidas’ adiPRENE. These two materials work together to provide comfort and protection to the foot.
- The Terrex AX2R is equipped with Adidas’ proprietary Traxion outsole technology. This lug pattern is specially designed to provide traction over diverse terrains, including wet rocks.
Adidas Terrex AX2R size and fit
The Adidas Terrex AX2R features a standard, lace-up closure that allows a personalized fit. It has a padded tongue and collar that helps achieve a snug fit and provides comfort. Men’s sizes are from 6 to 13, with half sizes up to 11.5. Women’s sizes range from 5 to 12, with half sizes up to 10.5. This hiking shoe fairly runs true to size. It is offered in medium width for men and women.
The Terrex AX2R uses a super high traction rubber for its outsole coupled with Adidas’ Traxion technology to ensure an aggressive grip in all directions. This combination of features allows the Terrex AX2R to grip on various grounds, be it soft or hard, wet or dry.
Its Traxion technology, which was originally developed for football cleats, is Adidas’ outsole lug pattern made for certain kinds of outdoor activities. The lugs provide plenty of traction on all soft surfaces.
The Terrex AX2R uses an EVA midsole for lightweight, adequate, long-term cushioning. It has adiPRENE which is an elastic foam material created by Adidas. It absorbs impact and reduces the pressure felt by the foot with every step, providing cushioning and comfort while protecting the foot from injuries. Placed in the heel of the shoe, it allows softer landings.
Inside, the Terrex AX2R has a molded foam sockliner that provides a comfortable in-shoe feel. This footbed is removable and can be replaced with orthotic inserts.
The Terrex AX2R has a water-resistant upper made of lightweight components including tightly-knit textile, webbing, and synthetic. The upper materials give coolness and comfort while hugging the foot securely.
Although the lightweight upper is not waterproof, it is breathable and dries quickly. It also has a protective toe rand that helps resist abrasions. A heel pull tab also allows easy on and off.
- Although the Terrex AX2R is not waterproof, it has waterproof versions that use Gore-Tex or Climaproof.