Who should buy the Adidas Terrex AX3 GTX

The Terrex AX3 GTX can still be a hiking companion in a not-so-demanding terrain— where one does not require much stability and support. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that provides weather protection.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that provides excellent surface traction and enhanced comfort.

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Excellent traction regardless of the terrain type

The Adidas Terrex AX3 GTX employs a Continental Rubber outsole. Its multi-lugged design bites into the ground, regardless of the terrain type.

Adidas Terrex AX3 GTX outsole 2

Provides assistance during steep descents

The pattern used in the heel area assists hikers, especially during steep descents. Its upright protrusion at the toe renders extra protection on rocky surfaces.

Adidas Terrex AX3 GTX outsole 3


This Adidas hiking shoe carries an ethylene-vinyl acetate or EVA midsole—a lightweight material that cushions each user’s stride.

Adidas Terrex AX3 GTX midsole

Excellent arch support

A molded sock liner amplifies comfort and also yields a decent amount of arch support.

Adidas Terrex AX3 GTX arch

Durable and flexible

The Terrex AX3 GTX from Adidas wears a combination of mesh and synthetic for its upper to balance durability and flexibility.

Adidas Terrex AX3 GTX upper

Waterproof yet breathable

A Gore-Tex laminate (a component also present in another Adidas offering, the Terrex Swift R2 GTX) takes care of the protection against water intrusion while keeping a breathable interior.

Adidas Terrex AX3 GTX upper 1

Provides toe protection

A rubber toe cap shields the foot against knocks while the molded heel cup adds stability.

Adidas Terrex AX3 GTX toe cap

Easy to wear

A pull tab at the back of the shoe facilitates on and off.

Adidas Terrex AX3 GTX lopp

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 13.9oz / Women 12oz
Base model: Adidas Terrex AX3
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Collection: Adidas Terrex
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof

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