Who should not buy the Adidas Terrex AX4

The Terrex AX4 has all the trappings of a remarkable Adidas hiker but with a sportier flair. Buy it if:

  • Tackling hills, particularly grassy ones, is your thing.
  • You deal with pointy or sharp rocks along the way.
  • Lasting yet inexpensive hiking shoes are what you've been looking for.

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Who should not buy it

If you're unsure about the toe space in the Terrex AX4, go the wide-toe-box route and choose the Adidas Terrex Trailmaker instead. Also, if you want a hiker with no reports about being a dirt magnet, check out the Merrell Moab Speed.

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Updates to the Adidas Terrex AX4

The fourth iteration in the Terrex AX series comes with improvements over to its predecessor, the Terrex AX3. These enhancements are as follows:

  • More overlay coverage. The Adidas Terrex AX4 now comes with mudguards. Their presence delivers extra abrasion protection and more splash resistance.
  • Re-engineered heel brake. The Terrex AX4's heel brake has been redesigned to provide virtually the same level of skid resistance on loose terrain but with better mud-shedding capabilities
  • Chevron lugs. Its outsole now comes with chevron lugs. These revamped protrusions grant extra bite on soft-soiled terrain (think gravel and scree, particularly on ascents).

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The Terrex AX4's monster grip

Many hikers, including someone who walks daily for 6 hours straight, adore the Terrex AX4's amazing traction. A soccer referee among them "never slipped an inch" in this hiker; he was able to ref 14 games without ever slipping on the grass. Another one said that it provides a perfect grip on slippery conditions, including muddy inclines and mulchy banks.

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Comfort that persists

The Adidas Terrex AX4, according to numerous trail-goers, is immensely comfortable. You can tell their high appreciation of the shoe's comfiness by these remarks:

  • "Very comfortable for walking long distances."
  • They "feel good at the end of the day."
  • "So comfy for long walks and hikes."

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The long-lasting Adidas Terrex AX4

One of the hikers who commented on the Terrex AX4's lifespan calls this piece a "super durable shoe." Another experienced adventurer is more charming about it, calling the shoe's longevity "typical good Adidas quality."

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Keeps your feet moisture-free

The Terrex AX4 is "great for a rainy day," says one of the hikers who find the shoe water-repellent. This Adidas trail shoe is also a "great warm-weather option," according to a non-professional reviewer whose feet sweat easily. In other words, the kick's mesh upper provides remarkable protection against mild external moisture and dissipates heat buildup well all at the same time.

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Say goodbye to shaky steps

There are those who find the Adidas Terrex AX4 exceptionally stable. Wearing it translates to "safe steps on rocky terrain," says one of them.

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Wanted: A more spacious forefoot

"It's a shame"—this is what a disappointed trail-goer calls the Terrex AX4's cramped toe space.

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Hike light in the Terrex AX4

At 371 g per shoe, the Adidas Terrex AX4 is among the lightest trail shoes in circulation (FYI: in hiking, low-top shoes weighing 450 g or less are considered light). Quite a number of nature lovers agree on this, too, with one going so far as saying that it's "lighter than my cats."

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A blank canvas to smudges

Among the very few negative reviews about the Terrex AX4, one comment from a female adventurer stands out, and it paints the featured shoe as a dirt magnet.

The Terrex AX4 also spells multi-purpose

It's "the best when riding my ATVs," says a reviewer who's a big fan of the Terrex AX series. At work, this shoe is also a pretty convincing product to several owners. A classroom teacher wears it all day and has zero complaints about its walking and standing-all-day performance.

There are also those who use the Adidas Terrex AX4 for running, whether on trails or on the road. They are the "perfect hiking shoes for running," says an experienced adventurer who likes blazing through off-road tracks.

Adidas Terrex AX4: Miraculous price-wise

$90 is the Terrex AX4's manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), making it quite an affordable trail kick. Also, compared with summer hiking shoes (which are NOT pricey by default), the featured hiker is cheaper by $23.

The shoe's sustainable sibling

There is a sustainable AX4 variant, and it's called the Adidas Terrex AX4 Primegreen. It comes with an upper made with 50% recycled materials.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 13.1oz / Women 12oz
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Collection: Adidas Terrex
Features: Lightweight / Eco-friendly / Breathable
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Adidas

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.