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: 13.5ozWomen: 12oz
Updates to Adidas Terrex Free Hiker
- The Adidas Terrex Free Hiker—a model slated for a February 2019 release—is designed to tackle backcountry trails or perform in cross-country running. It comes with a Primeknit upper and is equipped with the recently introduced Gore-Tex 3D Fit footwear technology. This lightweight combination maximizes comfort, flexibility, and protection outdoors.
- Adidas designers combined features underfoot to provide a grippy yet cushioned ride. The brand’s Boost technology optimizes energy return. On the other hand, the Continental rubber outsole bites on most types of terrain.
Adidas Terrex Free Hiker size and fit
A reasonably true-to-size day hiking boot, the Adidas Terrex Free Hiker caters to men and women. It will be offered in standard width and regular sizes. Also, its lace-up closure will allow users to customize the fit.
This Adidas hiker sports a Continental rubber outsole. Its V-shaped lugs are placed on opposing directions (on the rearfoot and forefoot) to give multidirectional grip, whether on wet or dry surfaces. The space in between the cleats is textured to prevent muck build-up. Also, the heel and toe areas are ridged to promote grip on ascents and descents.
Underfoot, the Adidas Terrex Free Hiker employs a dense PU foam for lightweight cushioning and rebound. It comes with an insole that delivers arch support. Additionally, the Boost technology amplifies comfort and energy return.
The upper of the Terrex Free Hiker uses the brand-owned Primeknit technology. The result is a one-piece component that renders optimal flexibility and comfort on the trails. This lightweight material is partnered with Gore-Tex 3D fit footwear, a three-dimensional, form-fitting insert that is windproof, waterproof and breathable.
This lightweight hiking boot uses webbing loops and metal eyelets for fit management. The toe rand grants extra protection while the heel counter enhances stability on uneven terrain. A pull tab assists users in donning and doffing.