Who should buy the Adidas Terrex Free Hiker

Living up to its name, the Terrex Free Hiker highlights freedom of movement, no matter if the ground is level or moderately rugged. This stellar Adidas offering is for you if:

  • You hike in mostly dry and warm conditions. The Terrex Free Hiker trades waterproofing for enhanced breathability, after all.
  • Speeding through groomed trails is your jam, with or without trekking poles.
  • You're someone who prefers sporty outfits to grungy getups.

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Who should not buy it

While the Terrex Free Hiker is a formidable ally in the summer months, it might not be up to snuff when gloominess and wetness start settling in. In such moisture-laden pursuits, you're better off wearing its GTX counterpart.

You might also want to look in the direction of the brawnier Terrex Swift R2 Mid GTX if the routes you take on include muddy slopes and boggy sections.

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Royally plush on mile one

Adventurers in droves state that the Adidas Terrex Free Hiker is among the most comfortable hiking boots they've ever hiked in. The boot not having a break-in phase is also a plus in this regard.

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Adidas Terrex Free Hiker: Not your clunky hiker

Numerous trail-goers are impressed with the feather-like lightness of the Terrex Free Hiker. The boot, after all, weighs no more than 28 oz (800 g) a pair! FYI: hiking boots have an average weight of 35 oz (1 kg).

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A spring in your step

Tons of owners say that the shoe's Boost midsole provides great cushioning on top of a high rebound rate.

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Lizard-like tenacity

Its outsole with chevron lugs is mighty grippy, many hikers say.

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The downside to the Terrex Free Hiker's outsole

The Terrex Free Hiker's tenacious outsole has a rather thin construction. Keep to the well-maintained parts of the trail to extend its lifespan.

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Breezy strides

With its sock-like upper made of knit fabric, the Terrex Free Hiker will leave your feet fresh and dry for longer.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 13.5oz / Women 12oz
Use: Day Hiking, Speed Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Breathable
Waterproofing: Water repellent
Width: Normal

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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.