Who should buy the Adidas Terrex Free Hiker Parley

The Adidas Terrex Free Hiker Parley is a lightweight hiker for any season. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that offers high energy return in any temperature and adaptability to any terrain, including rocky surfaces.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that boasts breathability, flexibility, and lightness.

Adidas Terrex Free Hiker Parley logo

Size and fit

The Terrex Free Hiker Parley is a mid-top boot featuring a soft yet supportive upper. Unlike traditional hiking shoes, it looks and feels more like a sneaker. Unique to this shoe is the knitted collar for a sock-like feel. There's also a pull loop at the back of the collar for easy wearing or taking off. This shoe is secured through a lace-up closure.

Adidas Terrex Free Hiker Parley laces

Undoubtedly very durable

Designed for varying terrain, the Terrex Free Hiker Parley is equipped with the Continental Rubber outsole. It's basically the same rubber used in many cars today and is undoubtedly very durable. Compared to traditional outsoles, the Continental Rubber sole is thinner to allow more freedom of movement.

Adidas Terrex Free Hiker Parley outsole

Ensures grip on any terrain and uneven surfaces

For improved performance on the trail, this hiker comes with the adaptive Traxion technology which allows it to adapt to any terrain and uneven surfaces. The lugs are multidirectional to ensure grip and traction on dry and wet surfaces.

Adidas Terrex Free Hiker Parley outsole 1

Enhanced energy return and shock absorption

This hiker has the Boost midsole which is the most innovative cushioning solution from Adidas. It's made of springy thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) which works by enhancing energy return and shock absorption, thereby reducing the impact of walking or running. 

Adidas Terrex Free Hiker Parley midsole


The Adidas Boost is also very lightweight. All these features allow hikers to run faster and save energy without sacrificing comfort.

Adidas Terrex Free Hiker Parley midsole 1

Provides resistance against abrasion

Parley plastic - a performance material made of upcycled plastic waste found in the ocean and shorelines - makes up the upper of this shoe, including the Primeknit which is highly resistant to abrasion. The knitted collar offers a soft, flexible yet protective coverage for the ankle, ensuring that no debris gets inside. 

Adidas Terrex Free Hiker Parley collar

Breathable and secure fit

There is no waterproof membrane lining the interior so it's very breathable and perfect for hiking in the summer season. Completing the upper is a traditional lace-up closure for a secure fit.

Adidas Terrex Free Hiker Parley upper 3

Nice to know

  • Adidas has partnered with Parley for the Oceans, an environmental organization and global collaboration network founded in 2012. With the goal of turning a problem into a solution, Adidas was able to transform this ocean waste into high-performance sportswear. 


Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 14.1oz
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Collection: Adidas Terrex, Adidas Boost, Adidas Primeknit, Adidas Terrex Free Hiker
Features: Lightweight / Eco-friendly / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Adidas

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