Verdict from 3 experts and +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Several experts and testers gave really high marks to the shoe’s rugged and reliable performance.
  • Excellent durability is an overwhelming point coming from practically all users of the Terrex Swift R GTX.
  • The waterproofing membrane functions well, according to some reviews.
  • The Adidas Terrex Swift R GTX remains breathable despite the waterproofing features.
  • Unbelievable comfort enhances the shoe’s appeal, according to several runners.
  • After durability, the superior grip on a multitude of mountain or off-road terrain under all kinds of conditions is the most common comment from most users.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Adidas Terrex Swift R GTX is heavy.
  • The shoe is slightly expensive.

Bottom line

While the word tank is thrown around often when it comes to heavy-duty shoes, this is certainly apt for the Adidas Terrex Swift R GTX. The superior cushioning, comfort, and durability come at the expense of weight. However, as hikers will triumphantly note, this is a much lighter shoe compared to the traditional hiking cleats without giving away too much of the needed performance under such challenging conditions.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Good to know

  • Adidas builds an outdoor monster that can be considered an extremely rugged trail shoe and a light waterproof hiking cleat in the Terrex Swift R GTX. This is an ultra-reinforced trail beast that is supremely comfortable and stable enough for moderate overpronators to enjoy. Despite the significant weight on the scale, the Swift R GTX is quite agile that technical running can be part of an outdoor enthusiast’s itinerary.
  • The Traxion outsole with aggressive lugs make the shoe a reliable training partner in the mountains during summer or when running in snow or ice. With superb forefoot and rear protection as well as a locked in midfoot, runners can run the bruising trail in comfort.
  • Adidas uses a stiff sole and a midsole with several stability features that should allow those with moderately excessive inward rolling of the foot comfortable even on uneven terrain.

Standard fairly describes the fit of this shoe. It has average space in the heel, midfoot, and forefoot, which means most runners will naturally be able to get the most out of the dimensions of this shoe. Adidas offers the standard D for the men’s and B for the women’s in the Swift R GTX. The shoe length is regular as well with 7 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 11 as the options for the women’s.

Aggressive lugs dominate the outsole of this trail running shoe. The whole surface of the outsole is covered by Traxion rubber, which is known for its excellent grip on a multitude of trail surfaces. A decoupled heel helps with the cushioning and attenuates shock.

A standard, full-length EVA midsole provides decent cushioning and durability. Another aspect found in the midsole is the polyamide protective plates that effectively shield the foot from sharp objects on the trail. A high-density foam in the medial side supports the collapsing arch of an overpronator. Adidas incorporates a heel insert that is made of AdiPrene foam for added cushioning and shock-absorbing features.

The upper features an abrasion resistant mesh that is very breathable, but still keeps off trail debris. Beneath this mesh is the Gore-Tex membrane that shields the shoe from water.

TPU overlays provide efficient and reliable support, especially in the midfoot. These overlays are effectively helping the high-density foam in the midsole to provide sufficient stability.

At the rear of the shoe is a sturdy and very substantial heel cup. For a stability shoe, this is an asset that delivers the needed wraparound support in the heel. Adidas uses a speed lacing system for quick and effortless cinching.


How Adidas Terrex Swift R GTX ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 36% trail running shoes
All trail running shoes
Top 33% Adidas running shoes
All Adidas running shoes
Top 37% waterproof running shoes
All waterproof running shoes


The current trend of Adidas Terrex Swift R GTX.
Compare to another shoe:
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.