Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$135
Weight
Men: 15.2oz
Women: 10.9oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

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 boots without giving away too much of the needed performance under such challenging conditions.


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Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 507 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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86 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 by Backpacker • Backpacker • Level 1 expert

    Get two for the price of one: a trail runner and a waterproof light hiker that’s supportive and protective enough for a weekend load in rough, wet, technical terrain.

  • 86 / 100 by Best Hiking Shoes • Best Hiking Shoes • Level 1 expert

    These shoes are comfortable, versatile, waterproof, and the price is right.

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Updates to Adidas Terrex Swift R GTX

  • Adidas builds an outdoor monster that can be considered an extremely rugged trail shoe and a light waterproof hiking boot 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.

Adidas Terrex Swift R GTX size and fit

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.


Outsole

Aggressive lugs dominate the outsole of the Adidas Swift R GTX. 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.


Midsole

A standard and 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.


Upper

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.