DiscontinuedUpdate: Adidas Terrex Swift R2
Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
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: 12.3ozWomen: 10.9oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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89 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
Overall, I'm really happy with this shoe.
Pound for pound, the Terrex Swift R2 packs a lot of punch.
Light, fast, and fun, the athletic feel of the Terrex Swift R2 GTX soars past expectations.
Updates to Adidas Terrex Swift R2 GTX
- Adidas designed the Terrex Swift R2 GTX in a lightweight package. It is built for hiking fast in the mountains.
- The shoe retains its Traxion outsole design, but this time, it is made of Continental rubber. Adidas partnered with the tire brand to bring improved grip on wet and dry grounds.
- As for the midsole unit, the brand removed the Adiprene foam. The designers, however, retained the EVA midsole to provide cushioning with rebound.
- The previous design of the upper is kept in this version. It still comes with a Gore-Tex liner to shield the foot from water intrusions. The overlays in the midfoot area form the signature three stripes of Adidas.
Adidas Terrex Swift R2 GTX size and fit
The Terrex Swift R2 GTX from Adidas is a low-cut hiker for men and women. It comes in a range of standard lengths and runs fairly true to size. Medium width is available. Wearers can use the bungee to tighten the lace and achieve a snug fit. The shoe also has a women’s-specific fit for the ladies.
Adidas built the outsole using Continental rubber to deliver traction. It is designed to perform on a variety of trails, especially in wet conditions. The brand also applied the Traxion technology for multi-directional grip. It features deep lugs that are adequately spaced to easily shed mud. At the rear end is a diagonal tread pattern to grant braking power during descents.
The component responsible for bouncy cushioning is the EVA midsole. Additional cushioning comes from a standard textile footbed. The unit noticeably extends to the upper for a bit on certain points to securely hold the foot. This kind of support is useful when tackling uneven terrain. There's about a 9.5 mm the heel to forefoot drop for smooth propulsion when stepping forward.
The ripstop mesh upper keeps the upper lightweight and breathable. It is supported by TPU overlays to give structure to the unit. The shoe is made abrasion resistant by the molded TPU toe cap. A Gore-Tex membrane lines the upper to keep the foot protected from wet elements. It is created with a speed lace closure system with bungees for fit adjustment. A lace stow prevents tangling of the cables. A pull tab at the heel allows easy on and off.