Who should buy the Adidas Terrex Swift R3

The Adidas Terrex Swift R3 is a well-built, solid overall performer when it comes to:

  • speed hiking in challenging trails and hills
  • cross country and off-trail terrain travel

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What the box might not tell you

Describing the featured shoe as “what you see is what you get” can be considered detrimental to Adidas.

Adidas Terrex Swift R3 What the box might not tell you

While there is nothing wrong with being impressed by the Terrex Swift R3’s physical features, knowing its unsung capabilities is worth it. 

Terrex Swift R3 keeps your heel in place

With the Terrex Swift R3’s deeper rearfoot zone and extra-supportive stock insole (footbed), heel lift is virtually impossible.

Adidas Terrex Swift R3 keeps your heel in place

This remarkable design also prevents underfoot slippage.

A bit of inconvenience to lace it tight

Compared to Salomon shoes, wrote one reviewer, the shoe is slightly wider including at the heel. This means that the wearer needs to cinch it down pretty tightly.

Adidas Terrex Swift R3 A bit of inconvenience to lace it tight

This can cause a bit of inconvenience to some and find it hard to lace the shoe tight to keep it locked in place especially on extended climbs.

Frail toe cap

The Terrex Swift R3 comes with an approach shoe-like rubber toe with a full-coverage toe cap.

Adidas Terrex Swift R3 Frail toe cap

However, to an experienced trail-goer, seeing the rubber bumper of this shoe detaching from the upper in mere weeks is quite disappointing. 

Eye-catching design with a glove-like fit

The Terrex Swift R3 is reportedly true to size with a glove-like fit. Catching a glimpse of co-hikers looking your way while you got this on is thrilling in and of itself.

Adidas Terrex Swift R3 Eye-catching design with a glove-like fit

While not engineered with a liner from Gore-Tex, this hiker is water-resistant and capable of repelling light moisture.

It makes strides smoother

Glide-like strides are yours in this speed hiker, thanks to its moderately rockered heel and forefoot zones.

Adidas Terrex Swift R3 It makes strides smoother

This is especially true on level terrain and packed soil. Almost every hiker-slash-reviewer finds the Adidas Terrex Swift R3 astonishingly comfy.

It is ascent-ready

The shoe’s reinforced-yet-flexible forefoot and grippy chevron lugs make going up low-angled inclines relatively easier. The Continental rubber outsole integrated in this shoe is decidedly substantial and hard.

Adidas Terrex Swift R3 It is ascent-ready

Experienced adventurers agree that this hiking shoe sticks magnificently, whether on rock or slippery inclines.

Adidas Terrex Swift R3 comes with a cushy platform

You can even scramble in it over rocky slopes with less effort. Its cushy platform can help you negotiate rough terrain without losing your footing.

Adidas Terrex Swift R3 comes with a cushy platform

For more daring base mountain climbs, check out our approach catalog. The featured fast hiker has a waterproof sibling in the Adidas Terrex Swift R3 GTX.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 15oz / Women 11oz
Use: Speed Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Collection: Adidas Terrex, Adidas Terrex Swift
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Adidas

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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.