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  • 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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use

    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
    $160
  • Weight
    Men: 10.6oz
    Women: 9.6oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 6mm

    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.

  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Apr 2016
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Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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85 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 94 / 100 | Road Trail Run

    I’ll keep this shoe at the front of my rotation and pick it for days when I know I’ll be on steep, rough terrain, wet terrain, mud, off trail or snow (when I am not really worried about getting my feet wet).

  • 85 / 100 | Road Trail Run

    This shoe shines when the trail surfaces are challenging, wet, dry, frozen, traction is a whole new level with this shoe.

  • 82 / 100 | Gear Institute

    Overall, our wear-testers felt Adidas was bringing something unique to the trail and pushing running technology forward, but had some concerns about fit, comfort and versatility.

  • 77 / 100 | GearJunkie

    It hits a middle point between the minimalist models in my closet and more bulky trail shoes. I was comfortable for 10+ miles running in the Terrex X-KING, and the shoes excelled where the terrain got muddy and steep.

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Updates to Adidas Terrex X King

  • The Terrex X King is an Adidas trail running shoe that’s created for technical trails and other off-road paths. It has been optimized to deliver a solid performance on the unpredictable topography. The outsole tread has even been designed to mimic mountain-bike tires, making it easier to take control of the surfaces.
  • The upper unit uses a durable mesh to provide long-lasting protection and coverage. Strips of fabric have been stitched onto the upper, acting as overlays and connectors to the lacing system. A thin EVA tongue provides additional comfort to the top of the wearer’s foot.
  • The mid-sole unit features a very lightweight foam that’s made from Ethylene vinyl acetate. It’s to provide responsive cushioning and protection from the impact forces when striking the foot on the ground. It’s removable, by the way.
  • Directly molded to the upper is an external sole unit, which is based on the design and structure of a mountain bike’s tire. Parts of it go up to the perimeter of the upper unit, basically adding protection while also keeping the foot in place. Gripping lugs mark the underside of the trail shoe, ensuring traction and surface control.

Adidas Terrex X King size and fit

The Adidas Terrex X King has a standard running shoe length. It follows the preferences of runners when it comes to sizing. The available width is medium. It accommodates those with medium-sized feet. The semi-curved shape of this shoe mimics the natural curvature of the human foot.


Outsole

Continental™ Rubber is the material used for the outsole unit of the Adidas Terrex X King. It’s one of the sturdiest technologies on the market and it’s made to function well on many types of terrain.

The tread has been designed to mimic the look and function of a mountain bike’s tire. Gripping lugs provide reliable traction on a variety of surfaces. It even has those thin, needle-like protrusions that’re most commonly seen in bike tires.

The rubber material used in this shoe extends to the upper section: the sides, the toe area, and the rear. It effectively acts as a shield against debris and potentially injurious surfaces. It also doubles as a support unit that prevents the foot from wobbling around inside the shoe.


Midsole

Just like the popular Adidas Duramo 9, the mid-sole unit of the Adidas Terrex X King features a removable EVA foam, which delivers lightweight, responsive and long-lasting cushioning. It’s an industry-standard material, but it’s efficient and reliable. It doesn’t break down easily, making it effective even after many uses.


Upper

A mix of mesh and synthetic materials make up the main upper fabric of the Adidas Terrex X King. They’re durable yet soft. They protect the foot from dust and trail debris.

Fabric strips have been stitched onto the main fabric and connected to the lacing system. These overlays do not have substantial weights, so they won’t affect the overall weight of the shoe itself. However, they’re strong and are able to conform nicely to the shape of the foot.

A speed lacing system is used in this model, essentially removing the need to manually tie laces.

A thin EVA tongue provides lightweight cushioning to the top of the wearer’s foot. It also prevents any hot spots or irritation when adjusting the fit.


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