Adidas Terrex Swift R GTX

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Adidas Terrex Swift R GTX Review Facts

When Adidas announced that they would be releasing a swift and nimble running and trail shoe that would be ultra reinforced and supremely comfortable while being stable enough for moderate to novice outdoor lovers to utilize as a sort of Swiss army knife of a shoe, everyone was extremely excited to try them out. Outdoor enthusiasts were eager to test out the ability of this trail runner and waterproof light hiker on their most unforgiving of trails. While most experts will agree that comfort is an area of importance to them when it comes to a trail running shoe; support and protection are also something that must be met when you are dealing with a very technical, rough, and wet terrain. In the following review we will be taking look at the different aspects of Adidas’ new trail runner and breakdown the components and what they will do for your next outdoor adventure.

Pros

Although made for rough terrain, it's a fairly good looking shoe

High marks in regards to the shoe’s rugged and reliable performance.

Excellent durability that is unmatched

The waterproofing membrane works extremely well

Remains breathable despite the waterproofing features.

Superior grip on a multitude of mountain and off-road terrain under all kinds of conditions

Cons

Some runners had trouble with the lacing system

the toe box may be a little too padded

those with a wide foot might find the upper to be a little tigh

Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

Perhaps one of the most vital components to a successful and more than adequate trail shoe is the outsole. Adidas answers this by providing an extremely aggressive and solid outsole that is dominated by their Traxion rubber, which is very well known amongst the outdoor elite to provide an excellent grip regardless of weather conditions or temperature. The Traxion is impervious to harsh weather conditions and runners found that it did not expand or contract in response to sudden changes in the environment such as going from a dry trail to wet and debris filled zones that seem to come out of nowhere as if you are running an endurance competition sponsored by your favorite energy drink.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole on the Adidas Terrex Swift R GTX is anything but ordinary. High density foam in the medial side avoids any type of collapsing arch that may be a testament of a classic over pronator. This high density material is really the ideal image of function, and experienced trail runners took note of outstanding cushioning and durability. At first glance, the full length EVA midsole looks like a standard addition to a typical trail shoe, however, look a little closer and you will find that embedded polyamide protective plates have been strategically placed by Adidas to protect and shield the runner’s foot from sharp objects that can appear while they are out on the trail. A heel insert that is composed of AdiPrene foam for bonus cushioning and it’s shock absorbency features rounds out the midsole to make it perhaps one of the most effective trail shoes that you will find.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper features layer upon layer of protection, support, and comfort. Let’s start by looking at the abrasion resistant mesh that Adidas developed to be extremely breathable while not allowing trail debris to permeate. Runners agreed that the amount of protection provided by this mesh was second to none and came in handy on their most difficult of trails. Underneath this mesh you’re going to find a Gore-Tex membrane that provides the shoe extreme protection from water. Tested in very wet conditions, runners found that it is a more than effective shield against water. Adidas has been known for using overlays effectively this shoe is no exception to the rule. What you’ll find is an extremely sturdy and well supported heel cup, that features wraparound support and exceptional stability.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The weight on the Adidas Terrex Swift R GTX is pretty much the standard for this type of shoe. What is not the standard is the amount of features and protection that can be packed into a shoe while still keeping it at a respectable wait. Adidas has accomplished this by utilizing overlays where necessary and implementing the newest of technologies. Runners agreed that a waterproof and rugged shoe that will go the long haul on your trails is difficult to make extremely light, however Adidas delivers the satisfactory weight that is required of a quality trail shoe. This is a well-built trail shoe that you will not hesitate to just pick up and go.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Runners that are experienced with Gore-Tex technology are already aware that this breathable lining can extend comfort to the footwear while providing the light weight components that makes it seem as if the material is in there at all. That type of breathability is like gold to most experienced trail runners, they don’t want to think about the material being breathable they just want it to be so. This is where the Adidas shine. You are also going to get the benefit of a molded sock liner, which is extremely luxurious while also being extremely breathable. Runners did not report any hotspots in extremely dry and arid conditions, and they were pleasantly surprised that the waterproofing features of this shoe did not take away from its breathable aspects.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

As previously mentioned comfort is important to outdoor enthusiasts, however they seek protection and key features. So when they find a trail shoe that offers everything they’re looking for while still delivering on comfort, they are more than excited to make it their every day to trail runners. Adidas utilizes a very solid feeling stiff sole that when combined with a midsole that features several stability assisting agents, provides the runner with a very comfortable trail runner even on technical and uneven terrain. Runners of all different gaits found that while taking these Adidas on summer trails, the extreme comfort levels of the breathable uppers and the waterproof outsole made for quick work of their favorite trails. This comes as no surprise as Adidas set out from inception to make these trail runners extremely comfortable for outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels.
Style
Style

Style

The Adidas Terrex Swift R GTS come in a variety of colors and styles to match any outdoor lover’s style. If you enjoy a more natural look to your trail runner, you will find their branch color way and their rich Amber hues to be a perfect match to the serenity of a perfect summer hike. On the other hand, if you enjoy to stand out from the crowd, you are going to love their Unity Orange and Bright Yellow color ways utilized to make for a perfect outdoor statement. There’s also no mistaking that this pair of shoes are a well-built and great looking pair of Adidas. You will find that their signature three stripe logo is subtle yet prominent at the same time.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Every single component of this shoe is expertly crafted with durability in mind. From the abrasion resistant mesh upper to the full length EVA midsole, everything is there to last. The polyamide protective plates give the runner the confidence to go down the trail while knowing that their foot is shielded from sharp jagged rocks. The waterproof design effectively stops any of the conditions of the trail from affecting your run or the durability of this more than capable trail runner. Traxion rubber does not just provide excellent grip on the trail, it also acts as an in penetrable layer of protection for the rest of this shoe, adding to the durability by leaps and bounds.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

What you can expect from the Adidas Terrex Swift R GTX trail running shoe is an extremely well balanced and responsive ride. Runners reported that no matter the trail, whether it was desert or ice and rocks the Adidas was able to respond quickly to their every move. The cushioning and shock absorbing features of the AdiPrene foam come through just at the right moment when you need them the most. Even the classic overpronator will find that the medial side supports of the collapsing arch give you the right amount of spring to your step every single time.
Support
Support

Support

While style and comfort are very important, let’s face it, the support system of a trail shoe can make all the difference in the world. The stiff sole found in this pair of trail runners delivers excellent torsional support. Some runners found that even while they were carrying fifteen to thirty pound packs on their overnight trails, the support system was there every single step of the way for them. Perhaps the most shocking feature of this shoe is that with every component that is there to provide you support, you do not get the weight penalty that is usually associated with it. Adidas has once again set the bar for what it means to be a trail shoe.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

Runners had a lot of fun putting this pair of Adidas through all the trials and tribulations that can be found in the great outdoors. One of the factors when dealing with outdoor trail runners is that you are you never fully prepared for what you are going to encounter out there. There may be thick mud and strong root systems where you do not expect them. A well seasoned trail runner may expect a dry desert run and a sudden thunderstorm blowing from the east can change all of that in a matter of minutes. With this pair of Adidas Terrex Swift R GTX all of these worries and concerns and become an afterthought as you pack up your bag and get ready to hit the trail. Time and time again runners have put these Adidas to the test on all sorts of terrain and the Adidas passed their tests with flying colors every single time.
Price
Price

Price

Adidas does a very good job of keeping the price in check when it comes to these trail runners. When you are considering the EVA midsole and the high density foam that is under the arch and fore foot you may expect to pay a little bit more for these trail runners. However you will be pleasantly surprised that Adidas did an excellent job of sourcing their materials such as Gore-Tex and passing their savings along to the consumers. Outdoor enthusiasts will agree that there are certain things that you don’t skimp on price when it comes to hitting the trail, your pack and your shoes. Thanks to Adidas you won’t have to.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

•Traxion rubber, perfect for its excellent grip on a multitude of trail surfaces

•Decoupled heel that helps with the cushioning while attenuating shock

•Polyamide protective plates that effectively shield the foot from sharp objects on the trail

•Medial side supports with a collapsing arch

•AdiPrene foam for added cushioning and strong shock-absorbing features.
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The question is not why should you take the Adidas Terrex Swift R GTX out on your next trail run, the question is why wouldn’t you? It’s challenging to make a case for a heavy and clumsy hiking boot when Adidas has provided you with a superb and well crafted trail runner. If you are looking for a tough water tight shoe that will get you through the trails and even protect you from the dangers of sharp rocks penetrating the sole, you have found the perfect specimen. Now get out there and enjoy the great outdoors!