IR - adidas Outdoors Terrex Fast X GTX Shoes - John Waters
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ADIDAS OUTDOORS TERREX FAST X GTX SHOES
TEST SERIES BY JOHN R. WATERS
adidas Outdoors Terrex Fast X GTX shoes
Picture Courtesy of Manufacturer
INITIAL REPORT - June 28, 2013
NAME: John R. Waters
EMAIL: jrw at backpackgeartest dot org
LOCATION: Canon City, CO USA
HEIGHT: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
WEIGHT: 175 lb (79.40 kg)
My backpacking began in 1999. I have hiked rainforests in Hawaii, Costa
Rica, and Puerto Rico, glaciers in New Zealand and Iceland, 14ers in
Colorado and Death Valley's deserts. I hike or snowshoe 6-8 miles (10 km-13
km) 2-3 times weekly in the Cooper Mountain range, with other day-long hikes
on various other southwest and central Colorado trails. I frequently hike
the mountains and deserts of Utah and Arizona as well. My daypack is 18 lb
(8 kg); overnights' weigh over 25 lb (11 kg). I'm aiming to reduce my weight
load by 40% or more.
PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
Manufacturer: adidas Outdoors
Year of Manufacture: 2013
Manufacturer's Website: http://www.adidas.com
Listed Weight: 15.5 ounces (per shoe, size 9) - 439 g
Measured Weight: 1.06 lb (per shoe, size 10.5 US) - 480 g
Sizes Available: 6-14 US
Size Tested: 10.5 US
Color Available/Tested: Solid Grey/Black/Vivid Red
Other Features: (from manufacturer's website)
* FORMOTIONR for enhanced motion control and downhill comfort
* High-abrasion mesh and synthetic upper materials for breathability and
* ADIPRENER+ in the forefoot maintains propulsion and efficiency
* Waterproof and breathable GORE-TEXR lining
* Speed lacing construction for fast and snug lacing
* TRAXIONT outsole for the best grip and agility during fast activities
* ContinentalT Rubber outsole for optimal grip in wet conditions
I am happy to be field testing the Adidas Outdoors Terrex Fast X Low GTX
shoes over the next 16 weeks. Adidas Outdoors is not a name I would have
associated with hiking and backpacking much in the past, so I am interested
to see how these shoes perform over rough terrain on the trails.
These are not the lightest weight trail shoes I have ever used (1.06 lb (482
grams) for my size 10.5 US), however, the additional small amount of weight
over lighter shoes makes the Terrex Fast X shoes feel substantial and secure
on my feet.
adidas Outdoors calls this model "low", but I have had lower shoes. The top
of the shoe just about touches the bottom of my ankles, so there is a small
amount of ankle movement, but with the boot laces cinched up tightly I can
only turn my ankles about 30 degrees. The distance from the floor to the top
of the lower curve by the ankle is 4 in. (10 cm).
The nicely cushioned tongue ends up about an inch (2.5 cm) above my ankle
height and wraps around to the front of each ankle, so there is plenty of
The lacing system is a "speed-lacing" system which apparently nobody has
specifically named because there are a variety of such lacing systems. This
one uses a slide grip that grabs both sides of the lace (which appears to be
a black woven nylon over either wire or nylon line). I can push the lever on
the slide and it allows the slide to move along both laces at the same time
evenly and allows me to get the laces quite tight. I can then release the
lever and the slide locks in position. I really like this! I can see 20
years from now the great-grandkids saying "Grandpa John, you are so old you
used to tie your shoes! Hahaha" ... real funny kids.
There is a thoughtfully provided (and trademark labeled) Bungee holder at
the front of the laces to stick the slide under and keep it in place. Nice
job, adidas Outdoors.
These shoes do feel narrow. I think anyone with wide feet should go to a
dealer and try them on. The narrow footbed was one of the first things I
noticed as soon as I put them on. The widest point from side to side is 4
in. (10 cm).
The soles are Continental Rubber's TRAXION, which I have used before. I'll
have to see how this implementation works on wet rocks and in slippery mud
with the tread design adidas Outdoors is using. I will say that I cannot
sneak around on a hardwood or tile floor with these. They squeak. I will
have to get an old piece of tile out and see if they imprint or mark.
The shoes are quite attractive. Black with touches of reflective stitching
at the lace joints and 3 labels for GORE-TEX.
The toe rand protector is well done and the rear heel slopes towards the
instep rather than ending abruptly. The rear heel also has a separate
cushioned section at the back, which is red. I am hoping this will help
performance on downhill traverses over hard rock. We will see.
The insole is RED. It's got a big Ortolite trademark on it. It's a simple
sculpted insole with 3 layers in the front half of the insole. These are not
shown on the Ortholite Web site and are probably custom made for adidas
Outdoors for these shoes. However, these are better than some of the other
insoles that come standard with other shoes. Thanks, adidas Outdoors.
The tread design is pretty aggressive with a bunch of 1/2 in (1.27 cm) wide
and 1/16 in. (.16 cm) high nubs and plenty of clear space all around them. I
am hoping that, with this design, these shoes will perform very well in
Of course, with 3 labels for GORE-TEX and being called the Terrex Fast X Low
GTX, the shoes are GORE-TEX-lined. I'll need to try this out on some streams
and waterfalls and hopefully in the rain if we actually get some during the
next 16 weeks. We are in one of the worst droughts Colorado has seen since
the Dustbowl of 1929.
I am excited about being able to field test these. I put them on as soon as
I got them and I can say that no break-in period was needed. I'll be wearing
these on all my hikes during this period.
My sincere thanks to BackpackGearTest.org and adidas Outdoors for giving me
the chance to try out the Terrex Fast X GTX shoes. Please check back here in
early September 2013 to see where my Terrex and I have been and how we've
John R. Waters
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