EDIT IR Adidas Terrex shoes--Rick D
- Hi Rick,
I volunteered to be your new monitor. Haven't done this in a while, so
let's hope I get this right. Plus I have an IR to write, so it's a good
I think I do the standard EDIT, edit, comment. Here we go!
Love your header! I like how you coordinated your picture borders with the
shoe color detail.
On Sun, Jun 16, 2013 at 1:27 PM, redbike64 <redbike64@...> wrote:
> Howdy campers and especially camper dads, below, please find a link to my
> draft IR and the associated report text.
> Happy Sunday!
> Adidas Terrex Fast X GTX
edit: I think we should make this: Adidas Terrex Fast X Low GTX
Only because there's also a 'mid' version and it took me 5 min to find
these shoes on their site they have so many versions of shoes.
> Test Series by Rick Dreher<<IMAGE 1>>
> June 13, 2013
> TESTER INFORMATION
> NAME: Rick Dreher
> EMAIL: redbike64(at)hotmail(dot)com
> AGE: 59
> LOCATION: Northern California
> GENDER: M
> HEIGHT: 6' 0" (2.10 m)
> WEIGHT: 175 lb (79.40 kg)
> FOOT SIZE US men's 11.5
> TORSO LENGTH 19.5 in (50 cm)
> YEARS HIKING 41
> I enjoy going high and light and frequently take shorter "fast- packing"
> trips. My longest trips are a week or so. I've lightened my pack load
> because I enjoy hiking more when toting less, I can go farther and over
> tougher terrain, and I have cranky ankles. I use trekking poles and
> generally hike solo or tandem. I've backpacked all over the U.S. West and
> now primarily hike California's Sierra Nevada. My favorite trips are alpine
> and include off-trail travel and sleeping in high places. When winter
> arrives, I head back for snowshoe outings in the white stuff.
> INITIAL REPORT
> Product Info & Specs
> Manufacturer: Adidas
> Year of Manufacture: 2013
> Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.adidas.com"
> LINK TEXT = "Adidas Web site">>
EDIT in your hyperlink text Web site can be one word
> MSRP: US$165
EDIT add a space here US $165 or $165 US might be even better :)
> Listed Weight: (UK 8.5) 27.2 oz (770 g)
> Measured Weight: (US 11.5) 33,.6 oz (1,066 g)
EDIT superfluous comma in your oz conversion
> Other details: Low-top trail shoes with Gore-Tex liners.
> Initial Impressions
> The Adidas Terrex Fast R GTX (Terrex GTX) are waterproof-breathable,
> low-top trail shoes.
edit add low if we add it above
> While similar to typical "trail-running" shoes, they are thoroughly
> ruggedized, especially in areas I've found many trail shoes to be
> vulnerable, especially the toe, fabric upper and foam midsole. They have
> Gore-Tex liners and single-pull lacing with toggle locks, in lieu of
> traditional laces.
> <h3>Design and Construction</h3>
> The design is complex, with uppers of open-weave fabric, webbing, rubber
> and faux leather reinforcement. The moderately lugged soles are cut away
> at the instep and accommodate gaiter straps, particularly important for
> low-top trail shoes. Tongues are gusseted against debris and shifting. The
> heel is split at the back third and that portion seems to be cushioned
> against heel-strike with an elastomer layer (labeled "adiPRENE"). Soles are
> made by the tire company, Continental, using "TRAXION" rubber that Adidas
> claims to grip well in wet conditions (hydrophilic). (So by coincidence, I
> can bicycle, drive and walk propelled by Continental, all in one day.)
> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 2" IMAGE CAPTION = "Wicking,
> removable insoles are anti-bacterial.">>
> As noted above, lacing is single-pull with locking toggles. The laces
> themselves are very thin and do not stretch. For the most part, the laces
> pass through plastic sleeves anchored with webbing and hopefully, don't
> create pressure points across the foot. The lace locks seem to resist
> slippage and there's even an elastic keeper "lace bungee" for the pull tabs.
> Insoles are removable, not glued into place. They're labeled "Ortholite"
> and are said to wick moisture and be treated against odor. The forefoot has
> an extra foam layer.
> Overall construction appears neat and clean. Stitching and glue joints are
> neat, clean and gapless. There's no rough stitching, although the lining
> does have a couple exposed seams.
> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 3" IMAGE CAPTION = "Tough soles
> extend up over the toe.">>
> The Instructions
> No information was supplied with the shoes, either printed on the box or
> on the feature hangtags. The Adidas Web site has Terrex GTX page listing
> features and average weight, but no further user guidance. They're shoes,
> not complicated gear, so I don't feel particularly ill-informed.
> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 4" IMAGE CAPTION = "Heel cushioning
> above hinged heel section.">>
> Fitting the Shoes
> Before I bother trying trail shoes in the store I give them a
> workover--bending and flexing them to figure out whether they'll survive
> the trail and protect my feet and ankles. These Terrex GTX, while
> lightweight are really stout. I can barely twist them and the soles
> bending as well. First test is passed easily.
> Loosening the laces and pulling out the tongue, my feet fit easily, helped
> by the heel loop. Second test is also a success.
> After tightening the laces and wearing mid-weight socks, the fit is snug
> but not tight. There's toe room and walking around the house, my heels
> don't rub. Not a conclusive test but as far as fit goes, the Terrex GTX
> seem like a good match for my feet. Critical text three is a go. Let's go
> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 5" IMAGE CAPTION = "Lacing system,
> with toggle lock and lace keeper.">>
> The Terrex GTX are closer to light boots than lightweight trail
> "sneakers," even if they're not much more than sneaker weight. They pass
> all my picky initial tests with ease: they fit, they're stout yet light and
> they're stablilized. I
> 'm keen to find out how they do on the trail, <em>avec</em> backpack.
> My sincere thanks to Adidas and BackpackGearTest.org for the chance to
> test the Terrex GTX shoes!
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