Adidas Terrex Fast X GTX

adidas terrex fast x gtx best trail shoes of 2013

Adidas Terrex Fast X GTX     Photo: Inga Hendrickson

We put this waterproof-breathable hiker through its paces on everything from rainy multi-day excursions to sunny day hikes in the Sierras. An all-star in every application, it has a stiff sole with enough support for edging on tricky sidehills. And it never missed a step through creek crossings, scree fields, and sprints down cinder cones in California’s Lassen National Park. The main reason: the outsole features rubber from European tire company Continental that Adidas claims is 30 percent grippier than any other outsole material on the market. After months of use, one tester summed it up best: “I have yet to find another shoe that offers this much comfort and support in a package this light.” We also tested (and loved) a midcut version of the shoe, which provided enough support for full-on backpacking. 1 lb.

LIGHTNESS: 3.5 
RUGGEDNESS: 4.5

Brand: Adidas $165

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