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Adidas Terrex Swift R3 GTX walking shoe review

Sporty looks bely the technical features of a shoe that's more than a match for tough, technical hikes

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
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Our review

A hardcore technical trail shoe disguised as a pair of runners
Pros: Grippy outsole
Good protection
Rigidity excels on rocky terrain
Cons: Rigidity and heavy protection are over the top on easy terrain

Belying their sporty appearance, the Swift R3s are a shoe that’s tooled up go into battle with tough trails. The tyre-like Continental outsole is armed with a savage set of terrain-gripping 4.5mm lugs, smartly arranged to provide push off traction in the toe area and fine-control braking on the tapered heel, which has reverse chevrons.

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There’s a protection plate in the outsole too, to prevent punctures, and a meaty toecap and heel cup, plus a robust rand that encircles the shoe, extend the defenses. They look like a running shoe, but have the rigidity of an approach shoe, thanks to the chunky ‘pro-moderator’ feature in the midfoot, which is intended to add lateral stability and prevent arch fatigue on longer hikes.

People will either find this level of stiffness and protection useful (if they’re wearing the R3s to hike on technical rocky terrain), or somewhat restrictive (if they’re happier gallivanting around on gentler ground).

The EVA midsole does supply some cushioning, and at 444g per shoe (men’s 10.5) they’re in the midweight category, but the hardcore tech will be overkill for some users expecting a more forgiving ride with more trail feel.

For more expert walking shoe reviews head across to our list of the best walking shoes.

Facts at a glance:

  • Weight: 444 g (men’s size 10.5)
  • Outsole: Continental rubber with 4.5mm lugs
  • Midsole: EVA
  • Upper: Gore-Tex textile
  • Waterproofing: Gore-Tex membrane

Also consider…

Salewa Mountain Trainer 2 GTX

RRP £175

This technically advanced shoe is designed to be worn on tough mountain approaches. It’s seriously rigid, with a chunky toecap and rand to protect you on technical trails, scrambling routes and rocky outcrops. The Gore-Tex lining keeps rain out. The lacing system give a close fit, and a Vibram outsole gives you great grip on rock. The PU shock-absorbing midsole provides support. While stiff and heavy, it is comfortable to wear. Best for peaks rather than easy lowland paths.

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