Adidas Terrex Fast GTX Surround
385g (men's UK 8.5)
Straight out of the box this shoe has a slightly stiff feel – particularly around the cuff and base of your ankle – but once you’ve run for a few minutes the upper softend up. Adidas has teamed up with car tyre giant Continental to create a rubber outsole that, while it doesn’t have particularly deep lugs (5mm), offers good grip in the wet and mud. The super-thin layer of Gore Tex Surround lining helps keep your feet dry, with beathability enhanced by big air channels in the midsole. The bungee lace mechanism is well designed without being fiddly, and although the shoe is quite heavy it doesn't feel clumpy. It has an 8mm drop.
Verdict: Solid all-rounder that could be used in all conditions.
306g (Men's UK 9)
You’ll either hate or love the colour scheme, but this shoe mirrors its look: light and flexible. The ride is slightly harder than a road shoe, with a performance feel to the build. Breathable uppers make it a summer or early autumn shoe, but underneath there’s a superb grip thanks to the agressive Continental rubber outsole. They feature a Boa Closure System that offers a secure fit, which is perfect for unpredictable terrain. It uses a simple micro-adjustable click and twist of
the round dial, which tightens the thin nylon cord lacing system. They use a 6mm heel
to toe drop, so mid-range.
Verdict: Quite flexible; feels like it will love road as much as trail.
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