The Terrex Swift R2 GTX from Adidas Outdoor is a well-made shoe with only a few issues that kept it out of the award designations. It has a synthetic upper with a rubber heel counter and toe cap for extra durability. There's a speed lace system for tightening the shoe (commonly seen on Salomon models), and there is a tab on the front for securing the extra laces. This model runs a tad wide.
Scrambling around in the Terrex Swift. This shoe has excellent traction and stability, with a stiff and supportive feel. We don't particularly like the quick lace system though, as it makes it harder to adjust the width of the shoe and they are hard to open.
This shoe is made with a stiff synthetic material and a rubber overlay. It feels stiff out of the box, and after 20 or so miles on the trail, it only softened up a little bit. The midsole strikes a nice balance between cushioning and support, and the overall feel is somewhere in the middle, not that soft and comfortable, but not that stiff and uncomfortable either. If you have narrow feet, you may find it difficult to get a good fit in the toe box due to the speed lace system. We can't fault the shoe for that entirely, and if you have a wider foot this shoe might be perfect for you. Also, if you do pull the laces closed tightly, you might feel a lot of pressure on top of your foot, which is something that rarely happens with regular laces.
The speed laces do tighten the upper eyelets, but it's almost impossible to get the one closest to your toes any tighter than is shown here. This is unfortunate for us, as our forefoot is lower volume and we had a lot of unwanted movement there as a result.
The Terrex Swift earned high marks for support. The stiff sole provides excellent lateral stability, and we still felt secure in them even with a heavy pack on our backs.
This is a supportive shoe. The soles are stiff, and the extra rubber on the outside adds extra support for the heel and arch.
We also like the traction on this shoe, and it's near the top of the pack for this category as well. The Continental rubber sole works well on rock and dirt, helping us dig in on unconsolidated trails and smear on bare rock. However, because we can't tighten the forefoot and the material is so stiff, it did feel a little less sensitive in the toe box. We found shoes that are more adjustable in the lacing have slightly better traction as a result.
The rubber on this pair is sticky enough for scrambling on bare rock, but we did have some bunching in the forefoot which made it a little more challenging.
The Terrex Swift weighs just under 1 pound 6 ounces per pair in size 7, or 11 ounces each. While this is a tiny bit more than some of the lightest pairs, the extra ounces here gave us more stability. While not that heavy, they do feel a little bulky on, particularly when compared to the more minimalist shoes.
The Swift is fairly lightweight for such a sturdy shoe, but it does feel a little bulky.
This shoe has a Gore-Tex liner, and it passed our ten-minute bucket test with no leaks. The synthetic material doesn't absorb much water, so they don't feel bogged down when wet, unlike some other models. However, the waterproof liner does make your feet a little hotter. Gore-Tex might be breathable, but it's never as breathable as an open mesh upper.
Almost all aspects of this shoe seem durably made. There's a rubber toe cap, a rubber overlay around the heel to help it retain its shape, and only a minimal amount of exposed soft midsole. If it weren't for the speed lace system, this model would have received top marks for this category. But, speed laces it has, and not very good ones in our estimation. The release button gets gummed up easily, and then it can be impossible to undo the laces. Two of the eyelets have no reinforcement to the tabs either, and the thin laces could easily wear them out. You might be able to replace them with regular laces, though they would have to be very thin since the eyelets are so small.
To release the laces, you have to push down on the black button and pull it outward. Once we'd used this pair a few times and some dirt and sand got in there, it became harder and harder to release them. Also, note how the middle eyelets are not reinforced.
This pair retails for about the same as other well-made hiking shoes these days. For the support and protection they provide, we find them to be a good value.
Testing out this pair on a fall hike. They work well on trails with uneven and rocky terrain and are supportive enough for hiking with a heavier daypack or even for backpacking.
The Adidas Outdoor Terrex Swift R2 GTX is a great hiking shoe, and if it wasn't for those speed laces, it might have unseated our Editors' Choice winner. We didn't care for the laces, but the rest of the shoe is well-made and supportive, and it's worth checking out if that's what you're in the market for.