The women's Adidas Outdoor Terrex Swift R2 GTX is an excellent addition to our hiking shoe lineup. It's comfortable, if a little on the stiff side, and it offers a lot of support while sticking to all of the different terrains that we tested it on. We don't care for the speed lace system, as it is challenging to tighten the toe box, and the mechanism got gummed up on us, making it difficult to release the laces. If it wasn't for that issue, this shoe might have been our new Editors' Choice winner! The Oboz Sawtooth Low BDry retains its top spot, but the Terrex Swift R2 is still a solid pick.
Adidas Outdoor Terrex Swift R2 GTX - Women's Review
Cons: Difficult to tighten the toe box due to the speed lace system, release button got jammed, a little stiff
Manufacturer: Adidas Outdoor
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Our Analysis and Test Results
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 feels like it is a little wide in size 10 that we tested. This may or may not correlate to the smaller sizes, as sometimes manufacturers assume that a woman's foot gets wider as it gets longer, which isn't always the case.
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's 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. We do have issues tightening the toe box though due to the speed lace system, and our forefoot slides around a bit, which makes it a little less comfortable for our lead tester. We can't fault the shoe for that entirely, as 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. If you're looking for the plushest ride around, then the Hoka Tor Summit WP is the pair to check out.
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.
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. The Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator has slightly better traction as a result.
The Terrex Swift weighs 1 pound 12 ounces per pair in size 10, or 14 ounces each. While this is a few ounces more than some of the lightest pairs, like the Merrell Siren Edge Q2 WP (11.5 ounces each) and Ahnu Sugarpine II WP (12.5 ounces each), 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 like the Siren and Sugarpine.
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. The Salomon X Ultra 3 also has a quick lace system, but we didn't have any issues releasing the laces on that pair.
Adidas Outdoor Terrex Swift R2 GTX is a great option for anyone looking for a supportive and rugged hiking shoe. This model might work best for those with medium to wide feet, as well as for aggressive hikers or those who like to wear low-cut shoes while backpacking. The Gore-Tex liner and synthetic upper are highly water resistant, and this pair is well-suited to wet locales.
This pair retails for $135, which is pretty standard for a pair of well-made hiking shoes these days. If you're looking for a less expensive pair, our Best Buy winner, the Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator, is only $100, but it does not have a waterproof liner.
The Adidas Outdoor Terrex Swift R2 GTX is a great hiking shoe, and if it wasn't for those speed laces, it might have even unseated our Editors' Choice winner, the Oboz Sawtooth Low BDry. 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.
— Cam McKenzie Ring