Light, fast, and fun, the athletic feel of the Terrex Swift R2 GTX soars past expectations. Weighing less on our scale than any other competitor, we sped up and down trails to our hearts' desires. One of our testers used these shoes as a short-distance trail runner during the evaluation period. Great on trails and in the disc golf park, we also wore the Terrex Swift to gym sessions, where they showed off their versatility. It's not the most comfortable, and we preferred other shoes when heading out on extended backpacking trips. If you want the lightest shoe for fast hiking and other kinds of athletic play, though, this is an excellent choice.
Adidas recently released a newly updated version of the Swift R GTX, aptly named the Swift R2 GTX. The R2 is similar in many ways to the previous model, with a few changes to the midsole and outsole. There are also a few new color options available with this new model. Read on for a more detailed comparison of the two shoes.
This shoe fell short of our winners' circle, as the competition was stiff this year. The heavier Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX was our favorite for aggressive hiking, which is also nimble and speedy but gains better traction in varied terrain and has a higher flood height. If you want the best of athleticism and backpacking capability, The North Face Ultra 110 GTX is for you.