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Mountain Kicks 2015: Adidas Outdoor Terrex Boost

Adidas Outdoor Terrex Boost trail running shoe review

Mountain Running

The Terrex feels custom-built for speed in rocky, loose, and steep terrain. Stability features abound: note the heel counter, medial arch support, toe rand, and a fortified upper from heel-to-toe. A highly effective speed lace system dials in the sock-like fit, which testers described as both “elfin narrow” and “racing fast.” Many commented on the shoe’s light feel and scalpel-like precision. There’s also a tech story here: Adidas uses “blown up” plastic TPU capsules for their Boost midsole. (Conventional midsoles primarily use soft EVA foam for cushioning and then stiffen it with materials like TPU.) The brand says the design stores and returns energy as you run—with better rebound and lifespan than EVA. Our testers would back up that claim. There was much praise for the responsive platform. Swami gripe: The reinforced upper impedes breathability. Swami like: The same Continental rubber and tread design we like in mountain bike tires. 11.5 oz; $160; adidas.com

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Back to the 2015 Trail Test. From the Early Summer 2015 issue. 

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