adidas Terrex Fast R Mid GTX – £140 / 860g
We loved the original adidas Terrex Fast X Mid for its unassuming do-it-all qualities and the way it incorporated technolgy from the sportswear giant’s running shoes into an excellent lightweight outdoors trainer and the new Fast R moves things on again. It’s slightly lighter with sparser padding and a snug but comfortable fit, but its ace in the hole is a new rubber compound from tyre giant Continental which gives deceptive grip both in the dry and the wet across a wide range of surfaces.
It’s so good, says adidas that it offers more friction in the wet than competitors’s rubber in dry conditions. Proper sure-footed lightweight that you shouldn’t dismiss because adidas isn’t always viewed as an ‘outdoorsy’ brand.
Like all lightweight walking boots, the Fast R adds a real zing to your step and thanks to that Continental rubber and adidas running shoe tech, there’s no price to pay in grip or cushioning terms either. It’s simply discretely comfortable and reliable.
Our one quibble so far is that the combination of a snug last and that reduced padding, particularly around the ankle and tongue area means it’s not as instantly comfortable as the slightly heavier Fast X Mid, which also sports the Continental rubber, but has more padding.
We’d try both before buying.
Light, precise, comfortable, great all-round grip especially in the wet, neat speed-lacing system.
Snug fit may not agree with broader feet.
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