Why We Chose Adidas Terrex Free Hiker Parley: Eco-friendly, super comfort, good performance.
The Terrex arm of Adidas might have been around for a while, but it’s only in the last couple of years that it’s been able to properly establish itself as one of the leading outdoor brands out there. In fact, last year Terrex helped Adidas pick up a sleuth of awards at the all important ISPO tradeshows. That’s largely down to the fact they seem to have gone all-in on eco innovation. Case in point: the Adidas Terrex Free Hiker, a shoe that uses ‘Parley’ up-cycled ocean plastic as one of its principal ingredients.
Who Is The Adidas Terrex Free Hiker Parley For?
The performance is all exactly the same as the previous Free Hiker – the non Parley one – which we reviewed last year. OM editor Will found that original to be the perfect shoe for long-distance hikers, offering the comfort that’s needed when you’re on the trail all day and a weight that’ll qualify it for the gramme counters.
This version isn’t waterproof, so it won’t really be suitable for any muddy or boggy hikes if you don’t want to get wet feet. You can get a Gore-Tex version of the standard (non Parley) Free Hiker though.
Materials And Features
This isn’t a walking boot, nor is it a walking shoe. It’s kind of a cross between the two. The upper is knitted gives a sock-like fit thanks to a heavy does of elastane in the blend and it basically moulds to the exact contours of your feet. That’s not to say there’s no structure or support here though. In fact, the lacing system, toe bumper, heel counter and PU strips all work together to provide some support around the top of the foot and at the ankle. It’s enough to give confidence on the trail, as our Tester’s Verdict further down in this review will testify.
As for the sole unit, there’s a lot to talk about here. What’s perhaps most notable about it is that it features the same Boost midsole technology that Adidas use in many of their running shoes. Dennis Kimetto actually broke the marathon record back in 2014 in a pair with the tech.