Why We Chose It: All-day comfort, extremely breathable upper, trail running shoe weight.
German sportswear brand Adidas have a strong heritage of making sports shoes that dates back all the way to 1924, and in recent years they’ve been applying some of this experience to their specialist hiking and trail running side of the brand called Adidas Terrex.
This, the Free Hiker, is one of the big releases from them this season, a hiking boot that features their trademark running tech that goes by the name of Boost.
Boost technology first hit the news after Kenyan long-distance runner Dennis Kimetto broke the marathon world record in Berlin back in 2014 – registering a time of 2 hours, 2 minutes and 57 seconds. On his feet were a pair of Adidas Adizero Adios Boost.
“On the short hikes I took the Free Hiker on it offered unparalleled comfort.”
Essentially, Boost is a foam-based midsole that offers large amounts of cushioning throughout to give a springy feeling, as though you’re walking on a bed of marshmallows – as though you’re being… boosted along. It makes for an impressive amount of comfort on the trails – you’ll definitely be thankful for the rebound of the Boost technology when you have miles of trail ahead of you.
We did a bit of testing here at Outdoors Magic and actually found the foam was very, very durable. In fact, we tried to slice through it with a knife and found it resisted it ably. Rocks and roots? This sole will deal with those, no problem.
Protecting the Boost midsole from the ground beneath is a Continental (as in the car tyre company) rubber outsole. It’s a tough tread with fairly aggressive 5mm lugs – nothing too dissimilar to what you’d expect to find on a trail running shoe.