Adidas Terrex AX3

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Editor’s Conclusion
The first thing you need to know about the Adidas Terrex AX3 is they do not look like hiking shoes. Seriously, not at all. The Adidas Terrex AX3 is so stylish and sleek that you could wear them anywhere, anytime. If style is important to you, this combination of style and superior usability is for you.

There's no doubt these hiking shoes do their job. Labelled as multisport trail shoes, the engineering of the Adidas Terrex AX3 means it's both stable and versatile. As a result, you can tackle various terrains at a speed that makes other hiking shoes jealous.

I love a jack of all trade's hiker. This whole shebang design includes abrasion-resistant engineering for hard-wearing durability on any terrain, a mesh upper for a lightweight feel, and the molded sock liner that creates a snug, comfy fit.

Coming at such an affordable price from a well-known brand and a sleek trainer-like design, the Adidas Terrex is most certainly worth a better look.
Adidas Terrex AX3 Review Facts
Editor's Pros & Cons

Good fit

Stable ride


Sleek design

Super grippy

Plenty of cushioning


Not waterproof (No GTX membrane)

Not enough support for challenging hikes (sides not rigid or high enough)

Key Features


With a design aimed at the outdoorsy kind, the Adidas Terrex AX3 is well built with a lightweight design to aid any hiker whose primary concern is to move with speed off-road.

Furthermore, the new generation of Adidas Terrex AX3 has some exciting improvements, one of which is the enhanced grip suitable for all kinds of terrain. The new sticky outsole, thanks to Continental, is the reason for this. You'll find no issues handling various backcountry terrain due to the Continentalâ„¢ Rubber outsole, allowing for tremendous grip on wet or dry land.

This Adidas range also provides extra grip on arduous descents due to the efficient lugs scattering the surface of the sole and allowing it to dig into soft-soiled terrain, providing more descent control with the outsole's heel brake than previous versions. This enables quick hikes with less worry of trips that force you to slow down.

This Adidas shoe is most undoubtedly adaptable for all kinds of uses, not only the outdoors kind. Many wearers seem to find these shoes perfectly suited to hiking and everyday work use. With the versatile design and sleek look, you'll fit right in at the office, in an industrial setting, or clocking up those miles on the trail.

With such a lightweight and versatile design, it's surprising to find an extraordinary amount of enhanced stability in version 3 due to a Torsion bar. The new Torsion bar allows for midfoot stability and controlled responsiveness, perfect for all-day hikes on uneven terrain.

I was also pleased to find the lace-up closure provides a quick and easy method to achieve a secure fit personal to your foot. The synthetic pull tab on the heel is an excellent addition for easy pull-on.


The Adidas Terrex AX3 also allows for excellent protection against toe bashing and other injuries due to abrasion-resistant mesh materials whilst not sacrificing the breathable feel. Most users find this new level of protectiveness quite an improvement over the former Terrex AX2.

Hiking shoes can be tricky to get used to as a novice hiker. They are often heftier and less breathable than standard trainers due to the added support and comfort needed to create stability, comfort, support, and grip. Looking and feeling more like a trainer, the Adidas Terrex are an excellent start for any newbie hikers.

Long hikes and backpacking trips are also perfectly possible with the lightweight EVA midsole that provides enduring cushioning and comfort.

Extra comfort comes from the breathable and low-cut design of the shoe, making it easier and more comfortable for speed hiking when time, weight, and comfort are of the essence for brisk hikes.

With comfort right out of the box that lasts and lasts no matter the miles you rack up, the Adidas Terrex AX3 are perfectly comfortable and suited to anyone who's on their feet all day long.


Although Adidas claims this shoe to be a regular fit, many reviewers seem to find this shoe in a small size. This could also be due to the sturdy design, and I would recommend ordering a half size up.


Some serious thought has gone into the Terrex AX3's product design, resulting in a choice of materials that provide a lightweight, comfortable and breathable low top shoe.

The cushioning of the EVA foam midsole means wearers can get outside and enjoy rugged landscapes with stability and without any pain.

Pairing this with a Molded sock liner also adds additional support and comfort underfoot to tackle rough terrains. In addition, the mesh and synthetic overlay allow for a breathable design, and the soft textile allows for a luxury insole feel.


Adidas are well known for their quality shoes of all varieties, and the Terrex AX3 is no different. You'll get protection for your feet and a long-life hiking shoe due to the reinforced front end moulded TPU toe cap (thermoplastic polyurethane). In addition, the Continental rubber outsole provides a long-wearing life that you wouldn't get with other shoes.

On first impressions, just as many reviewers appear to be, I am pleased with the quality of this shoe that seems sturdy, long last lasting and versatile. I'm not afraid of damage on long hikes and backpacking adventures.

Comparison to Similar Hiking Shoes

Although the Adidas Terrex AX3 provide a world of comfort, support and versatility for new hikers, more weathered users seem to find the shoe slightly lacking in stability and support, with the sides not relatively rigid enough. Although these shoes are great for summer, mid to high winter boots might be better for colder seasons and those needing extra stability.

Anyone considering the Adidas Terrex AX3 for their speed hiking needs might also want to consider the North Face's Ultra Fastpack IV Mid Futurelight. Both are similarly well suited to fast packing and speed hiking. However, the North Face has a waterproof membrane allowing for waterproofing while staying breathable.

In contrast, the Terrex lacks a waterproof liner, making it better suited to warm and humid situations due to its breathable mesh and synthetic upper.


The Terrex AX3 seems to be a popular and versatile choice among beginner hikers and trail walkers with an insanely comfortable, lightweight feel and excellent traction. I would highly recommend the Terrex AX3 for anyone transitioning between stepping off the pavement and onto the trail.

The number of excellent reviews clarifies these shoes are ideally suited for trail trekking, mountain biking, golfing, and everyday use. You'll also get lots of compliments with this sleek design.

Anyone looking for an outdoor hiking shoe should consider everything the Terrex AX3 has to offer. With a comfy yet flexible ride, sturdy build, breathable nature, and attractive look, you're bound to be impressed.