A lightweight, liner free and snug fitting runner for ‘light trails’, says the official description, but I’ve not made that distinction in this test and they’ve done just fine on my usual hill and forest runs, which provide about as wide a mix of terrain as possible – grass, roots, mud, dirt, rock, snow and ice. Adidas’ two key partners here are Continental, who provide a fairly soft sole unit with widely spaced lugs, and Parley for the Oceans, who provide yarn spun from upcycled plastic bottles. This forms the basis for a fairly futuristic, sock-like upper which comes right up to the ankle, keeping grit out but meaning that it’s possible to overtighten the laces. Initially I thought these were too tight to wear for longer outings, but that close fitting upper stretches well, seems pretty durable so far despite the lack of any real protective rand at the toe and provides excellent heel grip. The forefoot is fairly wide and comfortable. A slight rocker in the sole unit copes very well on most terrain, but as with most Continental rubber, slides around a little on wet roots. Weight around 640g per pair.
▶Verdict: An excellent trail shoe with good eco-credentials which dries fast and grips well. Grip factor 4/5.
▶Best for: Light to medium trails, but surprisingly versatile.
Review by David Lintern @davidjlintern