What: Adidas Outdoor Terrex Trail Cross
For: Mountain biking, hiking, all-mountain adventuring
Where: Moosejaw.com / Backcountry.com / AdidasOutdoor.com
Yay or Nay: Absolutely yay for guys and gals despite only being sold in men’s sizes.
If the thought of going clipless scares the crap out of you or perhaps you actually prefer flats, you know how important it is to have a pair of excellent bike shoes. The right pair will not only help keep your feet on the pedals while you’re racing down a rock garden, but they’ll help you through all the gnarly hike a bike sections, too.
This season is my first on both a full-suspension bike and Colorado singletrack. I’ve been piecing together some gear all season and while I do have some clipless pedals waiting for me in my garage, I’m sticking to the flats for now as I work to feel more comfortable on the bike.
For my first few months riding, I wore any random pair of sneakers to ride in. I found myself constantly slipping off my pedals each and every ride and I had the bruised and bloody calves to prove it. I just couldn’t keep my feet on the pedals during tech sections and drops. I assumed it was me just not getting the hand of it or the hand-me-down beat up pedals. While those are both likely factors, turns out the type of shoe I was wearing made a hell of a difference.
My first day wearing the Adidas Terrex Trail Cross shoes was a 15 mile, 2,000+ vert ride from Kenosha Pass. This trail had everything—perfect singletrack, sand, rock gardens, stream crossings, and plenty of hike a bike sections. The shoes handled everything oh-so well. Since Kenosha, I’ve also tested them in Snowmass, Boulder, Breckenridge, and Moab.
Given that I’m still new to biking (and I get off to walk quite a bit), the Trail Cross shoes have been such an awesome addition on all my rides. As great as they are on the bike, I absolutely love how awesome they are off. After just riding (read: lots of walking) Porcupine Rim in Moab, these shoes gave me the traction and comfort needed to carry myself and my bike down some super crazy, fully exposed sections. Watching those in clipless shoes trying to do the same thing was quite a different story.
I’ve worn them biking for the past 3 months and they still show no signs of wear. The stealth rubber soles look as good as new—not even the screws on the flats have caused wear. They’ve been comfortable since day 1 and despite having some clipless pedals waiting for me in my garage, I’m definitely going to keep these around.
For some nitty gritty details on the Terrex Trail cross, read on.
Product Details from Adidas Outdoor:
Material: Synthetic / Benefit: Stealth / Weight: 15.2 Ounces
UPPER: High abrasion material for durability and protection.
UPPER: Rubber toe cap for protection.
MIDSOLE: Pro-Moderator for protection and midfoot stability.
OUTSOLE: Stealth rubber for unbeatable grip.