We are taking a look at the men’s and women’s AX 2 Mid Gortex boots by Adidas Outdoor. These are recommended for hiking and lightweight backpacking. And the first thing that struck me about this shoe is just how light weight it is for the amount of support and for the amount of cushioning that you get with this shoe. It is the mid so it does come up a little bit above you ankle, but, like I said, it is meant for day hikes, light backpacking. So under the weight of a heavy pack on long miles, you know, this might not be as supportive, but, you know, definitely a light weight option.
This is a Gortex lined boot so you do have waterproof protection all the way around. And the waterproof liner does come up right to about the second eyelet there. So you do have pretty good protection on event through the tongue of the boot. You have got synthetic materials in the upper. They are really light weight and breathable so even though it is a waterproof shoe, it is light weight so you do have that breathability. And you have mostly fabric eyelets here. You have got one metal eyelet at the top, but, all in all, that just really keeps the weight of the shoe down.
There is a lot of cushioning in the midsole, with Adidas Adaprene EVA cushioning here and that runs all the way through the midsole of the shoe. When we go to the outsole a unique feature about the Adidas outdoor shoes is this detached heel, one, that gives you really good traction on ascents and descents, but it also dampens the shock as well. So lots of cushioning in the heel there. And then as you work your way up, there is just some really good traction lugs, pretty deep lugs here for mud or loose gravel and you do have just recall sticky rubber on the bottom of the shoe.
Quick last feature, it does come with a removable sock liner in there. So if you have your own insoles that you prefer to use, you can certainly take that. It has got some nice cushioning and just gives a little more comfort inside the shoe.
All in all, this is a really light weight, well cushioned, light hiking and fast backpacking shoe. It is the Adidas Outdoor AX 2 Mid Gortex hiking boot.
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