Adidas Terrex Trailcross Protect Shoes - Review

Feb 8, 2017
by Paul Aston  
adidas Terrex Trailcross Protect shoe - Review


We took a First Look at the Terrex shoes during Eurobike last year, and since then I have been putting them through their paces to find out how they perform. This high-top shoe features Stealth Rubber from Five Ten (who are now part of the Adidas group), a lightweight ripstop upper, and D3O ankle protection. There is also a low-top SL version which shares the same sole and similar construction features. The Trailcross Protect shoes are available now and come in at $150 USD / €149.95.


adidas Terrex Trailcross Protect shoe - Review

Terrex Trailcross Protect Details

• Ripstop and synthetic upper
• Stealth Rubber sole
• D3O ankle protection
• Ortholite midsole
• Lace Bungee
• Weight: 920g pair (US 10, actual)
• Price: MSRP $150 USD / €149.95
www.adidas.com

adidas Terrex Trailcross Protect shoe - Review
The '460' on the ankle represents the shoe weight. There is another D3O pad underneath this velcro closure, as well as on the inside of the ankle.


Construction

The Trailcross Protect uses a Stealth Rubber sole, Ortholite inner sole, and a synthetic and ripstop upper. These high-top shoes also feature D3O rubber ankle protection which is built into the velcro closure for both sides of your ankle. The heel is reinforced along with some protection at the front of the toe. There is also a bungee to keep laces under control and not tangled in your chain.


adidas Terrex Trailcross Protect shoe - Review
The Lace Bungee will help to keep your laces under wraps.


Performance

adidas Terrex Trailcross Protect shoe - Review
The angled lugs genuinely help for climbing...
adidas Terrex Trailcross Protect shoe - Review
...and descending. Not that I ever dismount the bike for any trail obstacle, honest.


I initially thought the angled lugs at the heel and toe of the sole were a gimmick, but when walking on trails and even in the snow, they genuinely helped to dig in when climbing or descending. The high-tops combined with the Velcro closure add support, and are great for general hacking around the mountain or trail building without filling up with dirt and stones.


adidas Terrex Trailcross Protect shoe - Review
The Stealth compound chosen for these shoes isn't as sticky as other rubbers with the same name but offers a huge benefit in durability.


On the pedals, the Stealth Rubber is less sticky and has a faster rebound than the softest Mi6 compound found on Five Ten's Impact VXi. The Stealth S1 compound used on Five Ten Freeriders and the new Danny MacAskill signature shoe still deliver more grip and tack. It has a softer feel to the Marathon/Mn rubber compound found on the Five Ten Dirtbags, which is the hardest wearing rubber from the Stealth line. Adidas wouldn't specify which rubber compound is used and it could be a whole new compound or borrowed from somewhere else in the Stealth range. Whichever compound they have chosen, it's grippy enough for trail bike endeavors and dare I say it, enduro, but downhillers or people hunting for more grip should stick with a shoe using Mi6 or S1.

The sole is stiff enough to support feet on the pedal without squirming but is soft enough to contour against the ground when walking.


adidas Terrex Trailcross Protect shoe - Review
The D3O padding is barely noticeable in terms of fit and comfort, but it does provide a decent amount of added protection.


The Trailcross is not a winter shoe, even though the boot style might lure you into thinking that. They are lightweight and cool, even as temperatures rise. The front two-thirds of the upper shoe are lightly built and have little material to absorb water, allowing the Trailcross to dry out quickly and easily without carrying excess weight when wet.

There are no signs of any delamination of the sole or any issues with any seams, and the sole has barely started to show signs of wear. In fact, the whole shoe still looks like new after a run through the washing machine.

The laces, combined with the high-top and velcro closure, give a superb fit with no tight areas or hotspots, and I had no issues with my feet moving or sliding inside. They're probably the best fitting and most comfortable pair of bike shoes that I've tried so far. My feet are in between slim and medium, 9.5cm wide at size 10 US (43EU / 9UK). Riders with wide feet should look to try a pair on for size before ordering.


Pinkbike’s Take:
bigquotesThe Trailcross is not the best option for downhill riders searching for pure grip down a three-minute race track, and only need to travel to and from the shuttle pick-up and drop-off points. For riders who want all-day adventure, mud, snow, stream crossings and the added protection of a boot without being overly hot, the Trailcross Protect is superb, if not the best flat pedal option to date. -Paul Aston



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106 Comments

  • + 35
 I'got the low top versions of these and they;re the absolute bomb. The design of every aspect of the shoe is better than any shimano, 5:10 or teva ive used before. theyre super comfy, sizing is spot on and all the little details make you go ' oh yeah, that's a great idea...' really are spot on. the new colourways are also enduro-tastical.
  • + 43
 3/4 of this comment had me saying "Okay cool makes sense Ill give them a shot." Then I read the last sentence and I said "OH f*ckING SHIT!"
  • + 8
 Proud owner of 2017s the for a few months Low version aswell and been wearing 5.10s since 2010 and now this ... If you plan to wear these just as a casual shoe its a MUCH better option compared to any 5.10s coz the sole and shoe structure is much healthier for your feet. In terms of Riding the 5.10 Freerider Flat sole is little bit stickier. So if you plan to ride bikeparks maybe the 5.10 is for you. If you Plan to wear bike shoes that can be used as AM/EN and also casual shoes these will do everything just about Right !!! ... and yeah durability also looks Much better now compared to 5.10s Smile
  • + 15
 I'm not sure I like the colorway of an enduro-testicle though... I may just go with the plain....
  • + 3
 @kingpin2607: Where did you purchase the damn things ? None available, nor referenced on the Adidas website, none available to purchase anywhere in the states that I can find... I called adidas and no one is available to ask the question Where are they ? where can they be purchased ? crickets...
  • + 1
 @chillrider199: similiar to the intense enduro link..lol
  • + 1
 @Beez177: cheers Beez got it
  • + 1
 Completely agree. They are great...only problem were the original laces were very weak and snapped!
  • + 1
 @oneplanka: this comment is not meant for any one person but to all,,,Amazon.........learn it, know it, live it!
  • + 1
 @achemdog: They are NOT available in the USA got that ? The link issue was cleared up way upthread. No where to be seen on USA Amazon
  • + 0
 @achemdog: NO sizes available on Amazon USA No sizes means they are not available.
  • + 1
 @oneplanka: got mine from zappos. Check it out. I too couldn't find them anywhere, but they do sell them there m.zappos.com/p/adidas-outdoor-terrex-trail-cross-protect-black-black-white/product/8809884/color/552963
  • + 18
 THIS ! is an INNOVATIVE flat pedal shoe...thanks owners of the 5 10 brand name..this is the type of shoe I am looking for... NOT a skate shoe... ankle protection, lightweight checks most of the boxes for me.. Yippee
  • + 12
 Look at Only What's Necessary, OWN, mtb shoes out of Europe. Look amazing.
  • + 8
 I don't get why Adidas doesn't use the same technology and level of refinement for their 5.10 offerings. I've just bought a pair of Asics trailrunning shoes and the difference in terms of fit and quality couldn't be greater, even though they are roughly the same price.

Think we need some real competition for 5.10 to step it up as currently they are just taking the piss IMO (soles coming off, they weigh a ton, take ages to dry, fit is weird,..).
  • + 2
 @LittleDominic: Holy crap, just check out their website. Drop whatever shoe you're looking at getting and check this sh*t out!!
  • + 1
 @LittleDominic: @RED-Clothing : I was riding with someone who had a pair of these on during the winter months, riding in the Surrey hills here in the UK and they said they were good for the most part but were also very prone to making their feet cold, and suffered as a result. This person had also written to OWN to provide feedback (note: not complain) but didn't even get a response/acknowledgement.
  • + 15
 Can they "walk through concert doors, and roam all over coliseum floors"?
  • + 1
 Damnit! Beat me to it.

"I stepped on stage, at Live Aid
All the people gave an applause that paid"
  • + 10
 Those look like one of Kobe's prototype's from 96' that were even too ugly to be worn on the basketball floor.
  • + 7
 I guess 90's Reeboks patent expired
  • + 4
 @h-beck83: Adidas owns Reebok
  • + 1
 @kornbrot: and the brother owns Puma ?
  • + 2
 @pigman65: Adidas bought Reebok in 2006, Puma belongs to Kering which also owns Gucci, Volcom, etc.
  • + 6
 Where are the flat pedal shoes with a lace cover like SPUD shoes get? Seems bloody ridiculous. Many of us run flats all year and yet have to put up with sodden laces which in turn leads to sodden shoes and socks. Some protection from a velcro lace cover would be good!

Or am I missing my dream shoe somewhere along the line?!
  • + 2
 We sir are simpatico. I have had lace covering flaps sewn onto canvas 5 10 freeriders at my local shoe repair... years ago. could not agree more with what you are saying. The gaitor/padding ankle closure is big on my list too. If I could only find a pair to try on ?
  • + 1
 This shoe with a Salomon-type drawstring would be perfect.
  • + 1
 @kelownakona: sadly Sombrio Shazam is no longer available it seems.
  • + 1
 There used to be a 5.10 impact Karver type which may have been what you're looking for. They now have the Freerider ELC. Does that do?
  • + 1
 5.10 Freerider ELC's, my first pair of flats but I love em.
  • + 7
 Just a heads up fellas, there is no reference to these shoes on the official Adidas website... hell, there is No category for mtb, or cycling shoes... bogus Nada
  • + 1
 truth
  • + 2
 adidas has a specialty sports website which has all their cycling gear.
  • + 2
 @ashyjay: much thnx. will go see. out of stock most sizes
  • + 1
 @ashyjay: link ?
  • + 1
 @oneplanka: just click partner sites on main and click outdoor
  • + 1
 @oneplanka: www.adidasspecialtysports.co.uk
also for the shoes reviewed they were under their terrex on the main site, at least for the UK site that is.
  • - 2
 @fullbug: the Shoe Terrex trail cross protect does NOT EXIST on ANY Adidas website...
  • + 2
 @oneplanka: it does. i was just there. very few sizes in stock on the hi-tops. go to main site and follow what i wrote. sorry, can't post link on my phone.
  • + 3
 @Warburrito: I am not worthy.. thank you
  • + 5
 $30 in materials... sells them for $150 to a new market. There's absolutely no reason why these should be $150 other than juicing the industry. Same deal with selling Jordans for $125 - they charge it because they know people will buy it. Pricing in this industry has gone out of control.
  • + 7
 Thinking that materials alone should dictate the price of a product is very close-minded. There are machines needed to build the product, molds to be made, computers to design them, salaries to be paid for those who design and build it, and the overhead to house all of the above.
  • + 5
 Bummer. as someone who rides in the gravel pile known as the southwest, a shoe with a gaiter like that would be awesome, it's the reason so many people wear the Mavics here for clipless. but I'm really not sure I want to go less sticky than S1, I've found it to be the perfect level of grip for my taste. Maybe I'll try a pair anyway at some point, they check so many boxes, just wish they hadn't gone stiffer on the rubber.
  • + 4
 Been riding the low cut version for about six months. They are good trail/all-day shoes as the article suggests, and have a snugger feel and stiffer sole that seems to help with pedaling. Ditto on the rubber being a bit harder, hasn't been an issue for trail riding though.

Biggest complaint was I needed a full size smaller; I think the stiffer construction hinders the ability to really snug it tightly - so like a snow boot you will want to try them on first (or buy from an outlet w a good return policy).
  • + 3
 I agree with the sizing down, I wear a 12.0 US in 5 10's and bought a 12.0 in low cut version and they're huge. I would definitely be better in an 11.5 or maybe even an 11.0. I would definitely try before you buy if you can. My only other complaint would be the laces, I broke one a lot sooner than what I would expected, aside from this they've been great. The soles seem to be holding up a lot better than my 5 10 Impact VXi's which started to go just shy of 4 months.
  • + 2
 This makes its too complicated. I already need to remember to order Shimangos in a size up. I don't have capacity to need to know to order an Adidas in a size down.
  • + 2
 My low top version just arrived today and I confirm that you need to order a size down. In exchanging my tens for nines. I even went to REI beforehand to try a pair of Adidas Terrex hiking shoes and they fit perfectly at size ten. Adidas needs to work on their sizing, but I'm still excited to try them out once it warms up.
  • + 2
 @Warburrito: watch this, I bet adidas gets their sizing normalized before you need to get the next pair, and you'll get stuck with them a full size too small.
  • + 2
 I bought the low top, the Adidas terrex cross trail sl. I freaking love these shoes. I use them for daily walking in as well compulsory for riding in. The only minor thing is the soles do not inspire me with as much confidence as my Fiveten freeriders do when it's wet..When it's wet the harder sole of the Adidas feels like it might slip off the pedal.. It was just the feeling I got. They're great when it's dry though..no problems then..I still use them wet or dry though as I prefer them to my freeriders....They're so comfortable and they look cool as fuck. But yeah they are so much better if you like to walk as well because the soles are firmer and do not wear out in a week like my freeriders did to reveal the inner sole underneath. I've finally started to see the new colours advertised now too...To me these are a good winter shoe for less extreme conditions. Not sure I would like the high top version. I find high tops are a big hassle with the extra laces to keep putting on and off... I'll definitely be buying another pair of cross trail sl but I'll certainly be looking for another pair of freeriders of some sort as well as the soles are more grippy for riding in. I found the sizing of my size 9's spot on.
  • + 1
 Do you find that the trail cross sl is as wide in the toe as the freerider? I have been looking to buy these since the article came out, but can't find them in store anywhere in my area to try them on. Are there any stores in the UK that have them? I'll be over there in June so I might look for a shop that has them in stock while i'm there.
  • + 1
 I like where this is going. After multiple ankle/feet injuries over the past few years i've been looking for that perfect set up with out going to a full on half moto boot. An ankle brace from don joy paired with this might be my ticket. Thanks for posting!
  • + 1
 I like the 2016 version of the 5 10 because it is so light compared to the older ones. Now this adidas is too heavy to be considered, at almost a kilo a pair while dry! I prefer to go light and have to buy a new pair every year than drag one kg of rubber under a stinking upsole for a decade.
  • + 1
 510 really needs to get their shit together. Overpriced shoes that have a large coin sized hole in the sole after 8 months? Stitching that is now non existent? £80? Come on 510, you can do better than that, until then, giro it is for me
  • + 1
 Yep I just use my freeriders for casual now.
  • + 1
 How thick is the sole? I'm asking because I have the FiveTen impact high, and the thickness is like 4 cm between the foot and the pedal! Good shoe otherwise but i'm tall enough not to have to wear plateu shoes... (used to skateshoes)
  • + 3
 @paulaston: how fast do they dry when wet ?
One of my main problems with 5.10 in summer, once wet they never dry out before stinking.
  • + 2
 I don't find them too bad at all! Even though not waterproof, the front of the Terrex Trail SL's are quite water resistant. Wipe a damp wet cloth and they look like new again. They are much more supportive and my feet feel more protected than any others I've tried. Cool details too.
  • + 1
 Really hard to find Terrex in the UK unless you buy direct:
www.adidas.co.uk/terrex-trailcross-sl/BB0714.html?forceSelSize=BB0714_620

Plus you can get pretty good discounts from vouchercodes.co.uk which helps make the cost easier to stomach (just search for adidas)

tup
  • + 3
 Looks like a less engineered and mass manufacturer version of these well made riding shoes onlywhatsnecessary.global/global-store/fr01-black-white
  • + 2
 Those look sweet too.
  • + 9
 I can't unsee the monstrosities at the other end of that link. I've never jumped on my bike and thought 'you know what would make this better - basketball boots!'
  • + 1
 @asboites have you ridden in these OWN FR01 shoes? Nice features but haven't seen them around at all.
Similarities in appearance might be due to the Salomon/Adidas/OWN/Amer mixed parentage.
  • + 1
 @KiwiXC: the back does resemble those new nike bball shoes. I just want my black suede iverson's from the nineties back. At least I think they were iverson's. Stupid growing feet.
  • + 0
 @twozerosix: haven't ridden either of them, that's why I said looks like. I ride 5/10 Sam Hill 3 and will (when I ride flats) until they are done then I'll be switching to the 2FO flats..been riding the 2FO clips for a few months now and they are ace!
  • + 1
 @Warburrito: Yeah, I've been looking for informations about these, but only a few reviews in and there. I'd like some customer feedbacks too.
  • + 2
 I wonder if the future for the Terrex line includes crossovers with Boost, Alphabounce, Adiprene, Torsion, Primeknit, or Clima-series, etc technologies that Adidas owns.
  • + 0
 They literally are the 700 lb gorilla in the room...
  • + 1
 The Terrex already has some of those features. Like the more orthopaedic sole, etc. I can't fault them at all!
  • + 0
 Ordered last week and had a good run out round the Peak District in them: Grip is superb on Superstar Nano's, they just lock in place - literally have to lift your foot to reposition on the peddle.
Super comfy fit, good support and water resistant enough - puddles and rain etc just beed off but water flows in down the sides of the tongue through the deeper stuff, streams etc.
They don't soak water up though and dry off fairly quickly when riding, cleaned them in the shower and let them dry near the radiator - they were dry the next day.
  • + 1
 Man, these are frickin heavy boots! Why do platform shoes have to look so awful? I like the normal looking Adidas Terrex Swift or variations of Terrex's way better.
  • + 2
 ADIDAS SELL THESE IN THE STATES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • - 1
 These joints are whack.... All i need is a good Skate shoe and i'm Solid... currently the eric koston 2's are my go to trail shoe, but any made to skate shoe will get it done... I can't do 5's on the side or super ultra boost high toppers..
  • + 2
 Anyone know about Canadian distributers? These aren't listed on their CDN website (either of them).
  • + 1
 These look perfect. Please make an SPD version. I'm still using my 5-10 cyclones high top Mtb shoe, stealth rubber and cleats. The best! Please make an SPD version!!
  • + 1
 Shizz, pretty expensive. Just because I want something, doesn't mean the price should go up another 50%, or does it?
  • + 1
 Love my low cut terrex trails. They hold up well and the lace bungie works great!
  • + 0
 I have a pair of 5.10's and the low cut Adidas. I dislike the Adidas, also you know what works as a good lace bungee? The shoe laces. Razz
  • + 1
 Well what do they look like when they are on a pair of feet? Seems like something we would want to see
  • + 3
 cool karting boots!!
  • + 2
 Exactly what I thought! I had to move back to NZ to escape those ugly Puma race driver looking shoes everyone wears in Europe.
  • + 0
 other than the ankle protection don't really see any improvements over their trail running shoes, which are comfortable, grippy, and stiff enough for trail riding.
  • + 1
 Will Adidas be coming out with an SPD shoe?
  • + 2
 TRAILCROSS
  • + 0
 Oh i wasn't aware that it had D3O ankle protection, that changes everything my friends.
  • + 1
 Is there a clipless option???
  • + 0
 Please just make this shoe with some other closure option than laces!
  • + 0
 Looks like a wrestling shoe and a Session...
  • + 1
 Expensive
  • + 0
 i dig em
  • - 1
 Not good.
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