Adidas Terrex Swift R Mid GTX Hiking Boots Review: Seriously Fast Hikes On Seriously Light Boots

Adidas Terrex Swift R Mid GTX

Trails with varying conditions is where the Swift R Mid excels.

The modern day hiking boot as we know it has actually been around for some time. Following the end of WWI, visitors to the rugged Italian Dolomites created a demand for a shoe with military durability and a comfortable design. This was genesis for the standard hiking boot platform we have today. But with nearly a century from genesis to present day, hiking boots have become refined and iterated upon time and time again.

Nowhere is this more evident than the Terrex Swift R Mid GTX by Adidas. Chock full of the best synthetic materials and footwear technologies, the Swift R has been a mainstay in the Adidas hiking line since 2013. Adidas sent Outdoor Gear Reviews a pair for review purposes to see what we thought (this in no way affects the objectivity of the review). After many hiking miles in Utah’s Park City and Big Cottonwood Canyon, here’s what we though:

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Merrell Trail Glove 4 Review: The Barefoot Acorn Fell Far From The Tree

Merrell Trail Glove 4 Grip

The hugely enjoyable Merrell Trail Glove 4.

Whoever coined the phrase¬†the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree was clearly not familiar with Merrell. In a recent review, the footwear company’s attempt at a comprehensive trail running shoe fell short compared to the competition, setting the expectations rather low for their next offering, the Trail Glove 4. This fourth generation barefoot trail runner promised a lot on paper, but with a rough review in the books and a product aimed at one of the most polarizing outdoor activities around, was the acorn about to fall too close to the Merrell trunk?

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Kelty Grand Mesa 4 Review: The Blueprint Family Tent Nudging Perfection

Kelty Grand Mesa 4

Kelty is a brand that aims to keep parents of young children participating in outdoor activities. As a perfect example, our recap of Outdoor Retailer Summer 2017 highlighted Kelty’s insanely amazing looking new Perfect Fit Elite child carrier backpack. Another pre-release Kelty product that caught our eye was a very impressive looking family-oriented tent called the Alpine. Kelty’s reps said the Alpine would be available for spring 2018, but that another somewhat comparable model called the Grand Mesa 4 was available for review.

Eager to get our thoughts and to “keep my family outdoors”, Kelty sent us over a Grand Mesa 4. We tested it out in Jackson, Wyoming for the solar eclipse and at Strawberry Reservoir right outside of Heber, Utah. Here are our thoughts: Read more ›

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Merrell Agility Peak Flex Review: Can The Hiking Shoe Company Rule The Trail Running Space?

Merrell Agility Peak Flex Tread

When people think of hiking boots, the first name that comes to mind is likely Merrell. The company’s Ventilator is the gold standard for what an affordable hiking shoe should be, earning Merrell a top spot in the mind of most hikers. Recently, Merrell has wanted to move into a top spot in the minds of trail runners as well. Their current attempt at the trail running space is called the Agility Peak Flex. Merrell sent a pair our way to test out, and after 40 miles of Park City single track, here’s what we thought:

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Columbia Performance Boxer Brief Review: A Big Name Enters A Crowded Space

The three Columbia base layer briefs in this test. The Omni-freeze at the top, followed by the Diamond Mesh at teh bottom right and the Performance Cotton on the left.

The three Columbia base layer briefs in this test. The Omni-freeze at the top, followed by the Diamond Mesh at teh bottom right and the Performance Cotton on the left.

The performance base layer and boxer brief space is a crowded one. A significant number of brands focus solely on those products, and do a good job at it. Brands like SAXX, for example. On the other hand, it seems every major outdoor apparel manufacturer offers their own take on performance briefs and base layers. Columbia has joined that list with a trio of boxer brief products promising the best wicking and cooling performance.

After sending us a few pairs of each to test out, here are our thoughts:

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