Review: Adidas Terrex Hydro Pro Lace 2018 Canyoning Shoe
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We are a pretty active company and are out most days canyoning, coasteering, mountain biking, and mountaineering. We take good care of our equipment but it gets used, and used. Our “We Kill Gear” reviews are our own experience of the equipment that we use to work and play, and our own opinions on how it performed. Today we are reviewing the Adidas Terrex Hydro Pro Lace 2018.
The Terrex Hydro Pro Lace shoe, from Adidas, is marketed as a high performance and durable canyoning shoe. A pair weighs in at approximately 1.14kg, boasts a “water-specific outsole” made from Stealth® rubber (useful when canyoning I would imagine), velcro lace straps and insulating neoprene to keep your feet toasty warm. Shoes can be purchased for around the £140/€150.
All this sounds great, right?! Well, it better be considering the way in which Adidas has stamped this shoes into the center of the market while removing 5 Ten equivalents from production.
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The Adidas Terrex Hydro Pro Lace 2018 is a “water-sports” and canyoning shoe. Our guides use this shoe for canyoning but also coasteering in Scotland, and maybe an international trip or two. We purchased our Adidas Terrex Hydro shoes in the spring and I they have probably seen a little over 100 days of use this season. This is our own experience of the Adidas Terrex Hydro Pro Lace 2018.
We have seen a few changes from the 2017 model with the removal of the zipped gaiters, which can be welcomed as it was prone to issues. The shoe is only available in red and other than it not quite matching my guide wetsuit for this season 😉 I really have no opinion on the colour…
What is particularly noteworthy is that these shoes were designed for, and tested in Europe, as opposed to the USA where you might expect. Now, this isn’t all that surprising if you consider that Adidas is a German company, however, this is interesting as canyoning in Europe and canyoning in the USA are quite different. It is therefore nice to have equipment specifically designed for the environment that we work and play in.
In a job where one trip or slip can cost you a season, or worse. A high-performance shoe is everything!
From my perspective, the two most important factors in a boot are grip and ankle support. We work and play in environments in which are slippery, slimy and with boulders primed for rolling an ankle. The Adidas Terrex Hydro Pro is a supportive boot with high top and a lacing structure that really supports the ankle on uneven and challenging surfaces. It is a boot comparable to a well fitting walking shoe and works well in adverse environments. This combination of a supportive fit and stealth rubber make the boot climb well and provides stability in most conditions.
I would say the shoes are not ideal to swim in, the gaiter lets in a lot of water like a wellington boot. But what boot is good to swim in.
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If I think back to the last few sets of water shoes that I have owned… the Five Ten water tennie, Five Ten canyoneer 3 and the Bestard canyon guide. The defining feature, from my point of view, of all these shoes, is how badly they lasted. The water tennie lasted about 3 months, the straps on the canyoneers snapped before the end of the season and the bestards rusted themselves into oblivion. However, for the first time in as long as I can remember, I now own a shoe where I have got to the end of the season without having soles being totally smooth, toes being visible through torn canvas or gaffa tape holding the shoe together. Now don’t get me wrong, my Adidas Terrex Hydro Pro are looking a little worse for wear. The elastic on the lace strap is ripped and there is wear on the Stealth rubber. But they are very much still usable, certainly for winter guiding and maybe even for another season.
The durability of the Adidas Terrex Hydro Pro is something to be celebrated at it sets this shoe apart from all its competitors.
The Adidas Terrex Hydro Pro Lace are at the more expensive side of the scale at the £140/€150 mark. However, what is different about this shoes and almost every other canyoning/coasteering shoe that I have owned in the past 8 years is that they have actually lasted an entire season! From my point of view that is value!
Conclusion and person thoughts
I really wanted to hate this shoe. Maybe I wanted a big corporate sports company to have no real understanding of the finesse and subtlety of our unique adventure sports industry. But I cannot argue with the fact that they have created a high-quality shoe that’s most notable success is that it actually durable.