Weight: 260g / Heel-to-toe drop: 9mm / Type: Trail / Price: £119.95
A good-looking, versatile trail shoe that falls just short of magnificence
- Eye-catching orange-and-white colourway will turn heads
- Excellent grip across a variety of terrain
- Lightweight and responsive – built for fast miles
Terrex is the trail arm – or should that be leg? – of Adidas. Although it lacks the long history of other off-road brands such as Salomon, Terrex has quickly gained a reputation as a forward-thinking brand that delivers on style and substance. Its runners include Britain’s Tom Evans, who finished on the podium at last year’s Western States 100, and the Speed LD is one of its latest offerings. As its name suggests, its built for fast miles and weighs in at a fairly lightweight 260g. On your feet, the shoe feels fast and low-profile (despite the fact it actually has a 9mm heel-to-toe drop). However, there’s still ample cushioning underfoot, making it feel like an appropriate choice for longer runs or races. The slightly cramped toe-box, however, may frustrate some wearers.
Adidas’ Continental grip has been tried and tested over many years and miles, so it’s little surprise to learn that the Speed LD does not lack grip. The lugs are sizeable enough for muddy conditions, but not so big as to make road running uncomfortable. In that sense, the Speed LD performs a similar role to Salomon’s S-Lab Ultra 2 (although I’d argue the latter shades it in terms of fit and comfort).
Snug as a bug
The shoe’s soft, breathable upper wraps around the shape of the foot in a way that adidas claim stops debris getting in. The lacing system is also suitably plush for a shoe of its price. While the locked-down feel will be welcomed by some, the toe-box feels can feel a little cramped, especially if you’re used to running in brands such as Altra or inov-8, where the shoes tend to be a bit roomier up front.
Perhaps the Speed LD’s greatest quality is that it can do a bit of everything. First off, it looks great. You could wear this shoe in daily life as well as on the trails (and there aren’t many trails shoes you could say that about). Secondly, it feels at home over a wide variety of terrain, including pavement, making it a great door-to-trail option. Thirdly, it feels fast without feeling flimsy: there’s still plenty of protection underfoot and the sense the shoe will survive a good number of miles before wearing down.
As a good-looking, versatile and fast shoe, the Speed LD is an attractive proposition. It gains particularly high marks for performing well over a wide variety of terrain and hits the sweet spot between speed and security. However, if you favour a roomy shoe or have wide feet, the standard sized toe-box may not be for you.
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