Product Review: Adidas Terrex TWO BOA ZeroDye
If you thought the Royal Wedding mk2 was a big occasion, that elderflower and foie gras cake has nothing on my new, span-dangly, running shoes. Blacks asked for my opinion on these trainers and my opinion they've got. These trainers my love, are faaaancy. Or they were before I got my mucky mitts on them and tore up some woodland trails.
These are the Adidas Terrex TWO BOA ZeroDye. And by 'zero-dye', they mean 'blindingly white'. They're trail shoes, and you'd be right to think that whiter than white is a bit of a punchy colour choice for something that'll likely spend most of it's useful life neck-deep in mud. But that, say Adidas, is the point. Oooooh, tell me more:
...Every shoe is waiting for you to write your story as you run. Every mark is a chapter, every stain and mud-splat a subplot in your unique off-road adventures.
These marks are something to be celebrated and worn with pride. Rather than taking away from the shoe’s look, the ZeroDye concept embraces the battle scars that you leave on them.
Now, battle scars are something I have some decent first hand experience of - and to say I'm proud of mine is an understatement - so these shoes are speaking my language baby. Let the running begin.
I can't help it, I've elaborated more below, but I have to interrupt my own blog post and write the conclusion here because I don't want you to miss the most important bit about these shoes by throwing it in at the end - when your mind has long since wandered onto more pressing matters like where are all the baby pigeons.
These shoes are, for me, the epitome of fun and carefree running. Of exploring and going off the beaten track. Whatever these shoes are most suited to in terms of spec becomes irrelevant when you completely embrace this idea of building up a story through mud splats and stains. Of displaying your toughest runs right there on your tootsies. Both of my runs ended up being longer than planned as I'd find another boggy path to go sloshing through or a different coloured mud to add to the pattern. When I first read about ZeroDye, I thought it was a bit naff, but who gives a flying bugger how naff it is when it makes running come alive all over again!!
And now for the more organised review...the one Adidas are probably willing me to get around to. Welc...
I've had various Adidas running shoes in the past, some I love, some I just never got on with. So I was a little skeptical about these shoes, and a little worried about what I was going to say if I didn't like them...because fibbing ain't my thing.
I took these shoes on two trail runs over two days. I ran over tarmac, loose gravel, boggy mud, dry mud, stones, rock, grass, lots of hills, and probably a fair bit of dog poo. And I don't have to worry about lying through my teeth and having my liver fail again in protest, because I am impressed. Thank Christ.
Their grip over wet rock and steep slippy tarmac. This is massive for me because however much I've loved other trail shoes, this has been where styles generally let me down and my descent speed pays the price. The grip on these gave me real, liberating confidence on these surfaces.
Flexibility. I like my trail shoes well bendy. Bend-wise (that recognised scale) these are around 4/10 (with Salomon Speedcross being a solid 9). So still pretty good, but you asked for my biggest gripe so I had to find something to complain about.
Best suited to
These shoes are perfect for dirt paths through forests, wet rock, gravel and grass. Not so much for deep, thick mud - although I definitely gave them a good go. I actually can't wait to take them to Uganda and try out the Running the Rift Marathon course in them, they're made for dirt paths and orange mud! I will definitely be recommending them to our runners too - we'll have fun comparing mud stains post-race.
No complaints here. Just note their sizing is a bit roomy (I wear a 5 in normal shoes and a 5.5 in running shoes, but I'd go for these in a 5).
As trainers go, Adidas are pretty good at making feet look cool. These are no exception, they're also pretty flattering. Flattering? Eh? Trainers? YES, it's a thing, trainers can be flattering too. Or they can be when you're carting around size 14 thighs on a size 8 body. I like my trainers to balance out my hams, and these chunky monkeys do just that.
I almost forgot to mention the BOA fastening! It's cool. Twist it and it tightens your laces, pull it out and your feet are free to escape. Coming from somebody who has had the pleasure of asking a stranger to do up her laces when her fingers had gone numb - more than once, the shame of it - this is a total blessing.