Editors' Choice 2018: Adidas Terrex Scope GTX Review

Our top climbing gear picks for 2018

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Adidas Terrex Scope GTX Approach Shoe Rock Climbing running trail
The Adidas Terrex Scope GTX approach shoe

I’ve been looking for an approach shoe that wears like a boot (stable, good ankle protection, beefy sole) but rides light and fleet like a shoe. The Terrex Scope GTX hit that sweet spot, and I’ve come to favor it both for trails and sloppy, gnarly scrambling. Weighing only 2 lbs, 1 oz per pair, the shoe was light, with a comfy, mid-volume fit. The highly technical Scope GTX features a tough-wearing synthetic upper (essentially ding-proof), a cozy Neoprene collar, and a Gore-Tex lining that excelled at keeping out moisture, from Flatirons goopy mud to Boulder Canyon snow. You get great stiffness and shock absorption form the adiPRENE midsole, and the lugged Stealth rubber outsole was a tractiony beast on lower-fifth-class terrain. Best of all, these shoes had killer toe protection thanks to the rubber-coated toebox, and have been nearly indestructible—they last forever.

$165, (men’s | women’s)

See more of our top gear picks in our 2018 Climbing Gear Guide: Editors’ Choice Awards.