Review: Adidas FIVE TEN Gore-Tex Trailcross

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This review featured as part of the Kit Essentials grouptest in issue 142 of Singletrack World. All-mountain meets all-weather excellence Price: £160.00From: adidas.co.ukTested By: CharlieThe Adidas Five Ten Gore-Tex Trailcross shoes are available in three variations: the lightweight LT, the XT with a neoprene ankle gusset to keep dirt out, and the Gore-Tex waterproof version we have here. Are they really waterproof? An over-the-ankle neoprene gaiter combined with a Gore-Tex lining does a good job of keeping rain, puddles and spray away. Water can get over the top, obviously, however, a long waterproof trouser should close that gap down. On a multi-day winter expedition, I’d consider wearing these with a waterproof sock for full-on, comprehensive coverage. Living with them, and getting in and out, is a cinch as there is a simple and familiar lace up, with the addition of a big Velcro tab on the ankle gaiter. The ride is excellent, with a midsole that is more clingy than an octopus with separation anxiety. The toe and heel have a contrasting crossways tread to prevent you slipping and crashing when not actually on the bike. It is great to see sturdy rubber walls all the way around the toe area and down both sides. Adidas not only offers three variations of this shoe (ranging from California to Calderdale), it also has a whopping range of sizes from a UK size 4 to 14.5. Most people will be unaware that availability in many ranges tops out at a UK 11,...

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