adidas Outdoor Stealth launch
Will Ross, February 28, 2015
At OutDoor in Friedrichshafen, adidas Outdoor launched their latest technology, Stealth, a rubber compound developed by Charles Cole, founder and rubber engineer at Five Ten. As well as being riddled with innuendo, the product launch brought together some of adidas’ top athletes, including Dean Potter, who wingsuits with his dog in tow. Originally designed by Five Ten for climbing and high-grip sports, Stealth rubber creates friction by flowing into micro cavities on rock surfaces Here are a couple of pieces of gear that incorporate the technology:
The Terrex Scope GTX
Winner of a gold award at the OutDoor Industry Awards this year, the Terrex Scope GTX (video) is emblematic of adidas Outdoor’s commitment to the approach and rock climbing scene. As well as making the most of Stealth’s microscopic qualities, L-shaped studs provide extra traction on slanted surfaces. A sturdy heel provides support on descents while a smoothed-off toe makes the shoe ideal for climbing intervals. An abrasion-resistant mesh and Gore-Tex membrane ensure the shoe’s durability in wet and aggressive sections. Men’s come in at 455g (UK 8.5) and Women’s at 403 (UK 5.5).
The Terrex Solo
Developed using the expertise of Beat Kammerlander, Bernd Zangerl and the Huber Brothers, the Solo provides lightweight grip en route to the boulder. The midsole, which features EVA foam, has been reinforced using a TPU film. In the heel section, adiprene foam absorbs impacts to enable a comfortable, but dynamic feel. Asymmetrical loops are fitted to the heels so that the shoes can easily be attached with a biner to your backpack or climbing harness, allowing them to hang parallel to each other. Men’s come in at 395g (UK 8.5) and Women’s in at 345g (UK 5.5).