Ankles are the most frequently injured area for hikers, accounting for 40% of all bodily injuries. Steep hills, slippery fields, precipitous woodland and unfamiliar terrain increase stress on ankle anatomy and elevate the risk of painful twists and tears.
Designed for outdoor adventure sports, the TERREIN Ascent hiking shoe features an innovative adaptive ankle protection system which engages only when needed - protecting the ankle from twisting.
Engineered with BetterGuards patented technology, the boot combines the natural freedom of motion with effective joint protection. It integrates a mini-piston, also referred to as an “adaptor”, which guards against dangerous twisting forces acting on the ankle. Should the ankle face dangerous twisting forces, the adaptive protection system engages three times faster than human anatomy can, blocking further motion, and allowing you to regain level footing.
This is made possible by an intelligent fluid system that stiffens within a few milliseconds if critical movements are made too quickly and then immediately returns to its flexible initial state. In this state, the system offers almost complete freedom of movement.
The shoe's sock construction allows full freedom of movement, while the adapter is encapsulated in highly abrasion-resistant fabric for durability, increased comfort and breathability. The Velcro closure provides a custom fit, and the outsole of the shoe is made of an extra grippy rubber compound for maximum control during ascents and descents. In addition, rounded corners and edges provide a smooth placement of the foot, while the wide platform improves traction.
The multi-patented technology for sports, leisure and work is equally suitable as joint protection for prevention and rehabilitation.
Using exclusively European suppliers and manufacturers, TERREIN has been produced in sensible numbers, tailored to the local demand. By manufacturing locally and responsibly, the brand is developing a shorter, less complex supply chain which is ultimately more environmentally friendly by reducing its carbon footprint.
The boot launches in June 2022. It is available for men and women and made on specific mens’ and womens’ lasts. It is produced in two unigender colorways: Black/Sand & Black/Turquoise.
About BetterGuards: Berlin-based BetterGuards Technology GmbH is pioneering adaptive footwear technology, specializing in developing and manufacturing products that help people minimize the risk of injury during sports.
Effective adaptive ankle protection (BetterGuards Patented technology)
Natural freedom of motion
Engineered for variable weather conditions
Proprietary outsole with high grip rubber compound and specific lug design maximizing grip for ascending and descending on the trail.
PU midsole featuring responsive cushioning
Hybrid sock construction delivering optimal fit