Innovative with a quick-turn dial for lace closure, plenty of cushioning and decent propulsion, these trail shoes will suit runners with high-volume feet in cooler weather.
Very easy to lace up quickly
Great continental grip
Large - suits a high-volume foot
Heavier than most trail shoes
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Adidas Terrex Agravic Pro trail running shoes: first impressions
Adidas Terrex Agravic Pro trail running shoes are vying for the "longest name” prize. They also score highly for their courage to innovate, thanks to the unique BOA L6 lace system down each side. This dial makes the shoe incredibly easy and quick to lace up and unlace, plus there are no laces over the midfoot area to catch on brambles. Which all means these shoes feel very comfortable across this area.
• List price: £170 (UK) / $220 (USA)
• Weight (pair UK 6.5): 616g / 21.7oz
• Drop: 4mm
• Colors: Men’s: Yellow / Black; Women’s: Yellow / Black
• Compatibility: High-volume feet on any trail terrain
The fit is on the large size, so you may want to go down a half size to see if they fit better, but it’s actually the volume of the shoe that’s big rather than the length. The ankle part also comes up higher than most other trail running shoes so they suit a higher volume foot.
Both of these features mean the weight is on the heavier side – about 100g more than most other trail shoes – but if they fit your feet well this isn’t a deal breaker, and hopefully this means they will be very durable too; for this price you’d hope so!
The 4mm drop will need gradual easing into if you’re used to a shoe with a higher heel stack (see The anatomy of a trail running shoe for more on how drop can affect your running), while the Lightstrike cushioning protects the foot from trail buzz. The ride feels bouncy and propulsive so if these fit your feet, you’re in for a treat.
Adidas Terrex Agravic Pro trail running shoes: on the trails
We really enjoyed wearing the Adidas Terrex Agravic Pros for fast sessions on gritty trail paths. The speed and ease of lacing and unlacing them is brilliant – we loved turning the dial and hearing the shoe click into place with so little effort. And with no exposed laces on top, there were no tangled, dangling ends to catch on the summer brambles that sprang up so quickly around our local quarry and footpaths.
Although the ride is a little stiff if you’re a runner who likes the feel of barefoot running shoes, the cushioning does provide a real propulsive bounce and the grip is good on all sorts of terrain including gloopy mud (so they’ll be great for mud season).
However, when we ran for longer periods in the Agravic Pros we found that the high ankles weren’t quite compatible on one side: the plastic edging just above the BOA dial rubbed our right foot, though the left was fine. If you have high-volume feet this would probably not be a problem.
They are also quite hot-feeling in summer; we recommend the lime rather than the black colorway if you live in a hot place.
Overall these look really cool and we wished they fitted our feet better as we’d wear them a great deal more.
The co-founder and former editor of Trail Running magazine, Claire now runs the YouTube channel Wild Ginger Running, creating films packed with trail- and ultra-running content. An award-winning journalist, writing for outdoor and adventure sports magazines and websites, her first book The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running 5k to 50k is out in January 2021. Claire also speaks and presents at events and races.
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