Adidas Terrex Agravic GTX
Consumers feel the Adidas Terrex Agravic GTX is suitably lightweight. Purchasers recognize the durability of the shoe. Its waterproof capability makes it a versatile trail running shoe. Runners appreciate the modern design of the shoe. Testers found it to be reliably comfortable. The cushioning system is accommodating and responsive. Those who tested the shoes trust the outsole unit’s capability for traction. Testers who took the running shoes on tough surface adventures report the outsole was unfettered stayed intact.
- Continental rubber outsole
- Durable materials
- Stable and supportive
- Versatile midsole
- Lacing system
- Not very breathable
- Rear section caused blisters on testers’ feet
- Shoe runs small in size
Reliable surface traction necessary for running is delivered. Aggressive grip lugs pockmark the outside of the soil. The surface grip is effectively enhanced. The angular lug placement ensures the multi-surface sole is agreeable and attainable to the runner. The sole wears evenly, but not excessively.
The feet are well-cushioned as it goes through the gait cycle. Impact shock is attenuated during the landing phase. The harder a runner pushes on the Boost midsole, the more it responds and bounces back. The midsole is stiff, but runners can get momentum. The Boost midsole is a thin layer. The sensation is not plush, but a bouncy ride is delivered.
The overlay system is fused to the upper fabric. It assists in securely wrapping around the foot. The system reduces the weight of the shoes. Stitched sections reinforce the materials. An EVA tongue is lightweight. It provides extra comfort and support to the top of the runners’ feet. The GTX indicates that GORE-TEX was used in the upper. A GORE-TEX membrane covers the upper unit. It is waterproof material that protects the foot and shoe from getting wet.
The last is a bit narrow through the midfoot. The toe box of the shoe fits well. The ankle cutouts and heel height are ideal for narrow heel when the lacing system is dialed in correctly. It is unique. The lower laces are anchored right, near the metatarsophalangeal joints. It takes a few tries to find a balance of tension that works. Once found, the non-standard lacing system holds well. An extra eyelet near the top of the shoes would allow for a lacing pattern that locks the heel.
The Agravic has a smooth interior. Other than lacing issues, not hotspots are caused. The upper bunches a bit around the bottom lace points. EVA somewhat like that used for the insole is material from which the tongue is made. The tongue provides comfort and cushioning without the thickness of other shoes — the tightly woven fabric of the upper shed light snow and moisture.
Some question the wisdom of the waterproof feature that adds an extra ounce or two. Some reviewers felt the weight of the shoe was considered a lightweight option. There is no average running shoe weight.
Shoes may vary depending on the construction and size. Lightweight shoes usually range from five to ten ounces. With more support and cushioning, the weight increases. Shoes weighing ten to 13 ounces offer stability. Light shoes increase speed, but finding a balance between cushion, support, and weight is needed to avoid injury.
It has a dual combination of Adidas’ proprietary Boost compound below and EVA on top. The open mesh of the Agravic upper breathes and dries well. The perimeter of the feet are wrapped with a welded overlay that keeps shallow bouts of exposure to moisture out of the shoes. The tongue is not gusseted. It has holes to promote breathability. Due to the holes, a bit of debris and dirt may get into the shoe.
Not everyone agrees. Due to the narrow footbed, it doesn’t track well for those with regular or wide feet. It has been described as running on rails feeling. The shoes feel stiff to nearly everyone when they first put them on.
There are differences of opinion in how well they soften after being worn a bit. Most testers felt the shoes were adequate for fast and short trail runs, but preferred something with more cushioning for outings that last more than a couple of hours.
When hiking technical ascents, the responsive, but firm midsole keeps steps feeling precise and stable. The Boost midsole gets nearly universal praise for the blend of responsiveness and cushioning properties.
The shoes can easily take on five to 15-mile off-trail jaunts, steep hikes, and ridge routes. The durable construction makes the shoes great for lightweight backpacking and hiking. The deep grippy lugs deliver sure footing when running downhill, uphill, or along trails that are muddy and wet.
Continental Rubber came about when Adidas partnered with Continental, a German corporation, to employ the rubber technology used in car tires. The rubber compound is the same as that used in snow tires.
The tread mimics a mountain bike tire pattern. It is an exceptionally sticky compound that paired with the open lug design is excellent for mountain running. The tread pattern of the outsole is responsible for how will the shoes work. The lugs are approximately six-mm deep.
The depth makes the shoes versatile in providing grip on dry and wet trails. The pattern of the lugs adds surface. The lugs point in opposite directions to provide a firm hold in any direction. The lugs on the back of the shoe are reversed for braking power on downhill runs.
They take up about ⅔ of the sole. The lugs at the forefoot are sharp and adequate to grab when climbing on loose terrain tightly. The company claims the shoes provide 30 percent more traction when conditions are dry and 32 percent more in wet conditions when compared to the competition. The pattern of the lugs' area works with the rubber compound as it provides excellent traction on slick and smooth surfaces. The space between the lugs helps shed mud on rainy days.
The injury rate was similar for all drop heights. It is recommended that runners choose a heel to toe drop height that feels as though it is an extension of the foot when running. Some runners prefer high heel to toe drops while others prefer flatter models. There are some recommendations for specific foot issues. Low-drop is recommended for those with arthritis or neuroma of the foot.
* Boost midsole adapts to various surfaces
* Continental Rubber outsole for extraordinary grip
* GORE-TEX lining
* Lugs in the outsole
Some testers found some of the components uncomfortable when running. The stiffness can make the shoe uncomfortable. They are responsive, aggressive speed shoes, but the nearly 12-ounce weight does not make as much sense as a non-GTX model.
The amazing outsole made of Continental rubber is a capable technical trail performer. The Boost midsole combines firm responsiveness and cushion. It is ideal for backpacking and hiking, but a tad harsh on trails that are smooth. The upper is problematic to some reviewers.