MATT: The Adidas Terrex line has been a mixed bag for the BITR team of late. The Speed Ultra is one of my favorite shoes, but the Agravic Ultra was a disappointment. Batting .500 would punch your ticket to Cooperstown if you were a baseball player, but you’d be warming your seat for summer school if it were a final exam. At first glance, the Adidas Terrex Agravic Pro had the looks of a shoe that would deliver another big win for Adidas.
Touted to be the most advanced trail shoe in its line-up, the Agravic Pro packs a BOA Fit System, a TPE plate with finger-like extensions, and a boot cut upper with an integrated debris collar. Mix it all up with a crisp and clean design and a black colorway with just enough pops of color, and you have my attention.
As far as other trail models with BOA Fit System, the Adidas Terrex Agravic Pro is the most similar to the La Sportiva Cyklon. However, the similarities stop right after that.
MATT: Let’s start with the looks — I loved the design right out of the box. I’m into the extended high-cuff upper, the clean design of the single BOA closure, and the primarily black colorway with some 90s-inspired pops of color. The shoe is a stunner for sure.
The BOA Fit System is a great feature, and I think it provides a level of secure lockdown that you can’t achieve with traditional laces. That’s not to mention that it’s much easier to adjust mid-run.
Adidas also nailed the design of its new upper. There’s an extended Neoprene cuff that runs around the circumference of the upper, from the heel collar to where the tongue would sit. The added pull tabs front and back made it feel like I was slipping into a pair of boots.
I’m going to skip down to the outsole because, quite frankly, this section is reserved for The Good, and I don’t have a lot of nice things to say. One thing the Agravic Pro excels at is protection. I had no problems with stability or security through my runs. Despite the upper being mainly Neoprene, there’s a substantially reinforced toe guard that can withstand some hard kicks. The outsole itself is like a tank. Continental rubber is tough as nails, and the 5mm lugs have plenty of grip to ’em.Shop Adidas Terrex Agravic Pro – Men Shop Adidas Terrex Agravic Pro – Women
MATT: Let’s start with the weight. This might be one of the heaviest trail shoes I’ve ever run in, with my US M10 coming in a bit over 12.4 ounces.
As I mentioned above, the Adidas Terrex Agravic Pro is a tank, and unfortunately, it feels like I’m wearing rigid armor plating. Combining the Lightstrike midsole with the TPE plate produces a very stiff ride. I don’t mind a firm feel on the trails, but it doesn’t feel like there’s any life to the shoe. I felt like I was running in a pair of hiking boots.
The BOA Fit System is as sleek as they come, but it seems to hide a design flaw. I couldn’t shake the feeling of heel movement, despite having an excellent lockdown fit through the midfoot and forefoot. It’s probably down to the fact that Adidas used just one BOA dial with its stiff upper. The heel collar also lacks form and feels disconnected from the BOA system.
There’s no way Adidas thought about the Terrex Agravic Pro as a summer running shoe. The black Neoprene locks heat in, and your feet warm up in a hurry. Whenever I crossed a creek during my testing, I was left feeling like I had fishbowls on my feet for about half an hour. The shoe doesn’t seem to drain well at all. In fact, it actually retains water. I guess you could do a shoey if you wanted to.Shop Adidas Terrex Agravic Pro – Men Shop Adidas Terrex Agravic Pro – Women
MATT: Despite the impressive styling and advanced technology, the Adidas Agravic Pro is not a shoe I would recommend as a serious trail runner across any distance.
It’s too heavy and lacks any energy in its ride. If someone fell in love with the design, I’d say that they could justify using it as a quality hiker, as it runs more like a hiking boot than a trail shoe.
Additionally, the Terrex Agravic Pro ain’t cheap. There are several other high-end shoes that are much more deserving of your stack of cash. At the end of the day, the Agravic Pro seems to have been built more in the mold of the Agravic Ultra instead of the Speed Ultra. This is a step in the wrong direction for Adidas, and I’m not sure I understand the approach, as the Terrex Speed Ultra would have been a much better shoe to build on.
You can pick up the Adidas Terrex Agravic Pro for $220 by using the shop link below.Shop Adidas Terrex Agravic Pro – Men Shop Adidas Terrex Agravic Pro – Women
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