Adidas Terrex Agravic 3 Review

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The Adidas Terrex Agravic 3 is a top of the range trail shoe that offers excellent protection, traction and speed assistance. There is no better trail shoe on the market to date. In this Adidas Terrex Agravic 3 review we will go over my experience with this shoe and find out whether or not it lives up to the hype.

Cushioning

A good level of cushioning is an essential component of a great shoe. A cushioned midsole helps relieve stress from the joints and provides support that makes long distance runs much easier.

Support

Good support is essential for all runners, so it is very important that when buying trainers an individual buys running shoes that have enough support. That may look different for all runners but it is important to consider.

It is important that a supportive running shoe provides a stable platform and reduces the risk of potential injuries.

Durability

I believe that it is important to buy shoes that have been built to last. If you are going to spend your own money on shoes then they should stay in good working condition for many months to come.

Fit

Making sure your shoes fit properly is very important as if a shoe is too big it can cause the shoes to start to rub against you feet causing blisters and other discomforts. By not having a shoe that fits it will also get rid of the possibility of a comfortable run.

Breathability

Breathable materials in the upper part of the shoe helps keep the feet cool and dry during runs. This is because it helps prevent the build up of sweat and moisture in the shoe which reduces discomfort and irritation when running.

A breathable upper shoe enhances comfort and can be a life saver when running in hot days as it helps prevent overheating. This makes shoes with this feature an excellent choice as well as a comfortable fit.

Value

Running shoes can get really expensive and if you are someone that runs a lot you will have to keep coming back to buy more. This can really add up which is why I have added cost to the list of important factor.

Energy Return

There is no better feeling than being propelled by a responsive running shoe. A running shoe should that gives energy back to the runner can make all types of runs feel so much nicer. This category is even more important in race day shoes.

Price: £120

Weight: 299g

Stack height: 34mm

Usage: Trail shoe

Pros

  • Responsive
  • Excellent traction
  • Breathable mesh in the forefoot
  • Highly durable
  • Excellent protection

Cons

  • Not good on very technical terrain
  • Upper Breathability: 7/10
  • Energy return: 7/10
  • Durability: 8/10
  • Support: 8/10
  • Grip: 8/10
  • Style: 9/10
  • Versitility: 7/10
  • Value for money: 7/10
  • Comfort: 8/10
  • Fit: 8/10
  • Overall Rating: 76/100

Adidas Terrex Agravic 3 First Impressions

My first thought when looking at these trainers was that they were very well built. The sole in particular is very stiff and I did a few days of walking in the shoes to break them in before starting to run.

Despite the large stack height the shoes are not as cushioned as I would of assumed. They were not uncomfortable but by no means were they soft and bouncy.

My first run was a 10km run through slightly technical trails. Right away I noticed that the upper provided excellent lockdown and held my feet in place perfectly. The ride was quite firm which I prefer however if you are looking for a soft and plush ride then I would recommend the Hoka Speedgoat 6 instead.

Why Should You Buy These Shoes?

If you are in the market for a protective, responsive and durable trail shoe then this is one of the best models on the market. Rivalled only by the Hoka Speedgoat series this shoe is the perfect trail shoe for fast paced runs and will provide excellent traction in both wet and dry conditions.

Why Should You Not Buy These Shoes?

If you are in the market for a soft plush trail shoe then I would recommend the Hoka Speedgoat series such as the Speedgoat 5 or 6.

Upper of the shoe

The upper features a lighter toe bumper, gusseted tongue and a breathable mesh forefoot. The whole shoe but especially the upper is very well built and is made from high quality materials so you can be assured that these trainers will last you a long time.

The breathable forefoot promotes airflow throughout the whole shoe and it does it just as well as most other trainers that have a full mesh upper. The amazing thing about this upper is that it offers both protection and breathability which is a very hard combination to get right.

Foam of the shoe

The midsole was made up from a combination of Lighstrike and Boost material which Adidas use in their road shoe range as well. This foam is bouncy and responsive. This offers high levels of speed assistance and makes picking up the pace much easier.

Sole of the shoe

The outsole of the shoe is covered in rubber which helps offer excellent durability and traction. I tested these shoes in both wet and dry conditions and it proved to be able to handle both.

The durability of this model is one of the best of any shoe I have ever tested. They are designed to be used and abused and can go 100s of miles without showing signs of wear and tear which is very rare with running shoes.

Conclusion to the Adidas Terrex Agravic 3 Review

Overall, this is a top of the range trail shoe that I would highly recommend for any runners out there who are looking for a protective, responsive and fast paced shoe. Do be aware that this shoe is not plush or soft and that if that is what you are looking for then this is the wrong trainer for you.

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