There are shoes that slow you down and there are the others: those that make you want to go further, that help you run with a light stride, that make you smile. The Adidas Terrex Agravic Flow belongs to the second category: shoes that give.
What a pleasure to find the Boost sole! We test dozens of shoes every year and good sensations are not always there, some are totally inert and we suffer the consequences. The Terrex Agravic Flow are comfortable, well-designed shoes that has peps that we owe to the Adidas sole: a well-balanced cocktail between cushioning, ground contact and spring. We sometimes hear it said that the only spring comes from the runner’s foot and that the more the shoe is in contact with the ground, the better the stride. This is certainly true for some exceptional runners over short distances. In any case, for others, this Boost sole saves energy and sometimes helps (small) placement errors. You can run it fore-foot for better performance, then you don’t have much filtration. Logically there’s more cushioning in the heel, without it being excessive.
The Terrex Agravic Flow have good torsional rigidity on technical ground. But they aren’t designed for that, these are a versatile Terrex model.
This Terrex Agravic Flow makes it possible to run on various terrain types, including on roads to connect to paths. Again, its sole gives spring in your stride and the low lugs don’t make noise. You can run fast on asphalt.
On paths, it is obvious that the Adidas Terrex Agravic Flow prefer the rather rolling sections, singles that aren’t necessarily technical. That said even on rougher terrain they manage well thanks to their reliable grip (limited in deep mud). If you are running on really stony ground you can feel the stones underneath but the stone guard is effective.
On steep uphills we would have liked better heel hold. But that also depends on individual morphology. The top of the instep is held tightly thanks to the lacing and the inner sock system. The laces could be more effective on the front part of the instep where you lose in precision what you gain in comfort. The toe-box is consistent and no friction to report here.
The 7mm drop will not unsettle runners who are accustomed to having a high drop.
The ankle area is very comfortable and flexible. The loop at the back is great to help putting on the shoes: the designers twisted it so that it lies flat against the heel. The Agravic is easy to put on.
The Terrex Agravic Flow are airy yet not necessarily shoes designed for hot weather. We ran with them in the middle of winter without any particular problems.
The design is sleek and clean, no frills: efficient. If we are looking for glitz (apart from the fluorescent keys), you won’t find them here. There are a few seams although the trend is assemblies without visible seams.
We really appreciated these high-performance and easy-to-use shoes. Simple without cushioning and their overall benefits, these are recommended for trail runners that like running on different terrains that aren’t necessarily technical. A sure value. A safe bet.
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