I have run for years on different Adidas shoes. All of them purporting to be trail worthy, but somehow falling short. Is the Adidas Terrex Agravic 330 different? Let’s find out!
The running terrain
The terrain that I have used these on, has been varied. I’ve run muddy trails, sandy washed out areas, rolling single track, gravely draws, rocky peak summits, and snow packed trails.
The Terrex Agravic 330 comes in a variety of colors; mine is black with red and grey accents with the ubiquitous white Ultraboost above the sole.
The Terrex Agravic 330 has about 6mm drop.
The uppers are primarily made of mesh. This mesh is covered with medium thick rubber/plastic that protects sides, toe cap, a heel portion, as well as create the Adidas “three stripes” design.
This shoe comes with a no-frills basic insole, with no additional arch support, and it is not Ortholite.
The midsole is constructed of Adidas Ultraboost, thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), covered in part, with a dense foam portion that provides protection and stability. The midsole is about 1-inch at the heel and ⅝ of an inch at the ball of the foot.
The outsole is made from Continental rubber. Lugs on the shoes with lugs about 1/16 of an inch deep. These lugs are evenly spaced across the sole, and there isn’t anything that goes “into” the soles. All of the lugs are “on top” of the base rubber.
The tongue of the shoe is not connected by elastic, or other substructure to the body of the shoe. The tongue is constructed from foam, approximately ⅛ inch thick.
There is not anything unique or particularly special about the laces. The laces are on connected to the shoe via ⅜ of an inch wide nylon loops (four per side), and 1 eyelet at the top.
I have run on various versions of the Adidas Kanadia trail shoes over the years. These shoes appear to have evolved into the Adidas Terrex Tracerocker.
These seem to be on the lower-mid spectrum of the Adidas trail line up. The more spec trail runners are the Terrex shoes with Ultraboost.
The Terrex Agravic 330 is the next evolution from the Agravic 310. I ran a portion of last year’s season on the Agravic 310 and can report that it is a solid shoe.
The addition of the Ultraboost and Continental outsole has propelled the Adidas line from a casual urban path cruiser to a legitimate trail contender.
Over the years, I have made note of wear areas of shoes. Typically, they wear out in three areas: the uppers, the midsoles, and the outer sole.
Based on the current wear, I anticipate them holding up like their previous model. The Continental outsole wears evenly and the lugs don’t break off.
The Ultraboost foam is phenomenal after an entire season of running as it still has bounce in both cold and hot running conditions. In short, I am in love with Adidas Ultraboost in a trail running shoe.
The uppers are both good and bad. The good is that the extra layers of rubber over the mesh fabric provide a nice level of protection covering the heel, both sides of the inner and outer portion, and the toe.
The additional thick layer applied to the toe portion is very protective as I didn’t suffer any “black toes” from inevitable stubs. The bad part of the uppers is that they developed holes where the toe flexes by this rubber application.
Bottom line: the durability is excellent on the sole and midsole, and average on the upper.
Comfort and fit
This shoe is a bit narrower than others on the market. I have an average width foot, and they fit me fine. The toe box isn’t particularly square or roomy; however, I never felt that my toes were cramped; even on 20+ mile long runs.
Due to the construction of the rubber overlay on the mesh fabric upper, some calluses formed on the ball, big toe, and the little toe. This could be a combination of the upper, as well as the narrower fit.
I overpronate, and this shoe felt fairly neutral and did not cause ankle, knee, hip or back pain. The foam tongue did not breathe particularly well, but it didn’t cause undo chafing or discomfort.
The Continental rubber outsole performs very well in all conditions, and Continental claims that the rubber is 30% grippier. The rubber compound is similar to the rubber that they use in their mountain bike tires. I found the rubber to maintain its grip, even on wet rocks.
The lug depth, shape, and spacing performed very well holding on loose gravel, running both uphill and downhill. This design also did not hold mud, shedding it quickly. Not once did I slip, even on sketchy terrain. I noticed very little rolling resistance when running on hard pack.
The Adidas Terex Agravic 330 is a pro-level shoe, with some very nice features, specifically the Continental outsole, and the Ultraboost midsole. It provides a solid platform and durability for long life.
Good to know
- The Adidas Terrex Agravic is a trail running shoe that’s meant for runners who want to gain the advantage of strong traction and surface control when tackling the unpredictable trails. It features a modern look that caters to the tastes of contemporary trail blazers. Several color schemes provide more choice in terms of the visual aspect of this Adidas trail running shoe.
- The upper unit features a single-layer mesh material that’s resistant to abrasion. It’s going to be easier for runners to traverse rocky or dust-filled paths because the debris won’t tear through the fabric easily. A rubber toe-bumper covers the forefoot section of the shoe; it protects the foot from injury.
- The platform of the Adidas Terrex Agravic makes use of the highly reliable Boost™ mid-sole material, which is made from the amalgamation of thousands of cushioning beads. It carries the foot well and protects it from impact. A top-tier rubber compound covers the mid-sole and shields it from the potentially harmful effects of surface exposure, debris and continued use. Prominent gripping lugs provide more traction.
The Adidas Terrex Agravic is true to its sizing schemes. Standard sizing schemes were utilized in the making of this running shoe. The available width is medium. It accommodates those with medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape follows the natural curvature of the human foot.
The outsole unit of the Adidas Terrex Agravic makes use of Continental® rubber, which is a high-quality material that’s strong and long-lasting. It holds onto the ground well, and it protects the mid-sole from the unsavory effects of continued use.
Gripping lugs pockmark the surface of this running shoe’s outsole. They face different directions. They actually assist in providing more traction to the wearer, thus making it easier to traverse the unpredictable terrain.
Just like the popular Adidas Ultra Boost, the Terrex Agravic uses the Boost™ mid-sole technology which is a full-length foam unit that’s made to keep the foot comfortable throughout the running experience. It cushions each step and adds a bit of a ‘pop’ to the toe-off. It doesn’t break down easily, therefore rendering the shoe’s platform consistently efficient, even after many uses.
Abrasion-resistant mesh makes up the main upper fabric of the Adidas Terrex Agravic. Its job is to cover the foot and keep it safe from environmental debris. It’s not stiff or unwieldy because it easily follows the movements of the wearer’s foot.
Thin overlays have been fused onto the main upper fabric, providing a snug and secure fit that’s supportive and encompassing.
A rubber toe bumper acts as a shield against surfaces and debris that may hit the shoe, therefore sparing the toes of the wearer from getting potentially injured.
A pull-loop in the heel section of the upper unit makes it easier for runners to wear and remove the shoe.