If someone asked you to name an outdoor company off the top of your head, chances are Adidas wouldn’t be the first to come to mind. But in keeping with industry trends the sports giant has funneled time, money, and attention into their outdoor line Terrex to some great results. The women’s Adidas Terrex Agravic Speed trail running shoe has emerged as one of my favorite pieces so far.
A good trail runner for the Yampa Valley will ideally be lightweight but provide good torsional stability for the rugged terrain, be airy enough to allow for quick sweat evaporation on those scorcher days but not sacrifice any durability for the more rocky trails. The Agravic Speed hits all these points with dual mesh/ripstop upper, the rugged Continental outsole (yes, just like the tires), and a firm but featherweight EVA foam sole. One of the best features is the elasticized ankle that provides dialed-in fit without ever having to stop to readjust the tongue.
To give credit where credit is due, Adidas has made sustainability a major focus in the Terrex line. The materials used are non-dyed, non-bleached, and appear in their natural state avoiding a notoriously resource- and waste-heavy process. Furthermore the shoes are designed down to the most minimal state without compromising the end use. This means fewer raw materials entering the system and less cost to the consumer, but it also gives the line a beautifully sleek, streamlined look not often found in the sea of neon and bulk that plagues many companies today.
The Adidas Terrex Agravic Speed is a triple threat: slays the trail, looks killer grabbing groceries, and provides a bit of peace of mind that your money is supporting efforts to reshape the outdoor industry’s conventional practices. A great addition to your quiver that may just have you rethinking all your other kicks.