The trail running season is upon us. Increasing numbers of running enthusiasts are drawn out into the wild and into the mountains. It is for this reason that, having explained the different types of running shoes in the last few articles, we now present the adidas terrex Agravic and show you what really matters when it comes to trail shoes.
One deciding factor in trail running shoes is most definitely the grip they offer. On mountain runs the terrain varies between soft grass, loose gravel and solid rock, so the shoes need to provide optimal support on all kinds of surface. The adidas terrex Agravic’s solution to this issue is a rubber sole developed by Continental, the tyre manufacturer. Its cam profile was inspired by mountain bike tyres and it offers the perfect balance between surface friction and contact with the ground.
Apart from that, it is also important that trail shoes offer good damping. The impact on the feet and joints is higher during mountain runs than it is during street runs and it should be absorbed by the shoe. In this case, it is the Boost midsole for which adidas is so well known that provides not only great damping but also excellent energy return.