by Jeff Valliere

adidas Terrex Agravic Pace
8.Eight oz. (250 grams) US Males’s Dimension 9
25mm heel/17mm forefoot

The adidas Terrex Agravic Pace is the newest light-weight path racer from adidas, that includes a sticky Continental rubber outsole and minimal booty model higher.  The Agravic Pace is the alternative for the Adizero XT 5 Enhance that we reviewed right here and located to be an actual hit, as it’s tremendous gentle, responsive and has agency, however satisfactory cushioning with Enhance within the forefoot.

How does the brand new Terrex Agravic Pace stack up?

adidas Terrex Agravic Pace

The Agravic Pace is a very completely different shoe from the XT Enhance in nearly each method, together with the higher.  The higher is a booty model, minimal and fairly breathable with no overlays the place the midfoot wrap is basically all that’s locking the foot down.  I figured that with the slipper like look and no tongue, that this is able to be a exact becoming race machine and an enchancment over the XT 5 Enhance, however sadly, the Agravic Pace simply didn’t work significantly effectively for my foot form/dimension.  This shoe is lengthy and slender, the place is extreme room within the toe field (however sizing down would make the shoe really feel too tight elsewhere). With solely 4 lace eyelets and no overlays past the midfoot wrap to carry the foot down, I simply couldn’t maintain my foot locked down within the shoe regardless of how a lot I snugged down on the laces.

The Agravic Pace has good smooth toe bumper that’s sturdy and protecting.

adidas Terrex Agravic Pace

The Agravic Pace is lengthy, straight and slender.  There is no such thing as a tongue with the booty design and there are solely four lace eyelets.  It takes a little bit of power to cosy up the laces and maintain them adequately tight.

adidas Terrex Agravic Pace
adidas Terrex Agravic Pace

So as to add to my match issues, the Agravic Pace has a reasonably minimal heel counter, with little or no padding, construction or form to it, which leads to a little bit of heel raise.

adidas Terrex Agravic Pace
adidas Terrex Agravic Pace


The EVA midsole is gentle and really responsive, although fairly agency and never significantly forgiving or plush from a cushioning standpoint, feeling a bit harsh at pace on exhausting surfaces.  In my view, the Agravic Pace feels a bit extra minimal than the 25/17 marketed stack peak would recommend. Floor really feel is sweet with out compromising safety.

adidas Terrex Agravic Pace


The Continental rubber outsole includes of huge directional chevron lugs across the perimeter with smaller trapezoidal lugs within the heart.  The Continental rubber compound used right here on the Agravic Pace is among the many most sticky on the market, whereas nonetheless being fairly sturdy and is what I like most about this shoe.

adidas Terrex Agravic Pace Outsole

The lugs are an excellent compromise between versatile traction on any floor, but low profile sufficient for quick, up-tempo operating.

adidas Terrex Agravic Pace Outsole
adidas Terrex Agravic Pace Outsole


The Terrex Agravic Pace is a path racing shoe, greatest fitted to shorter distances as much as a half marathon.  Having actually loved the XT 5 Enhance, I had excessive hopes for the Agravic Pace, however was sadly unable to make this shoe work for me.  Match is the first problem, as I discover it to run lengthy and slender, with extra toe room in my regular dimension 10.  Exacerbating the match issues, the higher doesn’t maintain my heel or forefoot in place and midfoot maintain is just marginal.  It is a shoe constructed for going very quick over tough terrain, however with the foothold/match points, I didn’t really feel snug doing so.

Traction is excellent in a really vast number of circumstances, moist, dry, snow, off path, hardpack, grime roads, and so forth…  Street efficiency can be superb, as this shoe could be very responsive and the lugs are such that it makes for an important door to path shoe (although with the minimal cushioning, I will surely maintain paved miles to a minimal).

If the Agravic Pace occurs to suit your foot, I might extremely advocate it for shorter path races, particularly the place traction is paramount on all kinds of surfaces.

Jeff’s Rating:  9/10

-.four for match

-.three for minimal cushioning/harsh journey

-.three for foothold/higher help


adidas Terrex Agravic Pace vs. adidas Adizero XT5 Enhance (RTR overview right here) – The Agravic Pace weighs just a few grams lower than the XT5, however discover the XT5 to be a far superior shoe attributable to higher match, higher foothold and regardless that I discover response to be related, the XT5 with Enhance feels a bit extra clean and forgiving.
adidas Terrex Agravic Pace vs adidas Terrex Trailmaker (RTR overview right here) – The Trailmaker is a bit heavier at 10.four ozbut nonetheless a lightweight and fast shoe.  Trailmaker match is a lot better, with a safer higher and extra cushioned and forgiving journey.  Traction is comparable, every with Continental sticky rubber outsoles.
adidas Terrex Agravic Pace vs Brooks Mazama (RTR overview right here) – Very shut in weight and stack peak, however I discover the Mazama to suit me higher and is extra responsive, significantly on the uphill.  The Mazama, whereas considerably minimal within the cushioning, has a smoother and extra forgiving journey.  The Continental rubber outsole of the Agravic Pace nevertheless is way superior with regard to traction and sturdiness/longevity.
adidas Terrex Agravic Pace vs New Stability Vazee Summit (RTR overview right here) – The Vazee additionally matches me higher, has a safer higher and extra cushion in a shoe that weighs the identical.  Each have nice traction, however the Continental rubber outsole of the Agravic Pace is extra substantial and sturdy with higher moist traction.
adidas Terrex Agravic Pace vs Saucony Peregrine 7 (RTR overview right here) – Very shut in weight, however the Peregrine is a extra substantial and protecting throughout mountain shoe with higher match, safer higher and higher cushion for longer runs.  The Peregrine has superior traction total, particularly in unfastened gravel and off path, however the Continental rubber of the Agravic Pace is best within the moist.
adidas Terrex Agravic Pace vs Hoka One One Pace Intuition (RTR overview right here) – The Pace Intuition weighs ever so barely extra at 9 oz, however is effectively value it for the added cushion, higher match and smoother, extra forgiving journey.  Once more, the Continental rubber of the Agravic Pace has the sting on traction and sturdiness/longevity.

Jeff Valliere’s Run Bio

Jeff is a former professional bike owner who now runs and climbs the mountains of Colorado. He has been high 5 Masters, high 25 total, on the Pike’s Peak Marathon a number of occasions, ending 3d Masters this 12 months. Jeff loves vertical accumulating greater than 500,000 vertical ft per 12 months, has climbed all of the 14’s and 200 of the 13’s and has held FKT on a number of.  He typically runs and climbs at evening. Passionate in regards to the sport but in addition the gear he has reviewed hundred of sneakers for numerous magazines and websites and took part in product testing for a lot of manufacturers.  Previously a motorbike mechanic he has lately labored in Satellite tv for pc Imagery. He has twin 6 12 months previous daughters who maintain him ever busier but.

The Agravic Pace was offered at no cost. The opinions herein are fully the writer’s.
Photograph Credit: Jeff Valliere 

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