The abrasion-resistant Terrex Agravic Speed Plus is a quality-made trail shoe you can take to the streets and back to the trail again. Made with the resilient Continental rubber, EVA foam and breathable, flexible mesh, this is a lightweight and fast trail racing shoe that will provide a confident, comfortable and stylish ride.
The outsole of the Adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic Speed Plus trail shoe is very similar to the outsole of the Agravic Speed. The same Continental rubber is utilized in its construction. This rubber offers excellent grip on various surfaces without increasing the bulkiness of the shoe. This resilient rubber, which is also used in tire production, is suitable for both wet and dry surfaces and covers the entire outsole. The Agravic Speed Plus’s tread pattern doesn’t have any flex grooves but features traction nodes combined with cutouts which are strategically placed to reduce weight impact while running. Compared to the Agravic Speed, the Speed Plus version’s nodes are slightly different in shape, but they’ve retained the general layout and appearance of the original. Adidas didn’t make any significant changes to the outsole, given that the Terrex Agravic Speed’s outsole performed really well in almost all conditions.
The Midsole of the Terrex Agravic Speed Plus is comprised of the lightweight EVA foam that offers good responsiveness and medium cushioning. Compared to the Agravic Speed, which had a midsole deemed ‘unforgiving’ by a lot of runners, the Speed Plus provides more substantial cushioning and underfoot protection, resulting in a slight weight increase of this version. This midsole configuration makes the shoe more apt to handle firm surfaces better than the Agravic Speed did but remains flexible and responsive enough not to feel restrictive when you need to develop speed. Above the EVA foam midsole is the molded foam insole that adds another layer of cushioning and supportiveness while running. Read also about shoes with memory foam.
The upper of the Terrex Agravic Speed Plus makes use of synthetic mesh and textile which looks thin and sleek, yet very compact. Unlike with the Agravic Speed, the Speed Plus’s sock-like construction is reinforced by welded abrasion-resistant overlays that continue onto the lace loops – this is done in order to address runners’ objections to the general lack of support
the original Speed offered. This addition of overlays also contributes to the marginal increase in weight compared to the original shoe. The tongue and collar are minimally padded in order to make the shoe as adhering and fast as possible, without any unnecessary weight. The vamp area features thin, yet sturdy protective toe cap, and there is also an external heel counter that provides both durability and stability.
The Adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic Speed weighed 8.8oz or 250g in US men’s size 9, which made it one of the lightest trail shoes around. The Speed Plus, with its increased cushioning and added welded overlays, still manages to be very lightweight – 9.2oz or 261g, to be exact. This slight change in weight comes with perks that will make the run more enjoyable, while your running speed won’t suffer from this 11-gram increase, making the Agravic Speed Plus the superior shoe to take on a fast run on rugged, uneven terrain.
The whole upper of the Terrex Agravic Speed Plus, save for the textile overlays, is made out of breathable synthetic mesh that allows for constant airflow throughout the shoe box. While the midfoot area and the heel counter are less breathable, the use of textiles in their construction does not decrease the ventilation that the Speed Plus has to offer, making it a great summer trail running shoe. The upper itself is thin and flexible, meaning that it won’t cause over sweating, which will, in turn, prevent blisters from forming
. While the upper isn’t waterproof or water-resistant, it will dry very quickly in the sun, so you don’t have to worry about moist shoebox environment ruining your run.
The Terrex Agravic Speed Plus is a comfortable
shoe on short to medium runs. The flexible upper allows for comfortable movements without any pressure points and restrictive feeling, and the moderately cushioned midsole doesn’t need any break-in time and is comfortable from the first time you wear the shoe. However, this isn’t the most forgiving shoe, especially if you plan to hike in it or spend the entire day on the trail, due to the fact that the level of cushioning and medial support it offers doesn’t cut it after some time is passed. As for the sizing, some runners have used the Adidas sizing, while others stated that they needed to go a half-size down. The shoe comes in standard widths, but you should still keep in mind that the Speed Plus features a narrower profile that probably won’t suit runners with wide feet.
The Terrex Agravic Speed Plus is a sleek, elegant and modern-looking trail running shoe that will surely have a lot of fans. The shoe comes in several colorways that range from completely subdued and classic to vibrant and fun, which will appeal to a broad audience. The midsole of the shoe features a splattered, blurry look that adds a bit of edginess to the shoe. This is definitely the type of shoe that is versatile and can even be worn with everyday outfits throughout the day, without anyone noticing that you’re actually wearing a trail shoe. The Speed Plus also features a reflective print that enhances the shoe’s visibility, which can be exceptionally useful on a trail. All in all, this street-style-friendly shoe will be just as suitable for trail, city, festivals, or camping – whenever you need a good looking shoe you can count on.
The anti-abrasive upper of the Adidas outdoor Terrex Agravic Plus is durable and will resist tearing for quite some time. Adidas is no stranger to making durable textile and mesh uppers that look much gentler than they really are, and this trail racing shoe is no exception. The single-density EVA midsole is moderately durable, and will likely start to flatten and crease a bit after the first 100 miles, which is a norm for the EVA foam compound. However, the Continental rubber on the outsole will protect the midsole from tearing and increase the overall longevity of the shoe. The manufacturer’s warranty on the shoe is 6 months and depending on the type of trail and the intensity of use, you can expect the Speed Plus to log between 300 and 350 miles before considering investing in a new shoe.
The EVA midsole of the Agravic Speed Plus offers decent underfoot protection thanks to its shock-absorbing properties that protect the feet from tiredness and pain after a while spent on the trail. Compared to the Agravic Speed, the Speed Plus offers better underfoot protection
, although this increase isn’t dramatic. The abrasion-resistant upper reinforcements will not only prolong the use of this shoe, but will also protect your feet from impact, and the slick toe bumper, which is sturdier than it seems, will add another layer of protection to your toes, seeing how the vamp is a high-impact area of the shoe.
The outsole of the Adidas outdoor Terrex Agravic Speed Plus is made out of light and responsive rubber that offers some additional bounce to its EVA foam midsole. The midsole is made so as to achieve a good balance between cushioning and responsiveness, and it even skews a bit to the side of responsiveness. The Speed Plus is a racing shoe that is meant to provide a good amount of energy-return, and it does exactly that, giving you the feeling of an energized ride that will encourage you to pick up speed with ease.
The Terrex Agravic Speed Plus is a neural trail racing shoe made for runners with normal, medium-high and high arches
. The low-top nature of the shoe and a thin upper make it difficult for runners who require a lot of additional arch support to use a customized orthotic insole, but if you’re only in need of slight arch support, you can try using a customized insole instead of the molded foam one. The sock-like construction of the upper provides sufficient foot support, especially with the addition of the welded overlays that the original Agravic Speed didn’t have. The Speed Plus offers significantly more foot support and it’s easier to tie the laces firmly and lock the foot in place with this iteration of the shoe.
The Terrex Agravic Speed Plus is a trail running shoe, meaning that it’s made with fast, short or medium-length runs in mind. If you’re a fan of running across various, uneven terrain for less than a day, and if you need a lightweight shoe to make the run easier, then you’ll probably enjoy the Speed Plus. Also, if you’re looking for a shoe that can be your race day shoe made for running on rugged terrain, this racer will get the job done really well.
The price of the Terrex Agravic Speed Plus is somewhat to be expected of a high-quality, lightweight trail racer, seeing how this isn’t an overpacked category with thousands of shoes up to the task. That being said, the price point could be considered affordable if you don’t intend to go trail running every week, but rather need a reliable trail shoe only once in a while. If you need a trail shoe that you’re going to use often, keep in mind that you’ll need to purchase a new one every nine months to a year or so.
The Continental rubber utilized in the construction of the Terrex Agravic Speed Plus’s outsole is used in tire production as well, meaning that the Speed Plus will provide you a grippy and reliable experience on a lot of different surfaces such as grass, stones, roots, or wet ground. The shoe provides great traction on both rocks and concrete, and the sole is marketed as one that can provide up to 30% more grip on dry and wet surfaces. Some runners even took this shoe on snowy and icy trails and gave it positive feedback, traction-wise. The shoe’s road performance is more than satisfactory, thanks to the tread pattern that makes gripping to the pavement a piece of cake.
The flexibility of this Adidas trail shoe
is impressive, especially when it comes to the upper. Considering this is primarily a racing shoe, this level of flexibility isn’t that surprising. That being said, the mesh and textile upper still managed to pleasantly surprise a number of runners with its ability to adapt and adhere to the foot during the entirety of the gait cycle, without creating uncomfortable pressure points. The resilient sole of the Speed Plus is also very flexible, especially in the forefoot area, in order to provide a quick and easy toe-off.
The stability of the Adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic
Speed Plus has definitely been improved from the original version that only had a sock-like construction in the upper without any reinforcements. This led to the foot sliding forward in the shoe box and a generally wobbly feel. This flaw has been improved by putting welded reinforcements on the Speed Plus, providing not only more durability, but more stability as well, seeing how the foot sliding has been taken to a minimum. Another stability feature of the shoe is its external heel counter that keeps the heel locked in and prevents any unwanted slippage.
Compared to the Terrex Agravic Speed, which had a heel stack height of 25mm and a forefoot height of 17mm, the Speed Plus adds one millimeter in this heel-to-toe differential with its heel stack height of 26mm. This 9mm drop
is a standard one and will suit most runners who are used to a bit more cushioning in the heel, but also midfoot strikers that require additional underfoot protection. The only runners who would most likely find this drop to be excessive are forefoot strikers and runners that are used to zero-drop shoes.
● Continental rubber outsole
● EVA foam midsole with molded foam insole
● Synthetic mesh and textile upper with welded reinforcements
● 9.2oz / 261g for US men’s half-pair in size 9
● Very breathable
● Comfortable, with moderate cushioning
● Durable materials
● Protective toe cap
● Neutral arch support
● Trail racing shoe
● Short to medium-length trails
● Extremely flexible
● External heel counter
● 9mm drop
Outdoor Speed Plus is a member of the Terrex Agravic family of trail shoes suitable for different needs and purposes. The Speed Plus is aimed at trail enthusiasts that need a lightweight, responsive racing shoe that offers moderate underfoot protection and is also moderately supportive. There are a few slight changes made to the Speed Plus, namely the upper overlays and the additional cushioning, that make this shoe a better choice compared to the original Speed.