Adidas Terrex Agravic XT GTX
340g (UK 9)
There’s no doubting they’re tough and rugged with plenty of grip thanks to the Gore-Tex lining and Continental rubber outsole. But what you perhaps don’t expect is the low profile these shoes provide, working off a 9mm drop. What you get is a harder feeling shoe that uses Adidas’s Boost system for cushioning (more commonly found on their road shoes). But deep, A-shaped multi-directional lugs confirm the shoes' off-road bent. The back two-thirds has reversed lugs for better braking power when going downhill. A nice touch. Be aware Adidas sizes often come up narrow in the forefoot and can be half a size too small.
Verdict: Performance, especially in testing conditions.