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Review: Adidas Terrex (Agravic Pro) Trail Running Gear

Adidas offers quite a bit of trailrunning gear through its Terrex brand, with Agravic Pro (Parley) pieces: Terrex Agravic Pro TR T-Shirt and Shorts and Terrex Agravic Pro TR (Rain.Rdy) Jacket. (Not to forget the Speed Ultra shoes.)

Full disclosure: The pieces I am using and reviewing here are partly self-bought, partly provided by Adidas as PR samples.

I had already decided that I wanted some of these pieces of gear, and bought some myself, when Adidas PR offered to also send some.

As usual with such clothing, it all seems pretty similar, no matter from which brand… but then come the details which make a lot of difference.

Let’s start at the outer and move down.

TERREX AGRAVIC PRO TRAIL RUNNING RAIN JACKET

The Terrex Agravic Pro TR jacket is a bit peculiar.

It has a material that feels relatively tough, but silky. It feels quite substantial, but is rather airy. It is relatively voluminous, but packs down quite small.

Packability

When just folded together loosely, it is rather voluminous, but it can be packed into the open mesh “bag” that is attached to its hanger loop at the inside back.

That way it is not much bigger than a tennis ball (if that were squished into a cylindrical shape.

Why I emphasize that is because packability matters a lot – and this jacket takes up some space when just thrown in a bag, but isn’t really big.

(Coming from the Rab Phantom, though, everything feels big.)

Performance

The performance of this jacket is excellent. I have not used it in the worst of downpours, but would trust it to keep me dry.

I have used it in conditions from snow and cold to relatively warm, and what helps immensely with its performance is the way it is constructed:

Construction

The Terrex Agravic TR Pro jacket feels solid thanks to its material, but it is made with ventilation slits at the back.

These are constructed in such a way that they are constantly open and provide nice air flow.

When conditions are so changeable that you want to wear the jacket, but need to open it more, there is a two-way zipper to help with that.

Two-Way Zipper

At first, I did not like the zipper.

Two-way zippers are a bit more difficult to zip in than one-way ones. And this jacket has a snap button close to the zipper’s end that seemed more of an annoyance than any use.

Actually running in the jacket, however, it turned out to be well thought-out. You get used to the way you need to bring this zipper together to start closing it, to snapping shut the button – and then, when more ventilation is required, you can open the zip from the bottom as well as from the top.

At the bottom, the snap button still keeps the jacket from flapping completely open.

This way, there is a lot of air flow around the jacket, but it is still being worn.

Hood and Cuffs

Hood and cuffs have little by way of adjustment, but are constructed with elastics. I have found them to just work.

This is a hood that is substantial enough to be protective, but it holds on one’s head well just through the size and elastics it has.

Same with the cuffs; they can be moved up for having a view of one’s watch, but nicely cover hands and, partly, wrists.

Sizing

What helps with this jacket’s mix of airiness and protection is its size.

I tried size S and it would have fit me well, but ended up with the size M that I was sent.

This size is a bit loose on me, but in a good way.

The hood and sleeves/cuffs work well in that size; I can wear it alone without it looking too baggy or fluttering too badly, but I can also take it over a running vest.

This way, it also keeps gear from rain and can be thrown on more quickly.

The jackets ventilation – and perhaps the odd flap of material it has at the bottom of the back – are made for use with a running vest, actually.

Vest inside or over the jacket, the ventilation worked well, although I am not convinced this construction was needed.

Design

Design-wise, there are only two versions of the jacket; a grey-white and an “acid mint” (which is the colorway in which I have most of these things, down to the Terrex Speed Ultra shoes).

It is a nicely clean design, if not as minimalist as I prefer it in my everyday “performance” wear.

Truly Made for Trail Running…

What you need to know is that the TR Pro jacket is truly made for trail running.

Although it would be more substantial, I have found myself liking the Rab Phantom more for mountain (overnight) tours where this jacket (actually, pull-on) can get more sweaty, but keeps more warmth in.

The Agravic TR Pro jacket, in contrast, is more ventilated and thus better, in my opinion, for activities without stops (over night).

It probably would work better for that than I currently think, but still…

Oftentimes, actually, I have used the Terrex jacket just over the Terrex Agravic Pro T-Shirt. Even in cool temperatures, trail running into snow, this combination worked for me, for fast pursuits.

TERREX PARLEY AGRAVIC TRAIL RUNNING PRO T-SHIRT

The Terrex Agravic Parley TR Pro T-Shirt with its Aeroready material is even nicer, unsurprisingly, on its own.

It is mainly just a very light T-shirt, but both material and construction make it a stand-out piece.

Material: Terrex Pro Shirt Aeroready

The material feels somewhat rough when running one’s fingers over it, but is comfortable on-skin. The structured cell-like weave with some tighter and some looser sections is the best I’ve yet worn when it comes to wicking.

Out in heat, sweating a lot, this is the shirt that does not start to feel completely drenched after a while, but remains comfortable.

It feels and is airy all the time, without any clammy, wet patches (except maybe right where a vest or backpack lies directly against it and prevents water from evaporating).

Cut

The cut is rather simple, but done in such a way that there are few seams overall, and none at the spots where backpack or vest straps and back panels are.

Being so light, this is not a shirt for the cold, but as I just mentioned, it was enough under the jacket for a wide range of conditions. By itself, its usability extends into very hot conditions.

Durability

In spite of the lightness, and even with the weave that looks like it should snag easily, the TR Pro T-shirt has held up very well to my running through brush.

I may just have gotten lucky, but it may also be owed to the tougher-feeling fibers of this shirt’s weave.

Design

The design of the shirt is something that should be mentioned: Again, there are predominantly white-gray-black and “acid mint” colorways.

In these shirts, this season, the front is uniformly colored; the back has the randomly different “peaky” design blocks that Adidas has recently been using in its Terrex line a lot.
(There are similarly designed tank tops and long-sleeve shirts in the Terrex trail running line, as well, with different color schemes and different weaves of the Aeroready material.)

Sizing

I should also mention the sizing again: I have one of the black-grey-yellow colorway shirts, bought myself, in size S. It is a bit tight. Especially in the collar, when putting it on, I have to make sure to carefully wiggle through, but the shoulders and chest are good.

The size M (in the “acid mint” colorway) is not too wide, just a little more flabby, either; I don’t notice much difference between both sizes (but as always, your mileage may vary).

TERREX AGRAVIC PRO TRAIL RUNNING SHORTS

Shorts. Is there anything to say about shorts? About the Terrex Agravic Pro Trail Running Shorts, there actually is.

First off, one thing to know: Sizing issues are very different here than they are with the shirts.

Sizing

These shorts are cut small; the size M of them fits me perfectly snugly. Meaning that anything smaller would only fit over one of my legs, not my torso…

The waistband is very comfortable (and snug), with a flat drawcord inside to knot it tight, if needed. And there may be a need.

Construction

The shorts have a zippered pocket in back. This is not large, but big enough (thanks to the stretch) to fit a smartphone like my Xperia 5 II, in a pinch.

Left and right of the zippered pocket are two angled elastic loops which one could slide folded-up trekking poles through.

Finally, the black top and sides of the shorts are not just the thin Aeroready material alone, but also a layer of fine mesh, finished off with an elastic band (and short textile loops in their respective middles).

That way, they are stretchy little (not deep, but long) pockets for things like keys or gels.

The weight of all that – even if there is no room for water – could add up enough that the drawcord is a good thing to have, and the tight cut is a good choice (even if it makes it necessary to pick the size well).

Material

The main body of the shorts are just the legs, made in a different-color Aeroready material. In my case, of course, it’s the Acid Mint color again.

The material is slightly more closed in front and back, slightly more open-celled on the sides. Or at least, that’s how it looks; it is all very thin and light, anyways.

With these Terrex Agravic Pro TR shorts, one still does not have to worry about one’s private parts becoming too visible. They also, finally, have a very comfortable, silky, Aeroready material “slip” insert.

Performance

Once again, I’d say that shorts are just shorts.

For them to be noticeably bad, there would have to be something really bad… which is nothing I can report for these shorts.

Their benefits – as shorts – are not going to be something to write home (or you) about, I’d argue. The Terrex Agravic Pro shorts are very nice, though.

They are comfortable to wear, provide a bit of storage space should that be needed, and aren’t a problem when worn empty underneath an overnight gear-filled backpack, either.

They most definitely fit the rest of the gear, in looks and comfort, very nicely.

We are not actually finished with the whole outfit, yet. There are also the Terrex Agravic Speed Ultra shoes – but as is customary, I will give the shoe review an entry of its own.

I already want to say that I am happy I got this gear; it’s been a pleasure to run in!

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