Adidas Terrex Adidas Terrex Speed Pro: Trail shoe with Boost cushioning and Continental sole. Our TRAIL SHOES section brings the ADIDAS TERREX SPEED PRO today. The flying shoe for short and medium mountain races with which Adidas will provide its elite racers this 2021.

It arrives with a price of 150 €, for a featherweight of 190 grams. The 4mm drop leaves us with about 19mm in front and 23mm at the back, while the midsole employs the new Lightstrike developments and the rubber sole remains true, once again, to Continental. We’re going with technical analysis, by Mayayo.


The ADIDAS TERREX SPEED PRO is now on sale, on the official Adidas website. It is launched with a price of 150€ for a weight of 190 grams, with drop of 4mm as a result of a ground height of 17mm in front and 24mm at the back. The sole is the usual Continental, the cushioning is entrusted to Boost.

As the brand presents it: “The adidas Terrex Speed Pro Trail Running shoe provides the lightness needed to move freely through steep technical terrain. The Lightstrike cushioned midsole gives you greater protection against the stones and roots that stand in your way. The Continental rubber composite sole provides optimum adhesion on both dry surfaces and wet soil.”


  • Price: 150€. An average price for an elite racing shoe, which will be more profitable the more you take it out with you.
  • Weight: 190 grams. Low, though not the lowest. The Salomon Pulsar stays at just 170gr as a top reference in the sector today. But it must be acknowledged that the Continental sole adds grams to all the shoes in the Adidas Terrex range, despite the work in lightening cushioning done with Lightstrike.
  • Drop 4mm: Not much or little, usual midpoint in the fliers. At the time pre-carbon plates was the classic biomechanical optimism. Now, with the plates forcing on asphalt drop of 10mm and more, it’s no longer so clear. To show, his own sister, the Adizero Adios Pro that you can see here.
  • Height: 19mm front and 23mm at back. Something lower and glued to the ground than many Salomon on the forefoot, It will allow us to have a better touch of terrain in technical sections. Light Strike
  • Damping: New Adidas, which we reviewed later. Classic cover and laying.
  • Continental Sole: A reliable grip and already well tested on a variety of different surfaces. In fact, it recovers here the most veteran sole of the brand, with medium heels of just 3mm more related to the hard terrain of tracks and firm trails than to mud and snow.
  • Variety: Arrives in three colors, to choose from. You can see them down here.


Adidas Terrex Speed Pro debuts in a highly competitive market, such as flyers for the elite. Suffice it to recall here the spectacular Salomon Slab Pulsar that Kilian developed to achieve, at last after seven previous attempts, to break Jonathan Wyatt’s record in Sierre Zinal. Or the brand new The North Face Vectiv Flight with carbon plate included.
This debutante 2021 brings few technical changes per se, beyond the striking décor, with a black and white camouflage print. Depending on the brand, we can point out four highlights in its development:

PRIMEGREEN: This product is manufactured with Primegreen, a combination of high performance recycled materials.

LIGHTNESS: At 190 grams it is a light flying shoe, certainly. Although not the lightest, with rivals like the Pulsar that drops even up to 170 grams. The Adidas Lightstrike midsole seeks to provide superlight cushioning that adds dynamism to the shoe, in the style of the classic superlight foams with Hoka could finally afford a lot of mattress without penalizing weight.

WEAR RESISTANCE: The German brand has included a number of specific reinforcements that offer greater wear resistance. Something to always be thankful for, given the very limited lifespan that most flying shoes tend to have for mountain racing. Something that, however, will be our turn to validate or deny, as they behave in our thorough tests.

CONTINENTAL SOLE: The Continental rubber composite sole offers excellent adhesion on both dry and wet surfaces. It is a safe and proven value. Now… knowing that Adidas also owns the spectacular Stealth rubber, which it uses in some top-of-the-range products for mountaineering or canyoning, perhaps it would be good if in these top sneakers you put it above your partner. A move that we have already seen in his rival Scarpa that in the technical shoe top of range has scarpa Presta rubber shoes, based on his experience with climbing, as a step superior to the Vibram Megagrip that he wears in the normal range.


The adidas Terrex Speed Pro is an interesting trail running shoe, for those looking to win races forcing agility and speed in the most technical terrains. It brings together elements tested and tested by the German brand, so a priori it seems logical to trust that the actual performance will meet the expectations of our technical analysis. Let’s cross fingers, while we wait for an element for thorough testing.

At this elite level, the fight for every gram is basic. Every trail shoe that goes down today from 200 grams in channel has a lot of cattle, with the 150 grams as the maximum logical barrier, if we do not want to penalize durability too much. But it’s not all about losing weight, of course. When the terrain becomes complicated and technical, we need rubber under our feet that protects and grips us at the same time. There is no doubt that the joint work of Lightstrike and Continental Rubber are solid, but unfortunately we cannot say that they are the best of the market. Neither the midsole is the one that provides the best weight/mattress ratio (Hoka still stands there, we think) Nor does continental rubber reach even rivals such as Sportiva, Inov 8 G-grip, Scarpa Presta or Salomon Contagrip. It would be, yes, in the fight for a worthy top5.

Complete the package with an open mesh cover that promises to be extremely breathable and drain well. The abrasion-resistant welds we aim for as reinforcement seek to add durability. An interesting job… that the Germans could still tune up to climb a rung sooner, to keep betting on mountain racing thoroughly.


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