Adidas isn’t a brand widely recognized for trail running shoes, but the Terrex Agravic is a game-changer. It’s one of the best shoes I’ve run in on some of the steepest, rockiest, most technical terrain around. Its aggressive tread goes head-to-head with competitive models like the La Sportiva Bushido and Salomon Speedcross, but without the bulk. The shoes have a 6.5-millimeter drop and fit snug, with a narrow toe box, but it’s one of those shoes that instantly connects with your foot for a smooth ride and sure feel. $165.

Author: Shalini Kovach is a regular contributor to Terrain Magazine and the founder of Terrain Trail Runners.