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Review: Reebok All Terrain Super OR

From: Stanley J Mscisz
Product: Reebok All Terrain Super OR

Review: My review of the Reebok All Terrain Super OR shoes:
They have excellent flexibility
They need no break in time
They have excellent tread for the trails
I have not tested yet for water drainage but, just by looking
at them they appear to be made well for drainage.

Rating: 5 star (amazing)

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Reebok All Terrain Thrill – first look

All Terrain ThrillI wasn’t expecting to be putting two shoe posts up in two days – but here we go. Reebok VERY kindly shipped me the *other* 2016 All Terrain series shoe to look at and write up my first thoughts – and today we got a couple of pairs of the All Terrain Thrill – a new, wider, more plush trail shoe for their very popular All Terrain series.

If you haven’t – go take a read of the All Terrain Super OR first look I put up yesterday. I’ll get into a more direct comparison of the various shoes in due course, but it’s worth knowing what your options are if you’re looking at new shoes for the 2016 OCR season.

The Thrill is a very different shoe to the Super OR. From the bottom up – the tread isn’t as aggressive, the mid-sole is thicker, they use real laces, and a slightly padded tongue – the toe box is wider too. It’s much more shoe.

Weight: 11.5oz for mens, 9.3oz for women’s
Drop: 10mm (10mm at the front, 20mm at the rear)

All Terrain Thrill

The market for this shoe is for people who need more support – not everyone in OCR is elite. Not everyone needs minimal and fast in their shoe. Some of us need some comfort. Maybe you run longer distance events, and need more support? Maybe you’re simply looking for more protection from the rocks.

The Thrill does retain Reeboks signature H2O drain, which is easily my favorite feature of the All Terrain – at the cost of possibly letting stuff *into* the shoe, they also let stuff get out quickly too.

In fact, if you compare it to the early 2015 All Terrain Thunder 2.0 shoe – it’s more comparable. It’s comfortable, but now has the signature All Terrain tread.

So – which Reebok is best for you?

If you’re looking for a comfortable ride – plush midsole and wide toebox, with great grip and drainage – the All Terrain Thrill is for you.

If you’re looking for a light weight, tight fitting race shoe – with grip, drainage and the most durable upper yet, you want the All Terrain Super OR.


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Reebok All Terrain Super OR – first look

Reebok All Terrain OR 2015

This morning, the mailman dropped off a couple of boxes, direct from Canton, MA – headquarters of Reebok HQ – and in those boxes were some new shoes to check out – the Reebok All Terrain Super OR.

This is, effectively, the third generation of All Terrain Super – and just like they do with their other shoe lines, Reebok has gradually and incrementally improved the shoe with each revision.

Check my comparison of the first generation here, and the Thunder 2.0, a more casual/training version of the All Terrain that was released in the second generation.

So – what do we have here.

Weight: 7.8oz for mens, 6.4oz for women’s
Drop: 5mm (7mm at the front, 12mm at the rear)

This is a racing shoe. Unlike the Thunder 2.0, this is not a training / casual shoe. There will be a Thrive model coming soon for that. This is for hitting the courses, completing obstacles, and getting you through quickly – not for long miles on mountains.

According to Reebok, the shoe weighs 8oz – and if you’ve worn either previous model, it’s about the same weight. It has an 8mm drop, but frankly, with the minimal mid sole, it feels much lower. The shoe is definitely a light weight, minimal feel shoe.

Reebok All Terrain OR 2015They’ve kept the things that worked – this is key, because in many area’s, the shoe DID work well. The tread pattern and depth don’t appear to have changed. The lugs are aggressive and if anything like previous generations, they work well. The H2O draining is effective and easily the most unique, most appreciated feature of the shoe.

They’ve changed things that didn’t work – the material of the upper – at least in the first generation – failed all the time. I wore mine out quickly, with my wide toe box. The second generation was more resilient, but in my Thunder 2.0’s, it did feel plasticy at times. Having said that, I wear my Thunder 2.0’s all the damn time – just not for racing. The new CorDura material they use here is considerably improved over last year.

Reebok All Terrain OR 2015

I have no idea why they included speed lacing. In OCR, thats a recipe for getting gummed up and difficult to use.

The fit – this is polarizing. This is a race day shoe, so the fit is designed to be snug. I get that. However, I have a fairly wide toe box, and these feel tight to me. This is what ripped the sides out of my old All Terrain Super’s. However, the material feels much sturdier, and the actual FEEL is comfortable. I could wear these all day, and doubt I’d blister – but if you’re looking for a wide, roomy and more comfortable fit, these won’t be the shoes for you. I’ll have to wear these for a while to see if they’re the shoes for me.

Watch my video review, below – lots more detail in there. Also scores are being given BEFORE a test wear – and I’ll update once I’ve got miles behind me – I feel I can make educated scoring now, due to the similarity with previous generation shoes.

Also check out our first look at the more plush Reebok All Terrain Thrill’s for 2016!

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2015 Reebok All Terrain Thunder 2.0

Reebok-athletics-branding-new-brand-mark-logo-design-Delta-symbolSince launching with the All Terrain Sprint and Super – and to a lesser extent, the Outdoor Wild in 2014, Reebok made it clear they wanted to put out a trail shoe for the OCR scene. The Sprint and Super, while having some mixed reviews on their durability and fit, were a *very* solid start.

Like they do with other shoe lines, they listen to feedback. Reebok are in touch with the scene, and not just from the elite level – several of our own community have made visits to the Canton, MA headquarters of Reebok, working with the market research team to provide feedback and insight into the direction they’re going.

And we now have some of that development in hand. The Reebok All Terrain Thunder 2.0 is more of a cushioned, less minimal trail shoe. Just the start of the 2015 shoe releases.

Mine arrived yesterday, and for your shoe porn pleasure, I did an unboxing video, compared them to some other shoes I had – specifically the Inov-8 TrailRoc 245, the Icebug Spwider OLX and the Salomon Fellraiser.

With a 7mm heel to toe drop, these are more cushioned, less minimal and not so aggressive alternatives to the existing shoes. (This was previously and incorrectly stated as 12mm)

And, some photos and close ups.

Womens colors


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Thanksgiving, and giving thanks …

rucksgiving2It started with a phone call. Adrian of OCR World Championship called me one morning to float a crazy idea by me … For the last few years, he and his buddies have ran around New York City handing out festive holiday cheer, and he wondered – would the New England Spahtens do something similar in Boston? Would this be an idea that could take off?

From such a simple phone call – an annual tradition has launched.

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What is Rucksgiving?

It’s simple – you get together, and ruck around your nearest city. Instead of bricks, you carry food. Blanket. Warm weather gear. Toiletries. You ruck around the homeless hotspots, or the shelters, and you find people who need things.

gooddeedAnd you wish them a happy holidays – because not everyone had a warm fire and turkey dinner this Thanksgiving, and it feels nice to spread some of that.

In Boston, we had over 40 people and kids participating. We spent a bit of time at the common – but the weather had driven the cities homeless population to warmer locations. We regrouped and rucked – hitting up a rehab shelter, and ultimately ending up at Rosies Place, a women’s shelter. Thank you to Amy for putting together the route, and all her work behind the scenes!

And we made a difference. We made an impact. Not on a global, world peace level – but locally, in our own community, we gave someone who needed it a new toothbrush. We gave someone a warm jacket to stay warmer this winter. We left boxes of diapers at the women’s shelter for the homeless children who needed them and we provided home made muffins and candy bars to people who may not have had a tasty treat in sometime. We listened to stories from some people, received hugs from others. We were especially touched when one of the little girls in our group gave her favorite blanket from her stroller to the shelter after hearing there was an 18mo old baby inside – proving that the biggest hearts can be found everywhere.


We covered five miles in three hours. We were cold, but thankful. This whole experience touched us all differently, but I like to think that when we all came home, we were even more grateful for our warm beds and our loving families.

We finished our ruck by splitting up – either heading home, or to Jillians, the venue for our first annual holiday social.

We picked Jillians for a reason – a centrally located, well known bar and pool hall in Boston – they were used to large groups and corporate style functions, and gave us a section of their floor and a bunch of pool tables. They also gave us awesome food, and I thank each and every person who picked up tickets to help us cover the costs for such a party! A wonderful night of giving thanks for our friends, meeting new friends – so many new faces came out, which was wonderful, and I hope I got to meet you all – we’ll be doing it again 🙂

Thank you to Unleashed, Battlefrog, FIT and Reebok for providing prizes for our raffle!

We had a wonderful day – and it was a fantastic way to spend time with our OCR community and family – from old friends having fun, to meeting new friends. I hope everyone had a good time, whichever activity you participated in, and I thank you – because without this community and the people in it, none of this could have happened.

If you missed this event – you don’t have to wait for the next one. This holidays make a difference to one person you don’t know. Find a soup kitchen and volunteer, or a homeless shelter and hand out blankets – don’t wait.


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Featured Review: Reebok Spartan Race Invitational – 4/28/14

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A few weeks ago, our team was afforded the opportunity to be the first made aware of the Reebok Spartan Race Invitational to be held at Reebok HQ in Canton, MA.  A mile and a half course, littered with a bunch of obstacles.  The price was $150 plus insurance and fees, which brought the cost to right around $165.  Many cringed at this price, but I gladly shelled out the money.  Why? Why not!  Canton isn’t far from my place of residence.  I’ve been trying to figure out a way to get myself out on the course that already existed on the Reebok campus, anyway.  Sign me up!  Take my money!

Let me say, I thought it was well worth the price!  It was far more than just a race, as there were a number of events happening at the same time.  More on that later.

For us Wohlens, the trip was pretty straight forward.  Take 128N off of 24 and then get on 138.  As we were turning onto 138, we already knew we were in the right place!  Obstacles were visible from the main road…um…Awesome! One additional turn and we just had to find the entrance, loop around the whole campus, and park in a garage(!!!) for free(!!!).

Registration was a little confusing.  Everyone was coming across the festival area and having to loop around the other side of the registration tents to get on the correct side, but with only 800 participants this wasn’t pandemonium.  We got registered in no time, using what might be the new checkin/registration system.  It was computerized – licenses are scanned, you initial an authorization electronically, and you get your bib and other stuffs.  (Other stuffs included: a food coupon and a 40% off coupon for any purchase made at the Reebok Store until 5pm)

All registered we gathered with some other Spahtens, to prepare for our taste of glory at 10am!  We Bag Dropped – that means yet another FREEBIE!

The corral was structured much like the stadium series.  Everyone gathered in a pack at their starting time, but only 5 athletes were allowed over the starting wall at a time with each group released approximate 60 seconds apart, with our favorite person sending us off – Dustin!

There weren’t any real surprises for obstacles, but the course was jam packed with all of our favorites and then some.  Straight away there was 5 foot wall which led to a short run through a parking garage and “through the bushes” which brought you back out to another sidewalk up over a platform with a “ladder” on either side, and then back on grass.  There was another 5 foot wall, a slight hill climb and yet another 5 foot wall at the top of the hill that I treated like a 6-8 foot wall being that it was angled on the hill.  Banging a right led to the rope climb, where I earned my first set of burpees (one day, rope climb…).  From here we had a decent “barbed wire crawl” (with rope) through a wooded area followed by several trees with rope threaded between them which required going over or through.  At the clearing was a 50# sandbag carry, if you put it down at all there were burpees!  Next was a personal favorite, the tire flip (I opted for the bigger option), followed by a box over and then down and outs requiring you get muddy by crawling under logs.  Once good and muddy, it was time for the Herc Hoist (again choosing the men’s weight)- which is probably one of the shorter ones I’ve seen.  The traverse wall was next, and many had problems with all the first handholds being fully muddy.  I failed, which I haven’t done in a while, after several attempts at trying to get a good hold and switch pattern to get beyond those first few exchanges.  Well played SR, well played! Next was the Slippery Wall.  While I didn’t find this so slippery, the masterminds added another angled piece at the top which made it just a smidge trickier.  Once over there was a variation on the inverted wall.  I had to negotiate this one, as there was an overhang to deal with and a rope on the other side.  There was a balance beam made from a log that required a slight incline balance element, then the weighted sleds.  These were followed by the log hop, which were all fairly close in diameter but varied in height. From what I could tell, all row options were solid.  We climbed under the boxes we went over earlier, looped around and then did a bear crawl through the cargo net, only to go through one more tunnel that led under the ladder platform mentioned earlier.  Next was Monkey Bars – the variation was the pegs on either side of the wood plank, then back through the garage, over an 8 foot wall, over the cargo net, hairpin turn and up over the cargo net again.  This was interesting since the net was literally being pulled in 4 directions at a any given moment.  Finally, there were 3 walls, each 5 foot, before the sprint to the finish!

Phew! See, there was a lot going on, and I know I missed a few things!

RSRIblingAt the finish line we received an awesome dated dog tag and a dated unique Tshirt.  We also received a swag bag containing: one canister each of Spartan Fuel Energy, Recovery, and Refuel; a roll of Rock Tape; and Joe Desena’s book “Spartan (The F*ck) Up!” (I did censor the title…sorry kids!)

The race itself was really really great!  I would normally end here, but we still have a couple coupons to mention.

Food Coupon.  So there were 3 food vendors on sight, and this coupon bought you one food item from any of these 3 options.  I mainly focused on B.Good because they are so tasty!  If you were so inclined you could have requested a double chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomato, avocado, AND bacon on a bun…and you would also get water with that.  This was FREE!  I also saw a Paleo vendor (Paleo Power Meals), and then there was a 3rd vendor that honestly I have no idea what they were selling. Everyone was pretty much getting B.Good.


Reebok Coupon.  40% can go a long way if you play your card right.  This girl bought a new workout outfit (capris and a Tshirt) and a pair of Nanos.  Retail was just shy of $200, and I walked away spending less than the Nanos would have cost me all alone! WIN!



The really fun thing about this event:  SR wasn’t the only thing going on.  In addition there was a Crossfit Competition, so the festival area was geared toward both camps hence the healthy options. There was also a LesMills event going on near the Reebok Store.  It was as though Reebok was having a dance and there was mingling going on, willingly.  No event conflicted with the others, save for the loud speakers, but as long as you knew where to focus this wasn’t an issue,  everyone played nice and I enjoyed the atmosphere!

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Reebok All Terrain – test wear

Yesterday, we posted a short video of the new Reebok All Terrain sneakers, covering it’s features and selling points. LINK

Today, they got worn and tested for real.

All Terrain – the name suggests they can take anything right? Certainly at an OCR we hit everything from mountain trails, ski slopes, rocky roads and asphalt – and as OCR specific shoes, shouldn’t these be able to take on everything with grace?


Here in New England, the trails are mostly under inches of snow. The mountains and ski slopes have been taken over by lunatics on little plastic strips, hurtling down our prime running ground with no regard for sanity – so it’s tough to take these shoes out into the natural OCR terrain to test.

So lets test what we can – this morning I headed over to Crossfit 696 in Gardner MA and setup a station to run through the Civilian Military Combine pit – then planned a 5k road route that would take me out and back, using asphalt roads, icy sidewalks and slushy side streets.

I chose their new Charlie pit – which translates into a 5 min AMRAP of:

5 shoulder to overheads with a 75lb barbell
7 burpee box overs (burpee, clear a 20″ box)
9 American kettlebell swings (20kg)

(for the record, I scored 72)

The shoes did great – they were stable when I had the barbell up in the air, and felt solid on the box as I was stepping up and over it. While a pair of dedicated cross training shoes would have been more solid, I didn’t feel like I was standing on marshmallows, and the cleats were firmly planted.

Then I threw on some cold gear and hit the roads – again, I was impressed with the level of ground feel from these. They certainly feel more minimal than I was expecting them to – for a pair of shoes with cleats and rock plates, footing was responsive and firm, and I had a good feel for what was going on. Once I hit the slush and ice, things got slippy of course – these aren’t Icebugs – but the cleats dug in as much as they could.



The upper of the shoe felt really light – and the laces they provide are very thin – I could see them getting jammed up with mud and water very easily – this is definitely a shoe to wear warm socks with in winter (Darn Tuff for me this AM).

Overall, I’m impressed. They felt lighter and more minimal than the Salomon Fellraisers (which are also a good choice for people who like more structure).

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Reebok All Terrain / Salomon Fellraisers / Icebug Spwider OLX

I recently received a pair of the new Reebok All Terrain shoes – and wanted to give a video walk through of the shoe and compare it to a pair of Salomon Fellraisers and my current favorites, Icebug Spwider OLX

Apologies for the black video in the last two minutes – audio is fine.

A quick Pro and Con list – from my entirely subjective opinion and experience!

terrain_2Reebok Pro’s

Light weight
OCR specific
Good grip
Water venting
Good sole protection

Reebok Con’s

Too light for some
Durability (remains to be seen)
Not available yet



SALFELR-1Salomon Pro’s

Structured shoe

Salomon Con’s





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Icebug Con’s

Water retention

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Featured Review – Spartan Race at Fenway Park 2013

Fenway Park is a magical place to many New Englanders – but back in 2012 when Spartan Race announced their intention to hold a race there, many people did a double take … a Spartan Race, with no mud or fire or water?

Fortunately, as we now know, it was a success, and they have gone on to run several more of these Stadium events.

This past weekend marked the return to Fenway, and after a year of development, it was pretty clear that the Stadium Series has gotten bigger and more polished.

Credit: Aaron Farb

The weather for the day couldn’t have been more perfect. Mid 50’s and sunny – in November, in New England? The venue was also pretty special. Last year, we were racing on the 100th year of Fenway Park, this year we were racing mere weeks after they won the World Series – and many people would have paid the price of entry just to be there for that alone.

Of course, ballparks – especially 101 year old ball parks in the middle of Boston – pose some really interesting logistics. There’s no parking, for example – you use the T or you risk driving around Boston for a long, frustrating and ultimately expensive trip. The stadium isn’t exactly big, compared to other venues – so registrations, merchandise and other facilities that usually cause bottle necks are located across the street in a parking lot. As is typical of a Spartan Race, these are well run by staff and volunteers and flow quickly.

Once we had our packets, we moved over to the entrance to Fenway, where venue security did a bag check for … not sure, they didn’t look too hard. They did have a box with beer bottles in it, so I assume some people were trying to sneak those in. Then we were in the main concourse.

Again, Spartan make good use of the space. Bag check was to the left, and effectively made a road block stopping you walking the whole loop of the park – at $5 (refunded in the form of merchandise credit), it flowed fast and easy for me the both times I had to use it. To the right, you walked through a couple of vendor booths – Reebok, Spartan Merch, a spin gym had setup their bikes and were running competitions, then the finishers chute and just past that, the start line.

Sadly, despite having over 170 registrations, there was no concession or space provided for the biggest team which made logistics, like where to meet or where to have a team photo taken especially tough. Also sadly, we had been provided with 12:15 as a team heat, which collided with the kids race and forced several parents to have to scramble to change waves and run earlier or later. Team logistics are something that Spartan Race are always looking at and trying to improve upon – so I hope this is a learning process and stuff like this doesn’t keep happening – as it makes us sad. Local events are stepping up their team support in pretty dramatic style, and I’d hope the big guys keep up, or even innovate. That certainly hasn’t happened at the New England Spartan Races in 2013.

Credit: Aaron Farb

Despite that disappointment, we managed to find a corner of the venue that wasn’t being used (there *could* have been a tent / roped off area there, easily) and took it over for an hour or two before the official team heat. We put that time to good use, with much social time. Friends caught up, people picked up team gear, photos were taken, weddings were performed – oh, thats right, we had an actual, legal wedding ceremony in the concourse of Fenway Park – congrats to Sean and Brittany!

Credit: Rachel WeissAt the appropriate time, we moved through the Park to the start line, where really the only major confusion of the day was going on. To get into the starers corral there was a 6′ wall. While certainly not the most challenging wall we were going to face, it was high enough to provide a pretty big bottle neck. As our heat time approached, and people were still in a long line to get into the corral – it was a little concerning that we wouldn’t be running together. Of course, as veterans of stadium races know, things run a bit different – they take you up 10 at a time, have you do some burpees, then send you on the course in 1 minute slots – every 15minutes another 150 people have to get lined up and into the corral. It works, and keeps the course flowing, but needs to be better communicated.

I was running the course with my wife, Beth and my Dad who was over on a trip from the UK – along with about 140 of my closest friends in the New England Spahtens – we three Jones’ had run the race last year too, so we had a basis of comparison.

As is usual of these reviews, I’m not even going to try to provide a blow by blow description of the course – the usual “Race Brain” kicks in, and crawls merge with stairs merge with walls and things get confusing.

The obstacles of Fenway were very similar to the 2012 obstacles, and if you’ve ran a lot of stadium events, likely similar to the obstacles you’ve seen at each stadium. The venue is used to it’s maximum, and during your run you do everything from stair cases and concrete landings, the stairs in the seating area’s, the visitor locker rooms, the concourse and player parking lot – then the warmup track to finish the race off, running right past the green monster and into the gladiators.Credit: Aaron Farb

As I mentioned in my 2012 review – Stadium races are very much what you would expect if Spartan Race collided with Crossfit – many of the obstacles and challenges are functional fitness staples – from hand release pushups in the visitor locker room, to 500m rows in 2mins, rope climbs, atlas stones, 25lb slam balls and 2″ thick heavy jump ropes – these are all things you would see in a Crossfit or other functional fitness / HIIT facility, and a welcome break to the usual rolling mud or mountain climbs.

Of course, without Spartan Race staples, we’d be bored – so there were plenty of walls to get over – from the 6′ wall just to get into the starting coral, several over/under/through walls, a series of 5′ walls and a couple of good sized 7′ and 8′ walls. We also had a nice and challenging set of monkey bars, designed especially for stadiums, a big cargo net, traverse walls and the Spartan favorite spear throw – something I had been practicing since making my own spears – yet come race day, I still fluffed this one twice and ended up with burpees I shouldn’t have had to do! The herculean hoist was back, and seemed on the heavier side (maybe as much as the NJ Super?)

There were stations that seem a little out of place. I’m not sure what benefit the box jumps right at in front of the finish line serve, as they felt like a bottle neck again this year, and I had to wait for a spot for a while during the early afternoon time frame. I’m not a fan of putting body weight workouts in the middle of a high quality OCR, as it’s something we tend to beat up on the wannabe race series over. I was very glad to see the fairly pointless ball throw gone – it may have been fun, and I now have a souvenir Spartan Race baseball to show for it, but as a challenge in an OCR? Glad the carnival games have gone.

For me personally, my first lap with the team was about seeing Beth complete Fenway, and earn her medal. She didn’t have a good race last year, so there was a level of redemption involved, and with a finish around 1h 18min, she got that in spades – and maybe even had fun 🙂 I let my dear old Dad beat me this time – he was looking to beat his 2nd place spot in his age group (of four) from 2012 – and at time of writing, he doesn’t show in the results.

After our first lap – we picked up our bags, changed into less sweaty and stinky gear and went out as a smaller team for food and drink. Due to the recent demise of Ruckus Sports, Spartan had offered the “Ruckus Refugees” a free lap of Fenway in the 6pm heat, which we planned to take good advantage of. We killed time eating, drinking and taking Corrine’s comments as out of context as we possibly could, then a much smaller (and fuller) team met for the 6pm wave.

While my time was quicker – I hoped for under and hour, and got 51mins in the end – I can now confirm that running after two beers, a fish, chips and mushy pea’s dinner from the Lansdowne Pub is not the brightest idea in the world. I know you were all wondering, and I can now confirm it for you. You’re welcome. With shot arms, I came off the monkey bars, missed the stupid spear throw *again*, and nearly had second thoughts about the 8′ wall at the end, but did nail it once I got out of my own head a little bit.

Credit: Rachel WeissSo – was the 2013 Fenway Spartan Race a success? Yes. From a racers perspective, the venue was unique enough that the challenges of space, parking and cost (of beer, at $8.75???) don’t really detract. The course was a unique experience, and I can only bet that the number of new racers who came out simply due to the venue along was dramatically different to a regular Sprint, and they were introduced to a Spartan Race in a very cool way that was accessible to pretty much everyone – despite their fitness levels. I definitely saw both ends of the spectrum out there, walking the stairs and jumping the ropes. As is typical, the quality of the obstacles was top notch – the bottlenecks, while there, were minimal, and the quality of the venue (layout, logistics) was high. There were disappointments – from the biggest team support, to the generic finishers shirt (and low quantities of unique venue shirts at the Merch tent – buy those EARLY in the day, folks!), and a medal that was in very generic “sprint red”, with only a lanyard and embossment on the backside to differentiate. Those things are easy improvements that Spartan has heard all about before.

Fenway 2014 is open for pre-registration – and I have. It’s likely they won’t know for a while if they can use the venue, so don’t expect to be able to sign up for sometime, but when it’s open, the best prices come early, and Spartan Race is one of the few events I’d give my money to early, these days. The OCR market is volatile, but Spartan is one of the few with longevity and stability.

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Reebok OCR shoes – recap

Update – due to a very polite request from the manufacturer, we’ve removed the images from this article. The shoes pictures were pre-production models, and while the photos were found in the public domain, they aren’t representative of the final product.



A few days ago, an Instagram photo from chief Weeple Dave showed us our first glimpse of the now infamous “Hobie Shoe”. It was a very aggressive looking racing flat shoe, with a medium tread and what looked like a little support in the arch, with some rope grips.

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It looked great – but clearly designed for the fast, elite racer in mind – there’s little support, little padding – it’s just a bare bones shoe, and if you look at the lacing, it was clearly unfinished (or *really* minimal!)

Three more models are starting to pop up.

Firstly – also on instagram from Mr Huckle – we have a neon and black sneak that looks like a fairly normal sneaker, with a good level of grip, also “Duraride” branding on the arch (which also looks perfectly suited to the ropes), and duragrip branding on the toe protection. Overall though, his has a much bulkier look to it, and I would expect this shoe to be targetted more to the mass market of trail running, or new racer. This is certainly not a minimalist or “fast” shoe. It does look like it has a similar, medium level of grip.

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Two more shoes popped up from another Spartan racer on one of the facebook groups dedicated to Spartan, and look to be two entirely different shoes again.

Firstly, we have a blue and yellow and red shoe that appears to sit somewhere in the middle of the others – this has a neat looking speedlacing system, the same rope grips, but was reported as having a fairly firm feel to the foot. The toe box looks protected, and has an interesting skid plate to it, and another good level of grip … it’s hard to say if the upper is mesh, and will drain well – it looks like it’s close to the other two shoes.

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Lastly, we have what looks to be the casual, non race version of all of the above.

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This shoe looks to be the least like a “race” shoe, and more like a traditional off roader. A much more substantial upper, that looks padded and apart from a space above the toes, it doesn’t look like it will drain as well, and the mid sole and sole look a lot less suited to running through mud, and more like it’s only ever going to see grass, and maybe a little bit of gravel … no rope grips, and doesn’t look like much flexibility.


So there you have it – four new offerings from Reebok showing up in the Obstacle Course Racing world – indicating these are the future of the Reebok range in the Spartan World. Love these particular shoes or not – you can’t deny that Reebok are doing it right – we’ve got minimalist, super light shoes with aggressive tread, through to heavy duty “weekend warrior” shoes in distinctive designs and styles. I for one am happy to see the rope grips appear, as this is somewhere Inov-8 has lacked, and is likely straight from the world of Crossfit, where rope climbing is fairly standard.