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.
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.
They’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.
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.
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).