About a month ago I published an initial review of the Reebok All Terrain Super, a shoe designed specifically for obstacle course racing (you can read that review HERE). While I put the shoe to the test in mud, water, snow, and trails, I hadn’t had the opportunity to wear them in an actual obstacle course race. This weekend, however, I participated in a 4 mile OCR that included plenty of mud, varying terrain, elevation, and obstacles. There were a few notable positives and negatives that I felt warranted an update.
First up, the positives:
- Grip. I’ve heard others complain that the Reebok All Terrain series felt “slippery” on walls. I did not have the same experience. Both dry and covered in mud, I was able to climb walls and not feel unstable or slippery. This included standard walls, as well as incline walls, both dry and wet. They also performed great on the numerous steep muddy/snowy trails we had to climb.
- Drainage. Perfect. I cannot rave about this feature enough: the drainage ports worked flawlessly. Obviously my feet were wet after running through puddles (and wading through waist deep ponds), but I never experienced water sloshing in the shoes. It was a very welcome change to previous OCR shoe experiences.
- Cleaning. Geoff threw them in the washing machine when we came home, they came out looking brand new. I’m not sure this is the recommended method of cleaning, but it worked really well.
Drying: They dry as fast as can be expected. Minimal cushioning and fabric really aide in the speed of drying.
Wear: there is a spot about the size of a nickle on the inner part of the shoe that is starting to wear. This wouldn’t necessarily concern me too much, *except* I’ve seen reports of other people who already have holes in their shoes in that same spot.
Fit: I stopped no short of 5 times to adjust and or completely take off one or both of the shoes to try and fix discomfort on the side of my foot near the bottom of my pinky toe. I have come up with two possible ideas:
1) A hot spot with a seam, or
2) The upper of the shoe is low and loose, allowing rocks, dirt, etc to enter the shoes, no matter how tight they are. It seems to me that this last issue could be resolved with a little beefier or higher upper.
Summary: other than the occasional discomfort, I did enjoy this shoe. It was lightweight and comfortable, and the drainage was just an amazing feature. At this point, I need to run another race to make a final decision. The debris entering the shoe could really be a deal breaker…as well as the possible wear.
*Disclosure* Reebok provided me with these shoes free of charge, however, all opinions expressed are solely my own.