Reebok All-Terrain Super OCR Shoe vs. Spartan Trifecta

2014 Trifecta OCR GearPrior to this year, I have raced in Salomon XA Pro 3D and Salomon Fellraiser, depending on the terrain.

I opted for the camouflage version of the Reebok All-Terrain Super shoes, designed for obstacle course racing (OCR). As the flashy colors would only be permanently hidden, after the first Spartan Race! The Supers have more cushioning and stability, than the Sprint shoes for races at longer distances.

Reebok All-Terrain Super Specific Features:
• Duragrip upper helps provide durability in key wear areas
• Mid foot teeth help provide traction and protection on ropes and walls
• Second skin perforated tongue is lightweight and does not absorb water
• Square indented lugs (talons) providing 360 degree traction while the toe pick helps give you leverage on slippery surfaces
• Strategically placed mesh drainage ports allow water to drain quickly and easily
• Underfoot rock guard helps protect against sharp / hard objects

Reebok All-Terrain Super Specs:
• Drop: 5mm (heel-toe)
• DuraGrip technology for durability in key wear areas around the toe box
• Low-cut for mobility with a FuseFrame construction to lock the foot over the platform
• MSRP: $120 (currently on sale for $89.99)
• One piece mesh upper for breathability with ION Mask technology to repel water and reduce drying time
• Rock Guard for durability with smooth rubber between outsole lugs for easier rinsing
• Slim CMEVA midsole foam for responsive forefoot feel with a light PU sockliner for comfort
• Square, indented lugs: Allow for traction in all directions
• Toe Pick and Sticky Rubber: Helps give leverage and provides exceptional grip
• Weight: 7.75oz/225g (Men’s); 6.6oz/190g (Women’s)

There were a few features that drew me to choosing the Reebok All-Terrain Super shoes over some others for achieving my Spartan Race Trifecta. For those of you who are not familiar with the Trifecta, the Spartan Race Trifecta is achieved by completing the short and fast Spartan Sprint, the longer tougher Super Spartan, and the toughest and longest of all.. the Spartan Beast, all within a single calendar year!

The most intriguing feature for me, were the drain ports along the sides of the front of the foot to allow the draining of water quickly. The shoe material was lightweight, with a perforated tongue to mitigate any water absorption from the shoe. I also liked the large lugs on the sole to get better tracking in the mud and at the same time, mitigating the build-up of mud on the shoe.

I ordered them online, couldn’t wait to give them a try! To hold me over until the shoes arrived, I had been training in my Newton BOCOs, in preparation of racing in this near minimalist shoe. This is an additional challenge for me, is that I am flat footed, suffer from Plantar fasciitis and have arthritis in both knees.

Once they arrived, I put them on and laced them up to wear around the house for a day or two. They fit my feet perfectly, even for my narrow foot all while maintaining a comfortable toe box! They felt extremely lightweight, while still feeling rugged.

I started running some sprints up and down our gravel road to get my feet and body accustomed to the new wheels! After a few days of this, I tested them on a 13 mile trail run up and over a local hill. I ran through puddles and creeks, the drainage ports worked flawlessly. I have no complaints about the feel of the shoe as they were surprising comfortable with none of the added cushioning! I had no chaffing, no blisters or hot spots, shoe laces coming untied or tightness across the top of the foot.

Next up was the Carolinas Spartan Weekend! This would allow me to achieve my Trifecta by running the Beast on Saturday and the Super on Sunday.

On the course, these shoes performed near perfection!

In the sandy water, they seemed to retain small pebbles in the footbed which proved to be a bit annoying. On both days, after running through the sandy creek beds, I was forced to pull off the trail several times to empty the shoes of these nuances. I believe that the majority of the debris may be entering in through the area in the bend between the toes and the top of the foot. (as shown in the picture below)

Reebok All-Terrain Super OCR Shoe

Openings in shoe allow larger debris to enter the shoe.

 

They provided plenty of traction on the hard surfaces, muddy and wet surfaces, uphill and down hills! They had great traction while climbing the vertical walls, inverted walls, and rope climbs! They drained the water very quickly and didn’t retain water in the shoe, even after racing two days back to back, they were 100% dry on the morning of second race.

As I was putting on the Reebok AT Supers on Sunday morning, I noticed a hole in the inside arch of the left foot!

I have no idea what caused the hole as my foot was not sore, bruised or showed any signs of impact to my foot. But, you can see this is a pretty good sized hole which I know allowed more debris to enter the shoe!

 

Reebok All-Terrain Super OCR Shoe

Reebok All-Terrain Super with hole in arch

Reebok All Terrain Super Pros and Cons
Pros:
• Fast Draining
• Great Grip
• Light weight
• Low Water Absorption
• Pros
• Rock guard underfoot
• Sheds dirt and mud with every step

Cons:
• No toe protection, smacked a root and ended up losing my big toe nail.
• Slight heel slippage in the thick clay/mud.
• The shoe upper is not very durable as it appears that a root poked this hole in the arch area of the shoe
• The traverse wall, as they tended to slip a few times
• Upper maybe too stiff and lets in small pebbles

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