Did the Shoes Make the Cut?

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As some of you may know, Chris and I had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to participate in the local Arizona Spartan Sprint Race ? one of those fun, muddy, obstacle-ridden courses that really tests your mental and physical preparedness (If you?ve never done one of these, you should check local races?and get signed up asap!). I was most excited to try out the new shoe Reebok is coming out with ? the All-Terrain Series shoe ? which was actually created for this exciting new sport. The shoe doesn?t come out until March 1, 2014, so I felt more than honored to get to test these babies out before the actual release.

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Now, before I go too far, you should know I am a tough one to please with this kind of thing. With bunions, banged up knees (2 ACL reconstructive surgeries), and years of gymnastics and dance under my belt, I have to be picky when it comes to shoes. But I must say, these shoes did not disappoint. By far, these are the best shoes I have ever worn in an obstacle race, on a trail, in the mud?one of the best shoe experiences I?ve ever had, period.

While I could (and do) go on and on for hours on the amazingness of this shoe, there are a few things I must share with you now:

First, let?s talk about the 360 Degree Traction: Amazing. TRULY ? I experienced 360 traction. You never know how well a shoe will hold up to it?s claims. This, by far and away, was the most valuable feature to me. It made climbing up and down anything?especially slippery or dirt covered, rocky surfaces?a breeze. All during the race I could hear others complaining: ?My shoes weren?t made for this!? I was actually feeling guilty, as mine were made for this. They were pretty much slip proof! (Gosh, I hope those peeps read this and invest in some new shoes!!)

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On this same note, I should point out that one of my pet peeves with trail running is that those pesky little rocks seem to get caught in the grooves of any shoe I put on. Not these ones?they were actually made with a special Rock Guard that kept me rock-free the entire race.

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Now on to the H20 Drains. Yes, you read this right?the shoes have water drains! First ever, that I?ve heard of at least. Before the Reebok All-Terrain Series shoes were sent to me, I had no other option with mud runs but to use regular shoes. While trail running shoes can hold their own on the trail, the water and mud parts of the race would literally take me down. Running from obstacle to obstacle with sloshing, water-logged shoes slowed me down, weighed me down, and seemed to prime my feet for blisters. These new All-Terrain shoes were clearly made to eliminate this problem altogether. ?They have the first ever water drain feature, which proved to be absolutely awesome. Water emptied from the shoe almost immediately, which is crucial when you go from a muddy, watery pit to climbing a rope, wall, or need to hit the trail.

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I can?t forget to mention the feature that made me feel like a beast ;). I fell in love with the Obstacle Grips. These grips, I must say, were solely responsible for me actually making it up the muddy slippery rope, and also what made scaling a wall doable for me. And if you are wondering, feeling like a ?beast? is a good thing to me! Haha.

So the burning question: Would I recommend the Reebok All-Terrain shoe? Without a doubt, 100%, yes. These shoes really do make the world of difference on so many levels. This is one piece of gear you do not want to pass up when prepping for your next Spartan Race, trail run, obstacle course, or fun run through muddy water (who doesn?t love that??).

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These shoes really hit the target! At the end of the day, we just hosed them off, let them dry and put them back into the closet looking almost new, rather than in the garbage can, like most shoes post mud-run.

And Girls, performance aside, they are uber cute, and comfy too ;).

To learn more about Spartan Races and these incredible Reebok All-Terrain Series shoes, check out these links:

? Spartan Race

? Reebok All-Terrain Series shoes

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All washed up after the race!


38 Responses

  1. These shoes are by far the best shoes I’ve ever used for an obstacle race, and I do quite a few every year. However they are not good shoes to go for a run in. I tried them on snow and ice and they simply are not appropriate shoes. For the Spartan and Tough Mudder obstacles and terrain they are great! I’m already on my second pair.
    They are very easy to clean as well.
    For socks I wore some compression socks actually designed for the cyclist type.

    Good luck!

  2. Hi! I, too, just got to try out an advance pair of these shoes. With out an obstacle course race on my horizon, I just went out for a simple hike /run, and found immediately that they were digging into my Achilles. I had blisters 20 minutes in. In fact, I came looking for reviews to see if anyone else had a similar issue. Guess I’ll have to wait until there are more pairs in circulation. I would also love to see how they perform in water, mud, and on obstacles, but not sure I can get past the first obstacle: the pain of wearing them.

    Thanks for your detailed review!

    1. I have the same problem, every day I take a 60 minutos race in a mixed terrain enviroment, in the mud on a rainy day the shoes work excelent, one problem; when you step on a weet tree smooth trunk, take care, the sole slips… but in loose and wet terrain its excelent. When I have get into a flat gravel terrain out of the forrest I became to fell how the raised heel protection of the shoe peel off my aquilles, not a big thing, only a smal part skinn pelled off, but enough to think use the shoes the next day, I finish the run well. I have to use waterproof bandaids on the little scrappings on both the aquiles, and a tall sock to diminish the friction the next day . I have not used the shoes for 7 days, but the scrappings convert in a callous. I use my flexy reebok trail shoes for the moment.

  3. I am new to working out and as 40 + year old woman, I am completely lost as what would be a great shoe to train. I have been recommended to try Brooks. Shoes are quite pricey and want to pick a great shoe. One for training in and competing in. This shoe sounds awesome. I am flat footed and know that is a factor. What cost range do these run in?

  4. Have you ever run an obstacle race in a pair of Inov-8s? They also have cleats and drain really well. So I’m wondering how these Reeboks compare.

  5. I deal with health and autoimmune issues plus dislocated toes. I plan on through hiking the PCT inspight of all that and losing two toenails backpacking last year. Keeping mentally tough is a must.
    . Would these make a good sturdy, light, long distant trail shoe? If so, any idea if Reebok likes to sponsor a crazy middle age woman who wants to encourage and empower others who have decided giving up on life and using excuses is not living?

  6. My fiance and I just signed up for the Spartan Race in Sacramento, CA on 10/25. We are excited to read yours and Chris’s reviews on the new Reebok shoe and plan to purchase when they are released as a result.

  7. Great review. I’m a fan of the Reebok ATVs but as you mentioned…they pick up gravel. I wore them to a cave run last weekend and was able to run right up sandy rock humps that others were having a hard time just crawling over. Looking forward to trying these out!

  8. This shoes look a lot like the Salomon speed cross trail running shoes I wear for these races. The tread on my Salomons are much more aggressive which is great but restricts them to trail running only so for 160 bucks they might not be worth buying for some people. But I have ran tough murder, mud sweat and tears and all but the Spartan death race and they have never let me down and are still in great condition. The Reebok ones look good, just thought I would give another option for people looking to get into these races and don’t know what to buy.

  9. oops, didn’t ask the second question πŸ™‚

    Do you think its worth buying these vs just keeping my Inov-8. What did you wear before these?

  10. I have Inov-8 X-Talon 160, kids size, because of being unisex my sixe 6 only worked with kids, anyways 2 question, are the women size to size? I want to order the right ones. Also my Inov-8 work excellent and I have no complaints. I want to but the Reebox ones because they are cool and I want a pair.

  11. These are not the first shoes with the “drain” feature. I bought a pair of Columbia shoes that “drain” water a few years ago and I’ve wore them in two mud runs.

  12. Do these shoes come in wide width? I normally wear New Balance because they are the only decent shoes I can find in size 10 1/2 extra wide. If these DO come in wide width then I am more than willing to give them a shot!

  13. What were you wearing prior. I’ve done a bunch of races already including the VT Championship, have tried to get to test these to no luck. I wear my Inov-8 Talon 195 and love them, but hear the Salomon’s are amazing as well. What did you wear prior/how did the fare v. the Reebok’s? Since I am sure you’re not being paid by Reebok, will you be wearing these the rest of your race season?

  14. Question – in the mud-runs I’ve completed, the shoes were a complete disaster afterwards never to be worn again. Are these Reebok’s easily cleaned up and wearable for future runs/races?

    1. The pic at the end of the post was taken after I hosed the shoes off. They are in the closet ready for our next adventure, looking almost new!

  15. Would these shoes also be gym friendly? I do cross training at the gym and I imagine these shoes will be a bit pricey and I don’t want to have them collecting dust in my closet until my next mud race πŸ™‚

    1. It would depend on your activity as the tread is designed for really rugged surfaces. Definitely not for a Zumba class πŸ™‚

  16. I’m soo excited Reebox came out with this shoe & love the positive feedback from Heidi. I’m definitely getting a pair or would LOVE to win a pair for my next mudrun. Thank you!

  17. I’m new to your writing so you may have already reviewed the INOV-8 X-Talon 212. It’s been around for a while and has everything that you described but also has lugs that are made fron the same rubber found on rock climbing slippers so they really keep you from slipping. I have been trail running for years and the Talons are by far the best I have yet to run in. Just an idea for a shoe for trail reference. On a side note, I do have an extremely high arch and wide foot and the Talon fits like a snug slipper with cleats that lets me roll over rocks and roots as opposed to slipage that I have found with major brand trail shoes. This alone keeps me from ankle twists, stumbles, and falls that let me lap other trailers.

  18. So glad to hear! I ran the same race as you, in a pair of Nike trail shoes. They have served me well, and have similar soles, but I think Reebok will have them beat on the water drain part! So excited, I can’t wait to buy mine!!!

  19. These shoes would be a god send for me and look great on me as well! It is so hard for me to find comfortable shoes for my feet. I have neuropathy and most shoes while doing spin class or riding in general as well as training in the gym will cause my feet to ache, burn and go numb. I would give anything to be able to do the things I love to stay fit and be out of pain and comfortable. Thanks to Heidi and Chris for their sincere generosity and help they extend to others.

  20. These are perfect for my lifestyle! I am a very busy mom of two I live 30 minutes from the nearest town! So I have to get creative with my workout routine and that involves working out on tough ranch terrain there is a lot of mud, gravel, pot holes, hills, you name it! At my heaviest I was 307lbs.(Dec. 2013) I am currently 224lbs. (Feb. 2014)! It’s hard to find the perfect shoes to run with and not hurt myself on these roads so these would be the perfect addition to my new lifestyle!

  21. These shoes look awesome, I love the traction on the bottom…by your pictures they certainly seem to prove tough. The fact that you hosed them off, let dry and they look great is a deal maker for me. I have MS and need the traction :)I do a mud run and hate that slippery sliding. I love the fun you two have and the love you share with the world! Stay Cool!

  22. I love to push myself into situations I am not yet comfortable with to expand my knowledge and experience. This includes acting in front of a huge audience, volunteering as a youth counsellor, and getting a job in security work.

    My next challenge is completing the Tough Mudder: Toronto 2014 with a group of camp staff I met at a camp for kids with disabilities!

    Killin? it in a pair of new reebok shoes would be amazing!

  23. Hello Heidi, how would you rate these vs. the Inov-8 mudclaws? I’ve done some research and found for Spartan races the Inov-8 were the best, but that was before these arrived on the scene. As my wife and I will be running a trifecta this year we intend to buy a paid each of shoes and are looking for the pair that will best suit our needs for Spartan races. I’m given to understand that the Inov-8’s also drain water. Can you comment on your thoughts of the comparison of the two?

  24. Heidi, thank you for the review! I was hoping to find a pair of shoes that would help me run my first Sprint Spartan Race (May 17th Burnet, TX) without a concern to injure my feet.

  25. Thanks for the review, Heidi! I am doing my first Warrior Dash in August and I’m very interested in these shoes for that. I’m curious…did you wear socks during your race with these shoes? Thanks so much!

  26. Awesome. Who knew one pair of shoes could do so much? And might I add…how do you manage to look so frickin’ gorgeous while doing so much absolutely tiring work. You look fabulous in all the photos! Simply not fair. πŸ˜‰

  27. Hey Heidi! Nice meeting you and Chris in AZ! Hope to come across you guys at a future Spartan Race.

    Mind if I share this link on my social media. Honored to see my pics on your page!


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