Reebok All Terrain Freedom Fully Reviewed
The Reebok All Terrain Freedom is a decent, entry-level trail running shoe in Reebok’s rugged All Terrain lineup. Made from quality components, the shoe can tackle fairly technical terrain while providing stability and protection to the runner. A bootie-style upper keeps rocks, sticks, and other debris from getting in the shoe. A cushioned midsole delivers impact protection from hard landings while a uniquely designed outsole provides good traction on varied and tricky terrain. The All Terrain Freedom is a good beginner shoe which won’t break the bank for runners looking to start off-road adventures. It also makes a great daily trainer which can handle many miles and save your racing shoes for race day.
Lightweight and flexible shoe
Lugged outsole provides good traction
Flex grooves offer extra grip and flexibility
Highly cushioned midsole for comfort and protection
Bootie design prevents debris from entering shoe
Seamless ripstop upper material is very durable
Low-cut design for freedom of movement
Loose in the heel for some
Too flexible for those who like a stiffer feel
No rock guard on the outsole, so not suited for highly technical trails
The lugs sit fairly low but have a good grip and can hold onto varied hard and soft surfaces.
Grooves throughout the sole give the shoe added traction and good flexibility. These shoes also do well in mud and slippery conditions. The design of the lugs sheds mud well which keeps the shoe from getting heavy. There is no rock guard to protect the underfoot from sharp stones and roots so runners should avoid highly technical trails.
EVA foam is very light, but durable and has good energy return. Most of the cushioning are in the heel and midfoot area which offers a softer landing while still allowing some ground feel in the forefoot. Many runners complimented the shoe for its cushioned ride and comfort.
The seamless upper is made from a breathable, yet durable ripstop fabric that resists tears and snags. Mesh panels all around the shoe keep the foot cool and dry. The toe box is covered with a more durable material that protects the forefoot from trail hazards and contact with rough surfaces.
A pull-loop in the heel helps the foot slide into the shoe as there is no tongue to push up to enlarge the entrance to the shoe. Runners said the shoe had a very comfortable sock-like feel and socks weren’t really needed with this shoe. Because the shoe has no tongue, the laces do not need to be overly tight for a good fit. The bootie is tight, to begin with, and the laces work more to provide structure to the shoe.
Flex grooves in the sole perimeter tread allow the shoe to bend easily with every step. A removable sockliner adds a touch of extra cushioning or it can be replaced with a more supportive insole. A few runners complained of the heel feeling loose.
Eight eyelets in the upper allow the lacing system to be adjusted in different ways, but some runners were unable to get a tight fit in the heel. This may be due to the upper bootie which might not work for runners with narrow feet. Some runners felt the shoe ran large. Like all shoes, which is comfortable for one runner may not feel so good for the next one.
This shoe can also be worn as an everyday activity shoe. The plush midsole and rugged outsole will stand up to hundreds of miles. These are also good shoes for people who spend a lot of time on their feet. Production workers claim the cushioning helps reduce fatigue in their feet and legs.
The upper synthetic ripstop material is made to resist tears that can be caused by sharp objects on the trails. Any small rips that do happen to occur will stay small as the weave of the fabric prevents rips from getting bigger. These shoes can be used on the road, but the abrasive properties of asphalt and concrete will wear down the lugs quicker.
Like some shoes in the Reebok All Terrain lineup (Super and Thrill), the Freedom does not have a rock plate in the sole. Runners thinking of tackling highly technical trails may want to upgrade to a more trail-enhanced model.
This protects the feet, ankles, and knees from jarring pain, and gives the runner the confidence to take on uneven terrain. At fast speeds, the shoe has a bit of a rockered feel which provides a smooth heel-to-toe transition. For everyday activities, the thick midsole provides good energy return for less fatigue throughout the legs.
The cushioning of the padded sole is soft, yet firm and provides the most assistance to the runner. The tight, sock-like fit also adds support to the upper portion of the foot allowing the shoe to move with the runner. On the trails, runners felt very sure-footed and said the shoe had adequate support for negotiating uneven terrain, quick turns, and sudden starts and stops.
These shoes can be used on the road, but the lugs will start to wear after extended road friction. Unlike some shoes in the Reebok All Terrain lineup, the Freedom does not have water drainage holes. Runs through water will result in wet feet. Reebok makes some great obstacle course running shoes (the All Terrain Super), but the Freedom is not designed to take on that kind of abuse.
- Durable and lugged outsole
- Flex grooves for extra grip
- Cushioned EVA foam midsole
- Comfortable built-in bootie
- Seamless ripstop upper material
- Low-cut design
- A drop of 5mm from the heel to the toe.
Features such as a durable upper and built-in bootie make the shoe ready to take on tough miles. Runners and walkers looking for a cushioned, durable, and versatile shoe should check out the Reebok All Terrain Freedom for all it has to offer.