Reebok All Terrain Super 2.0Review Facts
Reebok partnered with the Spartan Race in 2013. For those unfamiliar with the sport, a Spartan race is a course with a series of challenging obstacles that have to be overcome. The obstacles vary in difficulty and the distance ranges from three miles to 12 or more miles. Before the release of obstacle course racing (OCR) shoes, obstacle course enthusiasts used standard trail shoes, but found them inadequate for the demands of the punishing obstacles. In March of 2014, Reebok introduced the Reebok All-Terrain Super, specifically designed for conquering Spartan obstacles. Like most initial releases, the Super had some flaws which have been corrected and improved upon with this second edition. The All Terrain Super 2.0 is an upgraded OCR shoe that will get you to the finish line of your next Spartan, Tough Mudder, or obstacle laden endurance event.
The outsole of the All Terrain Super 2.0 is unchanged from the original mode. It features moderately sized square lugs with adequate depth and aggressiveness to conquer all types of outdoor challenges. For better performance, the lugs are larger near the heel and decrease in size towards the forefoot. These lugs are very efficient in shedding mud. Obstacle course runners reported that the midfoot lugs were very effective for climbing ropes and scaling walls. A sticky rubber compound makes up the outsole and provides superior grip, even under slick conditions. A Rock guard in the outsole enhances durability and protects the foot from bruising.
Two drainage ports allow water to drain from the shoe. Many obstacles involve crossing water which makes drainage an important feature. Some runners had a problem with the drainage ports getting clogged with debris, but most said the ports worked well and was the best part of the shoe.
A thin, compression-molded Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) foam midsole handles the majority of the cushioning and shock-absorbing properties of this shoe. The midsole is low-cut which allows for a quick turnover and soft feel. EVA foam is light, but durable and has good energy rebound.
The upper of the All Terrain Super 2.0 is a complete redesign for the shoe. A tough, yet breathable skin panel (Kevlar-mesh material) comprises the entire upper. This material replaces a rigid fit frame found on the original model which many runners felt was too stiff and a source of irritation. Reebok also added a seamless DuraGrip toe box to lessen the risk of bruising and prevent irritation to the toes. A very comfortable, molded inner skin with anti-microbial properties helps enhance comfort and keep the shoe smelling fresh.
The tongue of the shoe has been redesigned to be softer and more flexible and not shift while running and climbing. The tongue also offers more padding to the top of the foot. New top reinforced lace holes labeled “lock and load” have been added and are designed to give the shoe an even tighter fit. The laces are unchanged from the original version which was a disappointment to most runners. The laces are thin, short, and easily come untied even when doubled knotted. Most runners wound up replacing the laces.
The All Terrain Super 2.0 weighs in at 7.9 ounces for men and 6.7 ounces for women. The new, heavier material of the upper adds about 0.3 ounces to the shoe. Most runners were unable to notice the additional weight and were appreciative of the extra durability. The shoe is meant for racing and is still very lightweight and agile.
The Kevlar-mesh skin panel of the All Terrain Super 2.0 is very breathable. The updated tongue of the shoe is perforated and helps draw air into the shoe. Because obstacle courses often involve water, most runners wear moisture wicking socks
that do not retain water. The drainage holes in the outsole are effective for removing water from the shoe which helps the shoe dry quicker. Obstacle course runners know their feet are going to get wet, but how quickly the shoe dries can mean the difference of a comfortable run or one that results in blisters
Although redesigned from the top down, the overall structure of the All Terrain Super 2.0 is basically unchanged from the original. The shoe is meant to fit tight and many runners found it to be very narrow. The redesigned tongue helps with the pressure of the laces on the top of the foot which need to be kept tight to keep debris from entering the shoe. Most runners raved about the drain holes in the outsole which do a good job of expelling water which would otherwise result in a soggy shoe. The Super 2.0 shoes are meant to be used on a race course and some sacrifices to comfort have been made to ensure a fast and agile shoe. Ordering a half size up may help the shoe feel a bit more comfortable as many wearers said the shoes run exceptionally small.
All Terrain Super 2.0 comes in some unique colors. Men have a choice of Neon Cherry/Black/Solar Yellow, Excellent Red/Team Dark Royal/White/Black, Neon Blue/Handy Blue/Instinct Blue/Solar Yellow and a snakeskin camouflage design. The women’s version is equally interesting with a choice of Neon Blue/Handy Blue/Instinct Blue/Solar Yellow, Red Rush/Poppy Red/Neon Cherry/Flat Grey, Grey (just grey), and Solar Yellow/Fierce Fuchsia/Royal Orchid. The shoe has a sleek and durable look to it, but runners seeking more conventional colors may not be too thrilled with the color
The original version of the All Terrain Super had some durability issues. The material of the upper was easily snagged and torn by rough obstacles and few shoes made it past 100 miles. Runners were happy to see that the 2.0 version upper had been replaced with a more durable Kevlar-mesh material and the addition of the thick rubber DuraGrip toe box helps keep the foot secure and protects the shoe. Despite the new enhanced upper, there were still some complaints of tears and rips after scaling tough obstacles. A rubberized material around the lacing holes helps keep the upper tight and the reinforced “lock and load” hole adds to the shoe’s durability.
The outsole of the shoe gets high marks for its durability. Because the shoe sees little road use, the outsole lugs suffer very minimal wear.
All Terrain Super 2.0 was made to take the abuse of obstacle course running which also means it was made to protect the wearer. The water drains in the outsole provide an outlet for water that enters the shoe after a deep water obstacle or failed puddle jump. The tough rock shield in the outsole and the added thick rubber toe guard protect the foot from harsh terrain and grueling obstacles. The new upper is a great improvement over the original model and provides support and protection to the runner’s foot. These shoes were made for super wet, muddy conditions
and offer 360 degree protection to the runner’s foot be it scrambling over rough walls or hauling up ragged ropes.
The All Terrain Super 2.0 is a very responsive shoe. The flexible outsole, thin midsole, and durable upper all react to the runner’s movements to create a feeling that the shoe is an extension of the foot. This gives the runner the confidence to tackle any obstacle without the fear of slipping or injury. The EVA foam midsole is not just flexible, but also absorbs the shock of impact. This protects the feet, ankles, and knees from jarring pain, and gives the runner the ability to land confidently on uneven terrain or any obstacle surface
The All Terrain Super 2.0 is a neutral shoe with good arch support. The soft, yet firm cushioning
of the midsole provides the most amount of support to the shoe. The tight, sock-like fit also provides support to the upper portion of the foot by allowing the shoe to move with the runner. It also prevents any kind of slipping which is important during obstacle runs.
The All Terrain Super 2.0, as the name implies, is an OCR shoe that can tackle just about any kind of terrain. Runners can slog through water and mud with confidence and quickly transition to hard surfaces. The aggressively lugged outsole is designed to take on any challenge. Slippery balance beams, lumpy logs, vertical walls - runners had no problems scaling course obstacles. The shoes also did amazingly well with rope challenges where the spacing of the lugs on the outsole helped grip the rope and move the runner along. The shoe also did well on tough trails
where rocks, logs, and roots were constantly underfoot.
The All Terrain Super 2.0 retailed for $170 in 2014, but is down to $120 on most websites. This price is is on par for a specialized shoe. Even better deals can be found on Amazon and other websites depending on the size and color choice. Many runners felt the shoe was overpriced at $170 due to its durability issues. A 3.0 version of the shoe has been released which has been redesigned yet again and is reported to be a more durable shoe. This shoe may be the better choice for any runner considering the Reebok All Terrain Super.
The All Terrain Super 2.0 has excellent traction on almost any surface. The design of the outsole and aggressive lugs make it a favorite with Tough Mudder runners. The square lugs shed mud well which helps keep the shoes light. The shoe does well on most slippery surfaces
as well as wood, rubber, grass, hay, and uneven terrain. The sticky tread on the interior of the outsole is designed to optimize its grip for rope climbs whether the runner locks both feet onto the rope or uses a hook method with the lugs of the shoe. The tread is also efficient in traversing steep walls and other wooden obstacles.
Compared to its OCR competitors, the All Terrain Super 2.0 is a fairly flexible shoe. The thin midsole and pliable upper allows for natural foot movement. The placement of the lugs and grooves in the forefoot of the outsole let the shoe bend and flex as needed without impeding the runner’s stride.
The All Terrain Super 2.0 is a neutral shoe that is fairly stable despite its narrow design. A low heel drop helps with with ankle stability as the foot moves through the running cycle. The sticky rubber of the outsole provides excellent traction and allows for good stability while running on flat surfaces. This same technology also provide stability on bumpy and uneven trails, mud, and slippery surfaces making the shoe a true all terrain mode of transportation.
With a heel-to-toe drop of 5mm, the All Terrain Super 2.0 has a minimalist feel without sacrificing protection from rough terrain. The low heel drop
helps with ankle stability which is needed in narrow, fast shoes. Many runners claim low drop shoes help them run faster and give them better ground feel.
Key Features of the All Terrain Super 2.0
Key Features of the All Terrain Super 2.0
• Durable lugged outsole provides superb grip and traction
• Foam midsole offer a cushioned, yet quick and stable gait
• Tough and breathable seamless upper provides full-foot protection
• Underfoot rock guard protects against sharp objects
• H20 drains expel water from sidewalls
• Hard rubber DuraGrip toe box protects the foot and shoe
• All terrain design excels in mud and other extreme environments
The Reebok All Terrain Super 2.0 is an aggressive and lightweight OCR shoe designed for racing. A redesigned terrain skin panel upper, DuraGrip toe box, drainage ports and outsole lugs specifically designed for rope climbing make this shoe exceptionally tough and better than the original model. The shoe’s ability to shed water and mud quickly means it it won’t slow your down as you battle your next Spartan or Tough Mudder race. Built for the most rugged terrain, the Super delivers superior cushioning and traction, allowing you to go further faster. Let the mud, water, ropes, and walls prove the high performance of this all terrain shoe.