The Reebok All-Terrain Thunder 2.0 is a huge update from the mostly unused and unseen All-Terrain Thunder 1.0. This provides an intriguing route that Reebok is exploring by adding cushion to their already fast draining All-Terrain Super 2.0. In theory you can using a shoe like this for the longer races in obstacle course racing that get your feet wet but also keep you on your feet for over 15 miles. Or it could also be a great option for someone who is used to running in a shoe that has a heel to toe drop greater than the 5mm that the Reebok All-Terrain Super 2.0’s have. If you don’t know, changing to shoes with a drastically different drop can cause you quite a bit of leg and back pain on race day.
Reebok All-Terrain Thunder 2.0 Features
Terrain Skin – This is what Reebok is calling the rubber like material that they coat and inject into the material cover the outer of the shoe. They have started using this in most of their shoes for the All-Terrain line. It provides a good water repellency while also adding more durability. The only draw back I’ve found is that it causes that fabric to be a little more stiff than normal when bending.
Speed Laces – These are those types of laces that don’t require tying. All you need to do is slide on the shoes and tighten down on the quick tie mechanism. This is a step forward and backward all at the same time. One of the common complaints with the Super’s is the laces are thin and come untied all the time. While these won’t untie it is harder to get them to stay at the right tightness like you can with a standard pair of laces. Some like them, some don’t, it’s a personal thing.
Drainage Ports – A now standard feature in the Reebok All-Terrain line up. This allows water to flow right out of your shoes after a swim, river crossing, or rope climb. Works great just like on the other models.
Reebok All-Terrain Thunder 2.0 Usage
I was surprised by the lack of lugs on the bottom of these “trail/ocr” shoes. So, I first tested these around a park on mostly concrete. Within the first mile, I felt a heavy rubbing on the top of my foot by the tongue. It even left a small blister after that first run. I later ran some trail miles in them and had similar issues. I immediately relegated these to “walking around” shoes. This means I would throw them on to go to the store, but never actually wear them for race.
Reebok All-Terrain Thunder 2.0 Durability
These are perhaps the least durable shoes I have ever worn. Even though, these became my “walk around” shoes, they began to fall apart after a few months. You won’t see the “standard holes in the sides” that usually come in this Reebok line. This could be because I never actually ran an obstacle race in them. Several other parts of the shoe denigrated pretty quickly, however. See the photos below.
Reebok All-Terrain Thunder 2.0 Pros and Cons
- Speed lacing is great, all running shoes to adopt this model.
- Holes for draining also great. At this point, a no-brainer for all shoes made for obstacle racing.
- Impress your friends who know nothing about OCR.
- Step aside old “lawn mowing shoes”, there is a new sheriff in town.
- Tongue gives blisters, even when rest of the shoe is proper fit.
- Lugs not very aggressive, not ideal for trail.
- Like most in the Reebok OCR shoe line, they fall apart easily.
|Reebok All Terrain Thunder 2.0||Reebok All Terrain Thrill||Reebok All Terrain Super OR||Salomon Speedcross 3|
Reebok All-Terrain Thunder 2.0 Conclusion
Do not buy this shoe. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.00.
**March 2016 Update: Luckily for you, Reebok has left this horrible shoe, and those like it, in it’s ugly past.