There’s a chance you might be new to obstacle course racing or that you don’t love and follow gear as much as we do at ORM, but here is a quick guide to get you started on your path to Reebok All Terrain enlightenment.
First, a brief history – Reebok partnered with Spartan Race in early 2013 as announced on this press release. From there, they went about releasing the first OCR specific shoes on the market. This was a huge deal for obstacle course racers and mud runners. Before this, there were merely street shoes and trail running shoes. Trail shoes were certainly serviceable for OCR, but there was no concern for OCR specifics, the most important being, the ability to drain water.
The release of the Reebok All-Terrain Super (1.0) and Reebok All-Terrain Sprint (1.0) in March of 2014 was huge for the sport and a great way to show OCR was here to stay. Since then they have released 8 or 9 variations, depending on who you ask.
We’re going to give you a list of the shoes chronologically with the updates to each version.
Reebok All-Terrain 2013 Releases
Reebok Trifecta Racers – These shoes technically weren’t released. They were the test shoe that was used by mainly the Spartan Pro Team. We were lucky enough to get an early review by Pro Team member Alec Blenis when he had them. The Trifecta racers were nothing like the releases that were to come and good thing because they were not impressive looking compared to what came after.
Reebok All-Terrain 2014 Releases
Reebok All-Terrain Super (1.0) – 1.0 is in parentheses because it wasn’t called this but a 2.0 was the name of the second shoe. Released 2014 this shoe was the basis for the current shoe and still has many of the modern shoes features originating directly from it. It had a great drainage system and well placed lugs on the sole that shed dirt fast. The common complaints with this shoe was the durability and debris getting in. See our review here and in depth here.
Reebok All-Terrain Sprint (1.0) – The Sprint was basically an even less durable version of the Super 1.0 for less money. This was more of a cash grab shoe for people that like to buy gear but aren’t serious racers.
Reebok All-Terrain Thunder (1.0) – I have never seen this version of the shoe in the wild. It was what I imagine to be an precursor to the newly released Reebok All-Terrain Thrill and obviously the Thunder 2.0. It was a shoe with decent drainage, a bigger heel to toe drop, and more padding. Another thing worth noting is that there was no drainage holes in this shoe. It didn’t get pushed the same as the other all terrains by Spartan or Reebok and 1.0 disappeared.
Reebok All-Terrain 2015 Releases
Reebok All-Terrain Super 2.0 – After the freshman effort by Reebok people had very high hopes for the revisions made to this shoe. The updates to this shoe were:
- Dropping the “Fitframe” which was the more solid plastic part in the middle of the shoe and replacing it with a rubber like coating impregnated into the fabric throughout the shoe.
- Changing the shoe laces hole area to be reinforce by more of that rubber material.
- Changing the tongue material to a more pliable material that feels softer and shifts around less
- Reinforcing the front of the toe box with more injected rubber material to make it slightly more durable.
But unfortunately this was not enough for people because they were still prone to ripping when scuffed against rocks on the sides of the shoe and through general wear and tear. This is an issue that is debated often and in my opinion with no real winner. The reason no one really wins is because to have the best draining shoe for OCR the material ends up more fragile. You can’t get both. In general this should be like a race car type shoe and not a 4-door family sedan type shoe. See our reviews here.
A final quick note – A slightly different model, the Reebok All-Terrain Super SPT 2.0 just means it is this same shoe with the Spartan Race graphic on the side.
Reebok All-Terrain Thunder 2.0 – The Thunder 2.0 picks up right where the 1.0 left off and adds in the drainage ports and more of the rubber injected / coated material that the other all terrain version 2.0 shoes are very fond of. However, there were tongue issues that caused chafing, and they fell apart in short amount of time. Matt wrote a detailed review here.
Reebok All-Terrain Extreme – This shoe is literally the same exact shoe as the Reebok All-Terrain Super 2.0 but with the addition of kevlar to address the concerns of durability. I have this shoe but have not race tested it yet. However I am very confident that if you are willing to shell out $150 this shoe will address your durability concerns.
Reebok TR Wild – I’m including these on this page because they are basically a super low budget and stripped down version of an All-Terrain shoe. Fairly unimpressive but a decent buy on a budget. Read our review here.
Reebok All-Terrain 2016 Releases
Reebok All-Terrain Super OR (2.5) – This is the newest shoe and what appears at first examination to be a huge leap forward, someone at Reebok has been listening to your thoughts. It’s worth noting that this at the current time appears to be replacing the 2.0 and technically becoming the Reebok All-Terrain Super 2.5 Here is what they changed:
- Cordura Upper – This is an abrasion resistant material that now make the shoe on par with the Reebok All-Terrain Extreme but coming in at a lower cost.
- Quick pull lacing, this was started in the All-Terrain Thunder 1.0 and 2.0 and now exists in the Super OR.
- Tongue is changed again, it’s kind of a mix between All-Terrain super 1.0 and 2.0. Reebok has also added some elastic material in 4 places to keep the tongue from moving around.
Reebok All-Terrain Thrill – This is a shoe that is also brand new and unreleased. It appears to be a combo between the All-Terrain Thunder 2.0, All-Terrain Super 2.0 and Super OR. I can’t list what has changed since last version but you can see the shoe on this link. I’m very excited to go running in this shoe and here is why:
- It is designed very similar to the All-Terrain Super series but with more cushioning and a decent heel to toe drop of 9-10mm depending on how you measure them.
- It has real laces. Not the quick pull kind or those thin ones on the early All-Terrain models, these should stay tied like normal running shoes.
- They kept the drainage ports and added a new side drain around the arch area on both sides.
Reebok All-Terrain GTX – These fall into the honorable mention category because they were a limited release shoe. They were made only for women and mainly advertised to the european market. These are very similar to the Reebok All-Terrain thrill with some minor design differences such as the upper material. Women that have told us about them were very pleased with their performance and we hope they release them in a v2 for everyone.
Reebok All-Terrain 2017 Releases
Reebok All-Terrain Super 3.0 – This shoe is was released with a reinforced top and redesigned tongue area. It has help up well since it’s debut with far less complaints of blow outs.
- Completely redesigned upper, almost a one piece (no tongue) design.
- 1 ounce heavier than previous versions, more durable.
- They kept the drainage ports and their well designed tread.
Reebok All-Terrain Freedom – As Reebok released the all terrain Thrill to accommodate the less minimal crowd in 2016, this year they release the All-Terrain Freedom.
- A one piece upper (no tongue) design.
- More cushion and a 5mm drop, much less than the Thrill.
- No drainage ports.
Reebok All-Terrain Summary
The one thing that has remained for the All-Terrain series and hopefully always will is the quick draining and great design of the sole. Who knows what the rest of 2016 and 2017 will hold for the All-Terrain series but my hopes are that they will make a version that is slightly wider with an even more durable upper material so that it can used without worry for longer periods of time. Stay tuned for updates as new versions are announced – this article will be updated intermittently as shoes are announced and released.