The Reebok TR Wild is a shoe that doesn’t get mentioned much in the obstacle course racing world but should be. What the TR Wild brings is a budget friendly, entry level, OCR shoe. The TR wild would be normally be more at home on a slightly muddy trail because of how it is designed. But if you aren’t sure how many races you want to run or if you aren’t sure OCR is for you, this is a great shoe to start with.
Reebok TR Wild Features
As far as features go this shoe falls right into the basic category. It has some family aggressive lugs that come in at 1/4″ and have a nicely shaped tread that doesn’t hold too much dirt. But these are definitely trail shoes because of how the tread is laid out. I took them on the road for 5 miles on my way back from a trail run and I took some serious grip off the mid-foot where I normally land on my feet. I imagine if you put 30 road miles on these shoes you would be retiring them.
While we are talking about the sole of the shoes it is worth mentioning the interesting mid-foot grip/support. These shoes aren’t marketed at obstacle racers, and obstacle racing isn’t mentioned in the description, but it looks similar to the Reebok All-Terrain Super’s mid-foot rope climbing grip. I would even say they went more aggressive with this mid-foot grip section. But this is also a problem because I could feel the top edge of it on my arch when running on uneven trail terrain.
The final feature that’s worth noting is the mid-foot “cage and rubber wrap” as Reebok calls it. This also feels like a similarity to another feature Reebok All-Terrain Super’s. I can’t say it does much for me on either shoe but possibly if you tighten down more than I do on the laces it might feel like a bit of mid-foot/arch support. Unfortunately I find it slightly uncomfortable on both shoes. It just doesn’t move as flexibly as the rest of the fabric on the shoes do because it is reinforced with rubber.
Reebok TR Wild Usage
My first usage for the TR Wild was running at Bear Mountain in NY on a trail with 1000 feet of elevation gain in the first 2 miles. I really started to feel the shoes out on the ascent and noticed some interesting things. They have a wider toe box than most shoes but this is joined by the fact that all the upper material has a lot of give to it. On the downhills they just kept feeling loose no matter how many times I would stop to tighten them. I couldn’t find a good balance between not choking my feet and the tightness of the shoe because of how much give there was. This is also mainly a problem if you attack the downhills aggressively where you feet are constantly slamming around the shoes. The grip seemed up to the task as it was mostly loose dirt and rocks.
Another notable run was on a wet trail with an even more aggressive ascent and descent. I found the grip just didn’t do the trick when running on wet stones and wood. Most shoes without metal studs struggle in these areas but I felt like the TR Wilds were really lacking. When I had to go down some wet rock faces I ended up just going down on all fours for safety. It’s hard to say if it is the make up of the rubber or the shape of the tread but it fell short where higher end trail shoes would normally give you a little grip.
The water drained about average for a trail shoe but very short of the Reebok All Terrain Super. I would compare them more to a thin road shoe for how they held the water. Still better off than with the Salomon Speedcross.
Reebok TR Wild Durability
These shoes will rip if you run them on jagged rock filled aggressive trails. The upper is very soft and ventilated which is great for simple trails but not so much on rough trails. The sole as I mentioned earlier will also get eaten up on roads, stick to the trails with these as much as you can.
Reebok TR Wild Pros and Cons
- Very affordable at $50
- Aggressive tread pattern
- Wide toe box when compared to other trail shoes
- Not very durable
- Slight discomfort in arch area
- Material stretched too much while running
|Reebok TR Wild||Reebok All Terrain Super||Salomon Speedcross 3||Inov-8 X-Talon 212|
|Weight||280g||229 g||310g||280 g|
Reebok TR Wild Verdict
As I started the review with, the Reebok TR Wild is a good affordable shoe for people getting started into trails and OCR. I would suggest that if you plan on doing more than 1-2 races per year with, several training runs thrown in, that you check out our review for the Reebok All Terrain Super. But if budget is a top priority than look no further than the Reebok TR Wild.