This shoe caused quite a stir in the office when it arrived – it’s certainly an assault to the senses. Reebok’s obstacle-race specialist: it’s flexible, low-drop and light. The shoe rides a little hard, but that’s to be expected considering what it’s designed for. The toe, in particular, is very flexible – no doubt engineered specifically for scrabbling up obstacles.
I was a little bit disappointed with the fit: the laces, which mimic Salomon’s Quicklace system, are far too long, even when stowed away, and there’s next to no cushioning on the tongue, which makes it a little constricting. The grip is very good, though not exceptional, designed specifically for OCR, and the outsole felt a bit too bit narrow to me – I would have liked a bit more stability. They drain extremely well, with holes in the midsole and outsole, and there’s very little material on the upper to absorb water – it mostly consists of a very tough water-repellant single-layer ‘Cordura’ mesh.
Not the best as an all-rounder but would be ideal for OCR.