Light, Fast & Free: 2014 Summer Trail Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Reebok All-Terrain Super

Reebok All-Terrain Super, $120

7.8 oz. (men’s), 6.6 oz. (women’s)

12 mm (heel), 7 mm forefoot 

Category: LIGHTWEIGHT MINIMALIST

Fit: Built for mud obstacle racing, the All-Terrain Supper has the snug, performance-inspired fit of a pair of track spikes from heel to toe with just a smidge of wiggle room in the the toe box.

Feel: While it’s not overly protective, it does have a flexible rock plate and a durable reinforced upper. Obstacle racing features include built-in water drainage ports and grippy rubber cleats on the medial outsole geared for climbing ropes.

Ride: This shoe has plenty of snap for short-distance trail running. From the moment you slip it on, you sense the minimalist, race-ready vibe. But that’s a good thing if you like to feel the trail and the inherent agility it brings. (Reebok’s All Terrain Sprint is a lighter and an even more minimally designed trail shoe.) It’s fast, nimble and very flexible, plus it offers great traction in both wet and dry conditions. “This is a race car with rubber cleats,” said one wear-tester.

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