My Reebok Supers have now been battle-tested in 2 pretty difficult races (Indiana Spartan Sprint and Mud Guts & Glory). As promised, I have more to add to my initial reactions. I’ve read virtually every web review and comment about these shoes, so this review will touch upon what have been issues for some.
Sand/silt in the shoes
I have not encountered this problem (yet). Although both courses took me through mud and water, I did not have a shoe full of silt when they were over. In fact, I may have had less than with other shoes.
Slippery on wet wood and stone surfaces
Yes. Although to be fair, every other shoe I’ve raced in (Inov8 X-Talon; Inov8 Roclite; Salomon Fellcross; Salomon Fellraiser) except one (Inov8 Trailroc) have been dicey at best on wet hard surfaces. The Inov8 Trailroc is the only one in which I felt semi-secure on wood and wet stone. All the others have more aggressive lugs, so it is to be expected. There’s a bit of trade-off between traction in mud/slop and traction on stone/wood.
Maybe it is because I’m accustomed to racing in minimalist shoes, but I have not noticed the Reebok Supers to be any less comfortable than the Inov-8s I have worn. If you are accustomed to running with padded shoes or shoes with thicker foot plates, then expect these to feel a little “hard”.
So far so good. I don’t know how many races and miles these shoes can endure, but I don’t have any visible abnormal wear issues yet. The Supers do not have the appearance of a durable shoe, but only time will tell. If I can remember, I will update this page when they destruct.
After training and racing in these shoes for awhile now, I still give them one of the highest compliments. “During races I have barely given any thought to the shoes on my feet.”