REEBOK CROSSFIT SPEED TR REVIEW
The Reebok tr 2.0 CrossFit Speed TR are CrossFit Shoes, and best for WOD’s with a lot of dynamic exercises like runs, box jumps, and burpees. These shoes have been available since January 2016, and is sold in 10 different colors.
The CrossFit TR are flexible shoes, and designed to be used in CrossFit WOD’s with dynamic exercises. This shoe is built for comfort, and has soft, shock-absorbing soles. This makes this shoe less suitable for heavy lifts like deadlifts, squats, and heavy weightlifting exercises. However, it’s still sturdy enough to deal with lighter, high repetition lifts. These shoes don’t have any significant heel lift; Reebok crossfit speed tr men’s states the effective heel height is just 3 mm from heel to toe. The Speed TR can also be used as running shoes for short distances.
SPECS SHOE DESIGN/ CONSTRUCTION
The body of the shoe is made out of mesh, with a thin layer of synthetic material on top of that. This makes the shoe lightweight, and breath well. The sole is made out of 2 parts; the bottom part is rubber, the mid-sole is shockabsorbing foam. Apart from the grippy pattern, the bottom sole is completely flat, and provides for a good grip with the weightlifting platform.
Like the Nike Metcon 2, this shoe has a ‘heel clip’, a smal plastic rim that reduces resistance between the back of the shoe and the wall during the CrossFit exercise handstand push-ups. Without the heel clip, the rubber sole would grip on the wall, making the exercise a little bit harder.
Another exercise this shoe is great for, are rope climbs. Like most Reebok crossfit speed tr 2.0 shoes, this shoe uses the socalled ‘RopePRO’ technology. RopePRO means the shoe has a grippy pattern on the inside of the shoe, which gives you better grip on the rope when doing rope climbs.
COLOR AND DESIGN
There are 5 different color options available for the men’s version, and 6 different color options for the women’s version of this shoe.
Like I said, it looks like the Speed TR 2.0 was birthed from the Nano 2.0 and 6 with it’s very unassuming and familiar upper design. You can’t hate on the way the shoe looks, because it’s definitely on the safe side, which is totally fine in my book. We had way too many years of gaudy reebok speed tr 2.0 designs and CrossFit logos anyways. The lines are clean, the side only has the Reebok speed tr women’s crossfit speed tr delta, and the heel counter has a small CrossFit logo– perfect.
The main change to the upper is the new Cordura fabric they’re using instead of the monomesh, which is still layered with the hotmelt overlay. The new Cordura fabric feels almost identical to the mesh in the Nano 6.0’s toe area which is extremely flexible and much more comfortable than the stiffer monomesh. I thought the previous generation Speed had a comfortable upper, but it doesn’t even come close to the plush new 2.0’s. Keep in mind that although it’s more comfortable, there is also less structure to the shoe. Unlike the Nano 7.0’s TPU heel counter, the Speed 2.0 uses some kind of hotmelt overlay, that does a great job in holding your heel in place nonetheless. As with all Reebok speed tr review.
CrossFit shoes, the build quality of the Speed TR 2.0 is top notch and feels like it should definitely cost more than the $100 they’re asking.
Aside from the durability, I think the second biggest issue of the Speed TR was how it fit. It seems like they used a similar or maybe even the same last to base the 2.0 off of, because they fit similarly.
Thanks to the new upper material, the 2.0’s feel a little more roomy inside. The 2.0’s are indeed slightly wider than the originals, but not as wide as Nano’s, or even close to.
They still do run long in comparison to Nano’s, causing me to size down half, but even then I had a lot of space in to toe, so I went down another half and then it was too tight. At the end of the day, I stuck with the size 9.5 which left me with a little more than a thumb’s width distance from the front of the shoe. Though it’s a little loose, it’s still comfortable and at least my toes aren’t being crushed in front and with a little activity, my feet swell and fill the shoe up better.
There isn’t much in the way of arch support inside the shoe, so if you’re flat footed you’ll definitely appreciate this over Nano’s.
You should not think of the Speeds as running shoes. As with the previous generation, the Speed TR’s are some of the best training shoes that Reebok crossfit tr makes. I might go as far to say that they’re the best that Reebok men’s crossfit speed tr training shoe currently makes …
The Nano 7.0’s, Weave’s included, left a gaping hole in Reebok’s CrossFit footwear lineup. I still think the Weave’s are awesome looking and that there are no better shoes for lifting, but they’re still awful to run in and just plain uncomfortable for extended periods of wear. In my eyes, the Speed TR 2.0’s do a much better job encompassing the spirit of CrossFit in a shoe. There’s nothing you would think twice about doing with having the Speed 2.0’s on, including running!
Early on, people were hoping that the Speed 2.0’s would just be a current day Nano 6.0, which it is, kind of. Like the 6.0, you’ll want to do everything in the Speed 2.0’s because they just feel so capable on your feet. The platform has a more narrow, running like shape and doesn’t quite hold your foot in place like Nano’s, but I wouldn’t go as far to say that the Speed’s were unstable in any direction. Initially a few things led me to think the Speed 2.0’s were softer that it’s predecessor, but I was wrong, they’re as responsive, if not more. The midsole offers only a little bit of cushioning, but still airs more on the stability side, meaning it doesn’t compress very much at all, almost identical to the previous generation. Power delivery is on point, I wouldn’t think twice about going for any heavy lifts in these shoes.
What really seals the deal for the Speed 2.0’s is that they’re just extremely flexible and comfortable. You’ll genuinely want to do everything a WOD will throw at you in these shoes because of how they let you move your feet unhindered. Not only is the upper more plush and flexible, the outsole and midsole is more flexible as well, letting your feet move more naturally. The only non-flexible area is around the middle where the RopePro is, where there’s definitely a midfoot shank to help with propulsion. Speaking of the outsole, the compound and multi-directional tread pattern are more reminiscent of the Nano 7 than previous gen Speed. Which is a good thing, because that outsole pattern makes for some of the grippiest shoes on the planet, whether it be the ground or the rope.
Despite the name being what it is, the Speed 2.0’s wouldn’t be my first pick when it comes to run a marathon in, but I wouldn’t hesitate to strap these on to run the occasional mile or whatever distance comes my way in a WOD. Sure, they have a little more midsole cushioning, they’re extremely flexible, and have a midfoot shank, but they’re still training shoes at the end of the day and the platform is still fairly rigid. I personally like neutral running shoes anyways and I feel right at home with the 3mm drop. Best of all, the shoes are extremely lightweight, coming in at 8.5 oz per shoe. These are definitely the best trainers to run in that Reebok crossfit speed tr women’s has ever come out with, even besting the Nano 6.0.
Some other things to note- The heel counter actually does a pretty good job of keeping your heel in one spot. The Kipping Klip is a much larger piece of TPU that is rounded and does a much better job sliding up the wall than the previous gen Speed. The laces that come with the shoe are trash and repeatedly come untied, be prepared to double knot.
Throughout all of my tests, I didn’t have any early breakdown of these shoes. The CORDURA ® material is designed to stretch and resist abrasion, and I thought it did a pretty good job at that. They felt somewhat slick on the rope, so the material, in my opinion, won’t catch on many objects and fray easily.
The outsole and midsole are also attached well, so the bottom of the shoe doesn’t feel as though it’s going to peel off like some shoes can when running a lot. For speed training, I think these could be a good bet for lasting a while. My only long-term durability concern for this model would come along with the shoe stretching over time. It’s a lightweight shoes with a minimalist construction, and that worries me for long duration wear and tear with the outer shoe and heel breaking down (stretching).
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