We spent 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The cushioning capability of the Reebok DirtKicker Trail II’s mid-sole was appreciated by testers.
  • Surface traction was precise when it comes to this shoe, according to runners.
  • A tester wrote that this shoe was lightweight and comfortable to use.
  • Runners were happy that the shoe didn’t slip when used on wet or muddy surfaces.
  • The grip on the arch was nice and it really bit the rope well during rope climbing, commented a reviewer.
  • There were testers who said that this shoe’s price wasn’t expensive.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The shoelaces didn’t last long for a tester; they said the material broke easily.

Bottom line

Runners were able to trust the performance of the Reebok DirtKicker Trail II. They lauded its reliable design and efficient components. They were able to use it for running, adventuring and obstacle course racing. Backed by positive feedback, it has become a solid option for neutral runners and trailblazers who are desiring a great time on the trails.


  • The Reebok DirtKicker Trail II is one of the trail running shoes that features an aggressive outsole design. It allows the wearer to take control of the surfaces with sureness and ease. Durable rubber covers the mid-sole and protects it from abrasion. Multidirectional gripping lugs ensure reliable grip on the unpredictable outdoor topography.
  • The midsole unit features Injection Molded EVA. This full-length foam is able to deliver sure underfoot cushioning throughout the running session. It doesn’t break down easily, so it remains efficient even after many uses. It has a bouncy nature which is beneficial to the efficacy of each landing and toe-off.
  • The upper unit of the Reebok DirtKicker Trail II makes use of a breathable mesh material. It is breathable, but the lack of prominent pores protects the interior from being invaded by small rocks and other trail debris. Stitched-on overlays provide structure to the upper. They also make the cover system feel snug and secure when it hugs the foot. The forefoot area is also reinforced with an overlay to protect the foot from being injured by debris and rough obstacles.

The Reebok DirtKicker Trail II has a standard running shoe length, and it uses regular measurements to help runners get the correct size. The available width for both the men and the women’s versions is medium, so it is able to welcome those with medium sized feet. This shoe has a semi-curved shape, which adheres to the natural curve of the human foot.

The rubber material used in the outsole unit is highly resistant to abrasion. Just like the outsole material used in the Speedcross 5, it is durable and capable of withstanding the aggressive nature of the trails.

Multidirectional gripping lugs make the outsole unit more capable of handling ascents and descents.

Flex grooves in the forefoot permit the natural movement of the foot. They’re very helpful in bringing efficiency to the toe-offs.

The Injection Molded Ethylene vinyl acetate foam brings comfortable cushioning for the runner. It has a bouncy nature, which makes every heel landing and forefoot lift more agreeable.

Additional underfoot cushioning is afforded by a padded foam sockliner.

The sole unit of this model has the DuraRide, which is a curved mid-foot design that’s meant to support the foot’s arch. It prevents the underfoot from doing a lot of work when transitioning through the gait cycle, thus making each step much smoother.

Durable mesh makes up the cover system of the Reebok DirtKicker Trail II. It hugs the foot snugly and securely. It doesn’t have an open construction, which means that is able to prevent dirt and debris from entering the foot-chamber. They’re still breathable despite such a design.

Synthetic overlays have been stitched onto the upper. They connect directly to the lacing system, which means they are able to deliver a customizable fit.

The forefoot section of the upper features a protective layer that’s stitched onto the fabric. The outsole rubber also extends to this area. These materials work together in order to prevent debris and other trail hazards from causing any discomfort to the toes.

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.