The Reebok ATV 19 Running Shoes
No, it’s not April Fool’s Day.
I haven’t seen these shoes in the flesh – and I’m not sure I want to… but what we have here is the ATV 19, due to be released 1st February 2013. Barefoot runners – Look away now.
According to Bill McInnis, Head of Advanced Innovation at Reebok, the ATV 19 is named after an ‘All Terrain Vehicle’. The shoes come with 19 huge lugs that work independently giving traction. The lugs are bevelled at a 28-degree angle to keep you stable and supported. They have a durable toe bumper and heel-kick with ballistic mesh on the top.
Now I really don’t know what to make of these shoes. Are they practical for running? Could you achieve any PB’s in these machines? Do we need giant nipples for traction? Will we see these shoes with a ‘90% OFF’ clearance sticker at the bottom of a bargain bin in months to come? Feel free to comment – I am interested in how other runners perceive these beasts.
Watch Bill McInnis present the Reebok ATV 19 on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMsPej0LIP8&feature=player_embedded
Please note: All images in this post are Copyright Reebok.