Managed to pick up a pair of the CL Trail in Osaka, Japan a few days back (at the ever-present ABC-Marts here) and have only positive comments for these shoes. Firstly, they’re an interesting bridge for Retrobok as they use some of the latest lightweight tech as seen on the Zigs and Ultralite shoes – but have a strong retro styling unique only to Reebok.
All of the uppers appear to use the Ultralite tech – all lightweight rubber/plastics (though the overall weight of the shoe is not noticeably lighter than, say, a typical pair of Classics). However there’s some really nice details, particularly the embossed Reebok logo on the heel tab, as well as the side of the upper (now less prevalent to allow the midsoles’ bold Rebook logo to stand out to it’s fullest). Also the forefoot midsole cutouts add a more aggressive edge, while the reverse treatment on the sole (and the soles’ generally chunky, cross-country themed grips) work nicely.
But it’s actually the inner that does the job best of all – this makes the CL Trail one of the most wearable Reebok shoes currently, and is ideal for UK Winter and cooler climates being highly comfortable and instantly wearable.
There are a growing number of colourways also, the bright blue/yellow are the most surprising with the navy blue/white having the most retro flavour – I picked up a pair of the grey/orange/blacks and I’m very happy I did.
I’ll endeavour to keep updated Retrobok with where you can purchase this modern classic, if you find your own local stockist then jump in – and feedback to me here at Retrobok.
UPDATE – Now spotted at Sarenza in the UK.