Reebok has introduced a new lightweight cushioning technology to offer runners a new experience. Reebok is not a brand that you often associate with innovative running technology but they have been pushing out some great performance products since the beginning of 2017. The new Reebok Floatride Run features the new Floatride Foam technology that is made with a unique cell structure which will make you feel like you are floating through your runs.
One of the main features of the new Floatride Foam technology is the soft and cushioning feel that is complimented by the responsiveness that most runners desire from a pair of performance running shoes. The material offers high-energy return with a bouncy feel, but it is not a trampoline-like bouncy feel that you may feel from another running shoe such as the Nike VaporMax. The technology on the shoes feels like the perfect middle ground from two of the industry’s most talked about innovations, the adidas BOOST and the Nike Air.
There are two different materials used on the upper with the knit constructed toe and midfoot area, transitioning to the molded fabric on the heel. There is a 3D heel cradle which is contoured specifically for comfort and support, and it is connected to the cage on both the lateral and medial side which is also acts as eyelets for the laces. The additional support on the midfoot area with the cage is absolutely necessary as the knit portion of the upper does not deliver optimal support for long distance running.
Overall, the Reebok Floatride Run ULTK is a great starting point for Reebok’s running line and the Floatride Foam technology is a step in the right direction. There are some refinements that will need to be made in construction and design, but from a purely performance perspective, this model is a lightweight and comfortable pair of running shoes.