This is the first Reebok shoe I’ve ever tried. I needed a new workout flat, so I decided to try it out. The Reebok Floatride Run Fast Pro was designed as a racing shoe. To my knowledge, it’s the lightest racing flat on the market weight just 3.5 ounces.
It’s more designed for a 5k but could you run a half or maybe (maybe!), a full marathon, sure. Most of the weight is taken out of the upper material. There is a ton of cushion in the shoe for the weight, which is why the price point is $250.
Heel Drop: 3mm
Weight: 3.6 ounces
Like most flats, they fit narrow and are neutral shoes. I usually wear between a women’s 10-11 wide. I found the unisex/9 to fit the best since it’s a bit wider.
The upper is a thin single layer engineered mesh. The thin mesh takes off a few ounces (which is a lot in the racing flat world). There aren’t any seams or overlays that would cause blisters. For a racing flat, it fits fairly average, and I’ve come to wear unisex 9.5 in most. I’ve done a few workouts in it, and haven’t had any issues with any irritation. Like any running shoe, it has an eva sockliner.
This is the first Reebok shoe I’ve tried and a different feel altogether. It’s much softer and with more cushion than a traditional flat like the Nike Streak, yet doesn’t have the weight. It’s lightweight shoe designed for race day.
Reebok uses an entirely different material than the traditional EVA. Floatride Foam (also known as Pebax) is significantly lighter than traditional EVA foam. It’s also significantly more expensive.
The cushion they use it called “Pebax.” Why should you care about Pebax?
The Floatride Foam Technology/Pebax is lighter and doesn’t compress as regular EVA foams. It’s softer and similar to the Vapor Fly. So yes, this shoe feels similar to the Nike Vaporfly but lacks the carbon plate.
You do feel as though your foot springs forward with every step. I’ve ran the Scott Coffee 8k in them and my feet felt comfortable from the start to the finish line.
One interesting thing is how much rubber there is despite how light they are. For a racing flat, they have the most traction of any shoe I’ve seen. Reebok has separated itself from any other flat because of the high traction outsole. This shoe will be my rainy race day staple. The entire outsole of the shoe has traction.
I do believe this is a good flat and has become my favorite workout flat. If you had asked me two months ago, would I like Reebok, I would have LOLed. It’s not a shoe you “go for an easy run in,” but it’s a great workout and racing shoe. To me, it feels the most like the Nike 4%, but I think the durability will be better than the Vaporfly. Plus, the outsole traction (can you tell I think it’s the best and Reebok is not paying me or sending me anything) responds much better in a rainy day.
To me, this is a very strong competitor to Vaporfly and would probably win for a better racing shoe for the 5k or in rainy/poor weather conditions.
Workouts: Nike LT Streak 4, Reebok Floatride Fast
Races: Reebok Floatride Fast, Nike Fly
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Questions for you:
What is your favorite racing shoe right now?
Have you run in Reebok?