REEBOK FLOATRIDE RUN FLEXWEAVE
The Floatride Run Flexweave combines comfort with responsiveness in this lightweight neutral shoe. The shoe’s contoured midsole provides plenty of support and balance through the arch, and the molded sockliner feels form fitting. The shoe’s outsole is made of high abrasion rubber, which increases the shoe’s overall surface contact with the ground. The Flexweave’s attractive one-piece ultraknit upper is also reasonably breathable.
Those with wide feet might find the toebox a little narrow, but all told, the Flexweave makes Reebok a serious contender among running shoe brands.
NEW BALANCE 860 V8
This latest edition of the New Balance 860 is a comfortable ride, especially for runners focused on distance training. The shoe’s TruFuse Midsole provides the bulk of the 860’s ample cushioning, and includes a dual-density post for added stability which overpronators should appreciate. The wide toe box also accommodates a variety of foot widths. At 325 grams in the men’s version and 267 grams in the women's, it’s a heavier shoe, but you’ll get used to the extra weight quickly.
The Duo’s a well cushioned shoe that provides excellent protection against surface impact. The Duo’s also surprisingly lightweight, with a durable mesh upper that should extend the life of the shoes during training. Ample cushioning and a minimal drop ratio do give the shoe a blocky look, and the heel counter comes up higher than one of our testers preferred.
The more we ran in the Duos, though, the more we liked them, including the wider toe box and breathable mesh material.
ASICS GEL CUMULUS 20
The Cumulus has established itself as a shoe that runners can rely on for stability and comfort, and that tradition continues in its 20th iteration. The Cumulus 20 also comes with a newly designed, stylish upper made of jacquard mesh that’s easy on the eye and forms well to the foot. The midsole, along with ample rear foot cushioning, aid in a consistently smooth ride. The Cumulus sits in the middle amongst other brands in terms of weight, but is lighter than its predecessor. With a 10mm drop ratio, the Cumulus suits pronators looking for comfort and stability.
REEBOK HARMONY ROAD 2
If you’re in the market for a comfortable shoe that's built to last, two features that come in handy during distance training, the Harmony Road 2 fits the bill.
During testing, we found the Kushride Foam in the midsole provided excellent comfort and durability. The upper also contains an arching band for added support. The high abrasion carbon in the outsole should also help stave off wear and tear, while aiding in traction.
Reebok’s also incorporated reflective material along the sides, for safer running in low light.
Men’s: 243 g (8.6 oz.) Women’s: 197 g (7.0 oz.) Drop ratio: 10 mm $190
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