REEBOK FLOATRIDE FLEXWEAVE

PRICE: R2 499 WEIGHT: 243 grams (M), 218 grams (W)

Runner's World South Africa - - SHOES + STUFF - – Jeff Dengate REEBOK.CO.ZA

Reebok is us­ing a Pe­bax-based foam, which is far lighter than the stan­dard EVA that’s been used in run­ning shoes for decades; but it also de­liv­ers ex­cel­lent cush­ion­ing and off-the-charts bounce.

That foam is Reebok’s an­swer to adi­das’ Boost mid­sole. Since Boost was launched in 2013, ev­ery shoe­maker has been work­ing on its own ver­sion for de­liv­er­ing ‘high en­ergy re­turn’ (tech­ni­cally, the foam re­duces the amount of en­ergy you

lose with each step). The Pe­bax that makes up Reebok’s ver­sion, Floatride, has more com­monly been used as a hard but flex­i­ble plas­tic com­po­nent – think the Wave plate in Mizuno shoes. Pe­bax is lighter, more flex­i­ble and more im­pact-re­sis­tant than other plas­tics, and when it’s blown into a foam, those prop­er­ties re­main, mean­ing the ma­te­rial com­presses more and re­bounds with more force than typ­i­cal mid­sole foams.

What it means for run­ners is a fun (and fast) shoe. We first ex­pe­ri­enced this foam in the Reebok Floatride Run, a train­ing shoe that had a mag­i­cal abil­ity to turn easy jogs into tempo runs. We quickly re­alised Reebok was onto some­thing spe­cial with this foam, and it has con­tin­ued to im­prove on the for­mula with the Floatride Flexweave.

But thanks to that foam, it’s also a shoe that re­mains com­fort­able if you want to rock it at a more leisurely pace.

Reebok has also de­vel­oped the Flexweave up­per, which is built to al­low greater free­dom of mo­tion. Testers raved about this highly breath­able up­per, which sup­ports your foot over the mid­sole with­out any seams or over­lays to cause ir­ri­ta­tion dur­ing long runs. The thin ma­te­rial and lightly-padded col­lar and tongue help keep weight in check, but also won’t get weighed down if you’re try­ing to dash through rain-slicked roads.

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