Summary

We spent 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Several wearers are quite content with the Reebok Pump Rise’s overall performance. They are saying that it is a competent basketball and workout shoe.
  • A good number of owners just love wearing these shoes. It is super comfortable and great to walk in all day.
  • A few buyers like the Pump Rise’s unique style.
  • These basketball shoes provide decent on-court traction, a handful of users observe. They say that the stopping power is good as well as its forward and backward grip.
  • Less than a handful of players comment that they like the Reebok ZPump Rise’s cushioning. It feels nice and offers plenty of response.
  • The containment, stability, support, and lockdown are all on point, most testers report

5 reasons not to buy

  • These Reebok basketball shoes are extremely hard to put on, some wearers are griping.
  • Like the Hyperdunk X, a handful of commenters even grumble that they cannot get their foot inside the shoe.
  • Less than a handful of players are saying that the Reebok Pump Rise is not a good basketball sneaker.
  • A few users observe that this basketball shoe lacks grip when making quick lateral movements.
  • Most testers say that the Reebok ZPump Rise runs long and narrow. Commenters have a similar complaint about the Jordan CP3.XI.

Bottom line

Reebok comes close to creating a solid on-court performer after a couple of years in hiatus. The Reebok Pump Rise has decent cushioning, fit, support, lockdown, and traction. Its overall style and comfort also make these good to wear casually or while working out.

However, being an OK performer is not enough these days especially for its retail price of $125. So, if you are looking to rock something other than Nike or Adidas on-court, the ZPump Rise is a nice alternative if you can get it for cheap.

Facts

Expert Reviews

77 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 67 / 100 | The Sole Brothers | | Level 5 expert

    They weren't the worst shoe ever, right, but its not super amazing.

  • 82 / 100 | Bryan Hinkle | Level 4 expert

    The technology is there, design is good, and we all need some variety in our closets.

  • 82 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 5 expert

    The technology is there, design is good, and we all need some variety in our closets.

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After John Wall left in 2013 and then declaring that their basketball division was all but dead, Reebok is now generating some buzz and making a quiet comeback in the basketball world by releasing the Reebok ZPump Rise.

The Reebok Pump Rise succeeds in delivering wearable comfort and high performance with the use of three simple and lightweight parts: the Pump Air-Cage for a locked-in fit, an internal mesh cleatie for comfort, and a fusion compression sleeve for an irritation-free upper.

Cushion. These Reebok basketball shoes have a geometry-engineered foam midsole that offers enhanced comfort and lightweight cushioning underfoot.

Traction. For better on-court grip, the Reebok ZPump Rise has a Z-rated rubber that features a herringbone traction pattern at the forefoot and a Reebok logo-inspired pattern at the heel.

Length and Width. Testers report that the ZPump Rise runs long and narrow. They suggest going down half a size for a snug fit. Wide-footers are warned to try the shoes in-store if possible to see if they can get their foot inside the shoe.

Lockdown. Debuting in the Reebok ZPump Fusion runner, the iconic Pump returns to its basketball roots. Equipped with the new ZPump technology, the Reebok Pump Rise delivers a locked-in feel. The fully-customizable Pump Air-Cage fills up with air and molds to the foot for a 360-degree custom fit.

These basketball shoes also feature a mid-top design for increased stability. The sneaker also has an internal mesh cleatie for all-over foot support and multiple eyelets for an adjustable fit.

The Reebok Pump Rise boasts a fusion compression sleeve upper that molds to the foot. The fusion compression sleeve is designed to provide a seamless, lightweight, and irritation-free fit and feel.

The Reebok ZPump Rise has a unique silhouette that is the complete opposite of today’s tech-filled basketball shoes. Its relatively simple three-part design brings an edgy look on and off the hardwood. A graphic-themed upper completes the shoe’s eye-catching design.

The ZPump Rise has several packs or themes to select from. The first edition aptly named ‘Cloud Pack’ features a cloudy graphic in blue and gray tones. Reebok quickly followed it up with the ‘Duck Camo Pack’ that has a bold motif in tan and purple variations.

Author
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.

dimitrije@runrepeat.com