- The Reebok Faster Flexweave is introduced as a follow-up to the Fast Flexweave. This neutral running shoe is designed to handle long distances with ease, thanks to its features that contribute to a comfortable and well-supported ride.
- This shoe claims to be “faster” because each feature utilized in the previous version has been improved to go up a notch, therefore providing a heightened running experience relating to cushioning, flexibility, and durability. Runners who approved of the Flexweave structure of the original shoe will still get to enjoy its benefits in the Reebok Faster Flexweave.
Based on the information provided on the brand’s website, the sizing scheme of the Reebok Faster Flexweave is smaller than the standard running shoe. Runners who were able to experience the shoe’s previous version would notice that the Faster Flexweave has a similar sizing scheme. It is recommended that runners go a half-size up their usual one, especially if they have a high-volume foot or if they prefer a looser fit. The shoe’s narrow dimensions will provide a snug fit from the forefoot to the heel. The Reebok Faster Flexweave is available in Medium width for both the men’s and women’s versions.
Utilizing carbon rubber in its outsole, the Reebok Faster Flexweave is guaranteed a durable and sturdy outer coverage for the underfoot. The carbon rubber is a well-known material in running shoes (as well as vehicle tires) because of its tough and sturdy characteristics. Although it may be heavier than other outsole materials, it is definitely more suited for rugged use; the Faster Flexweave can effortlessly undertake any kind of road surface.
The tread pattern is similar to most Reebok running shoes: a set of quadrilateral shapes separated by crisscross lines, which runs across the length of the shoe, except the sides. This design promotes an even distribution of energy for a more responsive ride.
The midsole of the Reebok Faster Flexweave is composed of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam, which is a trusted midsole component in almost all running shoes in the market. The material ensures that the foot receives the necessary arch support and stability, as well as underfoot protection. The careful construction of the Faster Flexweave’s midsole promotes an even distribution not only of weight but also energy, promising an optimum energy return.
In this shoe, the EVA foam is detailed with print nodes, which create an indented pattern on the midsole. The purpose of the print nodes is to augment the cushioning properties of the EVA foam, as it provides a multi-dimensional structure. The nodes also contribute to having a more fine-tuned flexibility, which is beneficial to a more efficient running performance. The same qualities can be said for the Asics Gel Contend 4, which utilizes the same midsole material.
Reebok’s Flexweave technology proves to be the most significant feature of the Faster Flexweave. This feature comes in the form of a woven structure that resembles the number 8. With Flexweave, the upper unit is made more dynamic and provides more targeted support, resulting in a customized fit and an overall more comfortable wear.
The quarter panels and the heel cup of the shoe are made of synthetic material, which gives a supportive framework and helps maintain the structural integrity of the upper. The heel area features the Reebok logo for branding. In addition, the edges of these panels have reflective detailing, to help the runner with visibility when running in low-light conditions.
Although not fully padded, the collar and tongue of the Faster Flexweave are slightly cushioned to deliver just the right amount of comfort and protection, keeping a cozy and luxurious in-shoe feel.
The main feature of the Reebok Faster Flexweave—as made apparent by its name—is the Flexweave technology, which can be found in the upper of the running shoe. But, what makes this technology significant? How does it contribute to the running experience?
The creators of the Flexweave consider this technology to be revolutionary and highly versatile. The material that resulted is strong and durable, which is ideal for something that will expectedly get a lot of wear and tear—such as a running shoe. In saying this, the Reebok Faster Flexweave is, essentially, a tough road running shoe.
An additional (yet equally important) characteristic of the Flexweave is its lightness. As it is utilized in the upper, it delivers a breathable quality for the running shoe.