- Peppy ride
- Heel tab
- Lugged outsole
- Feels a touch long
- Runs a bit warm
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Reebok Floatride Energy 3 review and lab test
Everyone needs to start somewhere.
Getting into running can be intimidating, especially with quality running shoes cresting into the $160-250 price range.
I love to see when brands deliver a quality product with a lower price tag for those that may just be starting, on a budget, or just don’t really know or care about higher-performance specifics.
The Floatride Energy 3 is a fun shoe to run in, can do a lot, and is cost-effective.
It’s durable, comfortable, and should work for a wide variety of runners.
Who should buy the Reebok Floatride Energy 3
Runners new to the sport should seriously consider this shoe. It’s super versatile, it’s comfortable, it fits well, and for the price, it has a surprisingly high-end feeling ride underfoot.
It’s responsive and smooth through your gait and feels nimble and light.
Who should not buy it
This is still a budget shoe so it may not be for everyone. But with a responsive midsole, a nice light design, and a studded outsole, it ticks a lot of boxes.
However, I don’t advise buying this shoe if:
- You want the latest and greatest. Spending more will get you more in some shoes. Want to go fast, check out the ASICS Metaspeed Sky!
- Desire more cushion and more plushness? I recommend trying the Hoka Clifton 8.
- Need a daily trainer that looks a bit more flashy? The ASICS Nimbus Lite 2 fits the bill!
Reebok Floatride Energy 3 runs a touch long
These run a touch long and may need to be ordered a half size down, but otherwise, the fit on these is amazing, I am actually really surprised at how much I like them on my feet.
They sport a nice wide toe box that lets my toes wiggle and splay, but not so wide it feels sloppy.
They are not overly padded, with just a 4.1mm tongue (average is 5.5mm) I think Reebok was sensible in creating a trainer that wasn’t trying to be too plush
The shoe also has great lockdown over the midfoot, and zero heel slip issues. I like that the heel pocket feels nice and deep, but if I had to complain here, it’s almost too deep and the edges rub my ankle bones in a funky way.
I’m really impressed with how these shoes feel, they are really comfortable.
The fully gusseted tongue really hugs your foot nicely.
The upper is nice and breathable, but the gusseted tongue adds a fairly thick layer of material to the inside of the whole front end of the shoe. They could have gone with a semi-gusseted tongue and made this shoe a bit more breathable since on hot days it may still run a bit warm.
My only gripe really is the insole is really thin and tends to move a bit and bunch up, which is super annoying. It’s hard to place right where you want it since it’s only 3.1mm thick and pretty floppy when out of the shoe.
Enjoyable ride on the Floatride Energy 3
The midsole is light and peppy and feels nicely responsive. It’s not super bouncy but doesn’t feel heavy or stiff either. It honestly feels like a much pricer shoe on your foot.
The big update to the Energy 3 is the new mesh upper, it’s not necessarily part of how the shoe rides, but it does make the shoe run cooler than past versions which makes running in them much more enjoyable.
They’ve also added a heel tab to help with Achilles issues, and it makes the shoe easier to put on as it doubles as a pull tab and offers plenty of support with it medium-stiff design
The shoe is not overly tall either which will appeal to beginner runners. At 23.1mm in the forefoot and 30.2mm in the heel it has a 7.1mm drop which should work for a wide variety of athletes.
The shoe is a bit on the soft side, at 18.9N in our flex tests, it’s well under the average (37N) so it could be more energetic through your stride, but again it feels nimble and it’s not a brick by any means which a lot of shoes in this category can be.
Ultimately, I think this shoe is interesting, it can be your daily grinder or even a light slow day shoe, but it can also pick up the pace for speed workouts.
Weight isn’t light but still impressed
At 9.0 ounces (256g) the shoe feels light on your foot. It’s pretty impressive for a $100 shoe to be in this range, especially with a thick slab of enjoyable midsole and a full, thick rubber outsole.
Well done Reebok!
Durability and grip
The shoe is built well and has some nice features that should make it last a while.
The 4.1mm full rubber outsole leaves very little exposed midsole material which should ensure long wear.
The 2.1mm lugs roll efficiently on the road but are aggressive enough to tackle dirt roads and light trails. I love this in a training shoe since I’m always intrigued by random trails I pass on my training runs.
Breathability of the Energy 3 has been improved
The shoe’s breathability has been drastically improved but Reebok could go one step further and get rid of the extra material on the fully-gusseted tongue.
Version 4, fingers crossed!
Stick to daytime runs
Unfortunately, Reebok left off any reflective elements on the Floatride Energy 3, so stick to daytime runs or be extremely careful once the sun goes down.
$100. Wow! Love this. Competes with shoes in the $130-150 range in my opinion. I think there’s really good value in this shoe.
Cold weather performance is not bad
Most budget shoes stiffen like a rock in the cold, but the Floatride Energy 3 tested fairly well. The shoe stiffens just 37% in its flex, which is right at the average, and the Floatride foam actually retains its nice soft feeling well, only hardening up 12.2% (compared to the average of 29.7%).
Overall, I think this is a really interesting option for new entrants into the sport. It can do a bit of everything from daily runs to quicker training sessions, and it’s heading in the right direction for Reebok.