Newer means better in the Floatride Run 2.0
Like a fine red wine, the Reebok Floatride Run has matured into a reliable and comfortable trainer that is capable of any type of run you can throw at it.
You get two types of running shoe sequels: A brand either ignores the feedback they were given about the previous version and produces the same shoe again or the brand listens to the feedback, makes changes, and comes up with a better, more polished product.
The Reebok Floatride Run 2.0 falls into the second category.
I bought the Floatride Run two years ago, and I was not impressed. The midsole was light and responsive, but the upper had a sloppy fit. The forefoot knit was loose and reminded me of the old Adidas Primeknit used on the Ultraboost 1 from 5 years ago (Adidas is the parent company of Reebok).
I experienced heel slip, the midfoot cage was hard and intrusive, and the Floatride foam was exposed on the sides of the midsole, which resulted in scraping of the midsole foam where there was no outsole coverage. The shoe felt like a prototype that should never have seen the light of day.
I was keen to see if Reebok had fixed all of the shortcomings of the Floatride 1.0, and they did not disappoint.
Reebok says on its website that the Floatride Run 2.0 is designed for logging everyday miles as well as long distances. This pits the Floatride 2.0 up against other everyday trainers such as the Forever Floatride Energy, Brooks Ghost 12, New Balance 1080 v10 and Nike Pegasus 36.
The Floatride Run 2.0 has the most Floatride foam and is the most cushioned of all Reebok shoes. It's Reebok's version of the Ultraboost.
Cozy knit upper
The Floatride Run 2.0 upper is the perfect balance of casual meets performance. It blends a soft, knitted upper with functional elements like a midfoot cage and molded polyurethane heel cup for stability.
Reebok calls its knit Ultraknit. It is super stretchy and soft. I prefer it to Nike's Lofted Flyknit used on the React Infinity Run, but it's not as breathable and thin as New Balance's Hypoknit.
Like all other Reebok running shoes, it runs big, so I went a half size down to get a good foot lockdown. There is plenty of forefoot room for feet to splay.
The midfoot TPU cage has been updated to be softer and thinner. The molded heel cup has also been improved. I experienced slight heel slippage, but when I used heel lock lacing, I was able to eliminate the heel slip.
The cage has an extra row of eyelets compared to the previous version. There are also double eyelets on the last row to give you the option of heel lock lacing.
The bootie construction of the upper means that there is no tongue slide. The inside of the upper is very smooth and seamless.
The knitted upper and sleek design makes the Floatride Run 2.0 one of the more attractive looking running shoes. I feel comfortable pairing them with jeans for a casual look.
I'm normally not a fan of plastic midfoot cages because they dig into your foot, but I don't mind the cage of the Floatride Run. It keeps your foot centred and adds some important structure to a relaxed upper. The cage extends around the entire perimeter of the shoe to give the shoe a smoother, more unified feel.
There is a small silver reflective patch below the last row of laces for nighttime visibility.
This is the first shoe to feature Reebok's old school logo, a switch from the triangle vector logo, which was used on all previous Reebok running shoes and still used on their UFC clothing line.
I prefer this old school logo. It's a throwback to the '90s: the good old days when Reebok was still a running shoe force to be reckoned with before Adidas took over.
The Floatride midsole
The updated Floatride Run midsole packs more Floatride foam goodness into it than ever before.
I've spoken in previous Reebok shoe reviews of my love for Floatride Foam and on the Floatride Run 2.0 you get to feel the full Floatride foam experience. The entire midsole is made from it with no EVA additions.
The previous version had an EVA rim around the entire midsole which contained the foam and made the ride firmer.
Pebax foam is an amazing product. It's light, responsive, cushioned and durable. It's also more temperature resistant than any other foam on the market, so it doesn't freeze in cold weather or get mushy in warm weather.
The versatility of the foam transfers over to the Floatride Run 2.0 as a running shoe. It's light and responsive enough for tempo runs but also has deep cushioning for long distances where your legs need protection.
I use the Floatride Run 2.0 as an everyday trainer to put on junk miles, but if you need an all-rounder, the Floatride Run 2.0 is the perfect shoe to take on a short weekend trip as a single shoe that can do everything.
Transitions are smooth due to the one-piece midsole and the full contact outsole.
Reebok insoles are my favourite insoles. They have a smooth lining on the top that doesn't gather pieces of sock, and the underside has thick padded pillars that add an extra layer of cushioning to the shoe. They don't flatten much over the lifespan of the shoe, and they also don't slip around inside the shoe.
Stability of the Reebok Floatride
The midfoot cage and heel cup ensure that the foot stays centred over the midsole. There is also a piece of plastic on the medial side that dips down into the midsole. This is a stability device to stop the foot from excessive inward rolling.
Overall, the Floatride Run 2.0 is a very stable shoe even though it has a super soft midsole.
The thin layer of midsole in the forefoot paired with the soft foam makes the shoe very flexible. When the shoe bends, it snaps quickly back to its original position, making the Floatride Run 2.0 suitable for short tempo runs.
Outsole and durability
The outsole rubber used in this updated version is harder and more durable than the previous version. The lugs are also more aggressive- there are more of them, and they stick out, so they bite into the tar.
The grip is great on dry surfaces but is really slippery on wet pavement. On one run after the rain, I actually looked under the shoe to check if I had stepped in mud because I was slipping around so much.
The green paint on the outsole starts to peel off after a couple runs. Apart from the paint, the outsole rubber is incredibly durable, and the outsole looks almost untouched after 50 miles of use.
One thing which I miss is the addition of a bevelled heel. As a heel striker, I found my heel catching the ground slightly upon landings.
Reebok Floatride Run vs Reebok Floatride Run 2.0
The first version of the shoe could only be used as a casual shoe due to the sloppy fit of the upper. In version 2, Reebok improved the upper, made the midsole softer and made the outsole more durable.
The Floatride Run 2.0 blows the original Floatride Run out the water.
Reebok Floatride Run 2.0 vs Nike React Infinity Run
The Nike React Infinity Run was the shoe that I reviewed before this one, and while it has more cushioning for long runs, the Reebok does everything else better.
It has a more locked down, comfortable upper, a more durable outsole and has a better ground feel. The Reebok Floatride Run 2.0 wins hands down.
Reebok Floatride Run 2.0 vs Adidas Ultraboost 19
The Ultraboost is still more casual shoe than performance running shoe. It's heavy, hot and feels like a tank. The Floatride Run 2.0 has managed to shed its casual shoe reputation and is a serious performance-oriented running shoe.
It also looks good as a casual shoe! I pick the Reebok every day of the week.
Final thoughts of the Reebok Floatride Run 2.0
Like the nerdy girl in high school who gets a makeover and suddenly becomes popular, Reebok has taken off the glasses and revealed a beautiful running shoe.
If I could change anything for the next version of the shoe, I would add even more Floatride foam into the midsole. Because it is so light, you can get away with packing much more of it into the midsole.
I would also lower the price by $20. $130 would be the perfect price and matches most of the other daily trainers.
I see the Floatride Run 2.0 as a long-distance trainer or a daily trainer if you find the Forever Floatride Energy too firm. It's much softer and also more comfortable than the Forever Energy but comes in at a heavier weight.
I didn't take the previous version seriously as a performance running shoe, but the Reebok Floatride Run 2.0 has grown up and matured into one of the best daily trainers on the market.
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