Summary

We spent 6.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Several people reported that the Reebok Floatride Run Fast was obliging as a shoe for speed training.
  • The lightweight construction of this running companion was lauded by many of its testers.
  • The underfoot experience was soft yet responsive, some consumers stated.
  • A handful of runners felt that the price of this road shoe was on par with the quality of its materials; it’s not too cheap, but it’s not hot on the wallet.
  • The width and the sizing scheme were aspects of this product that were thought to adequately follow expectations.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A tester complained of in-shoe wobbling and unsteadiness while wearing the Reebok Floatride Run Fast.
  • A few people observed some wear on the outsole after only about a hundred miles of using it.
  • The yellow accents on the upper didn’t agree well with several of its purchasers.

Bottom line

The people who have tried on the Reebok Floatride Run Fast were generally happy with what they were able to experience. This road shoe apparently offered effective performances on the roads. The lightweight build and the soft midsole construction were also given praise by neutral pronators. On the other hand, there were gripes about the upper being unsecured and the outsole peeling off after some time.

Facts

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 6.9oz | Women: 5.6oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 28mm | Women: 28mm
Forefoot height: Men: 18mm | Women: 18mm
Brand: Reebok
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $140
Colorways: Black, Blue, Green, Grey, White
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
Top 9% most popular running shoes
It has never been more popular than this January

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93 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 96 / 100 | Brandon Law

    Reebok Floatride Run Fast review: Jack of all distances

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    I was in two minds whether to buy the Reebok Floatride Run Fast or not. I needed a fast shoe to wear for my first marathon.

    VaporFly Next% is not stable enough for me, so I was going to wear the Nike Pegasus Turbo 2. But, on long runs, I found the forefoot to bottom out—I needed something more cushioned.

    Racing flats have never appealed to me because of how firm and minimal they normally are. They also favour forefoot strikers of which I am certainly not.

    My last racing flat was the Adidas Sub 2. I ended up using them as a casual shoe because it was really firm and beat up my feet on long-distance runs.

    But recently, racing flats have changed: they are now more cushioned due to the advancement in midsole foams while becoming even lighter in weight.

    Reebok positions the Floatride Run Fast as an all-rounder: a racer packing enough cushioning for a marathon.

     

     

    I bought the Reebok Forever Floatride Energy earlier this year and was so impressed with them that I decided to get the Run Fast with the hope that it would be light and cushioned enough for a full marathon. I was not disappointed.

    Specifications

    Weight 187g (Men’s US9)
    Drop 8mm
    Technology PEBA midsole, EVA rim
    Uses Long-distance runs, marathons, half-marathons, 10km’s, 5km’s
    Surface Road
    Price 140 USD

     

    Upper and fit

    The Floatride Run Fast upper is made from a lightweight, perforated mesh. The mesh is soft and conforms to your foot while also being breathable and airy.

    The shoe is generally quite narrow but didn’t bother me one bit. In fact, I went down a half size so that I can get a secure, snug, racing fit.

     

    The roomy toe box allows you to go down a half size if needed.

     

    The tongue is sleeved, so it doesn’t move laterally, but it does slip vertically down. A couple of times when I was training in the shoe, I had to pull the tongue back up to its original position.

     

    The flat tongue is connected on the sides to the bottom of the shoe, underneath the insole.

     

    There are fused lattice urethane overlays to provide some lightweight structure to the shoe.

    The heel is secure and locks down the foot without digging into your Achilles as the Forever Floatride Energy does. The upper also feels more premium than the scratchy-feeling, budget Forever Floatride Energy upper.

     

    The shoe allows you to do a heel lock lacing system if needed, so your heel will never slip out.

     

    The tongue slips down during runs and can cause top lacing pressure against the foot.

    Midsole and ride

    The midsole is made from a combination of PEBA (PolyEtherBlockAmides) and EVA. The EVA rim adds support while the PEBA super foam provides lightweight cushioning.

    Overall, the midsole is medium soft and a joy to run in. During the marathon, I didn’t ever feel that my feet were hurting or that I needed more cushioning. The ride felt smooth and efficient.

    The Floatride Run Fast feels snappy, and it’s very easy to increase cadence.

    There is no sink in plushness, which makes the Run Fast suitable for a variety of workouts, including tempo, fartlek, and long runs.

     

    The Floatride foam is everything you want from a foam: light, responsive and cushioned. The lime green part on top is EVA.

    Stability

    The EVA foam rim stabilises and centres the foot through the gait cycle, keeping the foot balanced. There is an extra piece where the rim drops down on the medial side to prevent excessive inward rolling of the ankle.

     

    The EVA rim drops down on the medial side, providing support for pronators.

     

    Underneath the insole, you can see the firm lime green bars through the perforated strobel lining which provide midfoot stability by preventing the shoe from bending in the middle of the shoe.

     

    Four firm bars are placed vertically in the midfoot to provide midfoot rigidity and support.

     

    The perforated strobel lining allows the foot to feel the PEBA foam in the heel and forefoot with every footstrike.

    The insole is thick, cushioned and stays in place even though it is not glued down.

    Outsole

    The outsole is made from a durable, hard rubber, which has an excellent grip.

     

    The full-contact outsole has holes in the centre to save weight.

     

    The one thing that I don’t like is that the midsole foam hangs over the edge of the outsole, so it scrapes on the floor when you strike the ground on the sides of the shoe.

     

    The soft foam on the medial side strikes the ground where the outsole ends.

     

    There is minimal wear showing on the actual rubber, and I expect to get over 600km of running out of them.

    Likes

    1. Great versatility
    2. Soft and comfortable upper
    3. Super light
    4. Cushioned enough for marathons

    Dislikes

    1. Midsole scrapes on the sides of the outsole
    2. Tongue slips down

    Verdict

    The Reebok Run Fast was an excellent purchase and a great marathon shoe choice. It helped me complete my first marathon in a time of 4.38.

    The snappy and efficient midsole was cushioned enough while the upper caused me no blisters or irritation. I didn’t think that it could get any better than the Forever Floatride Energy.

    But, Reebok proved me wrong because the Floatride Run Fast is even lighter while being more comfortable.

    For the next version, I want Reebok to modify the tongue so that it doesn’t slip down and to make the outsole cover the rim edge so that the midsole doesn’t scrape the ground.

    I hope Reebok doesn’t change too much though, because the original Floatride Run Fast will always hold a special place in my heart, being the shoe that helped me complete my first marathon.

     

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 95 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    My only issue with the Floatride Run Fast is the tongue and its tendency to fold over.

  • 95 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    Incredible! To have a sub 7 oz shoe with this much responsive and stable real cushion is a wonder. This is one of those big smile shoes for me. I could easily train daily in them and have.

  • 88 / 100 | Doctors of Running | | Level 5 expert

    This is the perfect shoe for those looking for a long distance racing and workouts shoe with a stable but responsive and soft ride. The Reebok Floatride Run Fast is a fantastic shoe that should work for a variety of foot types and needs. I am extremely impressed and look forward to seeing more of this kind of quality from Reebok as they jump head first back into the running game.

  • 95 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 4 expert

    The raised sidewalls are an unnecessary stability characteristic for a self-proclaimed neutral racing shoe, that ends up limiting the fit for people with wider arches and adds unnecessary weight.

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  • The Reebok Floatride Run Fast is a running shoe for neutral pronators who want to experience speedy sessions on the roads. It features materials that don’t have a substantial weight, as well as performance-centric designs to encourage the natural motion of the foot as it goes through the gait cycle.
  • The midsole has been designed to keep the foot at the center of the shoe. It makes use of a responsive foam for cushioning, but it also has an EVA sidewall for steadiness. The outsole is composed of a rubber compound that has a pattern that is reminiscent of tire-treads. The job of this material is to provide surface grip.

Just like the original model, the Reebok Floatride Run, this version has a standard sizing. Full and half-sizes grace this model. When it comes to width, the options are D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women. The foot-shaped last of this running shoe mimics the regular shape of the human foot.

A rubber compound is used for the outsole unit of the Reebok Floatride Run Fast. This material covers the underside of the foam platform, protecting it from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. It is also responsible for traction.

Some textured protrusions pockmark the surface of the outsole. These non-prominent nodes have the visual makeup of vehicle tires. They are responsible for heightening surface grip and encouraging flexibility.

The Floatride Foam is a full-length cushioning material that’s designed to be lightweight. It aims to deliver a soft yet responsive underfoot experience, potentially energizing and enabling the performance of the wearer throughout the running session.

A rim or sidewall made of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) prevents the foot from shifting to the sides, fundamentally stabilizing the in-shoe experience without restricting freedom of movement and natural heel-to-toe transitions.

Ultraknit is a textile that resembles woven cloth. This form-fitting textile has multiple layers and a set of openly knitted sections that encourage ventilation.

Thin strands of synthetic material serving as overlays are printed onto the sides and the back of the Reebok Floatride Run Fast. These seemingly inconsequential add-ons help the lacing system when it comes to providing a secure yet customizable fit.

The padded collar acts as an extra lockdown mechanism that prevents the foot from exiting the interior chamber accidentally.

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