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Facts

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9oz | Women: 9oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Fit: Medium forefoot, Medium heel, Medium toe box
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: All-day wear | Jogging
Material: Rubber sole
Features: Breathable | Cushioned | Comfortable
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 29mm | Women: 29mm
Forefoot height: Men: 19mm | Women: 19mm
Brand: Reebok
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $100
Colorways: Grey, Multi, Orange, Purple
Size
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  • 98 / 100 | Frank DuCett

    Reebok Forever Floatride Energy 2 - My personal time machine

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    Until recently, I had thought that a heavy running shoe was the necessary penalty for a high level of cushioning and protection until I discovered the Reebok Forever Floatride Energy 2. 

    This shoe is a lightweight, well-cushioned, road running shoe with an astonishingly low price.

     

     

    Once again, with this simple and affordable, model Reebok has shown the running shoe industry just how it's done. 

    So, with this review, I am happy to give my fellow runners a closer look at the latest Reebok - The Forever Floatride Energy 2.  A Reebok that is delightfully simple, lightweight, and a truly speedy road runner!

    Specs

    Best suited for

    The Forever Floatride Energy 2 is suited for runners who have a neutral gait and desires both an uncomplicated and well-cushioned shoe that is fast, affordable, and suitable for any distance. This also definitely includes full marathons!

     

    Who is Reebok?

    The name Reebok was inspired by the Grey Rhebok, an African antelope.

    The company was founded in England in 1958 by two brothers, Joe and Jeff Foster, who chose to carry on the work of their grandfather J.W. Foster, who made athletic footwear as long ago as 1895.

    Today, Reebok is a subsidiary of Adidas.

    Outsole

    The outsole is composed of a full length, durable carbon rubber platform, with an elongated waffle-like pattern sole. This pattern provides excellent traction on dry or wet roadways and is proving quite durable, showing almost no wear after 30 miles.

     

    Midsole

    The Reebok Floatride Forever Energy 2's midsole is composed of a neutral single-density, full-length Floatride expanded Polyurethane (e-TPU) foam material, and this material is the heart of this shoe.

    This material begins as a pelletized foam that is then formed in a mold. The cushioning and responsiveness of this material is excellent.

     

    Upper

    The upper is composed of a lightly constructed engineered mesh, with a lightly padded tongue and collar.  

    The laces cinched down reassuringly and stayed tied during each of my outings. A well-placed reflector in the rear provides a little extra welcomed safety after dark.

     

    Sizing

    These shoes are clearly at least one-half size larger than any of my other shoes. I normally wear size 12 US, yet I opted for the 11.5, and I still have toe room to spare.

    Performance

    I ran around the shoe store, and then I ran around the kitchen, then I simply had to get these shoes outside and RUN! My first three runs in these Reeboks were in the predawn hours, in a cold and windy rain that was just above freezing. 

    Initially, I found the Reeboks to be a bit more airy than the Asics Cumulus or the Brooks Ghosts 12s. The cold air is quite noticeable on these winter days but not intolerable, knowing that warmer weather is coming soon, and the ventilation will be welcomed on hot days.
     
    Each of my steps was accompanied by a little tapping sound, a precise tap, tap, tap. It seems, to me, that the Reeboks are not as quiet as the Brooks Ghosts are, but this is a noise that I have come to enjoy. 

    Actually, these shoes seem to want to scream, "Pack Up The Pace," and they are definitely making it easier to do just that.

    I have been running faster in these shoes than with any previous shoe model, but I cannot contribute the increased fun I am having with them to the lower weight of this model alone. 

     

     

    In comparison, the Brooks Launch is also a lightweight shoe, but the Launch lacks the spirited quick turnover that I am finding in the Reeboks. One reason for this increased speed may be that the Reeboks simply roll through my gait cycle, i.e., mid-foot strike to toe-off easier.  

    Until now, I have thoroughly enjoyed my three existing pairs of Brooks Ghosts but, I think that they will not be getting out of the house as much as they use too!
     

    Weight comparisons in ounces

         Asics Cumulus 20     12.2
         Brooks Ghost 12     11.5
         Brooks Launch 4     10.8
         Reebok Floatride        9.6

    Summary

    The Reebok Forever Floatride Energy II is an uncomplicated design, with fewer unnecessary layers of technologies and acronyms, which actually really does perform better than rival shoes that are far more costly.
     
    I am looking forward to this New Year, and a new Personal Best.

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The Reebok Forever Floatride Energy 2 is an update to a fresh series of road running shoes designed for the neutral pronator. The overall look is different from the first version though lightweight support and breathable coverage are still the focus. A slightly more generous helping of printed overlays helps with in-shoe security, thereby ensuring a snug yet accommodating wrap.

The standard sizing scheme has become the basis of the overall design of this Reebok running shoe. Keep in mind that appreciating an accommodating in-shoe experience greatly benefits from the personal testing of the Reebok Forever Floatride Energy 2.

The sideways fit is a trait that runners need to determine the quality of the run. Contributing to the overall security of the foot are the form-fitting upper unit and the semi-curved structure of the sole unit. The natural shape of the foot is the target of the whole design.

The outsole unit of the Reebok Forever Floatride Energy 2 is made of carbon rubber. This compound is touted to be a highly durable layer that aims to shield the bottom portion of the midsole foam from the abrasive and potentially debilitating nature of the ground. Traction is also a part of the existence of the rubber as it ensures optimum movement control when tackling the urban landscape.

Shallow flex grooves line the forefoot section of this running shoe. These elements are meant to make the platform as flexible as possible to permit the foot to easily move through the gait cycle. The forefoot lift benefits the most from these horizontal channels as it requires the toes and their joints, tendons, and muscles to bend in preparation.

The midsole unit of the Reebok Forever Floatride Energy 2 is made of the FloatRide Energy Foam. This technology runs the whole length of the shoe, offering support to the foot as it is standing idly or moving from the heel to the toe. This piece is touted to be lightweight yet responsive, so those who appreciate bounciness that doesn’t drag the foot down can consider this feature a welcome addition to the speed-oriented foot-apparel.

An ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) support rim keeps the foot steady as it is standing on the midsole platform or when it tackles the run.

A cushioned insole is placed right on top of the primary cushioning system. This add-on offers a soft surface that separates the foot from the lasting board that connects the platform to the upper unit.

The upper unit of the Reebok Forever Floatride Energy 2 is made of engineered mesh. This accouterment is designed to provide a cloth-like wrap that accommodates the natural shape and movement of the foot. It has a seamless construction, which means that it won’t have any unnecessary lumps or irritating textural layering. Engineered mesh is used in many running shoe series, including the updates to the well-received Brooks Ghost line.

The material used for the upper has been configured to be more breathable than the one used in the previous iteration. All-day use can be achieved because the in-shoe environment is given a chance to breathe and expel warm air. A cool and dry ride is afforded to the runner.

Printed overlays are added to the sides and heel of the Forever Floatride Energy 2. These thin prints are derived from synthetic material. It helps the rest of the upper in securing the foot in place and preventing it from wobbling at any point in the running session.

A traditional lacing system is used on the roof of the facade. Flat shoelaces snake through incognito eyelets to adjust the snugness or looseness of the cover system.

The padded tongue and collar are designed to cushion the sides and the bridge of the foot from the impact forces that are generated during the run. Accidental shoe removals are also prevented by these parts.

A pull-tab is attached to the rear part of the upper unit. This add-on widens the opening as the foot is facilitated in and out of the foot-chamber.

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