This is the second version of the Reebok Forever Floatride Energy and I’ve also reviewed the first version of this shoe. I was pleasantly surprised by the first version and I was curious to see what they had changed in the second version.
One thing they didn’t change is the slightly too long name, it’s still the Reebok Forever Floatride Energy, it’s now even the Reebok Forever Floatride Energy 2. Doesn’t really roll off the tongue quickly, does it?
The Reebok Forever Floatride Energy 2.0 is a neutral road running shoe with a 10 mm drop, a 29 mm heel stack, and a 19 mm forefoot stack. That’s the same as in the first model.
The upper is the biggest change in this version compared to the previous version of this shoe. It looks a bit sleeker and a bit cooler with some cooler looking colourways.
It’s a pretty light and breathable upper. However, it lacks a bit in terms of stability, especially in the area just behind the metatarsals and around the ankle area.
I had some issues with the heel in the previous version, but in this version, they changed the heel to one of those elf ear heel counters.
It is more comfortable than the previous version since it protects your Achilles, but the elf ear heel does make it a bit harder to get in and out of the shoe. Although, I’m fine with that given the extra comfort.
Also, there's a pull tab to help you with getting them on.
The midsole is the same expanded polyurethane foam that was so popular in the first version. It gives a nice and responsive ride with some bounce, but also some ground feel.
It may be a single density midsole without very fancy names, but it gives you a surprising amount of energy return.
The outsole is made out of a full-length carbon rubber with some smaller cutouts for flexibility. The durability was not an issue in the first version, so I doubt it will be in the second.
Since I had tried the first version, I knew it was a shoe with a pretty nice energy return. The first time I tried the Reebok Forever Floatride Energy 2 during a run was during a 5K race.
I had to get used to the new upper, so in the first few kilometers, I was wondering if I had made a mistake using them for the race without running in them first.
However, the midsole was familiar to me and in the end, I ran a 5K personal best in these shoes. Not bad for a $100 shoe without very flashy new technology.
Reebok Forever Floatride Energy
Same durable outsole and bouncy midsole, only the upper has changed. The heel counter is now more comfortable, but the upper lacks a bit of stability.
Not a whole lot has changed compared to the first version, and that’s fine. Since the midsole is the star of this shoe, there wasn’t a reason to adapt it compared to the first version. Reebok was smart enough to keep the good things and only make this shoe better.
Another good thing about the first version was the price and that has also remained the same. Only the upper has changed.
However, that doesn’t mean this shoe couldn’t be any better. It would be great if they could fix the stability issue in the next version.
Overall, the new version of the Reebok Forever Floatride Energy has improved a bit, but at the same time, it remains the great everyday trainer it already was.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|
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.
Reebok nailed it! After version 1 of the Forever Floatride Energy, they managed to tweak a good shoe to an amazing versatile daily trainer without ramping up the price.
Spoiler alert: I think this is one of the best shoes out there now in several aspects.
Apparently, it is necessary to exaggerate a little bit here, because the update from version 1 to version 2 is overseen by so many (RW did not even bother to change the review from V1 to V2) since they did not change the midsole and the outsole, but one step at a time.
- Stack height: 29 mm heel / 19 mm forefoot (Reebok claims 9 mm drop?)
- Weight: ~270 g / 9.5 oz in EU 44 / US 10.5
Note on sizing: The Reebok Forever Floatride Energy 2.0 is an EU 44 and US 10.5, in other brands an EU 44 converts to US 10 and the EU 44.5 converts to US 10.5 [see Hoka and Altra models], Reebok offers EU 44 and 44.5, just stick to your US size (10.5 in my case) - they are true to size!
Usually, if a company does not change too much from version 1 to version 2, I just avoid purchasing it and wait for the next big update.
In this case, I am glad I did not wait. So, what convinced me? First, the looks of the shoe. I think Reebok made a wonderful decision to swap the design and go with the old (retro?) logo.
Secondly, the price - 100$/100 EUR and not even on sale?
I bought them on sale for around 60 EUR. This seems a little ridiculous compared to the tech Reebok built in this shoe. So, my first impressions might be biased by the incredible look and the low price point.
Anyway, the updates Reebok implemented lead to an overall completely different feeling in the shoe from V1 to V2.
Step in is comfortable, the changed upper is a huge improvement, the cushioning around the heel is a little softer and luckily Reebok got rid of the high lacing and gusseted the tongue.
Fit is true to size and the width of the shoe is still spot on (between medium to wide) and the upper should accommodate several foot types.
This is where all the changes are from V1 to V2 and it is one of the best updates I experienced so far. They changed the look and the upper completely, implementing the new (old) logo, swapped the material.
It is still super light, breathable, and hugs the foot very well without being snug. At some parts of the mesh, you can see through.
The printed overlays are minimal, and they added a nice pull tab at the heel.
Additionally, the heel collar is now a little higher (this elf ear thing many brands use nowadays) and secures the foot very nicely, without being restrictive.
Okay, you got me. The outsole is 100% identical to the first version. This means it is still covered in (carbon) rubber. Although it is not new, I think it is worth mentioning that the durability of these shoes is insane.
Wear and tear are minimal, and I would predict that the outsole would last longer than it takes to get a new pair just because they are so affordable.
Nothing is changed here, but why would they change anything?
The FloatRide foam is super lightweight, bouncy, springy, and offers protection for longer efforts while also enabling you to do tempo runs and fartleks.
The FloatRide foam is a little like the Adidas Boost technology, just lighter. It consists of fused TPE beads, meaning it is expanded thermoplastic (others use the term Pebax, which you can find in Nike's Vaporfly as well.
That basically says everything about the quality and technology Reebok put in these shoes.
The ride of the Floatride Forever Energy 2.0 is very pleasing. You have ample cushioning under the heel and a nice lightweight feels in the forefoot.
The ride is smooth and feels good on easy days and faster paces. Although it is categorized as the "forever" run shoe, I think it reaches its limit if the training exceeds 90 - 120 mins.
I would probably not take this shoe out for super long runs but everything in the half marathon training range is fine.
Apart from that, I mentioned the durability before and can just say it will last quite some time. Even the lightweight upper looks very good after 70 miles, except for some dirt on the white shoes.
The overall performance is very good, and I had 0 issues with the shoe so far. No slippage, no sliding around, no blisters or hotspots - it is just very comfortable and stays comfortable during the run.
I am really struggling here and finally got to the point where I asked myself where I would improve the shoe.
If I could change anything, I would shave off 1-2 mm in the heel and put them under the forefoot, just for a lower drop and a little more cushioning under the forefoot. However, this is it for dislikes.
For a more than a reasonable price, you can get a very versatile can-do-it-all daily trainer for training and racing up to a half marathon.
Moreover, I can see this shoe fit for some fitness sessions and even casual wear since it is so good looking.
I really like the update and the thought Reebok put into these shoes and can see myself enjoying them for plenty more miles. I can highly recommend this shoe and have a great time running in it.
Good to know
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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