Summary

We spent 7.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The mid-top ankle collar and updated materials provide more stability to the classic model as compared to the OG InstaPump Fury low top version.
  • Though some Reeboks would have issues regarding the pump mechanism from time to time, the Reebok Instapump Fury OG Ultraknit did not show any problems.
  • It is a very comfortable sneaker, according to the majority of users.
  • The Pump technology ensures a customizable fit which makes it easier to adjust the comfort and the snugness of the upper. 
  • One wearer shares that he has received many compliments while wearing them.
  • The sneaker is built with high-quality materials, several users have said.
  • A reviewer mentions that its lightweight attribute makes it easier to run in.
  • It is a practical shoe that is suitable for various situations, a handful of users have cited.
  • One user is astonished to have grabbed a pair because he has been searching for this design ever since childhood.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Instapump Fury OG Ultraknit of Reebok runs a bit narrow for a few reviewers.
  • A buyer complains that the mid-top knit material makes it hard to put short socks on into the shoe.

Bottom line

An icon of the past gets a contemporary makeover by introducing knit underlays in the Reebok Instapump Fury OG Ultraknit. The sneaker replenishes the coveted tech of the 1994 model but enhances its lightweight capacity via the Ultraknit uppers.

It also shines in prestigious colorway themes of the initial version with some different details. Though the pump mechanism is a handy-dandy tool for snugging, the sneaker already runs tight given that it is a slip-on.

Facts

Due to the clipping nature of the sneaker, the Reebok Instapump Fury OG Ultraknit tends to fit narrow. The slightly tight feel aids in keeping the foot in place and adds snug aside from the Pump mechanism for lockdown. The Ultraknit upper is lightweight and movable thus adds more coziness to the overall feel of the sneaker.

The sneaker follows a men's type of construction. Due to its generous sizing, women who would like to cop a pair are advised to go down 1.5 sizes from the men's.

The sneaker maintains the same detailing and colorway theme as the original release in 1994 with a mid-top Ultraknit underlay that wraps around the foot. This feature is best partnered with decorative high socks and jeans uncovering the combo. Pants with gartered ends like joggers usually do the trick.

The OG colorway of the Instapump Fury gets a comforting revamp by the means of the Ultraknit upper material which runs all the way above the ankle. The mid-top sneaker also has pull tabs extending above the collar for an easier entry.

Pumping sneakers was a massive thing in the late 80s up to the 90s as spearheaded by the Reebok Pump. It was an innovative tech that featured a customizable fit which conforms to the bumps and grooves of the foot. Reebok even promoted the sneaker with the slogan: "No two feet are alike." The Pump's success was soon to be rivaled by another shoe designed to walk or run the trail.

The Reebok Instapump Fury was the brainchild of Steve Burris, Steve Smith, Paul Litchfield, and Peter Foley when they decided to combine all their ideas into one jampacked sneaker. The design came from Smith's framework which had issues at first because the management would want more subdued colors in grey. To prove his point, Smith surveyed several people, and his original colorway of bright yellow and red won over the grey ones with 65/35.

The Instapump Fury, or the Fury for short, contains a handful of revolutionary technologies that was even passed on to future Reebok Fury iterations. The Hexalite cushioning provides a lightweight midsole which disperses the impact through the surface of the shoe. Another coveted tech is the addition of a GraphLite carbon fiber shank for stability and a smooth ride. And last but surely not the least is the inclusion of the Pump mechanism which contains a pumping apparatus on the top of the vamp that goes through an air bladder that wraps the quarter of the foot granting a customizable fit.

The Fury received somewhat polarizing views from sneakerheads with its unorthodox design which was said to be futuristic. Some find it ugly while some find it bold enough, but as the years passed, the sneaker crept its way up the fashion ladder. Celebrities, especially the ones from the far east countries, soon had an affinity with these radical kicks which can be blamed with Jackie Chan's favoritism for them.

The Instapump Fury had seen numerous design changes and continues to inject modern upgrades through the decades. Material changes soon overtook the model as seen with the Reebok Instapump Fury OG Ultraknit which features the soft and conforming knitted textile counterpart of the Primeknit from Adidas. The sneaker was released in the summer of 2017.

  • The sneaker uses an injection molded EVA midsole which is accompanied by a Hexalite cushioning on the heel for lightweight impact protection.
  • Grip and traction are granted by the high abrasion rubber outsole with patterned spots.
  • On November 6, 2017, a new edition was introduced namely the Reebok Instapump Fury OG Ultraknit TL which features two colorways including black/white with graphic striking and stone gray with a pink knit upper.
Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com