However, the affordable price of $100 compelled me to give it a try.
Named after a road in New York where the Syracuse cross country team trained, this shoe is said to be responsive and lightweight, perfect for uptempo workouts.
Fit and first thoughts
When I first tried them on, the fit was almost perfect. A little bit big for a size 9, but not too big that it would cause blisters.
The midsole was a little bit stiffer than the other shoes I was used to, and the heel drop also felt higher. The outsole looked solid and could probably last for at least another 400 miles.
Meanwhile, the tongue was also bigger than the ones I’m used to, but it was soft and flexible so wouldn’t pose much of a problem on runs.
Lastly, the heel counter was hard and sturdy, which can support the foot and keep it from overpronating. Overall, I'm excited to try these on for runs!
At first glance, they look really cool. The bright orange and blue colorway might stand out too much for some people, but I like the contrast.
The bottom of the shoe has some neon rubber pieces in the midsole that probably add to the cushioning.
Striped overlays on the sides of the midsole and back of the shoes add to the sleekness of the design.
Kooshride foam midsole
The foam felt slightly firmer and more responsive than the New Balance Fresh Foam that I was used to.
I wasn’t able to bend the shoe much with my hands, but on a run, it’s actually quite bouncy and flexible. The increased cushioning on the midfoot made it easy for me to get on my toes and run up hills.
In addition, the 8mm drop helped a lot with relieving the stress from my Achilles and calves.
What I really enjoyed about the outsole was how grippy it was. Even when running down a steep gravel hill, I didn’t slip and slide as much as I thought I would.
The thick black rubber outsole runs along the outer edges and covers the majority of the forefoot, exactly where I, and most runners, need it most.
I found that the shoe was especially good for turning on tight city corners.
Weight and drop
The weight of the shoe came in at about 9 ounces (255g) for the men’s sizes, and 7 ounces (200g) for the women’s sizes. The heel-to-toe difference was 8mm, but felt like a little more.
It bothered me a little bit that my foot was always forced to lean forward during runs, but the relief from my calves and Achilles pretty much ruled it out.
I tried the shoes out on a tempo run at around 6:15/mile pace for 4 miles and felt comfortable, with no pain in my feet or calves, even up hills.
I really liked the thin fabric upper to the shoe because it provided a lot of extra breathability and made the shoe feel really light.
I didn’t really feel much extra air going through the air pockets that were placed at the arch, but it can probably help with relieving some stress from the arch on longer runs
Overall, I think that Reebok did a phenomenal job on the Sweet Road 2, especially since running shoes aren’t even their main focus.
The grippy, lightweight shoes, made me feel light and fast. It made running up steep hills and turning tight corners fairly easy, and is definitely worth its $100 value.
However, it does lack the stability and cushioning needed for long runs that are 8 miles or more.
Good to know
- The Reebok Sweet Road 2 is a running shoe that’s designed for those who have neutral pronation. It makes use of a sporty design that isn’t bulky or weighed down. Its upper unit offers blister-free coverage via the SmoothFuse construction.
- Two cushioning units make up the midsole of this road companion. The first one is a carrier foam that is responsible for reactive support and surface protection; the second one is a thermoplastic polyurethane core that offers long-lasting cushioning.
The Reebok Sweet Road 2 was designed using the standard measurements. Runners are encouraged to get a pair that is adherent to their usual sizing choices. When it comes to width, the available options are D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women. The semi-curved shape of the last accommodates the natural curve of the human foot.
The outsole unit of the Reebok Sweet Road 2 makes use of a rubber compound. The job of this layer is to protect the rest of the platform from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. It also delivers traction, which is an integral part of running.
Flex grooves allow the sole unit to move in conjunction with the bending of the foot’s joints and tendons.
IMEVA or injection molded ethylene vinyl acetate serves as the bulk of the Reebok Sweet Road 2’s midsole. It acts as a full-length carrier foam that holds a core unit inside. Its cradling configuration prevents the central component from losing structure.
The KooshRide Core is made from thermoplastic polyurethane. It is meant to directly support the underside of the foot during the run, providing it with reactive and constant cushioning.
The SmoothFuse is made up of exterior and interior layers. The external part is a mesh that has securely-woven sections and strategic areas that feature ventilation pores. Its job is to accommodate air into the foot-chamber. The interior sleeve is a smooth material that evokes the feeling of merely wearing a sock.
A traditional lacing system is used in the Reebok Sweet Road 2. Semi-flat laces cover the tongue unit in a crisscross fashion, causing the medial and lateral portions of the façade to react when the fit is adjusted. Extra eyelets are placed on the front of the collar.
Synthetic overlays bolster the eyelets, the sides, and the rear. These printed add-ons help the lacing system when it comes to providing a secure hold of the foot.
A pull-tab on the back of the collar helps the runner when it comes to wearing and removing this running shoe.