Verdict from 7 hours of research from the internet

8 reasons to buy

  • Most users mentioned that the shoe felt comfortable.
  • Some testers with foot and knee problems said that they did not feel any pain while wearing the Reebok Zig Pulse SE.
  • Most runners commended its lightness.
  • Plenty of users appreciated the design of the upper and the platform.
  • One user with a bigger body build mentioned that he felt the shoe provided plenty of support for his weight.
  • A majority of users said that the price was affordable.
  • A good number of reviews stated that the cushioning provided was sufficient.
  • The shape of the shoe caters to a wider foot, said some testers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A lot of reviews mentioned that pebbles easily get stuck on the crevices of the sole.
  • Some testers were not pleased that it only came in two colorways.

Bottom line

The Reebok Zig Pulse SE is a unique-looking, neutral road shoe that many considered to be a refreshing take on modern footwear. Despite the cool design, some were not pleased that tiny pebbles got stuck on the crevices of the sole. Others wished that there were more colorways available. Nonetheless, the majority still appreciated the shoe for its affordable price, comfort, and cushioning.

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User reviews:

  • The Reebok Zig Pulse SE was designed for running and training workouts. Its unique ZigTech midsole allows it to perform best in the activities mentioned. The unique design of the platform delivers superior cushioning and shock absorption, so runners feel a protected yet energized run.

The special edition of the Reebok Zig Pulse is available in standard running shoe measurements. Male and female runners who are interested will be able to get their pair using their usual size preferences. The same goes for the width. It is available in B – medium and D – medium.

The outsole of the shoe is an extension of the ZigTech midsole. The zigzag design of the platform creates deep crevices on the outsole. These function as flex lines, allowing the outsole to move together with the runner and maintaining optimum flexibility.

Key areas are covered with carbon rubber. The material is a type of rubber that car tires are also made of. It is tough and sturdy which is why it is used in most running shoe outsoles. Aside from this, it also delivers the right amount of traction on common surfaces.

The Reebok Zig Pulse SE has the ZigTech midsole technology. In 2010, this midsole design was created to recycle runners’ energy from each stride. The sole’s unique geometric shape was designed to absorb the force garnered by the heel upon landing. Next, it sends a wave of energy along the length of the platform that will help runners propel forward with minimal effort. This technology supplies superior cushioning, shock attenuation, and enough energy return.

The upper is made up of a lightweight mesh material that’s sufficiently breathable. It reduces hot spots, and it keeps the foot cool while running. The mesh also has elastic characteristics, so it adapts to the runner’s foot shape, enveloping it snuggly without the feeling of constriction.

The key areas of the upper, specifically the forefoot area and the base of the eyelet, were reinforced by a TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) Film. The main purpose of these reinforcements is to provide more structure and strength to the parts where it is applied to. On the forefoot area, it adds extra protection to the toes. On the base of the laces, it prevents tearing when the laces are tightened.

On the heel, a TPU plate was added to distribute pressure evenly. It also acts as a protective shield and a component for minimally immobilizing the heel, preventing it from moving laterally as the runner is in motion.

The shoe is equipped with a traditional lace-up closure that sits on top of a padded tongue. Tightening the laces will also tighten the fit on the midfoot, preventing accidental slipping off during runs. Because the tongue is padded, the instep is protected from becoming irritated because of the laces.

Inside, an extra layer of cushioning was added in the form of an EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) sockliner. It aims to add comfort underfoot and improve the fit of the shoe.

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How Zig Pulse SE compares

This shoe: 92
All shoes average: 86
53 98
This shoe: $90
All shoes average: $119
$40 $350
This shoe: 9oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 16.2oz
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.