Summary

We spent 9.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Several runners noted how comfortable the Zstrike Run SE is.
  • It is a value for the money shoe.
  • The 4-way stretch mesh offers excellent support and flexibility at the same time.
  • It wraps the arch in support and comfort, according to a handful of runners.
  • It is quite light for a stability shoe, as remarked by a few.
  • More than a few runners appreciated the noticeable flexibility in a stability shoe.
  • The soft and flexible outsole enhanced the natural running form of some runners.
  • Some runners utilized this shoe for gym sessions.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt that the shoe is sluggish on moderate speeds.
  • The cushioning is a bit stiff, based on a few comments.
  • More than several users grumbled that the ZStrike Run SE is a little smaller than other Reebok shoes.

Bottom line

The Zstrike Run SE is a relatively lightweight stability trainer for mild to moderate overpronators who are fond of 5Ks to exacting workouts. What the shoe lacks in bells and whistles, it more than makes up for in its very comfortable ride, adequate arch support, and a mesh upper that blends flexibility and security in a terrific way. The affordable price and the no-nonsense performance give the shoe a workmanlike feel that entry level runners with overpronation concerns should give a serious look.

Facts

Update:
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Stability
Weight: Men: 10.2oz | Women: 10.2oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Overpronation
Arch type: Medium arch
Use: Jogging
Features: Slip-on
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Brand: Reebok
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $80
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, Purple, Red, Yellow
Size
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  • Support and stability without sacrificing weight or flexibility is the battle order of the Reebok Zstrike Run SE. This is most pronounced in the 4-way stretch mesh that holds the foot in security without losing its flexibility. It delivers lightweight and breathable coverage as well.
  • There is added security in the upper because of the network of stitched overlays. The upper durability is clearly enhanced as well with this feature.
  • The much-needed flexibility is sufficiently delivered by the layout and design of the outsole. Because of the abundant horizontal and vertical flex grooves, there is enhanced compression upon landing and before take-off for essential flexibility and cushioning.

The Zstrike Run SE offers a medium fit for runners. Ditto for the shoe length, which is also standard. The shoe gives a really secured midfoot hold while the heel has adequate security and space. A more natural toe-off is guaranteed by the sufficient room in the forefoot. Runners with medium to slightly wider foot are tailor-made for this shoe.


Like many of Reebok’s latest shoes, the outsole design is geared towards promoting more flexibility and cushioning. Reebok accomplishes this in the Zstrike Run SE by carving the outsole with more than its share of flex grooves all throughout the rubber. The exceedingly articulated outsole helps the shoe absorb the initial impact and translates the energy for more bounce. Called Zstrike Pistons, the rubber pods basically improve the midsole’s function. A huge cut between the midfoot and the forefoot helps even more with the flexibility and smooth transition. Reebok covers the areas that are usually vulnerable to abrasion with the tough CRTek rubber. A blown rubber makes up the rest of the outsole for more traction.


The midsole is pretty straightforward with a standard EVA that spans the length of the midsole. The customary material and design of the midsole are enhanced by the outsole layout and design. Runners can expect moderate cushioning and durability from this midsole foam alone.


A breathable, 4-way stretch mesh hugs the foot in support and comfort. The stitched overlays form a side wall to effectively hold the foot. Part of this setup is the metallic Reebok logo that connects the stitched overlays. More stability is provided by a slightly pliable heel counter to secure the heel. The tongue is extremely light and with just enough padding. Reebok uses moderate cushioning in the ankle collar for improved comfort.

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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.

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