Our verdict

The Floatride Energy series from Reebok, a trusted favourite among beginner runners, returns with its fifth iteration. This version continues to impress us, delivering a stable, feature-packed, lightweight daily trainer at an attractive price. While it falls short on breathability, in our tests, it provides ample comfort on short and long runs, proving once again its worth as a versatile all-rounder.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Impressively stable
  • Exceptionally well-suited for cold weather
  • Superior grip on dry roads
  • Eye-catching colorways available
  • Lightweight
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Versatile across a variety of distances

Cons

  • Poor breathability
  • Some break-in period needed
  • 6-mm drop may be too low for some runners

Audience verdict

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Good!

Who should buy

The Reebok Floatride Energy 5 is a real treat for certain types of runners, but not for everyone. We believe it's an ideal match for those who:

  • Enjoy a running shoe that offers a firm-yet-cushioned ride.
  • Are on the hunt for a lightweight daily trainer.
  • Reside in extremely cold climates and dislike how most shoes become a brick in such conditions.
  • Are looking for an affordable shoe that can handle a wide variety of runs.

Reebok Floatride Energy 5

Who should NOT buy

The Reebok Floatride Energy 5, as a daily trainer, is designed with a unique approach that may not suit everyone. We think fans of plush midsoles, for example, should steer clear of this model—it's decidedly firm underfoot. If a softer experience is what you're after, we suggest considering the ASICS Novablast 3.

Runners who prefer a high heel-to-toe drop or require shoes with superior breathability might also want to look elsewhere. In our experience, two excellent alternatives that tick both boxes are the ASICS Gel Excite 9 and the Nike Air Winflo 9.

Reebok Floatride Energy 5 parts

Breathability

Our cutting-edge smoke-pumping test revealed a disappointing performance from the Floatride Energy 5. We noted minimal airflow emanating from the upper, leading us to rate it a disheartening 2 out of 5.

The lack of ventilation became even more evident in the next test. The light struggled to pass through the upper, cementing our initial impression of an inferior performance regarding breathability.

Our recommendation for the Floatride Energy 5 is that it's a shoe suitable for training only in cool or ideal conditions, not under hot circumstances. 

Reebok Floatride Energy 5 microscope

We used our microscope for the final evaluation, and it corroborated this underwhelming result again. The mesh upper lacks ventilation holes and is not thin enough to enable effective airflow.

Test results
Floatride Energy 5 2
Average 3.8
Compared to 226 running shoes
Number of shoes
1
Breathability
5

Durability

Toebox durability

The mesh Reebok employs is undoubtedly soft and comfortable, but it leaves much to be desired in terms of toughness.

When we put the shoe through our standardised durability test with the Dremel, we found ourselves obliged to assign the lowest possible rating—a disappointing 1 out of 5!

Reebok Floatride Energy 5 Toebox durability
Test results
Floatride Energy 5 1
Average 2.4
Compared to 160 running shoes
Number of shoes
1
Toebox durability
5

Heel padding durability

However, things take a turn for the better when it comes to the heel. Here, Reebok wisely opted for a more robust material.

This tougher fabric offered greater resistance during our Dremel test, earning a 3/5. This places it ahead of many competitors in the market and it seems clear that improvements are on the horizon!

Reebok Floatride Energy 5 Heel padding durability
Test results
Floatride Energy 5 3
Average 3.1
Compared to 156 running shoes
Number of shoes
1
Heel padding durability
5

Outsole hardness

Shifting our attention to the outsole, our durometer test presented us with an average result.

With a score of 80.5 HC, this is a great balance between lasting durability and reliable grip.

Reebok Floatride Energy 5 Outsole hardness
Test results
Floatride Energy 5 80.5 HC
Average 80.5 HC
We use an average of four tests. The photo shows one of those tests.
Compared to 277 running shoes
Number of shoes
54.9 HC
Outsole hardness
92.8 HC

Outsole durability

As we mentioned earlier, this isn't the most resilient rubber you'll find in the market, yet it proves its worth commendably.

To put it in perspective, after torturing the outsole with our Dremel in the lab, we were only able to wear down a mere 0.84 mm. Trust us, this is a truly impressive result!

Reebok Floatride Energy 5 Outsole durability
Test results
Floatride Energy 5 0.8 mm
Average 0.9 mm
Compared to 138 running shoes
Number of shoes
0.0 mm
Outsole wear
2.0 mm

Outsole thickness

Considering the outsole's thickness stands at 3.1 mm, we believe no runner should face durability issues with this outsole.

Reebok Floatride Energy 5 Outsole thickness
Test results
Floatride Energy 5 3.1 mm
Average 3.2 mm
Compared to 296 running shoes
Number of shoes
0.0 mm
Outsole thickness
6.6 mm

Weight

Weighing in at a mere 8.95 oz or 254 grammes for a US size 9, the Floatride Energy 5 stands out as one of the lightest daily trainers on the market.

We believe that this impressive lightness indeed serves as one of the major selling points for this model.

Reebok Floatride Energy 5 Weight
Test results
Floatride Energy 5 8.96 oz (254g)
Average 9.35 oz (265g)
Compared to 297 running shoes
Number of shoes
5.26 oz (149g)
Weight
12.56 oz (356g)

Cushioning

Heel stack

Using our calliper, we found the heel height to be 30.2 mm.

While this may be slightly less than the current average for daily trainers, it's still enough for handling most runs, possibly with the exception of the very longest ones.

Reebok Floatride Energy 5 Heel stack
Test results
Floatride Energy 5 30.2 mm
Average 33.6 mm
Compared to 296 running shoes
Number of shoes
7.6 mm
Heel stack
42.7 mm

Forefoot stack

The forefoot follows a similar trend. Measuring at 24.2 mm, it sits a bit below the average stack height yet provides a substantial amount of foam for a daily trainer.

Reebok Floatride Energy 5 Forefoot stack
Test results
Floatride Energy 5 24.2 mm
Average 25.0 mm
Compared to 296 running shoes
Number of shoes
7.6 mm
Forefoot stack
35.8 mm

Drop

Subtracting the forefoot from the heel, we end up with a 6-mm heel-to-toe drop. This is notably different from Reebok's official 8 mm, and it positions the shoe as a better fit for midfoot or forefoot strikers rather than heel strikers.

For those who frequently encounter Achilles problems, this lower-than-expected drop could potentially be a disappointment.

Reebok Floatride Energy 5 Drop
Test results
Floatride Energy 5 6.0 mm
Average 8.6 mm
Compared to 296 running shoes
Number of shoes
-0.8 mm
Drop
16.1 mm

Insole thickness

We think that there are no real issues with the insole.

At 3.7 mm, it provides ample padding, offers comfort, and serves effectively as the initial shock absorber during our runs.

Reebok Floatride Energy 5 Insole thickness
Test results
Floatride Energy 5 3.7 mm
Average 4.5 mm
Compared to 292 running shoes
Number of shoes
1.5 mm
Insole thickness
7.3 mm

Midsole softness

Note: a low durometer measurement equals a soft material, whereas a high measurement means it's firm.

We put the Floatride Energy foam under the durometer's scrutiny again, and it measured in at 26.5 HA.

It's important to clarify here—this TPU compound might not deliver the softness we ideally want for easy or comfortable runs, but its bounciness outdoes most of its head-to-head rivals. And it's fantastic for those who appreciate a firmer feel underfoot.

Reebok Floatride Energy 5 Midsole softness
Test results
Floatride Energy 5 26.5 HA
Average 21.5 HA
We use an average of four tests. The photo shows one of those tests.
Compared to 224 running shoes
Number of shoes
8.5 HA
Midsole softness (soft to firm)
41.5 HA

Difference in midsole softness in cold

After a 20-minute exposure to freezing temperatures, the midsole, with its reading of 28.8 HA, maintains its moderately firm feel.

One standout feature of this midsole is its consistency in cold weather—a major plus for winter training. Rarely do we find this behaviour in shoes within a similar price point (£120).

This unique feature is due to the midsole's Floatride Energy foam, which is made from TPU rather than EVA. As a result, the midsole's characteristics remain largely unaffected by temperature changes (8.5%), a point we've covered in our advanced guide.

Reebok Floatride Energy 5 Midsole softness in cold
Test results
Floatride Energy 5 8.5%
Average 25.6%
Compared to 223 running shoes
Number of shoes
0%
Difference in midsole softness in cold
100%

Stability

Lateral stability test

The FE5 is a nice shoe for a broad range of distances and speeds. And that's exactly what we expect from a versatile daily trainer—ability to manage nearly everything.

Yet, this one offers an added advantage of a stable ride, an attribute we genuinely appreciate.

Torsional rigidity

Striving for comfort, we find the Floatride Energy 5 impressively flexible—a quality we genuinely value and we rated at 2/5.

Why does this shoe afford such torsional flexibility? The reason is that its midsole is firmer than most, providing stability already. Therefore, there's no need to increase torsional rigidity, making the shoe more flexible and comfortable for cross-training or walking.

Test results
Floatride Energy 5 2
Average 3.2
Compared to 275 running shoes
Number of shoes
1
Torsional rigidity
5

Heel counter stiffness

The shoe features some heel support that surrounds the bottom portion of our heel, both on the inside and outside. We rated it at 2/5 in the lab.

Additionally, we found plenty of cushioning in the heel collar, which is designed to prevent irritations in the Achilles tendon.

Test results
Floatride Energy 5 2
Average 2.8
Compared to 259 running shoes
Number of shoes
1
Heel counter stiffness
5

Midsole width in the forefoot

Just as we mentioned about the torsional rigidity, the same concept applies here. Since the shoe is already quite stable, Reebok didn't felt the need to widen the landing platform excessively.

We recorded a maximum width of 109.8 mm, which might be considered narrow by today's standards. However, for this shoe, it's entirely adequate.

Reebok Floatride Energy 5 Midsole width in the forefoot
Test results
Floatride Energy 5 109.8 mm
Average 113.7 mm
Compared to 297 running shoes
Number of shoes
100.5 mm
Midsole width in the forefoot
126.5 mm

Midsole width in the heel

Reebok truly went all in when it comes to the heel design, clearly aiming to provide a secure and comfortable experience for heel strikers.

Reebok Floatride Energy 5 heel

Measuring at a generous 94.7 mm, the heel area stands out as notably wider than almost any other daily trainers. For instance:

Shoe Midsole width in the heel (mm)
Reebok Floatride Energy 5 94.7
Nike Pegasus Turbo 84.1
ASICS Gel Pulse 13 86.8
Nike Pegasus 40 83.7
Saucony Kinvara 14 87.5
Under Armour Charged Assert 10 91.3
Saucony Guide 16 85.8
Reebok Floatride Energy 5 Midsole width in the heel
Test results
Floatride Energy 5 94.7 mm
Average 90.5 mm
Compared to 297 running shoes
Number of shoes
74.9 mm
Midsole width in the heel
106.6 mm

Flexibility

Stiffness

We've mentioned that this shoe is flexible, but it's always good to have lab-based data to back it up, right?

When we performed our 90-degree bend test, it only took us 18.2N of force to achieve the target flex point. This puts the shoe in the top 10% of flexibility among the shoes we've tested.

Test results
Floatride Energy 5 18.2N
Average 29.1N
We use an average of four tests. The video shows one of those tests.
Compared to 279 running shoes
Number of shoes
2.2N
Stiffness
94.4N

Difference in stiffness in cold

No major changes occur under cold temperatures, as we found almost identical values after putting the shoe in our freezer. We recorded it at 21.9N after repeating the previous test.

Just like with the midsole's firmness, the use of TPU foam ensures that cold weather doesn't impact the shoe's performance. It stays pretty much the same (+20.3%), which is a feature we typically find in pricier shoes like the Nike Invincible 3.

Test results
Floatride Energy 5 20.3%
Average 36.2%
Compared to 279 running shoes
Number of shoes
0%
Difference in stiffness in cold
148%

Size and fit

Internal length

In terms of length, this shoe it's a tad short. Our measurements put it at 267.8 mm, which is 2.2 mm shy of Reebok's official sizing guide. But the difference isn't large enough to even consider sizing up.

Reebok Floatride Energy 5 Internal length
Test results
Floatride Energy 5 267.8 mm
Average 269.2 mm
Compared to 160 running shoes
Number of shoes
259.9 mm
Internal length
280.4 mm

Toebox width at the widest part

Reebok aimed to accommodate a wide variety of foot shapes globally. So, they've settled on a toebox with standard width, striving to please as many runners as possible, maybe with the exception of those with super-wide feet.

We found its broadest point to be 99.3 mm.

Reebok Floatride Energy 5 Toebox width at the widest part
Test results
Floatride Energy 5 99.3 mm
Average 98.3 mm
Compared to 297 running shoes
Number of shoes
89.5 mm
Toebox width at the widest part
109.1 mm

Toebox width at the big toe

It's the same case with the space for the big toe. With a measurement of 77.1 mm, we believe it should comfortably accommodate nearly every feet out there.

Reebok Floatride Energy 5 Toebox width at the big toe
Test results
Floatride Energy 5 77.1 mm
Average 78.2 mm
Compared to 171 running shoes
Number of shoes
60.4 mm
Toebox width at the big toe
92.5 mm

Tongue: gusset type

The tongue of the shoe is semi-gusseted, a feature that we wholeheartedly appreciate in a daily trainer.

It's the perfect balance—not overly restrictive, yet not too loose either. We love it!

Reebok Floatride Energy 5 Tongue: gusset type
Test results
Floatride Energy 5 Both sides (semi)

Comfort

Tongue padding

The tongue of the shoe is quite padded, measuring up to 8 mm. This might sound like a plus at first. However, it also makes the fit a little snug around the midfoot.

The additional padding on the tongue is what makes for a snugger fit, especially for those with larger insteps.

Reebok Floatride Energy 5 Tongue padding
Test results
Floatride Energy 5 8.0 mm
Average 5.6 mm
Compared to 294 running shoes
Number of shoes
0.5 mm
Tongue padding
14.2 mm

Removable insole

We didn't run into any issues when we tried switching out the insole with one from another shoe or when inserting custom orthotics. Everything fit just fine inside this Reebok.

Reebok Floatride Energy 5 Removable insole
Test results
Floatride Energy 5 Yes

Misc

Reflective elements

The Floatride Energy 5 from Reebok falls flat in terms of any reflective elements—there are simply none.

This is an aspect where Reebok really needs to step up their game for the next version of this daily trainer.

Reebok Floatride Energy 5 Reflective elements
Test results
Floatride Energy 5 No