Notable elements of the Reebok Floatride Run ULTK

- Road running shoes are popular athletic clothes. The Reebok Floatride Run ULTK aims to be a part of the family of products that people can go to for their daily running sessions. The upper unit has a modern vibe to it, with a knitted fabric gracing the front and a 3D-mapped heel cradle that receives the rear of the foot. A thermoplastic cage maintains in-shoe security for those intense runs.

- Underfoot cushioning is the responsibility of the full-length midsole unit, with Floatride Foam dealing with the brunt of the impact shock and the transition towards the toe-off. An ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) rim sits on top of the Floatride, acting as sidewalls that center the foot in place. Rubber protects the midsole from the abrasive nature of the surfaces.

Size and fit

The Reebok Floatride Run ULTK was made using the standard measurements. Runners are welcome to get a pair with their usual sizing expectations in mind. However, a pleasant in-shoe hug can be affected by physically testing the shoe in brick-and-mortar stores and/or studying feedback from other users.

The quality of the fit is influenced by several elements, namely the form-fitting quality of the Ultraknit upper, the foot-shaped curve of the lasting board, and the fit-adjustment system (shoelaces and midfoot cage). When mixed, these accouterments give a snug and secure fit.

Outsole

Rubber serves as the outsole unit of the Reebok Floatride Run ULTK. This compound shields the base of the midsole foam from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. It also provides traction, a trait that is important in all running shoes.

A tread-pattern of rectangles pockmarks the external rubber pad. These nodes heighten the quality of the traction, ensuring that the runner is surefooted when taking to the roads.

The presence of the traction nodes gives way to the existence of flex grooves, recesses in the rubber platform that are meant to heighten the bending capacity of the entire sole unit.

Midsole

Floatride Foam is the technology that ensures cushioning for the underfoot. This feature runs the whole length of the Reebok Floatride Run ULTK, offering a ride that is touted to be lighter than the industry-standard foams. It is also flexible yet able to retain its form, even after many runs.

A foam rim is placed right on top of the Floatride, serving as steadying walls that prevent in-shoe wobbling or positional deviation with regards to the balanced location of the foot within the interior compartment. The compound that is used for this feature is ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). Raised sidewalls are slowly making the trend, gracing many stability running shoes like the latest iterations of the Brooks Transcend and the Ravenna.

Upper

Ultraknit is the fabric that is used for the majority of the Reebok Floatride Run ULTK’s upper unit. This material is likened to a woven cloth as it is light, flexible, and breathable.

The heel part features a cradle that has the form of a 3D-mapped Achilles region. The purpose of this accouterment is to secure the foot in place and prevent it from exiting the interior chamber accidentally.

A thermoplastic cage wraps the left and right sides of the silhouette, as well as the heel. The purpose of this wraparound skeleton is to help the traditional lacing system when it comes to locking the foot in place.

Popularity

The current trend of Reebok Floatride Run ULTK.
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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.