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Reebok Floatride Run 2 Performance Review

December 16, 2019 by tinmy2014  

The Reebok Floatride Run 2 is a futuristic looking distance running shoe. But don’t let the non-traditional upper fool you. The Floatride Run 2 performs well and gives you a comfortable new silhouette that can bounce effortlessly between casual wear and performance.

Cushion
There’s a lot of runners out there that haven’t tried Reebok’s Floatride foam cushioning. If that’s you, do yourself a favor and buy a shoe featuring Floatride.

It’s a Pebax foam like Nike’s ZoomX (which appears on the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 and Nike’s premiere racing shoe, the Vaporfly Next%). And just like ZoomX, Floatride is awesome. It’s similar in bounce and energy return to Adidas’ Boost, but denser and somehow lighter. Floatride is what Boost HD should have been. You won’t sink down into the foam as much as you do with Boost. And that’s really nice when you’re tackling speed workouts.

And for those of you that ran in the first Floatride Run, version 2 features 20% more foam. So you get more foam and more bounce for the same price.

TRACTION

The Reebok Floatride Run 2 features a ladder-like pattern with plentiful nubs and thick rubber. It’s got great ground contact and there wasn’t any slippage in wet conditions. I’ve run over 50 miles in my pair but looking at the traction you’d think I’ve only run a few miles. The outsole is super durable and should easily last more than 300 miles.

MATERIALS

The Floatride Run 2 features a two piece upper construction. The heel is a polyester moisture wicking material stuffed with foam padding and a plastic heel counter. The midfoot and forefoot are made of Reebok’s UltraKnit (great airflow). There’s also a TPU cage that surrounds the midfoot and wraps around the heel and along the base of the shoe for stability.

With the two piece upper you have to watch out for the knit folding over on itself as you slide your foot into the shoe. You get used to avoiding any folding after wearing them a few times so it’s no longer an issue for me.

It’s a minimalist set of materials, and though they’re organized in a new way, they’re very similar to what you’ll see on other running shoes.

SUPPORT

The Reebok Floatride Run 2’s support comes from three different parts of the shoe.

The first is the heel piece. It’s seamless, includes a large internal plastic heel counter, and extends to the midfoot on both the lateral and medial sides of the shoe. It keeps you on top of the midsole during turns and prevents heel movement.

The second part that delivers support is the TPU cage. Like the Adidas Ultraboost line, the TPU cage includes the lace holes. The TPU cage in the Floatride Run 2 is made of thick plastic and extends around the entire foot. It wraps around the heel both along the divide between the midsole/upper and around the top of the heel counter. In addition, the TPU cage features an outrigger on the medial heel that extends into the flared Floatride midsole. The outrigger is an ingenious little addition that eliminates any wobbles to the inside of the foot. Finally, the TPU cage extends to the tips of your toes. You sit inside the TPU cage till the ball of your foot, but the TPU cage still stretches around the toe area. The TPU cage is probably more support than most runners need but it makes the mostly knit Floatride Run 2 as stable as a traditionally built shoe.

The final part that creates support is the flared midsole. All around your foot the midsole flares out to create a stable base. You’ve got extra midsole protecting you in all directions. Despite being mostly made of knit, this is not the type of shoe where you’ll slide off the footbed.

FIT

The curry 7 runs a little long. Width wise it will be too tight to go down a ½ size for most people. The UltraKnit does loosen up and break in over time but the TPU cage is still there so buying a smaller size isn’t the answer. Luckily, lockdown is really really good so the extra bit of room in the toe doesn’t mean you’re sliding back and forth with each step. The length is a small annoyance but not something that should prevent you from purchasing.

The Floatride Run 2’s upper feels very similar to the Adidas Ultraboost 19. And just like with the Ultraboost 19, you should be able to tie the laces once and then slip them on and off without ever having to retie the laces.

OVERALL

The Reebok Floatride Run 2 looks great and got me a lot of compliments. It’s a supportive, breathable, and extremely well cushioned shoe with a few flaws like too much length.

At $150, the kyrie 6 is on the higher end of running shoe pricing. The price is justified because the shoe is well rounded and durable enough to last for a ton of miles.