“Running is a simple sport and the only real essential gear for most of us are shoes.”
Okay so to make them the fastest shoes in the world someone needs to run a world record in them or some such thing – but they are the lightest.
Get this, the shoe weighs 3.52oz!!!! (To give perspective that about the weight of 3.5 envelopes!)
Let me introduce you to the Reebok Floatride Run Fast Pro!
So I heard about this insanely light shoe from Reebok and had to find out more. I inquired and soon enough a box arrived from the friendly folks at Reebok. Little did they know that they would have to wait a few months for this busy runningdad to get the blog review done!
WHAT YOU GET
Here are the details of what makes up the shoe and what Reebok recommends you use it for:
- Materials: Engineered mesh to offer support and breathable flexibility
- Best for: Racing, intervals, tempo workouts, neutral foot strike
- Floatride foam sockliner for lightweight comfort
- EVA sockliner for lightweight comfort
- Ultra thin high traction outsole for optimal grip
- Floatride Foam is significantly lighter than traditional EVA foam, for soft, lightweight cushioning
- Bootie construction for a comfortable sock-like fit
- 3.52oz. 6mm Drop
- Best for: racing, intervals, tempo workouts, neutral foot strike
- Materials: single layer engineered mesh upper and Floatride Foam technology for superior cushioning
- Product code: CN7006
- Product colour: White / Solar Yellow / Black
I liked this racing flat. The fit was comfortable and despite being insanely light and with minimal midsole and upper material it felt like a solid shoe and cushioned my foot well.
- Silly, silly light – like you are not wearing anything
- Comfortable fit for my feet
- Decent width at forefoot (I have average foot width)
- Snug heel but thin heelcup
- Outsole has just enough material and lugs for road racing or track
Running on it felt better than some other lightweight racing flat I have worn and did not feel like I was standing on the road with nothing underneath and di not feel like I had no cushioning underneath. I was instantly impressed.
I went for a few quick runs and it felt as close to barefoot running but with some cushioning underneath as I have ever felt. I pushed off hard, slowed to 10k pace and still felt good. Impressed.
WHAT MAKES THEM LIGHT
Its the Floatride foam used in the midsole that really is the thing to focus on here. The foam was actually used by Reebok to design lightweight, cushioned shoes for NASA astronauts (article). Impressive. When the upper is just enough material to provide a little support and be comfortable and then the outsole is just enough material (little bits)—it makes for a ridiculously light shoe —did I mention its light?!
The Floatride racing flat weight 3.52oz…lets compare that to few other racing/light shoes you may know.
- New Balance 1400 7.90oz
- Mizuno Wave Ekidan 11 5.2oz
- Brooks Hyperion 6.6oz
- Brooks Wire 4 Track Spike 3.9oz
Love the fit and comfort and cushioning. I love the lightness and feel on the run (for someone who is lean and relatively light on my feet). Its basically a running/racing shoe that weighs a little less than a light track spike that you can run on the roads with.
I would recommend this shoe for efficient, quicker runners who are looking for an amazingly light racer shoe to squeeze seconds from their times. For $300, its not cheap but definitely worth it. You will see me with this shoe on for some races, workouts and maybe time trials!
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