Launched early 2019, the Reebok Floatride Everyday (RFE) came after the releases of the elite Floatride Run Fast Pro (an eye-watering US$250) and Floatride Run Fast (US$140). At US$100, the RFE is the cheapest option in Reebok’s line of Floatride models. These 3 are, of course, progeny of the Floatride Run, a very decent daily trainer I also had the chance of running in a couple of years ago. Now that I’m slowly building the fitness back again after a 2-week post-marathon break, I’ve had the chance to finally run in the RFE. The RFE along with the Zoom Fly 3 are my go-to’s for the upcoming 8-week Foundation Phase, now that I’ve retired the Zoom Fly Flyknit and Ultraboost Uncaged.
I’ll keep my review succinct, so let’s get going.
Stack height: 29mm/19mm (per Runningwarehouse)
Weight: 9.45oz/268g (US10, as personally weighed. They’re a full ounce heavier than the Turbo but more than half an ounce lighter than the Zoom Fly 3).
Type: Versatile daily trainer.
Fit: True to size. Not sure why Runningwarehouse and some reviewers advise sizing down. If in doubt, always try them out in-stores.
- Accommodating forefoot provides very nice toe splay and wiggle room for the digits.
- Very breathable engineered mesh, with tighter weave in the high-stress areas.
- Internal stiffeners for the toe-box, none of those hard and rigid stuff.
- No extraneous strips. Just very thin strips of overlays in the midfoot section to provide some structure.
- Tongue padding is just nice.
- Semi-rigid heel counter with external laminated reinforcements
- Reflective strips in the upper and on the heel counter
- Single piece Floatride Energy TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer), which is similar to that of the Fuel Cell. Not the PEBAX used in the higher-end Floatride models.
- A bit of midsole flare. Provides a wide base for the feet to sit on.
- Firmer and less squishy to the touch compared to React, a little similar to Skechers’ Hyper Burst.
- Lighter than Boost and EVERUN.
- Full contact hard rubber outsole with mini waffle-like lugs.
- Feels like sticky rubber to the touch. Assured traction across all the surfaces I’ve run on. I fully expect the same performance under wet conditions as well.
- Average toe-spring. Interesting article on toe-spring
- The shoes are indeed versatile! They feel at home when taken slow and are totally at ease when the pace is pushed. They feel like shoes a full ounce lighter.
- The RFE’s cushioning is on the firmer end of the scale but they are anything but harsh – firmer than React and Boost but softer than Revlite. I’ve no business with overly firm shoes, but these won’t trash up your legs. I ran a 10-miler on sore legs the day after a bruising 10K race and my legs didn’t feel as chewed up as I’d feared. I attribute the firmness to the hard rubber outsole, which took away some of the softness inherent in the Floatride Energy midsole. If Reebok replaces the forefoot outsole material to blown rubber, it’ll be even more awesome.
- Smooth and responsive.
- Stable, due to the shoes’ wider base.
- I like the RFE more than the Beacon. FreshFoam of the Beacon feels dead after 200KM.
- The outsole looks to be durable, with minimal wear after 50K. No issues hitting 500K in the RFE.
- Breathability was great and I didn’t end up with soggy socks after my sessions.
The Reebok Floatride Everyday is a comfortable daily trainer that’s comfortable at whatever pace you run at. I would easily grab these for 10 milers and on days when I prefer a slightly firmer ride. For longer distances, my choice would be the Pegasus Turbo, while the chunky and heavier Zoom Fly 3 would be for those slow draggy sessions. At RM415 after discount at RSH, the RFE presents a good value purchase. They’re no-frills shoes, durable and versatile as is something I’d pick over the Kinvara 10 and Beacon.
If you’re on a budget yet don’t want to compromise on performance, check these babies out. I expect the RFE to go sale come Q4 2019.