“One of the classic legacy shoes in the ASICS line, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 23 is a neutral everyday trainer with sufficient cushioning, a comfortable ride and a versatile, do-everything vibe.” Read more…
“The HOKA Mach 4 is lightweight, smooth-riding, neutral-oriented everyday training shoe that gives off a soft, lively vibe. It has enough comfort, versatility and giddy-up to handle the rigors of all types of workouts.” Read more…
“The New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2 is a lightweight and responsive, neutral-oriented everyday training shoe. It’s a versatile shoe with an elite midsole foam and enough cushioning and bounciness to make it amenable to both running longer or faster.” Read more…
REEBOK NANO X1
“In its 11th version of the training shoe, the Reebok Nano X1 is back and better than ever! This year Reebok took a step away from its cross-training roots to create the new – Shoe of Fitness. We tested the Nano X1 during strength and cardio workouts to see how it measured up.” Read more…
When it comes to sustainability in the running industry, Reebok is leading the way. Reebok’s goal is to create innovative solutions that will help build a fitter planet without impacting performance. This is achieved by sourcing their product materials from nature or from processed plastic waste.
By 2030, Reebok plans to have 100% of their products be sustainable. Reebok measures sustainability by the following product categories:
[REE]GROW – made with at least 50% plant-based materials
[REE]CYCLED – minimum of 30% of the upper is recycled materials.
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Let’s take a deeper look at Reebok’s current sustainable product offering with the Reebok Forever Floatride Grow, Reebok Floatride Energy Grow and Reebok Nano X1 Vegan.
REEBOK FOREVER FLOATRIDE GROW
PERFORMANCE RUNNING SHOES MADE WITH AT LEAST 50% PLANT-BASED MATERIALS
Sustainable doesn’t mean sacrificing quality and performance. Reebok Forever Floatride Grow is a neutral running shoe made with at least 50% plant-based materials to reduce petroleum-based plastics, one step at a time. The midsole is comprised of castor beans which provides a high-performance, lightweight and responsive cushioning.
A BLOOM algae EVA socklier in the the Forever Floatride Grow adds comfortable cushion underfoot for a soft ride.
The Forever Floatride Grow upper is made of flexible eucalyptus tree textile which is very breatheable. The outsole is comprised of natural rubber which creates a flexible and durable running shoe.
REEBOK’S NEWEST ITERATION IN SUSTAINABLE PERFORMANCE FOOTWEAR
Floatride Energy GROW combines the award-winning Floatride Energy 3.0 with the commitment and responsibility to protect the environment and strive to create a fitter planet.
Floatride Energy GROW is an industry-leading shoe within Reebok’s [REE]GROW category, which guarantees the product is made of at least 50% plant-based materials in an effort to reduce petroleum-based plastics, one step at a time.
Castor beans, eucalyptus, bloom algae, and natural rubber have been researched and tested to deliver on performance without compromise.
Key features include:
Castor bean midsole, reformulated to improve durability and deliver responsive, lightweight cushioning mile after mile.
Durable, breathable eucalyptus upper, re-engineered for more structure and support to provide a better performance fit.
Natural rubber, providing a flexible outsole for traction and durability.
Bloom algae sockliner for added underfoot comfort.
Refined midsole geometry to provide more underfoot cushioning for a more supportive feel, combined with a beveled heel and increased toe-spring for a seamless heel-to-toe transition and a smooth underfoot ride.
It’s no secret that climate change is happening – and as runners, we tend to notice changes within our environments rather quickly. Whether it be more air pollution (hello, Denver!), decrease in annual snowfall or even dangerous increases in precipitation and rain.
However, running sustainably means more than just wearing plastic-free and recycled gear. Sustainability starts at the beginning of the production process, ensuring workers have fair wages, human rights, benefits and more. Below are some of our brand partners that are focused on both sustainable products and human rights.
SUSTAINABLY SOURCED: Our definition: Materials that have little to no impact on the environment, including production process and post-consumption.
Reebok has sustainability locked-in when it comes to sustainability practices by releasing their [REE]GROW and [REE]CYCLED lines of footwear and apparel. Employing eucalyptus bark, castor bean oil, bloom algae, natural rubber and recycled polyester into their manufacturing has allowed Reebok to stay ‘ahead of the thread’.
For over 25 years, Icebreaker has led the way in outdoor sustainability apparel. Their secret? Dedication to sustainable methods…and their fan-favorite Merino wool. What is Merino?
“Merino is super lightweight, soft, non-itchy, non-clammy, warm in the cold and cool in the heat. Plus, it has a miraculous ability to resist odor. Because it was made in the mountains rather than in a petrochemical laboratory. Merino wool fiber is naturally renewable, recyclable and biodegradable*.”
They have lofty goals of using only 100% natural fibers (goodbye, plastic!) by 2023. Beyond their materials, they look at the intersectionality of their workers + what sustainability means. We’re happy to have partners like them who exceed industry averages in labor practices, hours, wages, benefits and more. Learn more about their dedication to human rights here.
Have shoes you no longer wear? Visit your local running store and ask if they have a donation bin for used shoes.
ABOUT THE LOOP
What is the loop? The loop is in reference to the lifecycle of a product. Instead of it going from production to business to consumer to waste, in a loop system the product is able to stay out of the landfill and looped back into recycling or other uses.
ADIDAS THREE LOOP STRATEGY
“Through sport, we have the power to change lives”
The team at adidas has a strong understanding of what it means to play for the environment. The were the first in the industry to bring eco-innovations to the mass market. They are founding members of Better Cotton, Leather Working Group and the Fair Labor Association. Their commitment has allowed adidas to pave a clear path for others to follow. Working toward a circular model (where products can be recycled, returned or remade once the user no longer needs it) has brought them to their Three Loop Strategy – Made with recycled materials, Made to be remade, Made to regenerate.
We’re proud to carry part of the adidas Parley collection. These adidas styles take plastic from the ocean and turns it into best-selling footwear.
When it comes to finding our movement through sustainable choices, running footwear and apparel are an easy first step to take. With all of the options available today, the team at JackRabbit is excited to carry top sustainable footwear and apparel brands, making them readily accessible for our customers.
In its 11th version of the training shoe, the Reebok Nano X1 is back and better than ever! This year Reebok took a step away from its cross-training roots to create the new – Shoe of Fitness. We tested the Nano X1 during strength and cardio workouts to see how it measured up.
Reebok Nano X1 changes make it a more well-rounded shoe. It can be used for light lifts, training classes, and light cardio work
The Nano X1 feels like a feather compared to the previous version dropping 2 oz from the Nano X. Nano X1 moves quickly during tempo and interval training.
Reebok added 4mm of drop more well-rounded High-Intensity Interval Training shoe. The new stack height aids in getting into a better position for squatting.
Reebok bumped the cushioning with its new running-based Floatride Energy foam. Use these on your next HIIT or sprint session without sacrificing comfort.
FIT, FEEL, RIDE
The curved heel on the Nano X1 & added cushioning provides a “locked-in” impression when setting up to squat. The Nano X1 flex weave knit upper makes the Nano X feel sluggish in comparison.
The Nano’s has a wide toe box making it true to size. If you enjoy a little extra room, go a half size up.
WHO IT’S BEST FOR
The Nano X1 is the best overall fitness shoe on the market right now. If you need a shoe that is up for any workout, this is the style for you.
Runners who like to combine running with plyometric training will love this shoe because of the added running-friendly features such as float ride foam and added stack height.
Orange Theory-type workouts and gym class enthusiasts will love having the Nano X1 in their lineup. The lighter feel might even give you the edge you need to make the leaderboard.
PROS: REEBOK NANO X1
One of the best aspects of the Nano X1 is its weight. The Nano X1 is lighter than most training shoes on the market.
The added stack height and Reebok’s flex weave tech make it the most runnable version and a very versatile shoe for athletes with a variety of workout types and intensities on their schedule.
CONS: REEBOK NANO X1
The shoe’s collar height and rigidity may cause some issues if you are a low-profile sock fan. We recommend pairing these with some high cushion running sock-like Balega.
The Reebok Floatride Energy 3.0 is an affordable, lightweight and versatile everyday trainer built for runners with a neutral gait pattern. It’s light and springy enough to run moderately fast, cushy enough to run long and durable enough to hold up for an entire summer of running.
The new engineered mesh upper is the biggest upgrade. It really changes (and improves) the fit, feel and ride of this shoe. The laces have also been improved and there’s a new heel flare to accommodate the Achilles tendon.
The single-layer Floatride Energy Foam is light and responsive. This gives the shoe a mildly energetic vibe in every stride even if nowhere near the lively pop of some higher priced shoes.
It’s cushy and moderately soft, but it tends to feel slightly more firm than some softer, bouncier midsole compounds. More than anything, it gives the shoe a do-everything, agile demeanor.
The new upper is durable, breathable and helps bolster the secure fit. When you lace it up and start running in it, you get the idea that your foot is anchored to a lightweight shoe ready for whatever type of running you plan to do.
The outsole is reliably grippy with a mix of firm, durable rubber and a section of softer, tackier rubber. This gives it the ability to provide good traction on wet and dry pavement. It also adds some softness and spring to the ride.
FIT, FEEL, RIDE
The fit of the Floatride Energy 3.0 is a bit long, you should consider a 1/2 size smaller than normal. The medium-volume interior feels sparsely cushioned and modestly comfortable inside, but it’s not notably plush or luxurious like some other shoes.
There’s a reliable locked-down feeling from the lacing system. Also, it has a partially gusseted tongue, which allows for an engaged, connective feeling out on a run. The firm heel counter and heel counter padding helped round out the fit and feel, providing a touch of comfort and confidence in every stride.
The midsole foam feels compliant and resilient even if slightly on the firmer side and not at all bouncy. It allows for smooth heel-to-toe transitions and is similarly comfortable running slow and moderately fast.
WHO IT’S BEST FOR
New and novice runners will love this shoe for its relative simplicity and versatility at such a budget-friendly price. The Floatride Energy 3.0 can certainly be the only shoe in your quiver, a model capable of handling your long runs, up-tempo workouts and recovery runs.
It’s not especially dynamic or comfortable or fast, but it’s definitely sufficient for running every day of the week if that’s what you’re looking for in a running shoe.
PROS: REEBOK FLOATRIDE ENERGY 3.0
Let’s be honest, there aren’t high expectations for a $100 shoe, especially with so many shoes in the $130 to $160 range or much higher. But the reason you should be interested in this shoe is what it offers for that price.
And quite honestly, yet it excels at everything our wear-testers asked it to do — it runs well and feels good and has the durability to get you through a season of running — so ultimately this shoe is a worthy purchase.
Looks aren’t everything, but the aesthetics of the Floatride Energy 3.0 looks much better than its predecessor. The improved engineered mesh upper gives it a speedier and more stylish look, a shoe that will inspire you to lace up and run more.
The tradition 9mm heel-toe offset make this shoe feel a bit chunkier in the heel than some shoes, but that just allows it to better accommodate for heel-striking gait patterns. That also makes it more conducive to slow and moderate paces, but the springy properties of the midsole foam also allow it to run faster.
CONS: REEBOK FLOATRIDE ENERGY 3.0
This shoe isn’t a glamorous top-of-the-line model. Compared to higher-priced shoes in the performance trainer or premium cushioned trainer categories, the Floatride Energy 3.0 isn’t as light, plush or energetic. But it’s still reliably functional as an everyday training shoe.
Available at JackRabbit, the Reebok Forever Floatride Grow is a trailblazing innovation in sustainable running shoes.
Reebok, committing to reduce their use of petroleum-based materials in their products, have launched the Reebok Forever Floatride Grow made with products from plants and is featured as part of their Cotton + Corn lifestyle collection.
REPLACING OIL-BASED PRODUCTS WITH PLANTS
The new plant-based running shoe, is actually an updated version of Reebok’s award-winning Forever Floatride Energy.
To start, each component in the Floatride Grow was meticulously researched and tested in order to identify the most sustainable natural ingredients. They needed to meet the high performance standards required for a best-in-class running shoe.
Enter materials such as castor beans, eucalyptus tree, bloom algae foam and finally natural rubber. The latter sourced from real rubber trees rather than petroleum-based rubber found in other performance gear.
Outsole: Algae-based EVA foam sock-liner, natural rubber outsole
The running community has been one of the most vocal when it comes to demanding more sustainable products. Consequently, Reebok and other brands have focused on innovation and are responding.
“The earth is a runner’s arena, and we have a responsibility to help detox the world for the athletes who run in it,” said Matt O’Toole, Reebok Brand President.
“Our Cotton + Corn collection was the first step in making shoes from things that grow. Now, we have taken an award-winning running shoe, the Forever Floatride Energy, and reinvented it using natural materials to create what we feel is the most sustainable performance running shoe on the market.”
The Reebok Symmetros, or to use it’s formal name, the Reebok Floatride Energy Symmetros, is all that. A versatile new style from Reebok is ready to meet the needs of most runners. Read on to learn more.
The Floatride Energy Symmetros is designed to be the shoe that can do it all – from track workouts to long runs and everything in between.
The Reebok Symmetros has one goal – to serve the needs of most runners. The Reebok product team presented the question, “What would a shoe that works for 85% of the running population look like?”
From there, they got to work building the answer.
The Symmetros is a high-cushion, lightweight, neutral trainer.
The midsole of the Symmetros features Reebok’s award winning Floatride Energy foam. Floatride Energy is a material made from nitrogen-infused TPE. It’s soft, responsive, and lightweight.
It has cushion for comfort without feeling bulky and still gives the runner superior energy return with every step.
The real stories here, though, are the beveled angle of the heel and added toe spring – a combination from the Reebok lab team to provide optimal balance and support. Add to this, a smooth heel-to-toe ride every step of the run.
FIT, FEEL, RIDE
A hug in a shoe!
The Symmetros’ breathable mesh upper hugs the foot. It features a molded, padded heel cup gives the runner a locked-in feel. An internal gusset cradles the mid-foot for added support, and an Ortholight molded sockliner complements the softness of the Floatride Energy foam for enhanced underfoot comfort.
The designers at Reebok take their inspiration from the consumer who lives boldly and won’t sacrifice function for style.
“As we began to see success with the Forever Floatride Energy in the last couple of years, we wanted to push ourselves to continue to show up for the runner’s needs with that consumer in mind.
The Symmetros was born out of that goal – how do we serve the needs of the majority of the running community without asking them to sacrifice functionality for style?
The Symmetros has both – the beveled heel provides an unexpected silhouette for the consumer who wants to stand out; the word-mark and color-blocking on the heel echo the consumer’s signature bold style; and last but not least, this design comes to life with materials that show up for the runner in every workout.”
WHO IT’S BEST FOR
The Reebok Symmetros was designed with every run in mind. The shoe is lightweight, so it will feel fast for a tempo run or on the track. But, it still has the durability of a workhorse – a taller stack of Floatride Energy foam and the bevel of its midsole combine to create a soft & smooth underfoot feel that doesn’t quit in the later miles of a long run.
For the past 10 years, the Reebok Nano X has been a leading footwear cross-training world. It’s helped to clarify the distinction between traditional running footwear and cross-trainers and helped understand the importance of pairing your training with the proper footwear.
What has always set the Reebok Nano apart from its competitors is its durability in such a large variety of exercises. Both experts and novices in the sport can agree that this shoe is built to last through every jump, every lift, and every sprint.
This year’s model, the Nano X, is the culmination of 10 years of improvements and adjustments, always pushing the boundaries of what it means to be the ultimate cross-training shoe.
The Nano X features an upper with an all-new Flexweave, mesh material, designed to feel a little lighter than its previous version, while still retaining its durability.
The design of the upper also comes with a significant upgrade, including a mid/high rise heel cup for increased stability and a thinner tongue for comfort.
The new Nano X also now features more flexibility in the outer sole, making quick movements even easier in this latest iteration.
The Reebok Nano X feels as durable as it is comfortable. Unlike most traditional running shoes, this cross-trainer boasts a minimal drop outsole. This keeps the wearer more level with the ground, allowing for maximum stability during exercises such as jumping or lifting.
However, just because the shoe works well in the weight-room, doesn’t mean that it isn’t also effective for short distance running. It’s improved flexibility make running and jumping feel even more natural and truly sets it apart from its predecessors.
WHO’S IT BEST FOR?
The Reebok Nano X is a prefect solution for ever runner who wants to add cross-training to their routine.
Industry experts have spoken for years about the importance of cross-training for runners. And if you’re going to cross train, you need the proper footwear for lateral movements.
Whether it be weightlifting or taking the occasional HIIT class, cross-training activities provide many benefits to runners. We’re talking injury prevention, rehabilitation, muscle and strengthening joints.
From everything from burpees and jumping jacks to sprints and deadlifts, the Nano X will support your cross-training.
Pros: Reebok Nano X
The most important feature of the Nano X is its durability. Cross-training requires a shoe that can support quick movements, extensive jumps, and heavy lifts without breaking down.
The sturdy outsole and the mid-level heel cup of the Nano X both provide a larger level of comfort and stability than a traditional running shoe during cross-training activities.
Cons: Reebok Nano X
Although the Nano X is the most ‘runnable’ Nano yet, it is only meant for shorter running distances, supporting the the runner up to a 5k.
The Nano X does have a good amount of flexibility for a cross-training shoe, but not as much as your traditional trainer.