Fusion is Reeboks name for any shoe that combines Ultralite midsole/outsole foam with any element of DMX moving-air cushioning. While the £50 Fusion V
simply uses the thin airbag that normally sits on top of Reeboks DMX chambers, the Fusion C uses the chambers as well. The theory behind DMX chambers is that as your feet roll through the gait cycle, they gain cushioning and stability by pushing air from one chamber to the next. If the Fusion C looks familiar, its because its this springs Sky DMX Lite
with a new upper.
The good news is that its 20g lighter, and its lost the weird quilted upper. Its still nothing like the original Fusion, which was a lightweight performance trainer, but its a decent cushioned shoe on a broad platform. If you like the idea of Reeboks 10-chamber DMX system and youre wondering whether to go for the Fusion C or the £90 Icon 10 DMX
, youll find the Fusion C the lighter, smoother option, with a more flexible forefoot feel. The Fusion C also has a broader fit.
We couldnt, hand on heart, say that the Fusion C was worth £100, but if you like the looks and the fit, its hard to imagine that youd be disappointed by the feel. Its a decent day-in, day-out option for light and midweight runners who have no biomechanical problems but want a smooth shoe with a relatively stable base.
Try it if you liked
Reebok Sky DMX Lite (£90); Asics Gel Cumulus (£65)
; New Balance 1020 (£70); Nike Air