Reebok Premier Lite £50

Posted: 29 November 2002

Weight 312g
Evaluation Previous Reebok shoes that have used its one-piece Ultralyte midsole and outsole material have been by far the firm's best products. Shoes such as the Electrolyte and Fusion V were good racing shoes for the heavier runner, or fast trainers for the lighter athlete. Like these shoes, the Lite offers cushioning at a relatively light weight. And it's a perfectly competent, fast training shoe. It has a similar weight and ride to last summer's £50 Fusion V, but a remodelled upper. What has changed is that there's no flared rubber medial shank. Instead there's a plastic stability insert, though the shoe isn't as stable as the Fusion/Electrolyte shoes. If you want a responsive and light, if moderately firm, shoe for quicker training - or a racer for heavier runners - this shoe offers a reasonable start without breaking the bank. (Lighter runners could also consider the £50 New Balance 730, which is fun but more minimalist; runners with more to spend could try springier £60 shoes, such as the Wave Precision or New Balance 830.)
In short If you liked the Fusion and Electrolyte, you should like the Premier Lite. It's heavier, but it still cuts it as a fast trainer, or a racer for the bigger runner.
Try it on if you liked Reebok Fusion V (£50); Fila FGT 300 (£60); Nike Air Skylon (£60)

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