In amongst the poor shoes it was once producing, Reebok did have a couple of gems – performance shoes that used its brilliant lightweight, responsive 3D Ultralyte one-piece midsole/outsole. For the first time, Reebok has created a double density 3D Ultralyte shoe – it also incorporates the shear strip from the FSM - which could be great news if you’re after a stable, fast trainer.
Certainly the Road Lite provides a smoother, faster and more responsive ride than the FSM. It isn’t quite as supportive as its stablemate, but has a much better heel-to-toe transition, and many of our wear-testers preferred it of the two shoes. The one down side is that it’s heavier than previous shoes to have used 3D Ultralyte – such as the Premier Lite
and 3D Flyer – because of the firmer second density, the shear strip and the heavier upper. That means it won’t be as light as some runners wearing performance trainers would like, and it certainly feels bulkier than similar shoes in this sector.
The Road Lite is the best of the two new Reeboks and is well worth a test run. It’s quick and responsive, while at the same time stable and protective. A great combination, and if Reebok can just shave off a few grams, it’ll be one of the best shoes of this type available.
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Reebok Premier Lite (£50); Nike Air Skylon
(£60); Asics Gel Verdict DS