Evaluation With the introduction of the Premier Ultra, Reebok has added the one type of shoe lacking from its Premier range – a straight cushioning model. In the past, the company relied on its DMX air pocket system for cushioning. This was never better than average, and only really appealed to heavier runners. For light- to midweight wearers it was too stiff, firm and unresponsive. With the Premier series, DMX air was replaced by DMX Foam, and that’s what you get in the Ultra.
In fact, you get three layers of material in the Ultra’s midsole – DMX Foam on top, then the Shear Strip first seen in the FSM and the Road Lite, and, finally, traditional EVA. All of these combine to produce pleasant, compliant cushioning. The Ultra feels plusher than any of the other Premier shoes, and far superior to the old DMX models.
That plushness isn’t at the expense of a nice ride, though. While heelstrike feels soft, transition from heel-to-toe is smooth. And while there is no second density, the Ultra offers decent levels of stability. At 390g it is a little heavy, though.
In short The Ultra offers plush cushioning, a nice ride and decent stability. It’s the best Reebok cushioning shoe for some time. (Available January.)
Try it on if you liked Nike Air Pegasus 2002 (£60); New Balance 1022 (£75)