Reebok Grasse RD 2 ST Review
The Reebok Grasse RD 2 ST is a reliable stability road shoe that has everything it takes to make you satisfied unless you’re looking for impeccable fashion-forward design and a water-resistant upper. Other than that, it’s a great shoe that deserves the attention of every overpronator looking for an affordable pair of running shoes.
- Lightweight for a stability shoe
- Flexible, with smooth heel-to-toe transition
- Good traction on dry surfaces
- Supportive, good for overpronators
- Not for cold, rainy and windy weather
The tread pattern of the shoe is named PWRzone, which increases the efficiency of the stride by dispersing the impact forces evenly throughout the foot. There is also the PwrPad technology which is located beneath the first metatarsal, which is meant to make the toe-off phase of the gait cycle more explosive.
There are numerous flex grooves throughout the full-length carbon rubber. These grooves range from really deep to shallow ones and are multidirectional, so as to enhance the natural stride and provide flexibility and comfort to the runner.
The TriZone midsole is a configuration that consists of two different types of foams. This dual-foam configuration is clearly visible on the shoe itself, given that the Energy Return EVA foam located at the heel is accentuated by a different color from the rest of the midsole. This foam helps to absorb impact and make for a smooth heel strike.
The second, full-length foam featured in the midsole is the brand’s famous Floatride Energy Foam, which is made of Expanded Polyurethane. This lightweight foam is responsive, but will also provide a lot of cushion. It’s made to be 50% lighter than the traditional EVA foam without losing any beneficial properties of standard EVA.
On top of the Floatride Energy Foam is the removable LiteStrike EVA molded sockliner which adds a layer of cushioning, but it also offers increased support to the arch, hugging the entire foot tightly (in a good way), which aids in correcting overpronation of the foot – more on that later on.
The Flexweave upper material is combined with discreet and thin no-sew overlays in the midfoot, while these overlays are fortified with one stitch in the heel area. The toes are protected by a thin, yet sturdy overlay as well.
The lacing system is traditional, with elongated eyelets that go slightly into the collar with the two top eyelets that allow for a tight fit. The collar and tongue on these stability running shoes are moderately padded, which creates a good balance between in-shoe support and breathability.
This weight positions the Grasse RD 2 ST in the very middle of the neutral running shoes category, which means that your feet won’t feel tired or run down by the sheer weight of the shoe, even on some longer runs. However, if you’re after an even more lightweight stability running shoe, you could take a look at what Sketchers has to offer.
The figure 8 shape weaving of the material in this stability running shoe will provide good air circulation throughout the shoe, which will result in a better and healthier in-shoe foot experience. However, this also means that this shoe isn’t all that great for winter months, where too much breathability can mean that your feet will constantly be cold. That being said, his shoe isn’t at the very top when it comes to breathability, due to the fact the mesh upper shoes are still unparalleled in the amount of airflow they offer.
The moderately padded collar and tongue of the shoe also provide a somewhat cushy feel to the runner, without suffocating the foot or making it too warm and sweaty. The only issue that you could potentially have comes from the fact that the tongue lacks a center loop through which the laces could go in order to prevent the tongue from slipping to the side while running. This issue hasn’t been reported by runners as of yet, but it is a possibility that’s worth keeping in mind.
The shoe comes in a lot of colorways which range from classic to colorful summery shades so that everyone can find a colorway that works for them.
It turns out that the carbon rubber used in the outsole construction isn’t called high-abrasion for nothing. One runner even stated that this shoe held up better than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS, which is a great achievement in an of itself.
The midsole of the shoe also held up well, without creasing too much or losing cushioning over time. The secret to the midsole’s durability is the thermoplastic inserts that increase the longevity of the shoe while also increasing the support. No runners reported any issues with the lacing and tongue, nor did anyone’s upper tear, which means that the overall durability of this road running shoe is great.
While this shoe does have a protective layer at the vamp, it doesn’t have the protective properties of a toe bumper on a regular trail running shoe, which means that you shouldn’t mistake this overlays as a sign that it’s safe to wear this shoes off-road.
This dual-foam configuration of the Reebok Grasse RD 2 ST makes this shoe surprisingly responsive, especially during the toe-off phase of the gait cycle, where the PwrPad technology also encourages bounce and explosiveness. Most runners were completely satisfied with the springy, yet protective running experience they had with this stability shoe.
The TriZone midsole configuration, as well as the LiteStrike EVA molded sockliner, play a big part in offering support for fallen arches and preventing the foot from going inwards while running. This shoe is also made for people who have medium-to-heavy weight and don’t intend to race in it.
If you’re experiencing issues with extreme overpronation, you might find a motion control shoe to suit your needs better, and if you’re searching for a supportive, anti-pronation shoe that is made for heavy people you can take a look at the Brooks Addiction Walker.
You can wear this shoe on concrete, pavements, light gravel, gym floors, track, treadmill, or any other flat surface that isn’t irregular and doesn’t have a sharp object on it. The Reebok Grasse RD 2 ST is made for medium and slow-paced runs and while it can serve as a long-distance road running shoe, keep in mind that its weight, although it isn’t heavy in the slightest, might still wear you down on long runs.
That being said, this shoe keeps the price at a normal range, despite being a high-quality stability shoe, and for the amount of cash you’ll pay for it, it’ll give you back much more.
The forefoot area of the outsole features a 12.9% Flex Angle that provides additional flexibility to the sole. This outsole configuration works great with the responsive properties of the TriZone midsole, creating a springy and elastic running experience, especially in the toe-off phase of the gait cycle.
Despite having a lot of cushion in the midsole, the sturdy carbon rubber outsole and the dual-foam midsole provide for a ride that a lot of runners considered being firmer, rather than completely cushioned. This, of course, is what every overpronator should be aiming for, meaning that this shoe is a great option for people looking for a moderate stability shoe.
● PWRzone tread pattern
● TriZone midsole with Energy Return EVA heel foam and Floatride Energy full-length foam
● Removable LiteStrike EVA molded sockliner
● Flexweave woven textile upper
● 10.2oz / 289g men’s and 8.2oz / 232g women’s half-size
● Very comfortable
● Great durability
● Road, track and treadmill shoe
● Good responsiveness
● Moderate stability shoe
● 10mm drop
The only reason not to buy it, if you’re having pronation issues, is if you’re living in a rainy or cold area, in which having a breathable shoe that isn’t waterproof would be a problem. However, if that’s not your case, you’re looking at a rare all-rounder of a shoe, that is well-balanced, high-quality and adequately priced.