Reebok Grasse RD 2 ST Review

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Reebok Grasse RD 2 ST Review Review Facts

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.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Lightweight for a stability shoe
  • Responsive
  • Versatile
  • Flexible, with smooth heel-to-toe transition
  • Good traction on dry surfaces
  • Comfortable
  • Breathable
  • Supportive, good for overpronators
Cons
  • Not for cold, rainy and windy weather
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Reebok Grasse Road 2 ST consists of a carbon rubber compound that is abrasion-resistant, which increases both its grip and durability. This resilient rubber is sturdy, but also possesses a level of elasticity which aids in the midsole’s responsiveness.

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.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

In recent days, Reebok has turned to produce lightweight midsole foams that provide a substantial amount of energy return, and the midsole of the Grasse RD 2 ST is no exception to this new trend. However, unlike a number of Reebok’s neutral running shoes that feature this type of midsole configuration, this shoe stands out from the crowd because it’s made for overpronators while keeping the similar midsole as the brand’s neutral shoes.

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.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The stylish and modern-looking upper of the Reebok Grasse RD 2 ST features the Flexweave woven textile. The name of this textile just about sums up its build – it’s flexible and features impressive elasticity that doesn’t make the foot feel constrained, and the threads it consists of are interwoven in a figure 8 shape, which increases the longevity of the upper.

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.
Weight
Weight

Weight

While the Reebok Grasse RD 2 ST isn’t an ultra-lightweight running shoe, with its weight of 10.2oz or 289g for the men’s half-size and 8.2oz or 232g for the women’s, it can easily be called a lightweight stability shoe, especially given the competition in this category.

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.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Flexweave upper of the Grasse Road 2 ST, which covers the entirety of the shoe’s upper, save for the small surfaces fortified with the no-sew overlays, allows for quite a bit of breathability. This upper configuration makes this shoe ideal for spring and summer months when over sweating is not only unpleasant but can cause blistering and discomfort.

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.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Reebok Grasse RD 2 ST is quite predictable when it comes to the level of comfort it offers. With the thick, cushioned midsole, a foot-hugging sockliner, and an elastic and breathable upper, there’s little that can go wrong in this department. Runners were by and large very satisfied with the amount of comfort this shoe has to offer. The brand has succeeded at creating a great balance between support, stability, and comfort, which doesn’t take away from any of the above-mentioned properties, but rather makes everything feel and work in sync.

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.
Style
Style

Style

This stability road running shoe stays truthful to the Reebok aesthetics and doesn’t try to mimic the silhouette of either Adidas or Nike, which a lot of runners appreciate. The Flexweave upper and the no-sew overlays create a sleek and modern look that could go together not only with sports clothing, but some casual everyday clothing as well.

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.
Durability
Durability

Durability

A lot of runners were not only satisfied but pleasantly surprised by the amount of durability this shoe has shown during various testing. The outsole of any shoe is usually the first to wear down with use, followed by the midsole soon after. However, the outsole of the Reebok Grasse RD 2 ST remained almost the same during the first 100 miles of testing the shoe on the road, which is an impressive result.

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.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The TriZone midsole of the Reebok Grasse RD 2 ST provides great underfoot protection because the two foams work together to absorb shock efficiently, without letting the foot sink in into the footbed completely. Additionally, there are reflective details on the heel, which of course don’t have any protective properties to the foot, but they are a great protective addition to anyone who prefers night runs.

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.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

While the foam layer in the heel primarily serves the purpose of absorbing shock, the energy absorbed from the heel is transmitted to the underlying foam compound, and the Floatride Energy Foam uses the absorbed energy and brings it back into the stride.

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.
Support
Support

Support

The Reebok Grasse RD 2 ST is a stability shoe which offers moderate arch support. This means that this stability shoe is made for runners who experience mild issues with overpronation and need a slight correction to their stride in order to avoid an irregular gait cycle.

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.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

This anti-overpronation shoe is made for road running and walking exclusively. Its build and construction aren’t made to facilitate off-road or trail excursions, due to the fact that the outsole lacks the traction capabilities for trail running, and that the upper is too sensitive to risk tearing on the trail.

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.
Price
Price

Price

The price of the Reebok Grasse RD 2 ST is more than adequate, and given its durability, which can probably provide you with two years of wear time, the price can even be considered affordable. Stability shoes are more expensive than neutral ones as a general rule, which stems from the fact that there are more high-quality neutral running shoes on the market.

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.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The resilient carbon rubber, paired with the PWRzone tread pattern, ensures that this shoe will have a good grip on various flat surfaces. The traction it provides enhances the overall stability of the shoe, making the sole slip-resistant. However, we haven’t found much information on how it performs on wet surfaces – probably due to the fact that not a lot of people opt to run in the rain in a textile upper shoe.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Flexweave upper material of the Reebok Grasse RD 2 ST provides excellent upper flexibility and adheres to the foot and its movements without creating discomfort and without getting in the way of the natural stride.

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.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Flexweave upper of the Reebok Grasse RD 2 ST provides essential foot stability due to the fact that it prevents the foot from slipping and sliding forward inside the shoe box. The Eva foam beneath the heel, and the stitched overlay in the upper, which stretches from midfoot to the heel area, enhance heel stability and prevent wobbling of the foot.

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.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Reebok Grasse RD 2 ST features a traditional drop of 10mm. This drop is most beneficial to heel strikers because it provides enough cushioning in the heel and allows for the thicker foam to be positioned right beneath it in order to absorb impact. However, even midfoot strikers could enjoy a 10mm drop, because the cushioned heel probably won’t get in the way of their natural stride, but will serve as a protection in case they strike heel-first once in a while.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

● Carbon rubber anti-abrasion outsole
● 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
● Breathable
● 10.2oz / 289g men’s and 8.2oz / 232g women’s half-size
● Very comfortable
● Affordable
● Great durability
● Road, track and treadmill shoe
● Flexible
● Good responsiveness
● Moderate stability shoe
● 10mm drop
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Reebok Grasse RD 2 ST is a moderate stability road running shoe that doesn’t have a lot of loose ends that could be deal-breakers in the long run. It is a durable, reliable shoe that aids in correcting mild overpronation, all the while being sufficiently stylish and versatile.

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.