Reebok Hexaffect Run 2.0

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Many fans of athleisure products and fitness footwear tend to sleep on Reebok, which is a real shame. Although their popularity has waned in recent years, they never reached the same heights that acclaimed brands such as Adidas and Nike have, despite offering a wide range of functional and adequately fashionable products. In particular, Reebok has created some fantastic training shoes, with their recent line of Crossfit-focused trainers being particularly impressive. The Reebok Hexaffect Run is their take on a highly functional running shoe, with considerable design emphasis being placed on providing a fantastic running experience wrapped up in a durable and comfortable shell.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Excellent outsole design
  • Fantastic underfoot traction and flexibility
  • Terrific blend of breathability and protection
  • Superb durability
  • Affordable price
Cons
  • Somewhat garish style
  • Limited availability
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Positive
  • I’m a part time runner, not many miles a week, good ventilation from the upper, nice for dirt surfaces but not to much on the road, flexibility is fine and support from the sole unit seems good to. Snug fit from the upper but could be more supportive, its not a pricey shoe and it’s ok for moderate running.
  • I found its a love it or hate it shoe, very comfy but don’t hit the trail with these unless you’re just hiking, climbing would also be fine and the tread is effective, had mine for almost a year and I use this shoe for what is was designed for. I’m going to get another pair or maybe go for the next upgrade.
  • These fit me well and I feel they are durable, they fit and feel like cross fit shoes rather than running shoes, comfortable enough on local runs but don’t work for free runs any longer distance, the shoe base is big and stable and lots of breathable fabric. I like the memory foam insoles.
  • Don’t give much thought to the shoes ripping easily unless you have very wide feet or are bow legged, take a good stride and choose firm surfaces and these run good enough. I’m out on a ride about twice a week total about eight miles and I’m happy with these so far. The price is cheap and the shoes are made well and comfortable enough and they don’t really need much breaking in.
  • Bought a pair for my son, he is 10, he’s got giant feet and very wide for his age, he says they are very comfortable, loves the memory cushion and walks everywhere in them, he not a runner but he does challenge a pair of shoes and these are working for him.
  • I can say this, these have breathable tops, the memory foam feels good and I like the comfort, I’m a size 13 and the Fit is good, the shoes look good and I’m sure I couldn’t find better for what I paid.
  • Nice shoes, I love the comfort I get for the shoe price, very comfy insoles due to the nice surprise of memory foam, I walk around a lot, hike on moderate trails and I like these.
  • I got a pair, they fit my narrow feet perfectly, bang on, arch support is so-so but its ok, I am up on my feet most of the day and these are nice and my feet don’t sweat or ache at the end of the day. The uppers are easy to keep clean off and I even do basketball in these. Nice to look at, a good design. I can’t say about durability but no problems yet after 4 months.
  • Got these in a sale and 4 months later they are good, comfortable, little bit creasy but no big deal, I do jog a few times each week in the forest near my home, the shoes are good for this but I can’t say I would run on hard surfaces such as roads. Went to Disneys, spent 14 hours on my feet and it was comfortable and no sweaty problems as my feet can breath in them. I think the memory foam works a treat.
  • I’m a women but this time I got a pair of these in the men's version, I don’t regret it these are very comfortable, I walk everywhere and these shoes keep my feet super comfortable. The memory foam sets up these as my choice of shoes. I’m not running but I do walk around all day and I recommend these.
  • These work like cross fit trainers for me, I’m very impressed, the shoe is like a jack of all trades, I pretty much wear them casually, walking, cycling, short runs around my neighborhood. These didn’t cost much and I got my monies worth.
  • My son has big feet, he takes after me, the shoes belong to my boy but at times my wife often wants to use them, she loves the memory foam, it’s new to her and says it is incredibly comfortable. My son wears them everywhere, sports, in the yard, going to the mall and even some running. I gave in and got myself a pair, Yes, I like em heck of a lot.
  • This is my 3rd pair of Hexaffect shoes, I like every version and I will keep buying these. In the shoes now I have noticed the memory foam and it gives a lot of comfort, I’m six months into these shoes and so far no signs of wear and tear, nice price. I have used these on flat hiking trains without problems.
  • Reeboks won through again, I use these everyday as casual get about shoes, the sole is wearing well, the inside is very comfortable under my foot and the top part of the shoes let my feet breath. Had mine for 9 months now and wont hesitate to buy them again.
  • I don’t like too much cushion in my shoes and I thought twice about these when I saw the words memory foam but then I got a pair because the price is lower than a lot of other shoes. After a few days I was sold, I rate the comfort at 10 out of 10.
  • I couldn’t believe the low easy price, thought it’s a brand name at this price, whats the catch? I had to give them a go and I don’t regret it, 7 months of good comfortable shoes and they also look really in style.
  • This is a light shoe, I’m hardly aware when I walk around and the comfort level is really satisfying, I’m a lady runner and I really do get on well with these shoes, they are perfect for my weekend runs.
  • I don’t push these for running but I do run twice a week and the level of comfort is good, I think this is because of the memory foam and the strong under sole. I like the shoes and they are good for moderate running but I would say they might not last if you used them for running 4 or 5 days a week. The upper seems thin but it’s holding up.
  • I couldn't resist the price, I bought them and when I unboxed the shoes I noticed the upper material, it looked flimsy, like it would just rip apart while running. I’m three months into the shoes and so far its all good. The comfort is good, I like the memory foam but a little more padding would be nice.
  • These low cost shoes double up for use, yes I can run in them and they are comfortable, my feet feel cool because the upper materials lets air flow but it don’t stop the rain. The grip while running is nice, no slipping. I wouldn’t take them for a ride on a wet challenging mountain trail ride but for easy running conditions they are comfortable and durable enough. The second use is that they look great and are excellent shoes for casual wear.
Negative
  • Reebok you have let me down with this particular shoe, especially after seeing some of the 4-5 star online reviews. Virtually zilch padding and zilch shock absorption; I feel everything I step on despite the thick sole. It’s like walking on 2 x 4's attached on my feet. I can say it ain’t’ the worst pair of shoes, but I won’t get them again.
  • I just gave 25 for them so I didn’t bother to return them, the top and toe are badly constructed, to make the shoe look sleek or right I got to over tighten it. But ok for in the yard so you can keep the money.
  • Where's the front support cushion for these shoes? It feels like my toes can rip through at anytime and I think it’s because the back of the shoe is lifted way too high, it’s not a good angle for running and I don’t think these will get past a few months.
  • Comfy memory foam while I’m sitting but when I walk I can feel that there is no other padding and the foam gets hard towards the bottom, really not the right types of shoe for putting in hours of running, they can’t give enough support.
  • For me this isn’t a running shoe, where is the shock absorption? Sure they are ok for elliptical training or weight lifting but for running these just ain’t right for me unless just a quick run around the park. I didn’t feel much padding from the memory foam and could feel the jolt on hard surfaces.
  • By two months there was a hole in the cloth upper net which is growing each time I wear the shoes, I was really put off by this and expected better, I like ventilation for my shoe but not this way.
  • I have seen bad wear and tear just after the first month, I think it” s because the fabric is really low quality and it” s tearing away from the shoe edge, I do run regularly but nothing tough enough to see this kind of problem from a newish shoe, I’m disappointed.
  • The material (fabric) used is of real low quality. My shoes started to show wear and tear after one month just running a few times a week. The fabric started to tear apart right from the edges of the shoes. I give it that the shoe seems ok for casual wearing and it’s comfortable, but it don’t work for running.
  • In just a few months the mesh got a big hole, just tore open, my feet are wide and they pinched my foot and the top is too tight, nice looking shoe but it did not work out for me. I can’t even use them for walking.
  • They feel just comfortable until you take out the inserts and then the shoe feels like junk and they ran a lot larger than I expected when I used the Reebok fitting tool. They work for walking but I am sure they wont work for my amount of running, I paid 25 and I think I might have got a better deal for my money at Walmart.
  • I wanted a shoe for cross/training and I took a chance, no support, the toe box is really thin and no support, however if for walking around these are great and comfortable but for a lot of running I recommend giving these a miss. The lack of a sound cushion base kills the shoes potential for serious running and the fabric used to make the shoe is far to thin. Wouldn’t try to wear these out in winter.
  • Stones get caught in the spaces, a rip after just 30 days, the arch support is not enough, thin material so not much support, the toe box needs more under cushion but the shoe looks nice. I think these were made as a walk about shoe and not for running. The price is ok for that.
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Of the 668 reviews we found in total, 13% were negative, and 87% were positive.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsoles of these Reebok runners are made from rubber, which is hard enough to resist damage from repeated strikes to the ground while also being bouncy enough to provide adequate responsiveness. Aside from this, the main design feature and selling point for this shoe’s underfoot is its Hexaffect technology from which it derives its namesake. The underside of the outsole is made up of several large lugs shaped like hexagons with large grooves in between each one. The benefits to this design are numerous; in addition to offering excellent traction and stability, the large trenches in between each hexagon allows for a comfortable degree of flexibility that will improve the energy efficiency of each foot strike.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

As is the standard practice when designing a modern running shoe, the midsole of the Reebok Hexaffect Run 2.0 is made from a lightweight EVA foam cushioning. This is a material well-known for its ability to provide excellent support for the underside of the wearer’s feet since the foam is often fairly dense. However, it isn’t nearly as dense as hard plastic, meaning that some pliability is present in order to effectively respond to energy expended by the runner. In a manner similar to a spring, this shoe’s midsole will absorb the energy from a typical foot strike by compressing slightly and then expand explosively, driving the wearer’s foot upwards and forwards to power their next step. It’s a time-tested formula that has led to great comfort and efficiency, making its inclusion in this shoe’s design a no-brainer.
Upper
Upper

Upper

Depending on what specific environment or role a running shoe is meant to function in best, the design of its upper can vary greatly. The Reebok Hexaffect Run 2.0 is a shoe with an upper that doesn’t demonstrate an obvious single-minded design, instead opting to incorporate features that allow it to fulfill multiple roles. For the purpose of breathability, the inner layer of this shoe’s upper is made from a highly perforated mesh that easily allows air to flow through it and ventilate its internals. For the purpose of durability and protection, several synthetic leather straps have been placed along the medial and lateral sides of the shoe, with particular emphasis given to the forefoot in order to effectively shield the wearer’s toes. Two of these straps are colored differently to denote a tertiary function: added stability with the aid of the Hexaffect Run 2.0’s lacing system. As a result, the upper portion of these Reebok runners is most impressive, although it doesn’t look as appealing from an aesthetic point of view.
Weight
Weight

Weight

With an average weight of around 10 ounces, these are on the heavy side when it comes to traditional running shoes. To be fair, Reebok made sure that every gram of weight that went into the design of the Hexaffect Run 2.0 counted, and nothing was superfluous in this regard. However, this is still bound to be an uncomfortable burden for many runners who are used to casual running shoes lighter than these. Yes, these shoes are much closer to heavy-duty trail running and hiking shoes in terms of weight class. However, this is the cost of providing the stability, durability, and protective capabilities many runners need from their footwear.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Thanks to the Reebok Hexaffect Run 2.0 having a base upper layer of synthetic mesh, breathability is baked into the core of this shoe’s design. The numerous pockets in which this material is exposed allows for air to easily flow into and out of the insides of these shoes, even while a runner’s feet are inside them. Because of this excellent ventilation, a reasonable internal temperature can be maintained while running that should prevent the accumulation of sweat. Unfortunately, this synthetic mesh material is covered in many places by the second layer of faux leather material, meaning that these shoes aren’t as breathable as they could be. This may make the Hexaffect Run 2.0 unviable for use in warmer environments, especially due to the fact that they are heavier than average and will likely lead to excessive sweating in these climates.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Although it wasn’t a primary design focus, the Reebok Hexaffect Run 2.0 offers a great deal of comfort due to the secondary benefits provided by many of its components. For example, the titular Hexaffect outsole which provides flexibility and traction also offers comfort for the wearer by preventing them from feeling trapped in overly rigid shoes. The breathable mesh interior also provides comfort for the wearer by serving as a soft cushion and preventing skin irritation from contact. Unfortunately, the higher than average weight for these shoes makes them a bit less comfortable due to the extra energy needed to take each step. However, the vast majority of reviewers agree that these shoes are far from uncomfortable.
Style
Style

Style

One of the reasons why Reebok isn’t as well known as Nike or Adidas despite having been around for roughly the same amount of time is the fact that their sense of style isn’t at the same level as these brands. They simply don’t have the same eye for aesthetics as most big-name athleisure manufacturers, and the Hexaffect Run 2.0 is no exception to this rule. Despite having an inoffensive design, the use of multiple crisscrossing straps above mesh fabric causes these shoes to have a passing resemblance to a pair of Asics. To be fair, they do offer a reasonable amount of colorways that help to bolster its fashionable functionality to a small degree.
Durability
Durability

Durability

When comparing the Reebok Hexaffect Run 2.0 to most other running shoes of its kind, the durability it provides is very impressive. The design of its hard rubber outsole is meant to take abrasions and repetitive impacts in stride, meaning that it won’t react negatively to stress for quite a while. The upper is also able to provide a reasonable amount of longevity thanks to the faux leather accents, which prevent the much more fragile mesh underlay from being exposed to the elements. However, when comparing these shoes to others in its weight class, they don’t offer nearly as much durability as similarly heavy shoes. This is a bit unfair, considering that the closest equivalent in weight is a trail running shoe or hiking boot, but the fact remains.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Continuing the trend of comparing these Reebok runners to other shoes, the Hexaffect Run 2.0 is more protective than the average casual running shoe but less protective than the average trail running shoe. The outsole features a tread pattern similar to some trail runners, offering wearers excellent protection from slipping or catching on errant debris they may encounter during a run. The upper also protects the wearer’s feet by adding synthetic leather straps, with particular emphasis on their toes due to a large strap around the forefoot.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Something that will likely come as a surprise to people interested in these running shoes is that they offer a surprising degree of responsiveness despite their higher than average weight. This can be largely attributed to its bottom half since both the midsole and outsole emphasize energy efficiency. While the midsole is a commonly responsive component in any traditional running shoe, the Hexaffect outsole is the standout element of this shoe’s design. The hex-shaped grooves it features allows for just enough flexibility to ensure that this shoe’s underfoot replicates the spring-like effect demonstrated by its midsole, resulting in a potent combination of forces at play.
Support
Support

Support

Another surprising design aspect of the Reebok Hexaffect Run 2.0 is the fact that it offers excellent upper foot support. The cause for this is the synthetic leather straps that run along the medial and lateral sides. These are particularly impressive in their execution due to the fact that they manage to support the sides of the wearer’s feet without feeling uncomfortable. As a result of this design decision, individuals who ordinarily struggle with pronation may find that they have an easier time mitigating the negative effects of their gait discrepancies while wearing these Reebok runners.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

Although they may look and feel like trail runners, the Reebok Hexaffect Run 2.0 is not designed with trail running in mind. They are more than capable of handling a variety of low to mid-intensity running surfaces, thanks to their fantastic outsole and upper design, but they won’t provide the same amount of control, durability, and protection that is required for the high-intensity terrain. Stick to tracks, fields, sidewalks, roads, and flat trails that don’t have much in the way of debris or sharp rocks.
Price
Price

Price

The good news is that these Reebok shoes are very reasonably priced. The average cost for a pair of Hexaffect Run 2.0 running shoes is well below $100 since they’ve been rendered obsolete by the release of Reebok’s Hexaffect Run 3.0 shoes. However, the bad news is that this obsolescence has resulted in limited availability when shopping online. Shrewd online shoppers can likely hunt down a pair of these Reeboks with a bit of effort, but finding the perfect color and size can be next to impossible for some.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Although not usually a major concern for casual running shoes, the Reebok Hexaffect Run 2.0 provides excellent underfoot traction. Depending on the runner, it may be too much traction to the point where it can negatively affect their top sprinting speeds. However, it can still be justified as an important design feature when considering the fact that the extra weight of the shoe will naturally require more grip in order to effectively run. Also, a benefit to this shoe providing more grip than the average runner is the fact that it will allow wearers to run on more environments that would otherwise be inhospitable to the casual running shoe, such as hard dirt or gravel. However, it bears repeating that these are not trail running shoes and will not work to the same degree as footwear designed explicitly for hiking or off-road running.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

With a shoe as thick and heavy as the Reebok Hexaffect Run 2.0, it may come as a surprise to find out that they are actually quite flexible. Most of this flexibility is found on the bottom half of the shoe since the Hexaffect outsole itself offers much more give than its appearance would initially suggest. This works beautifully in conjunction with its EVA foam midsole, resulting in enough flexibility to ensure greater comfort without going overboard to the point that the wearer loses control of their footing.
Stability
Stability

Stability

In order to offset the high degree of flexibility provided by this shoe’s midsole and outsole, the Reebok Hexaffect Run 2.0 has a very stable upper. Thanks in no small part to the faux leather straps that cover either side of its upper half, wearers are guaranteed a firm and rigid fit up top that will keep their feet from sliding inside the shoe. Two of these straps offer significant stability due to the fact that they are placed on the top lace eyelets, meaning that they lock down the wearer’s midfoot and help to correct gait abnormalities.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The difference in elevation between the Reebok Hexaffect Run 2.0’s heel and forefoot is about 10 millimeters. This may sound like a lot but in actuality, this is quite common for traditional running shoe design. Thanks to this significant heel drop, runners who wear these shoes are encouraged to use their heels during ground striking as they will have extra support and cushioning to offset the brunt of the impact. This is also the main reason why these shoes aren’t viable for trail running despite offering extra protection and traction since incline running requires a much flatter midsole to ensure proper balance.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features


  • Hexaffect outsole design emphasizes flexibility and traction

  • EVA midsole provides dense stability and bouncy responsiveness

  • Upper portion made from breathable mesh reinforced with faux leather

  • Heavier than average weight

  • Rear finger loop makes it easier to put shoes on

Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Don’t let its initial appearance be deceiving: this is an exceptionally well-designed shoe. Reebok has been neglected by casual runners for a long time for flashier and more expensive products with far weaker performance. The Hexaffect Run 2.0 may be tough to hunt down in the ideal size and color, and it may not look as good as some of the top Nike or Adidas products, but they are a seriously solid pair of runners that will ensure a smooth running session for hundreds of miles.