Reebok One Cushion 2.0

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The Reebok One Cushion 2.0 is a shoe that is designed for the runner who is serious about cushioning and comfort. The signature technological detail of this shoe is the multiple midsole foams that are combined to create a unique new foam that does a superior job of absorbing shock and conforming to the unique shape of the runner’s foot. While this shoe is marketed as a neutral running shoe, runners commented that the combination of the higher heel drop and the midfoot arch support makes this an adequate choice for runners with mild pronation issues. This shoe has a unique color scheme that grabs the attention of everyone around the runner. While the color options are limited, runners loved the unique colors and design that are offered. This shoe is slightly above the cost of the average road running shoe on the market today, but considered the high level of durability found in the midsole and outsole, runners reported that it was a great value in the end. This shoe is a heavier, cushioned shoe for the runner who is looking for a protective ride for mid to long distance runs. It has a unique look and the color options make it possible to have a flashy shoe or a more subdued look.

Pros
  • High heel drop
  • Comfortable
  • Breathable upper
  • Midsole that absorbs shock

Cons
  • Limited color options
  • Pricey
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of this shoe is unique in that it is designed using a decoupled outsole engineering. This outsole is thicker than the average rubber and provides the runner with excellent protection from the elements as well as a gripping underfoot. The high traction of the shoe makes it a great choice for runs in slippery conditions and even in the rain. Reebok designed this outsole to protect the runner and provide a wider landing pad to reduce the risk of injury.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole foam of this shoe is one of the highlights of the Reebok One Cushion 2.0. This shoe combines three midsole foam materials, C43 cushioning, R52 Rebound, G48 Guidance to create a unique fit and feel. Each midsole foam material provides a special protective quality to the runner, and when these foams combine, they create an unbeatable cushion system that helps the foot feel secure and supported throughout the entire gait cycle.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of the shoe is designed using a SmoothFuse material. This material is made using a tightly woven mesh material that provides a netted look and feels to the shoe. This acts as a protection against debris but also offers maximum breathability to the foot. The material is lightweight and moves freely with the natural movement of the foot as well. It expands and stretches to conform to the shape of the foot without impeding the natural movement of the runner. Additionally, the shoe is designed with synthetic overlays that help to keep the foot in place and reduces unwanted side to side movement.

Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The upper of this shoe features a unique, tightly woven mesh material that is breathable and thoroughly ventilated. This material allows air to flow freely to the foot, but it is also tightly woven enough to keep debris from entering the shoe and impeding the runner's experience. Runners reported that even on their long runs through warm weather, they never worried about developing hot spots. This upper material does a great job of controlling the temperature inside of the shoe to keep it cool and comfortable.
Weight
Weight

Weight

This shoe is on the heavier side, but runners reported that the shoe felt much lighter than it is. Many runners were surprised to learn the actual weight of the shoe and felt that this shoe felt into the lightweight running category. The men’s size nine weighs in at 10.4 ounces and the women’s size nine is 8.4 ounces. With this shoe, Reebok opted for more extensive cushioning and decided that the extra cushioning was worth the few additional ounces that it causes. Runners who are looking for a comfortable, cushioned ride agree.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

This shoe received high marks for comfort among runners who are looking for a thicker shoe with more arch support. The multiple foam design of the midsole provides a thicker, plusher cushioning. Additionally, the shoe comes with various technologies to provides more arch support along the lateral side of the foot. Finally, the upper of this shoe features maximum breathability which helped to keep the temperature inside the foot regulated. Runners reported that they did not receive blisters from this shoe as they have in the past with other shoes. The tongue and ankle of the shoe offer additional cushioned for comfort and reduced friction.
Style
Style

Style

This shoe looks like an elite running shoe. It comes in unique color schemes and design patterns. Reebok is known for their brightly colored, athletic looking shoes, and the One Cushion 2.0 is no exception to this rule. The only complaint runners had was that the shoe is only offered in limited color options. Runners reported that they wanted more color options, but that they liked the options that were offered.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Regarding protection, runners can expect to find it in the upper and the outsole design. The upper is made from a tightly woven mesh that acts as a net to catch any debris that is attempting to enter the shoe. This helps the runners stay safe against painful rocks or other harmful debris. Additionally, the outsole of this shoe is thicker and is designed with a decoupled heel that does a great job of absorbing shock and protecting the joints from receiving the severe impact of each footfall. In fact, many injury prone runners commented that this shoe helped them stay injury free even during long training schedules or long races.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Due to the three different midsole foams that are used to design the midsole of this shoe, it can hold its shape and retain its shock absorbing ability better than the majority of midsole foams on the market today. Runners loved this shoe for long distance running because even after extensive use in a single workout, the midsole was able to bounce back. Additionally, the outsole rubber used on this shoe is thicker than most long to mid-distance road running shoes, and runners found this rubber to hold up well to the elements of the road. In the end, runners needed to replace this shoe less frequently than other similar shoes on the market today due to the One Cushion 2.0’s powerful durability.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

This midsole and outsole are thicker than many other models, which adds to this shoe’s lack of responsiveness. Rebook opted for a shoe that is thicker and more cushioned at the expense of responsiveness and speed. This shoe also has one of the highest drops on today’s market which makes runners feel less connected to the road below them.
Support
Support

Support

Runners were pleased with the level of support provided by this shoe. For starters, the upper is designed with synthetic overlays that wrap around the foot and help keep it from unwanted side to side movement. These synthetic overlays also provide a snug, secure fit that locks the foot in place. The lacing system is also designed to help lock the foot in place due to its snug design and purposeful enclosures. Another support features of this shoe are the stable arch support found along the lateral side of the shoe. Runners who needed additional support with their arches were able to find relief in this Reebok One Cushion 2.0.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

Runners found this shoe to be best on level pavement during long and mid-distance runs. Some runners reported that due to the higher drop and the added cushioning, this shoe is not a great choice for cross training or group fitness classes. However, runners did comment that because the midsole and outsole are thicker, this was a decent companion for treks across groomed trails, not just roadways.
Price
Price

Price

The price of this shoe is slightly higher than the average running shoe on today’s market. However, there are two pieces of good news. The first is that because this is because there is a newer model of the Reebok One Cushion, it is easy to find this shoe on sale. Another attractive element about the price of this shoe is that due to its high level of durability, runners found they needed to replace it less frequently than other shoes they have purchased in the past which justified the price. However, for runners who are a very tight budget, they should look elsewhere for a running companion.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The design of the underfoot combined with the thicker, more durable rubber provides an elevated level of traction for this shoe. Runners reported that this shoe is great for running across slick pavement or even for running in the rain.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

One of the things that runners liked most about this shoe was that while it was able to provide added cushioning and support, it also maintained a very flexible feel. For starters, the forefoot section of the outsole is lined in flex grooves. The SmoothFuse material o the upper is also very flexible and is designed to move with the foot. Runners appreciated that while the midsole helped support the movement of the foot, the upper didn’t impede the natural movement of the runner. This is a key detail because many shoes that offer a high level of cushioning can tend to feel too cumbersome and stiff, but the One Cushion is able to do both.

Stability
Stability

Stability

This shoe is designed as a neutral running shoe. However, due to some of the design elements like the lateral side arch support, the thicker heel and the synthetic overlays across the upper of the shoe, runners found this shoe to provide mild support for the runner struggling with issues of over or under pronation.

Drop
Drop

Drop

This shoe has one of the higher heel drops offered in road running shoes. The Reebok One Cushion 2.0 features a 13-millimeter drop. This is perfect for the runner who is looking for more cushioning and plush ride. The higher heel propels the runner forward, and many athletes found the added height and cushioning to reduce and prevent injury. This is not a shoe for the runner looking for a minimalist shoe or a lightweight running experience.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- Higher heel drop provides superior cushioning and protection
- Midsole foam designed using the combination of three traditional midsole materials
- Added arch support along the lateral side of the shoe
- Durable rubber outsole
- Flex grooves along the forefront of the shoe
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Although Reebok has been putting a lot of their energy into designing CrossFit shoes and obstacle racing shoes, they prove that they are still a powerhouse in the running shoe world with this shoe. The Reebok One Cushion 2.0 is a shoe that is designed to be cushioned and provide a plush, protective ride for runners. It has a high heel drop and a midsole that this more cushioned than the vast majority of midsoles due to its unique design. Runners who are prone to injury reported fewer incidents while running in these shoes. The decoupled outsole does a fantastic job of absorbing the shock of each foot fall and protecting the joints from pain and injury. The style is bright and eye-catching, even if there are very few color options available. While this shoe comes in slightly above budget fro many runners, the cost can be justified due to the high level of durability.