Reebok One Guide Review Facts
The Reebok One series is a unique running shoe series that provides runners with front to back performance and comfort features that will help maximize performance. The One Guide was one of the original silhouettes in the One series and though this version is now discontinued, consumers are still able to find this product online or even purchase one of its successors.
What makes the One series unique is that there are three distinct zones on both the upper and the bottom of the shoe, denoted by different colors. The Propulsive Zone is characterized by the mesh in the forefoot of the upper and R52 rebound foam in the midsole. The Midstance Zone features lightweight mesh in the upper to provide a support system that locks in the foot and Reebok’s T48 compound for smooth transitions on the bottom. In the third and final zone, the Contact Zone, the upper consists of closed mesh fabric that is designed to hold the heel in place and the soft cushioned foam on the bottom provides shock absorption. Reebok really pulled out all the stops when it came to the construction of the One series shoes and the One Guide is absolutely no exception to this. Let’s take a bit of a deeper dive and see just what this shoe has to offer runners and if it’s worth the hype.
The heel of the Reebok One Guide is decoupled which helps to provide a sense of shock absorption, especially during the heel strike portion of a runner’s stride. The outsole features a release zone that helps to maximize the integrity of your stride as well as to help control pronation. Runners will likely find that the texture of the outsole helps to provide a smoother transition and will keep them gliding on for miles and miles.
The Reebok One Guide utilizes three layers of foam in the midsole. The ultra-soft layer provides runners with a comfortable in-shoe feel. The lightweight layer ensures that wearers don’t feel bogged or weighed down. The third layer adds an element of responsiveness that helps to provide shock attenuation and will help propel runners forward during their runs. The midsole cradles runners’ feet with Reebok’s SmoothFuse technology that blends the three foam layers to provide an incredibly smooth ride for your runs.
The upper of the Reebok One Guide is made of a structured textile material and lining. This material type was strategically chosen to help provide runners with not only comfort but protection as well. The mesh in the forefoot area of the shoe provides a lot of flexibility and maximizes runner’s range of motion while providing an incredibly breathable running experience. The low-cut design of the upper allows for even more freedom of movement and runners will find that this design choice will help them with faster transitions. The technical construction of the upper gives a seamless transition while providing excellent focus on the stability of the midfoot.
The men’s version of the Reebok One Guide weighs in at 9.9 ounces, while the women’s is more than a full 1.5 ounces lighter, coming in at just at 8 ounces. Although these are not necessarily a ‘lightweight’ shoe by definition, we found that the second we put on the One Guide, we were impressed with just how light they felt on the feet.
The Reebok One Guide is a decently breathable running shoe option. The mesh material found in the forefoot of the foot is not only present to provide a fantastic amount of range of motion but to boost the overall breathability of the shoe as well. As we all know by now, the mesh material is designed to allow air to flow in and out. This helps to keep the inside of your shoes dry and your feet happy and comfortable during those long, sweaty runs.
The three-layered foam midsole construction means that the Reebok One Guide is an incredibly comfortable running shoe option. Sometimes stability shoes have to sacrifice the cushioning in order to provide a stable in-shoe environment. This doesn’t seem to be the case with these shoes, however, as we found them to be very comfortable. The cushioned ankle and footbed padding really add to the element of comfort provided here. We found that the One Guide was cushioned enough to take not only on our short runs, but the longer distanced ones as well.
If you are one of those runners who loves to express their personality with their outrageous shoe colors, you are going to love the options available with the Reebok One Guide. Though this style is actually discontinued and we can’t tell you just how many colorway options there were available once upon a time, you are certain to find an array of options available on websites like Amazon. For the men, we were able to find a neon yellow, red and black version as well as a lime green, blue and white option. When it came to the women’s style of the One Guide, we found an extremely loud pink, neon yellow and blue option available to purchase on Amazon as well as a more muted option with shades of blue and white. The shoe itself is nice looking, with bright laces and multi-colored sole in some versions.
We found the One Guide to be a very durable running shoe option so long as it is worn on the terrain type it is made for. We wouldn’t suggest wearing these for any long distance trail runs as the construction of the outsole, midsole or even the upper doesn’t make this a viable trail shoe option. The rubber that the outsole is constructed out of is strong-feeling and has worn well during our test runs without any issues at all. The outsole features some high abrasion rubber that adds to the overall durability of the product as well.
When it comes to the protective qualities of the Reebok One Guide, there are a few features worth mentioning. The midsole area is constructed with three layers of foam materials. These are specially designed to help with shock attenuation which will ultimately help to protect knees and joints from common injuries
experienced during runs. Being that this shoe was created with the mild to moderate pronator in mind, purchasing a pair of these if you fall into one of those categories will help to provide the support and stability
that you require as a pronator.
These shoes are incredibly responsive thanks to the R52 rebound foam found in the midsole. This material helps to encourage forward propulsion as well as provide an energizing and comfortable ride. Thankfully this material is also fairly lightweight so runners will not find that the ride provided with the One Guide is too overwhelming or heavy. The propulsion from the rebound foam is noticeable from the second you take your first step, especially during the toe-off portion of the stride.
The Reebok One Guide was designed for runners who are mild to moderate pronators
. If you are a beginner runner and aren’t sure how to tell if you’re a pronator, the best and easiest way to check is to look at yourself in a full-length mirror while you’re standing straight. If you can see that the innermost part of your sole and your arch don’t touch the ground, chances are you are an overpronator. It’s not a bad thing to be a pronator and it doesn’t spell the end for your running career. You will just need to take care of the problem by ensuring you invest in stability shoes that will provide the support you need to safely run. The Reebok One Guide will do just that for you. The foam found in the midfoot wraps each foot and adds an extra bit of medial support that is necessary to keep you safe and injury-free. The low-cut design of this shoe also helps by providing runners with added mobility.
This shoe was designed to be a road shoe.
It’s made for terrains like concrete and light gravel. We would not recommend taking the Reebok One Guide out for a heavy trail run. It performs best on roads and pavement.
Priced with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $114.95, the Reebok One Guide is not a cheap running shoe option. But the good news is that it is also not the most expensive one out there either. We found this to be priced moderately in comparison with other similar products available on the market right now. When you consider all of the benefits that the brand has stuffed into this shoe, however, you will see that the value provided makes the price tag more than worth it. That said, however, because this shoe is no longer being manufactured, consumers should find it easy to track down pairs of the One Guide on Amazon with a price tag much lower than the MSRP.
We found that the Reebok One Guide provided an adequate amount of traction. While we wouldn’t suggest taking these out on any rock-climbing
adventures or extreme hiking trails, we believe that the durable construction of the outsole will contribute well to runs on the terrain types the One Guide was designed for.
The One Guide is considered to be a fairly flexible running shoe option which is due in part to the construction of the upper. If you remember from our ‘Upper’ section of our review, the structured textile upper allows for seamless motion transitions that do provide a sense of stability but while also remaining flexible as well. You won’t feel like you’re running
with a block of wood attached to your foot as long as you’re wearing the One Guide!
If you’re in the market for a running shoe that is going to provide you with an outstanding amount of stability, look no further than the Reebok One
Guide. This is considered to be a “Stability” shoe, meaning that it was designed for people with medium-height arches that are on the lookout for a balance of comfortable cushioning
and outstanding stability. The flatter medial arch section of the One Guide is where a lot of this stability comes from. It provides a stable ground contact for runners who have a neutral gait. There is a heel counter present in the rear of the shoe to help runners feel locked in. Sometimes when we look at running shoe options that offer a lot of stability, it comes at the cost of flexibility and comfort. But this doesn’t seem to be the case with the Reebok One Guide.
The heel-to-toe drop in the One Guide is considered to be very high at 13 mm. The heel height is stacked at 35 mm, making the forefoot just 22 mm in height. This is important to take note of if you’re a runner who is accustomed to a smaller drop. There will likely be a transition period required while you get used to the higher heel height found in the One Guide. You may find that your running technique might need to change when you’re wearing shoes with a higher (or even lower) drop than you are used to. Runners who tend to have tighter calves and are known to aggressively heel strike during their run fare better in shoes with a higher drop. This is the same for runners who have Achilles tendonitis.
-SmoothFuse technology to help increase comfort and minimize irritation
-High heel-to-toe drop
-R52 foam in the midsole for an ultra responsive ride
-Low-cut design of the shoe adds mobility
-High abrasion rubber on the outsole for durability
-Decoupled outsole design to help with shock absorption
Overall, we can’t think of any reason not to buy the Reebok One Guide, especially if you are a runner who over-pronates. This shoe was made for you and with handfuls of features designed to maximize your comfort, security, and safety, there is literally no reason not to invest. Though some folks might initially be put off by the over $100 price tag of the One Guide, we have to put in perspective all of the fantastic features that this silhouette offers. And, remember, because the shoe is no longer being manufactured by Reebok, you are able to find it at deep discounts online. Pronators rejoice!