Reebok Zone CushRun 2.0
Why are quality trainers often so expensive? One answer is “you get what you pay for.” After all, a lot of time, money, and technology goes into crafting a top-quality running shoe, and the companies that produce them are looking to make their money back and then some. But especially for new runners, sticker shock can be greatly discouraging when looking to invest in a solid pair for their daily run.
But Reebok’s been in the shoe game for some time now and while they produce top-of-the-line sneakers that can be prohibitively expensive, they also make high quality trainers that are both affordable and can perform, as well. With this in mind, the Reebok Zone CushRun 2.0 – the update to their CushRun line – is a solid running shoe with a modest price tag. And while that may be enough for some to purchase a pair based on the company’s reputation and price alone, what makes this trainer stand out is its all-around qualities that make it not just an affordable sneaker but a desirable one to wear.
It’s comfortable and durable, with a plush step-in feel that’s also responsive. Lighter than the original CushRun, this low-cut trainer is designed with mobility in mind and the flex grooves in the forefoot provide a decent amount of flexibility. Although it may not have the traction some runners are seeking, for its price this shoe has a lot of good points along with a great amount of style. While the CushRun 2.0 is made for the entry-level runner, more experienced runners will also appreciate its solid arch support and good amount of responsiveness and flexibility. As if to answer the question why quality trainers are often so expensive, Reebok’s reply is “they don’t have to be.”
- Excellent price point for a comfortable, well-made trainer
- Very comfortable that’s plush without being too soft
- Sturdy construction that guarantees runner gets their money’s worth
- Stabilizing Frame technology in the outsole provides additional traction and stability
- Highly breathable shoe will keep foot cool and dry on a long run
- Heavier than a lot of comparable trainers
- Some have complained that it doesn’t have enough traction, particularly on slick surfaces
- Attractive design makes it look like a more expensive shoe
- EVA foam midsole provides a comfortable, responsive ride
- Attractive, well-designed, and breathable upper
- Flexible outsole thanks to flex grooves in the forefoot
Although there have been some complaints that this trainer’s traction is not the best, especially on wet surfaces, and the that the shoe is too heavy to be considered a “serious” trainer, entry-level runners will enjoy its extremely affordable pricing and overall quality. Its sharp design may also convince people looking for a comfortable everyday shoe to pick up a pair to wear around the house. Although not the most tenacious running shoe on the market, for its price and performance, the Zone CushRun 2.0 is yet another solid trainer from Reebok.