This is the second version of the Reebok Forever Floatride Energy and I’ve also reviewed the first version of this shoe. I was pleasantly surprised by the first version and I was curious to see what they had changed in the second version. One thing they didn’t change is the slightly too long name, it’s still the Reebok Forever Floatride Energy, it’s now even the Reebok Forever Floatride Energy 2.0. Doesn’t really roll off the tongue quickly, does it?
The Reebok Forever Floatride Energy 2.0 is a neutral road running shoe with a 10 mm drop, a 29 mm heel stack and a 19 mm forefoot stack. That’s the same as in the first model.
The upper is the biggest change in this version compared to the previous version of this shoe. It looks a bit sleeker and a bit cooler with some cooler looking colorways. It’s a pretty light and breathable upper, but it is lacking a bit in stability, especially in the area just behind the metatarsals and around the ankle area.
I had some issues with the heel in the previous version, but in this version they changed the heel to one of those elf ear heel counters. It is more comfortable than the previous version, since it protects your achilles, but the elf ear heel does make it a bit harder to get in and out of the shoe. Although, I’m fine with that given the extra comfort. And there is a pull tab to help you with getting them on.
The midsole is the same expanded polyurethane foam that was so popular in the first version. It gives a nice and responsive ride with some bounce, but also some ground feel. It may be a single-density midsole without very fancy names, but it gives you a surprising amount of energy return.
The outsole is made out of a full-length carbon rubber with some smaller cut outs for flexibility. The durability was not an issue in the first version, so I doubt it will be in the second.
Since I had tried the first version, I knew it was a shoe with a pretty nice energy return. The first time I tried the Reebok Forever Floatride Energy 2.0 during a run was during a 5K race. I had to get used to the new upper, so in the first few kilometers I was wondering if I had made a mistake using them for the race without running in them first, but the midsole was familiar to me and in the end, I ran a 5K personal best in these shoes. Not bad for a $100 shoe without very flashy new technology.
Not a whole lot has changed compared to the first version, and that’s fine. Since the midsole is the star of this shoe, there wasn’t a reason to adapt it compared to the first version. Reebok was smart enough to keep the good things and only make this shoe better. Another good thing about the first version was the price and that has also remained the same. Only the upper has changed. However, that doesn’t mean this shoe couldn’t be any better, it would be great if they could fix the stability issue in the next version.
Overall, the new version of the Reebok Forever Floatride Energy has improved a bit, but at the same time, it remains the great everyday trainer it already was.
Same durable outsole and bouncy midsole, only the upper has changed. The heel counter is now more comfortable, but the upper lacks a bit of stability.
Both are shoes that are good for faster runs, but the SL20 is a bit snappier. The Floatride feels a bit more plush, but still has a decent amount of ground feel. The SL20 is a bit more stiff, which together with the Lightstrike midsole makes it a fast shoe, while the Floatride is a bit bouncier with a nice energy return.
The Brooks Ghost has a dual-density midsole, while the Reebok has just one midsole material. The Reebok is a bit more responsive and has a bit more ground feel, while the Ghost is a bit better for heel strikers and the upper is a bit more plush.