The Reebok ZIG returns to the market again. Different with other brands which only return the technology, but this time Reebok want to return ZIG to exploit its trend market. ZIG Kinetica is designed by Kouhei Okita. ZIG Kinetica is more and more popular by the sports enthusiasts and trendsetters.
Although it looks simply, actually, the vamp is made of complicated and multi-layered design. It uses mesh fabric and chamois leather materials by hot-melt joint and seam to combine the vamp. The design of shoe tongue is special. It’s hard to take off and put on, but after fastening the shoes laces, the shoe tongue won’t be easy to move.
The cushion should be the soul of shoes. The insole of ZIG Kinetica uses FloatRide Fuel and Zig Energy Shell mixed cushion technology. What is FloatRide Energy？It’s a foam made by steam forming TPE. It’s similar to the Boost insole, but it’s lighter. Reebok said that this material is lighter about 30% than normal EVA foam, and it reduces the weight of shoes but keeping the protection and supporting performance. Reebok has taken this cushion technology as the designated black technology for American astronauts’ space boots in 2017.
Comparing with previous ZIG technology, Zig Energy Shell’s electroacoustic dynamic design combines trends with movement. Actually, it works in a way that traditional structures have never done before. ZIG Energy Shell focuses more on the resilience through structure deformation to provide forward dynamic feedback. It’s a good choice to marathon runners for daily training.
The big area of TPU on the shoe heel is useful for training in fitness room.
The outsole of Zig Energy Bands still uses Z type design which can offer good traction performance on the city roads.
I feel it’s a little heavy, especially the shoe heel. It needs time to break-in. The cushion feedback is good even walking.
When running on the road, I can feel that the outsole can grip the ground very well. Although it doesn’t have raised rubber particles, but the big area of durable rubber offers great traction performance. After running 10km, I haven’t felt tired. The supporting performance is good.
Fitness: 8.5 scores
Cushion Performance: 9 scores
Comfort level: 8.5 scores
Stability: 8.5 scores
Appearance: 8 scores
Cost Performance: 8 scores
The design and performance of ZIG Kinetica brings much surprise to us. The flatulent appearance and excellent insole combine the material cushion and structure cushion perfectly. As the vamp is thick, Zig Kinetica has good protection and stability. It’s suitable for most of runners. If you like the insole technology of ZIG, you can choose it, it won’t make you disappointed.