Finishing the Madison marathon means some time off. Unfortunately, it is not exactly easy to go from running and juggling 40 miles a week to 10. But it does give me a little extra time to post things on my various blogs. For example, a shoe review.
Being a multi-marathons-a-year runner and joggling enthusiast, I go through a lot of shoes. I used to get new shoes once a year, but now it’s about 3 or 4 times a year. That makes me a near expert on shoes so here’s a good place to spread that knowledge.
Shoe Reveiw : Reebok Premier Ultra
Cost: $120 (US)
Bought: March 5, 2006
Current Miles logged : 437.1 mi
Cost per mile = 27.5 cents / mile
Overall Rating: 3.5 bean bags (out of 5)
I’ve had 2 pairs of Reeboks over the years and conclude they produce a good shoe but one that’s relatively heavy. So running and juggling a long distance in them gives you a good workout. Perhaps it leads to more fatigue than you might get with a lighter shoe. Of course, if you want to reduce shoe weight, maybe you should be running barefoot.
Over the 400 plus miles run on these shoes, I am happy to report that these shoes held up pretty well. Unlike with some previous types I’ve had, my knees did not start to hurt after a few hundred miles. Usually I know it’s time to change shoes because my knees hurt. This might have something to do with the cushioning of the shoe but who knows. I just know when my legs hurt, I get new shoes. In these shoes, I never experienced that pain. They certainly get high marks for performance durability.
For overall durability however, they weren’t as good. If you look at the bottom of the shoe you can see where the rubber started to wear away. That doesn’t seem like a good thing. It also means that I must come down really hard on my heals when I run. And the rubber started to wear away pretty soon after I started wearing them (probably within the first hundred miles). I’d like to see my hundred plus dollar shoes do better than that.
So based on price and performance I can only rate these shoes a 3.5 out of 5. I won’t be against trying Reebok again, but they certainly won’t be the next shoe that I buy.