Reebok One Guide – A Smooth Running Experience

An advanced running shoe designed for mild to moderate pronators, the Reebok ONE Guide features a three-foam midsole for comfort, flatter medial arch for stability, and an outsole release zone to help maximize stride integrity. Reebok also has another variant in the “One” series, which is the Reebok ONE Cushion, which, unlike the Guide, is designed for runners with neutral foot (or a normal arch). The shoe had its India launch in Aug 2013 (though it is still sparsely available online).

Listed as weighing 9.9 oz or about 280 grams, the Reebok One Guide is surely one of the lightweight trainers out there. External looks do not give that feeling, but the moment you put your foot it and start moving, it does feel light on the foot.

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It is quite true that any new shoe takes time breaking in. For me, surprisingly, this one not require time settling in. The fit is snug and comfortable with the various cushioning elements. The toe box feels quite wide and accommodating. The fabrics used are lightweight and the overall construction feels solid and confidence inspiring.

Preparing for the Bhatti 100 miler these days, I have been training by regularly running 20Ks (as in, like almost daily). So, to try out the One, I just took them out for a usual 20K first day, and I found them just perfect for my foot. I am an overpronator, have a quite low arch verging on almost flat, which means the foot lands on the outer heel, and bends inwards as it makes full contact with the ground. and I made sure that the sample shoe which Reebok India sent to me was the Reebok One Guide, and not the “Cushion”. No first day ankle or heel pain, or since then. The Reebok One Guide provides just enough stability elements to make it a smooth run. The midfoot foam (red) is that element which plays the key role in stabilizing you upon landing.

So, since that first 20K, the Reebok One Guide has become my choice of long distance running shoe. I have been inclined more and more to take it out over my existing shoe collection, and in spite of the high mileage, going into 100K+ per week for several weeks, no significant stiffness in foot, or heel pain, or anything unusual are good signs. I have been injury prone with my foot, or calfs, but now that these have lasted almost a month without triggering anything unusual, that’s success enough for me. Those are the kind of things that builds trust in the runner for a shoe, and for me, I think I am already there with the Ones.

Lets take a look at some key features of this running shoe model.

Key Features of Reebok One Guide

  • Structured textile upper and linings designed to support the foot over the center of the platform, while forefoot mesh adds breathability
  • Low-cut design for added mobility with high abrasion rubber in heel for maximum durability
  • Technical upper construction for fluid, seamless motion transition through the shoe with a focus on midfoot stability
  • Three-foam midsole with ultra soft layer for shock attenuation, lightweight layer for foot guidance, and a responsive layer to help propulsion forward
  • Midfoot foam wraps and spans the arch for additional media support, while flatter medial arch area improves stability
  • Decoupled outsole heel to isolate shock absorption at heel strike, with shallow outsole progression groove for vertical flexibility
  • Outsole release zone to help control pronation and maximize stride integrity

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The Reebok One Guide Zoned System

A few words on the technology behind the Reebok One, and the construction elements. The One series features 3 distinct colored zones that attempts to fulfill the runner’s needs at each phase of their gait. The color blocking used in Reebok One shows the functional aspects of the shoe. Each colored zone has a different level of cushioning, corresponding to the phases of the gait cycle—contact, midstance, and toe-off.

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The different zones have different materials in the midsole of the shoe and there are different materials in the upper.  For example, you need rigid, stable and structured support around your heel but you need more breathable and flexible material in the frontfoot. Wear-testers feel that the shoe offers enough stability while giving them ample cushioning to handle long runs.

Specifications

  • Weight: 9.9 oz (280 gm)
  • Heel Profile: 32.0 mm
  • Forefoot Profile: 20.8 mm
  • Drop from heel to forefoot: 11.2 mm
  • Closure: Laced
  • Tip Shape: Round
  • Other Detail: Padded Footbed, Cushioned Ankle, Textured Sole

Pricing and Availability

The shoe is available at a price ranging from $107.95 – $115.00 internationally depending on the place from where you have ordered. In India, you will find the shoe in the various Reebok outlets. Online, I checked out and they were available on myntra.com priced at Rs. 9,999 (though there are discount offers running currently). I did not find them on Jabong and Flipkart, though. Even could not locate them on the Reebok India website, at least not right up front, so Reebok definitely needs to put in some effort promoting a shoe which is really good (unlike the other pretty unusual stuff from Reebok previously, like the ZigTech and EasyTone, this one is definitely mainstream).

Final Words

Lightweight stability shoes for mild to moderate pronators, perfect for my long runs, and quite good for high mileage training. Super heel-to-toe transition.


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