The RealFlex Transition is one of Reebok’s latest cross-trainer shoes that have become popular among athletes and gym and walkathon enthusiasts. This product boasts of a new design that allows the user to become more versatile in choosing the types of training. The concept and technology of the Transition enhances the front and rear segments of the shoe and this greatly makes users stable. Having evolved from Reebok’s “collapsible shoe” concept, the Transition does not only focus on being a barefoot shoe. It is actually being marketed as something better than being barefoot.
The shoe is closely based on Reebok’s RealFlex Technology which relies greatly on the principle of natural or normal body motion with emphasis in flexibility and high mobility.
The technology uses 76 individual nodes that offer maximum flexibility and it can move in any direction. These nodes also function like sensors since each node responds to the feet and type of running surface in their own unique way.
The nodes at the heel are fused to give more heel protection during downhill running while the forefoot nodes are also fused to protect the foot from high impact during natural sprint.
The lateral nodes are also linked together to provide more stability on lateral movement.
The RealFlex Technology uses a special type of rubber and is designed for ultimate weight reduction, comfort, and stability.
The dominant material used for the front, back, and side panel of the shoe is a monolayer of polyester mesh. This makes the shoe lightweight and, at the same time, gives the users a breathable feel.
The heel cup of this shoe is also raised a little to give the heel a more secure and stable feeling especially on lateral movements.
The sock line is also highly molded and is also padded for cushioning. To add more comfort, the tongue of this shoe is made up of a thin micro suede material to give more room for your feet.
The good thing about this shoe is that most of the features exactly feel like how it is marketed. The user will be able to feel a huge difference when using this shoe in terms of weight and movability. It is really lightweight to a point that previous shoes feel like you are wearing brick compared to the Transition.
Its high flexibility enables the shoe to be used in multiple activities. It also performs really well and looks to be made with durable materials.
The design and make are properly executed and you will not feel like the shoe will split open with strenuous activities. It offers several colors and the design is attractive.
The shoe also wraps around your foot in a very snug but never stifling fashion, making it highly comfortable.
Individual nodes tend to give an uneasy feeling especially when you are moving from side to side. However, the feeling can be easily overcome with the use of thicker socks and when you get used to them in a matter of time.
Some people complain about the feeling of falling or tripping because of the nodes but personally, they are not as annoying. However, Reebok could’ve resolved this if a less elastic material was used on some key nodes.
Another possible solution would’ve been redesigning the areas where the linkages between nodes can be found so they will feel a lot softer and less noticeable.