In all honesty, I was skeptical about the Harmony Road. Reebok’s reputation for running shoes is not exactly top-notch. Shoes like the Zig made it difficult for me to take the brand seriously.
So I was utterly amazed when I completed my first run in the Harmony Road and thoroughly enjoyed every second of it.
The shoes provide a consistent soft landing without sacrificing energy-return resulting in a smooth and responsive transition from heel to toe.
Reebok Harmony Road General Info
The Harmony Road is one in a new series of running shoes that comprise Reebok’s Run Long performance range. Shoes in the Run Long range each represent a specific tool for the competitive runner in training.
The Harmony Road is the long-run and daily go-to trainer. Other shoes in Run Long family are intended for speed or racing.
The Harmony Road is designed for high-mileage performance and boasts a sturdy construction that still provides plenty of flex.
It is well-cushioned, but not overly soft. The Harmony Road performs well on both road and crushed gravel surfaces.
Reebok Harmony Road Sole Unit
The Harmony Road’s Trizone midsole extends the length of the shoe providing an effortless transition from heel to toe. Additional shock absorption in the heel is provided by Reebok’s KooshRide cushioning platform.
The KooshRide core is engineered from TPU foam that resembles tiny tubular confetti. The space between the pieces provides room for compression during heel-strike.
Despite a tremendous amount of cushioning in the heel, the Harmony Road provides a quick return and snappy ride.
The high-abrasion carbon rubber outsole of the shoe is as durable as the midsole. Again, this shoe is designed to withstand high mileage and the outsole is constructed to do just that.
After 80 miles, the outsole shows hardly any wear at all. Heavy heel-strikers will appreciate the the durable outsole and dense cushioning in the heel of the Harmony Road.
The carbon rubber outsole also provides supreme traction on the road.
The forefoot of the shoe’s sole is characterized by three flex-grooves that accommodate natural flexion of the foot from landing to toe-off.
The forefoot of the sole also features what Reebok calls a PwrPad beneath the first metatarsal head. The PwrPad is meant to provide improved power in toe-off and additional traction.
In my experience, this feature is much more form than function. I didn’t notice any benefit or difference in the responsiveness of the shoe as a result of the PwrPad.
Reebok Harmony Road Upper Info
The Harmony Road upper features a seamless, lightweight construction to minimize irritation. The shoe also has a seamless sockliner that I expected to cause my feed to overheat, but was pleased to find that it was quite breathable.
The toebox of the Harmony Road is average–wide enough to be comfortable, but the shoe could be improved by providing more space for toe-splay.
On my longest run in the shoes (18 miles), I experienced mild blisters on several toes that I believe could have been avoided with a bit more space in the toebox.
Generally speaking, the upper provides a snug, comfortable fit. The shoe’s heel counter, tongue, and sockliner are soft and forgiving.
Reebok Harmony Road Conclusions
The Harmony Road is one of several shoes in Reebok’s new line that is redefining the brand as a legitimate contender in the performance running shoe market.
Reebok’s renewed commitment to quality and performance in running is evident: the Harmony Road was named the best debut shoe of 2017 by Runner’s World magazine.
The brand is also the title sponsor of Zap Fitness, a professional running outfit and training center in North Carolina that develops post-collegiate olympic-hopeful distance runners.
After enjoying many miles in the new Harmony Road, it’s clear that Reebok is on track to emerge as a leading developer of world-class running shoes.
We thank the nice people at Reebok for sending us a pair of Harmony Road to test. This did not influence the outcome of the review, written after running more than 50 miles in them.