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Reebok Zig Kinetica review: Reebok’s best trainer

Also their best-looking training shoes

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Remember the Reebok Zig Kinetica Concept Type_1 that we checked out back in December? In our review I said these were pretty good training sneakers but way too delicate to actually wear as anything other than show sneakers — it was gorgeous but it needed a more durable version.

Well, turns out that Concept was, as the name suggests, just a concept — and this is the actual new Reebok Zig Kinetica, and here’s what we think about it.

Brief ZigTech history

In case this is the first time you’re hearing about the Reebok ZIG line of shoes — the Zig Kinetica system started out way back in 2010 when Reebok released their first sneakers with the ZigTech design called the Reebok ZigPulse.

These sneakers came in a bunch of colorways. Reebok even started advertising them along with Lewis Hamilton to really show off how cool these new ZigTech sneakers were.

Reebok got a whole bunch of celebrities onboard with the ZigPulse so the sneakers had a bit of a buzz around it. However, as popular as they might have been at the time, we never really heard much about it since then.

Fast forward to today, almost a decade since the first Zig sneaker launched, the Zigtech makes a return in the form of a reworked Zig Kinetica system with the Reebok Zig Kinetica.

One look at these sneakers and you can see how they have a really aggressive vibe. Quite different from the avant garde vibe of the Concept Type_1.

Alright with that history lesson out of the way – let’s talk about design and fit.

One of the best-looking Reebok sneakers in a while

The 2020 Zig Kinetica is meant to be a daily activity shoe and you can tell that from its design.

The embedded design makes for a slightly chunkier shoe than what you’d normally see with a fitness sneaker. Whether that’s a good or bad thing boils down to your personal preference.

You can see we have the really loud red colorway — I’m not sure why everyone is sending me red sneakers nowadays — but please stop you guys haha.

The Zig Kinetica also comes in a way cooler Black colorway with an orange Zig unit which is the main colorway they’re marketing. But the all-white colorway with the slightly orange-ish Zig unit is my favorite.

Regardless of the colorway, you have to admit, this is one of the best looking Reebok shoes in years.

Starting with the upper, it’s made out of a breathable mesh, like you’d expect out of any pair of fitness shoes. At first glance, I wasn’t sure these were going to be good at ventilation because the material used in the construction of the upper is quite thick. Thankfully, Reebok did a pretty good job here! The mesh material keeps the air flow consistent, allowing cool air to come in as you move your feet while pushing the hot air out.

Towards the top is an interesting lacing system that moves though lacing eyelets on the upper and allow for a nicely snug fit. The eyelets have a nice amount of cushioning underneath, so that you don’t feel them pressing down on your feet even if you tightly lace up the shoe.

Moving towards the midsole and heel area, you’ll notice that there are a few strategic reinforcements made with the Zig unit extending up the sides of the shoe in the middle. It also has the Reebok logo situated here. This is interesting because it wasn’t on the Concept Type_1 sneakers so I wonder what’s the reason behind this.

Better than Boost?

Moving towards to the insole, the Floatride Fuel cushioning isn’t exactly the most lush in terms of comfort. These are performance training sneakers after all. The cushioning, along with the outsole and overall design is really meant to propel you forward instead towards workouts instead.

Just like the Adidas Ultraboost 20, the outsole is U-shaped, so the sneaker positions you to lean forwards.

Like I mentioned with cushioning earlier, the Zig Energy Shell (or the zig-zag portion of the outsole), together with the Floatride Fuel cushioning inside, is a lot sturdier than the Boost outsole on the Ultraboost, so it’s not as comfy.

The Floatride Fuel is soft though. You can actually feel it through the liner groove on the sole. Reebok is also using a special kind of sole here called the Zig Energy Band which is supposed to expand and contract like an elastic band to help with a springback response while you’re running.

The heel sits a couple of millimeters lower than the insole, which ends up supporting the medial arch of your feet, and adds to the comfort while you’re running.

At the back of the heel area, you’ll see that the outsole does ramp up and has “ZIG” subtly written on it. The insole also curves around your foot, instead of underneath or being flat, which adds to the comfort factor. If you were lucky enough to try the ZigTech sneakers back in the day, you’ll appreciate the familiarity of the outsole.

All in all, it is definitely the best designed Reebok sneaker I’ve seen in a while. But all that being said, these are meant to be training shoes so let’s move on to performance.

Decent responsiveness, good comfort

In terms of fit, once you slip your foot into the Zig Kinetica you’ll feel the plush all around cushioning immediately — which is a good thing. There’s no rough elements or hard patches that rub against your foot. It’s just a very comfortable plush sneaker, and the reinforcements in the design really seemed to have helped Reebok ensure a comfortable, yet very secure fit.

These fit pretty true to size, even with my wide feet, so you don’t feel cramped in the Zig Kinetica. A big reason for this comfort is the midsole and out-sole.

The midsole is made out of Reebok’s Floatride Fuel cushioning, with a Zig Energy Shell around it. Floatride Fuel cushioning is already present on a bunch of Reebok shoes and I’m a bgt fan of it. It has a great, plush amount of cushioning with a decent amount of responsiveness as well.

These feel more responsive than most other shoes with Floatride Fuel. That’s because of the stretchable Zig Energy Band outsole, coupled with the interesting design of the Zig Energy Shell.

The shell frames the midsole foam while the Zig Energy Band expands and contracts through each stride that you take, giving you a spring-like push forward with every step you take.

It’s a very different feeling from Adidas Ultraboost, or the Nike React foam in the new Nike React Infinity Run, but there is a decent amount of responsiveness with a good amount of comfort as well.

Is the Reebok Zig Kinetica your SneakerMatch?

So far we have a great design, a comfortable fit, and responsive cushioning — so what’s not to like?

See, that’s what confuses me about who the Reebok Zig Kinetica is meant for — it feels much heavier than most other training sneakers, weighing almost 300 grams.

There’s still a 10mm heel to toe drop which definitely helps when you’re wearing these at the gym, and the tough materials used definitely makes this a more durable training shoe.

I think maybe Reebok’s marketing with Connor McGregor might have been the main reason why I’m so confused about these shoes because these aren’t just UFC shoes.

After trying them out for a month the Reebok Zig Kinetica makes for a great every day gym sneaker. Just slip it on and you know it’ll handle anything you throw at it. Not necessarily outdoor long distance running though, because you might want a lighter shoe for that.

As an every day gym sneaker — I can definitely recommend picking these up. I’m not sure why no one’s talking about them, they look great, they are durable and comfortable, and Reebok has done a great job taking something from their past, from the ol’ ZigTech days and reinventing it for today.

One thing that I can definitely say is you’ll most probably be stopped and asked by strangers about what shoes you’re wearing – especially if you get that white-and-orange colorway because these look that unique and cool.

At the end of the day, these are actually my favourite Reebok Performance sneakers to date. Even more than the Sole Fury. Which is really saying a lot.

Reebok has been killing it lately and I really hope they improve their marketing on these, because the Zig Kinetica is a pretty solid training shoe.

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Apple has removed free chargers from the Apple Watch

For eco-friendly reasons

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Three months ago, a spicy rumor made its way across the internet. According to an analyst, Apple will stop shipping upcoming iPhones with a free charger. Naturally, the rumored decision met with a lot of criticism. Now, however, all rumors are gone; Apple has removed free chargers from the Apple Watch.

In the big Time Flies event today, Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE. Though both smartwatches have impressive specs, they will miss one of the most essential accessories for devices: a plug-in charger. Instead of the wired adapter, the device should come with a wireless adapter for wireless charging.

Finally, Apple has confirmed the landmark decision. Announced by Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives, the accessory’s removal comes as part of Apple’s initiative to reduce the company’s environmental impact. The company has previously announced a plan to go carbon neutral by 2030.

Of course, Apple might have other reasons to remove the charger. According to a previous rumors, 5G hardware has considerably upped Apple’s costs across the board. Removing “non-essential” accessories might reduce Apple’s productions costs and might keep prices relatively around the same range. Curiously, the Apple Watch’s titanium and Hermes models will still ship with power adapters, despite the on-paper environmental reasons.

Also, according to a new rumor, Apple isn’t stopping with the Apple Watch. Tech leaker Mark Gurman has hinted that Apple is also removing the power adapter from the iPhone 12’s box.

Unfortunately, Apple did not announced the much-awaited iPhone 12 during the Time Flies event against previous speculation. The company is still set to release the next iPhone generation sometime in the next quarter. If the trend has truly started, you might not see a free charger next month anymore.

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IKEA, ASUS ROG launching affordable gaming furniture, accessories

We need a sneak peek!

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Another thing to add to the things we didn’t expect from this year but, has left us thinking, “huh, sounds about right.” IKEA and ASUS ROG are partnering to create a line of affordable gaming furniture and accessories.

fredde desk from IKEA

The IKEA Product Development Center in Shanghai will be developing all 30 products in this line-up. And, if you’re wondering who’s designing these products, you’re in for a treat. IKEA’s designers stacked up on design concepts and critiques from ROG designers, professional gamers, and gaming enthusiasts to really nail down aesthetic, comfort, and functionality.

ASUS ROG set-up

IKEA is happy to be teaming up with ROG to smoothly marry its home furnishing expertise with ROG’s exceptional gaming technology and design.

There’s a catch though. I won’t lie, I was hoping they’d launch their partnership with tantalizing patent designs. But, we’re left with imagination to fully take its course on this one. Design, concepts, and patents of the “affordable gaming furniture and accessories” haven’t officially been released. For now, the most obvious assumption of items in the line-up would be gaming desks and chairs.

What comes up when you look for gaming desks on IKEA

A quick search on IKEA for gaming desks and chairs show decent products to have on anyone’s set-up so we’re looking forward to designs they’ve mustered up with this partnership. The line-up is launching in China in February of 2021 and will be available in the US and elsewhere by October 2021.

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Huawei MateBook X (2020) + FreeBuds Pro + Watch GT 2 Pro Hands-On

Huawei ecosystem done right

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It seems like the pandemic isn’t stopping companies from announcing their newest tech. Today, Huawei announced not just new software features, but also their latest hardware in the annual Huawei Developers’ Conference (HDC).

Whether it’s the newly-updated MateBook X, Pro-rated iterations such as the FreeBuds Pro and the Watch GT 2 Pro.

Head over to our latest hands-on video as we talk about these devices and how Huawei’s seamless ecosystem can make your life meaningful.

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