The Reebok Flashfilm Train 2.0s are a pair of budget-friendly training shoes that have slowly grown on me over time.
When I first put them on I was uncertain if I would like their slightly thicker midsole and bootie design, but overall, I’ve really grown fond of them for general wear and recreational wear.
Truthfully, the Reebok Flashfilm Train 2.0s are not going to be the best training shoe on the market for stability, so now the questions are, who will they be best for and in what scenarios will they perform the best?
- Who Should Buy the Reebok Flashfilm Train 2.0s
- Reebok Flashfilm Train 2.0 Pros
- Reebok Flashfilm Train 2.0 Cons
- Reebok Flashfilm Train 2.0 Performance
- Sizing and Fit
- Construction Details
For a visual breakdown of what’s discussed below, I’d recommend checking out my Reebok Flashfilm Train 2.0 review video below. Also, make sure you check out the TF2 cross-training shoe calculator to find your perfect trainers!
Who Should Buy the Reebok Flashfilm Train 2.0s
The Reebok Flashfilm Train 2.0s will be a really good option for anyone who wants a highly budget-friendly trainer that they can wear on a daily basis and for recreational lifting. I think this model does a fairly good job at remaining stable under light and mid-range loads (<300 lbs) and the midsole is responsive enough for shorter runs, agility work, and plyometrics.
With a price point of $80 USD, it’s hard to fault this model when it comes to being one of the few truly budget-friendly training shoe options on the market.
Reebok Flashfilm Train 2.0
- Casual Lifting
- Agility Work
- With Heavy Loading
- With Longer Runs
Reebok Flashfilm Train 2.0 Pros
Over the testing period for this pair of training shoes, I’ve found three things that I really enjoy about the Reebok FLASHFILM Train 2.0s.
- Responsive, Yet Stable Midsole
- Comfortable Bootie Construction
The first and biggest pro of this model is the price point. On Reebok’s site, you can grab a pair for $80 USD with some models marked down and on Amazon you can usually find a pair for less. This makes the Flashfilm Train 2.0s by far one of the most cost-efficient training shoes on the market.
Another aspect that I like is the overall midsole construction of this model. This training shoe uses Reebok’s signature FLASHFILM midsole construction, which provides a responsive and lightweight feel which I really liked for conditioning. Overall, I thought the midsole did a fairly adequate job at supporting my lifting. I was able to load up to about 300 lbs before noticing any compression.
The final aspect that I like is the bootie construction. The mid-foot on this model is a bit tight when they’re fresh out of the box, but after a couple of wears, they break in pretty well and start to feel much more comfortable. I really like this model for day-to-day wear and casual training due to their comfort.
Reebok Flashfilm Train 2.0 Cons
There are two potential cons I could see other lifters and athletes having with the Reebok Flashfilm Train 2.0s, and these cons are highly contextual.
- Not the Most Stable
- Tight(ish) Mid-Foot
The first potential con I could see others having is expecting a high amount of stability in this shoe. It does an adequate job at supporting various loads, but if you want a highly stable Reebok trainer, then you may want to look at other options like the Reebok Nano 9 or X. Basically, I wouldn’t buy this model expecting max stability under the barbell.
Another aspect that I could see some not liking is the slightly tighter mid-foot construction. This model does break in after a few uses, but it’s a bit more narrow than other Reebok training shoes.
Also, if you are someone who likes having a lower drop or if that’s what you’re used to, then I could see you not liking the slightly higher heel-to-toe drop in this model. For context, the Reebok Nano model line features a 4mm heel-to-toe drop.
Reebok Flashfilm Train 2.0 Performance
The Reebok Flashfilm Train 2.0 performs as you’d expect for a budget-friendly trainer. What does this mean? I’ll elaborate below on the Reebok Flashfilm Train 2.0’s lifting, agility, and day-to-day performance.
When it comes to lifting, I tested this model with loading up to 300 lbs. I used this model primarily for my accessory lifts and it did a fairly good job across the board for resisting compression and promoting stability. In unilateral work, I worked up to 70 lb dumbbell lunges and I felt grounded and supported in this shoe.
One thing I did notice with the outsole in this model is that it’s not as wide as some of the other training shoes I’ve reviewed. This might be problematic for those with wider feet or those that like having a wider outsole.
Agility and Plyometrics
For agility and plyometrics, this model performs fairly well. The bootie construction gives this shoe a comfortable form-fitting feel and I never noticed issues with heel slip in this model. I will say, it took a few workouts to break the mid-foot in, but after 3-4 training sessions, this model felt better.
I really like the Reebok FLASHFILM midsole and thought it fed well into plyometrics as it gives you a nice lightweight and responsive base to jump from and land on.
Day-to-Day and Running
On a day-to-day wear basis, the Reebok Flashfilm Train 2.0s are pretty solid. I like wearing this model for errands and dog walks and think they do well with long-duration casual wear. If you need a model for work, then this could be a good budget-friendly option.
As for running, I’ve only worn this model for a couple of shorter runs (<2 miles). They work fairly well for this distance, but I can’t speak to how they would do for runs longer than this. Currently, I’m in meet prep for powerlifting, so I’ve cut my running volume down considerably.
Sizing and Fit
When it comes to sizing and fit for the Reebok Flashfilm Train 2.0s, you should be safe going true-to-size. The length is true and the toe box is moderately wide, so it does an okay job accommodating toe splay. Do note, the toe box is not as wide as the Reebok Nano training shoe line.
The only potential discrepancy I could see others having with this shoe’s sizing is the tighter mid-foot. However, for most, I don’t think this will matter too much or impact their overall fit.
Once again, the price of the Reebok Flashfilm Train 2.0s is one of the star players of this model. Whether you’re looking on Reebok or Amazon’s site, you can likely find a discounted pair, which is awesome since the starting price is already a lower $80 USD.
Not to mention, I think these shoes are fairly aesthetic in most of their colorways, so that’s another pro of their price.
The construction of the Reebok Flashfilm Train 2.0s is fairly simplistic in nature. This can be viewed as both a good and bad thing for some and I’ve provided the construction details from Reebok’s site below.
- Mesh upper for breathability and temperature management
- FLASHFILM™ polyurethane midsole is lightweight and ultra-responsive on every stride
- Rubber outsole provides traction and durability
For a visual construction breakdown, check out my video review above and skip to ###.
Overall, I enjoy the Reebok Flashfilm Train 2.0s. They’re not a star player in any one performance category, but for their price, I think they’re a great option for those really wanting to spend as little as possible on their training shoes.
For day-to-day and casual training, I think the Reebok Flashfilm Train 2.0s do a really good job.