Kick Check: Reebok Sublite Slash RS 2.0

The Reebok SubLite Slash RS 2.0 has been around the market for a while now but nobody has really made a big deal out of it. For one, it is from Reebok. The brand name is still recognizable in the athletic footwear industry but the basketball niche is totally dominated by Nike, with Adidas in very distant second. Two, it is not that popular of a shoe. Here’s an experiment: try searching for “Reebok SubLite Slash RS 2.0″ in Google and the only results you will get are probably related to other SubLite models.

That being said, I find the shoes to be a great option for people who like to play basketball for recreational and semi-professional purposes, especially if you are looking for a pair that could perform well without compromising your budget. The Reebok Sublite Slash costs PhP 2,700 here in the Philippines (I specifically bought this pair from Olympic Village in Centrio Mall, CDO). And if you are conscious about the branding, the Reebok name is something you can place side by side with Nike, Adidas, and other leading footwear brands today.

On that note, let’s check the kicks.

Traction. I tested the Reebok Sublite Slash in an outdoor setting and I say the traction was excellent. I did some jab steps, curls, lateral movements, pops and stops, pushes, and what have yous to get a feel of how the shoes’ traction perform and I am very satisfied with the results.

Unlike most traditional basketball shoes which employ herringbone patterns at the bottom, the Reebok Sublite Slash parades a wavy design. The bottom of the shoe features two sections where a hard layer of rubber is placed – at the heel and the forefoot. This method limits the use of traditional rubber to where there contact, pressure, and friction is mostly found.

Cushioning. The Reebok Sublite Slash uses the Sublite Foam for cushioning in the midsole. The foam does provides adequate cushioning and impact absorption. While there is no bouncy feeling within the cushioning material of the shoe, it adds to the its overall responsiveness, enabling the wearer to make quick movements as compared to shoes that have some springy feel in their cushion.

Materials. The upper is made predominantly of patent leather with mesh and padding integrated in the middle. If there is something I learned about shoes, patent leather is almost always equal to durability and longevity. Both of which I am positive the Reebok Sublite Slash can deliver.

Ventilation. Aside from the mesh materials found on the sides and on the tongue of the shoe, there are also perforations found in the toe box area. All these help in allowing the heat to escape from within the shoe. But as far as air flow is concerned, I did not feel air coming in as compared to other performance shoes, especially those made with fuse materials. That said, I did not feel any heat on each shoe, which is the main thing.

Fit. The fit is great. The shoe is true to size, which is what I prefer. The lockdown is great and the padding materials around the ankle area provide comfort and stability.

In conclusion, I find the Reebok SubLite Slash 2.0 a very comfortable and well-performing shoe. The only problem I had with it was the long break-in period. The first time I got to wear the shoe, I didn’t even feel like walking because the shoe, particularly the bottom part, was stiff. But that is normal and after a couple of times of wearing them, the shoes finally loosened up and I am now having a good time hooping in them.