The Aztrec was an excellent entry-level, neutral trainer that’s now ready to play with the big boys, thanks to some excellent updating by Reebok.
It’ll cost you an additional five bucks, but it’s money well spent. The upper has upgraded foam, improved tailoring, and a redesigned tongue, all improving fit and comfort. The injection-molded EVA midsole gets some help from the DMX Foam Strobel board, which is now full-length, and the ride is more responsive and quick instead of somewhat spongy as it was before. The flex grooves have been reworked and newly configured DMPRTEK provides its measure of cushion, as well as durable traction. The heel has a slightly larger outersole pod to improve medial stability, while the lateral side works with the crashpad to keep the foot from drifting inward. Here, design and execution were accomplished with value remaining front and center in the designers’ vision.
“This shoe is light, stable, with the right amount of cushioning, [at] a decent price. What’s not to like?”
Updates the Premier Aztrec
- Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics
- Sizes: Men 6.5–13,14; Women 5–12
- Weight: Men 12.7 oz. (size 11); Women 10.8 oz. (size 8)
- Shape: semi-curved
- Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, DMX Foam Strobel board