When you hear the words Crossfit you most likely think of insane workouts and extreme dedication. When we at WearTesters hear “crossfit”, we think shoes (after all, that’s what made us). This year, the Reebok Nano hits it’s 9th model, making it nine years as arguably the top shoe for the sport. However, Reebok hasn’t rested on reputation — they have enlisted some of the best trainers, pro athletes and every day gym rats to help with the process.
Tia Clair Toomey, 2x CrossFit Games Champion
Neal Maddox, CrossFit Masters Competitor
Although I don’t do actual Crossfit workouts, I spend my time in the weight room, basketball gym and road/treadmill/elliptical, so I need a shoe that can do multiple things. Yes, I take my basketball shoes with me, but for days when I am doing weights, box jumps, jump rope, and running – NOT basketball days – I am wearing trainers. The Nano series has been a good crossover shoe, some models are even great (the 2, 4, and 8 are reaaaalllly nice), but with the Nano 9, we get another model altogether.
One of the main features has always been grip. The blade/ripple pattern and MetaSplit outsole are still here, although slightly modified, giving the foot flexibility while still retaining traction. The wide toe box is still intact, allowing the toes to splay and providing a solid, stable base for heavy lifts and landings.
The upper is a big change. While the last model saw a Flexweave upper, the same as the 9 in name, the newer material is a more refined with a smoother look and feel. We also get the classic Vector logo on the side, which honestly should NEVER go away again.
The biggest change, however, is the tooling. If you watched the video, you know what we are talking about. If not, read on.
The midsole is cushioned now, more than previous models, specifically to assist with running. Now, this isn’t a marathon shoe by any means, but at least for those two-three milers after a workout, you won’t have to change shoes. The sole is also decoupled meaning it is more flexible from heel to toe to help with speed and transition. Lastly, the midfoot wrap comes up and around the heel so all that extra running cushion won’t lead to instability while lifting.
Personally, I can’t WAIT to try these. The one complaint, and reason I thought the JJ Watt was a superior trainer, was the cushioning, and I am extremely curious to see how that issue has been modified. Also, honestly, it looks great – the Vector just looks good, sleek, and fast on the side of a shoe.
The Reebok Nano 9 will be available on June 12 for retail $130 USD on Reebok.com.
Let us know below what you think – is the Nano the go-to for all of our WOD-heads out there? Are you looking forward to the new model like we are? Stay tuned as always – the review is coming.