Ten years ago, Reebok introduced the world to a shoe, that at the time, was a completely new concept for a sneaker, a Crossfit shoe. Crossfit was several years old, but no brands made a shoe specifically for rope climbs, weights, running, box jumps, and everything else your typical WOD includes. To fill that need, Reebok introduced the Nano.
Now, after ten Nano models (click here to read our most recent review, the Reebok Nano X), we get what Reebok is billing as the pinnacle of ten years of research and evolution – the Reebok Nano X1.
While most cross training or functional fitness sneakers are stiff from the mesh construction (durability and stability are key), the Nano X1 uses a new Flexweave Knit for better flex and comfort while still being tough enough for the gym. However, in a first for Reebok, the Nano X1 will ALSO be available in Flexweave Grit, a tougher, more durable and supportive material for the crazy days or bigger athletes.
Under foot, the Nano X1 utilizes what may be my favorite foam (also favorite of fellow testers Drew and Mrs. Wing), Floatride. The last few years, I’ve continually praised Floatride. If you need a comparison, it’s a lighter form of Boost. Last year, Floatride made its training debut in the Reebok JJ 4. The Floatride midsole might make the Nano X1 Reebok’s best “running” trainer.
The toebox of the Nano X1 is also reshaped from the bulkier, flat toebox of previous models to a sleeker, formed shape. This is mostly to make the aesthetics cross over from the gym to the street. Honestly, not a bad idea as long as performance doesn’t suffer.
How to Buy the Reebok Nano X1
Beginning today, the “I’ll Call You Back” triple black colorway is available at Reebok for $130 USD. Five other colorways will drop globally on February 3, 2021 at the same retail price. If you’re a Reebok Unlocked member (free sign up), you’ll gain access to those colorways on January 29, 2021.
Yes, a review pair is on the way. Stay tuned for a full performance review. It’ll take a lot to knock off the Reebok JJ 4 as Reebok’s top cross training shoe, but we’re excited to see if the Reebok Nano X1 is up to the challenge.
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