CrossFit Reebok Nano 2.0 – We Review The New CrossFit Shoes

by Gabriel Simon

So as most of you will have heard, the new CrossFit Reebok Nano 2.0s are out. This is the first major product release that CrossFit Reebok has made for sometime, so it’s quite exciting. Unfortunately, we haven’t had a chance to trial them out yet, but we’ve scoured the web for all the information you need to know to make an informed decision. A full video review will come shortly.

First, the Nano 2.0 has a similar design to the original Reebok Crossfit Nano Shoe. However, there are several core improvements as shown in the picture below.

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Click on the picture above or here to check them out.

Basically,Reebok has spent the last year interviewing CrossFit athletes to improve the product and determine what features would make the best CrossFit shoe.

The short and fast of it are three key updated features

1) Enhanced stability. This comes in the heel section of the shoe, where stability is most important. In fact a good CrossFit shoe will have stability through the heel but flexibility in the toe (see point 2).

2) Greater flexibility. This comes in two ways. First there is greater flexibility in the forward section of the shoe. This is for pose running, and obviously you need flexibility in the front for other jumping type movements like box jumps.

 3) Increased breathability. The shoe is made from breathable mesh, which will ensure your feet aren’t squelching by the end of your WOD.

Check out this video here!  It talks about the process of designing the new nano.

Other key features are as follows:

  • The inner arch of the shoe is studded with knobs, giving the shoe traction. The bottom part of the shoe, under the soles of your feet have  padding for a cushioned landing (excellent for box jumps!)
  • There is a DuraGrip toe cap that helps with abrasion. This was actually a big improvement as it means the shoes will now withstand rope climbs and not get torn up. You’ll notice that normal fabrics wear out very quickly otherwise.
  • No break in period. Athletes have commented that you can wear it straight out of the box without any problems
  • The front of the shoe is very wide. This allows room for the toes to spread out appropriately, adding to the minimalist feeling of the shoe. Also many people in the past complained that the toe box was too narrow, so this addition will be welcomed by many. Reebok listened!
  • The tongue of the shoe is thin, and stays in place. This is just a minor adjustment, but there were some complaints previously that the tongue was getting out of place and uncomfortable during workouts.
  • The shoes’ opening for the foot is cut low, allowing for ankle mobility.

Pricing

One of the best things is that the Nano 2.0’s are actually CHEAPER than competitor shoes out there. I have to admit that usually CrossFit Reebok charges a premium that can be a bit hard to justify. However, in this case the Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0’s are only $110. That’s $10 cheaper than the Nano 1.0’s, $10 cheaper than innovate shoes (such as the bare-xf 210) and $40 cheaper than the Reebok Crosfit Oly’s.

Style and design

Ok, so appearance isn’t the biggest thing on the mind of the serious CrossFitter, but I have to admit, these shoes do look great. Just by the way, I love the picture below. And guess what shoes they’re wearing ;-).

reebok crossfit nano 2.0

Basically, they come in a lot of great colours and styles  (see picture below). Check them out here

best shoe for crossfit

And  probably the coolest feature of all, the one that best differentiates it from competitor shoes is that you can customize it! Check out the diagram below for how it works. Only downsides are that it costs substantially more ($149 rather than $110) and also can take several weeks to ship.

custom nano 2.0

Check out this awesome shoe that one customer designed.

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So..what are you waiting for? Get more details about the Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0’s here!

  • John

    HI these shoes are really great. Do they come in any other colours?

  • Matt

    They run SMALL. My Nano (1.0) are 9’s, and have too much room in the toe box. I just received my Nano 2.0’s (9’s as well), and I have to jam my foot in. Definitely returning them.

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