Just like many of you, we couldn’t wait to do a Reebok Nano 5.0 review and try them on ourselves. They definitely did not disappoint as a crossfit shoe. The first thing we noticed when unboxing them was that in our opinion they looked better than the Reebok Nano 4.0’s. After picking them up they immediately felt lighter. Comparing to Reebok’s last version, these are actually a little lighter at 9.7 ounces. Next, we noticed they said the word Kevlar on them, referring to the high quality military-grade lightweight material used for armor among other things. In reviewing, we felt the outside visual look was very similar to the Crossfit Nanos of last year.
The comfort and feel was next up for review. As soon as we started to slip them on we noticed the new tongue, and we loved it. The last version has a very thick tongue and the Reebok Nano 5.0 has a lightweight thinner tongue. We also noticed the top of the shoe was softer. Reebok replaced the heavy thick material that was on the top of the Nano 4’s with a light material that is reinforced with the Kevlar mentioned earlier. The reason they designed the shoe this way is so that you don’t rip up your shoes during rope climbs. It is really nice to see innovation here, because we were not fans of the thick upper before. In our opinion these changes are where the shoe really shines.
Lastly, we had to get some good crossfit workouts in for a proper review. On the warmup jog we came to the conclusion that the Nano 5.0’s are more comfortable for running than the 4.0’s. Where they really shine over the 4’s is in crossfit wods that include exercises where you flex your foot, such as pushups, burpees, and lunges, for example. That’s because of the new material they used on the top of the shoe. The thick rope climb protection didn’t flex and dug into your foot. That problem is completely gone. The bottom of the Nano 5.0’s seems flatter than the 4.0’s as well, which should payoff in your Olympic lifts. Overall, many improvements were made in these shoes. As our Reebok Nano 5.0 review implies, and as can be attested by many top athletes in the sport, Reebok continues to stay on top of the game.
If you watched the Crossfit Open Workout 15.1 live announcement you saw Mat Fraser take on reigning champion Rich Froning. Now if you’re as big a fan of crossfit gear as we are you may have been wondering what they were wearing. Well, Fraser was wearing Reebok Nano 4.0’s in silvery green and Reebok Speed Short 75 in black. Froning was wearing his new Reebok Compete 6:14 shoe with the same Reebok Speed Short. We decided, why not copy Fraser, and wear the same shoes and shorts as him. Unfortunately we didn’t beat Froning either.
You have to figure if Mat Fraser is choosing to wear the Nano’s and Speed Shorts for the workout that they’d also be the best choice for you. I definitely think this is true. The Nano’s are light, which is a nice to have for the toes-to-bar. They’re also good as a lifting shoe, with a stable heel that works for the deadlifts and snatches. They’re also more comfortable than a heavy lifting shoe, which would wear on you in a 15 minute workout. Considering the weight is rather light, the toughest part of the workout for most people is the toes-to-bar. That’s where the Nano becomes preferred over a lifting shoe.
We think there are several good models of Reebok crossfit shorts that would work for Open Workout 15.1. Mat Fraser likely picked these shorts because they are very lightweight yet more on the comfortable side, which is key in a 15 minute workout. The little bit of elasticity is really nice in the short. They can be a little more form fitting, but because of the elastane, you don’t notice that they’re a little tighter to the body. Unrelated to the workout, the pocket can come in really handy to store a pair of keys, and has a zipper so you don’t have to worry about losing your keys when upside down walking on your hands.
We didn’t do as well as Mat Fraser either, but we certainly gave the workout our all. The Nano’s were definitely better than non-crossfit shoes for the olympic lifts. The shorts were just the right length to not be a nuisance. They also breathed very well despite the massive amounts of sweat. And in the end, I hit 92% of my 1 rep max on the clean and jerk! So, a great workout and I’m feeling good! #BeMoreHuman
With all the hype around the Reebok Nano 4.0 release, you may have missed another big Reebok release: the Crossfit Lifter Plus 2.0!
Crossfit Lifter Plus 2.0
This shoe was released earlier this month, and so far it has received good marks. Reebok has bulked up this shoe when compared to the original Crossfit Lifter Plus. While they are still not as stable as the Romaleos, they definitely feel closer to an Olympic lifter shoe than previous versions. For those of you who don’t know, the “Plus” in the Lifter Plus comes from the second toe strap, so naturally, this shoe still features the dual straps. The duel straps, as well as the U-Form technology, gives this shoe a nice personalized fit. They also seem to have a wider fit than other lifters out there. While this shoe feels a bit clunkier than its predecessor, it provides a lot of cushioning from the insole and upper. This is pretty unusual for an Olympic lifter, but Reebok seems to be trying to bridge the gap a bit between a true lifter, and a shoe with more WOD potential.
The Reebok Crossfit Lifter Plus 2.0 is one of the more comfortable Olympic lifters, and Reebok has taken this version slightly more towards the Lifter side than the previous version. Also, if you have a wide foot and find that other lifters don’t quite fit, be sure to check these out.
The long awaited Reebok Nano 4.0’s are now available to order! Reebok has bumped up the start time for the Nano 4.0 launch time 1 hour to give dedicated Crossfitters a leg up! There has been a lot of interest leading up to release of these shoes, so be sure not to miss out on the early-access orders! According to Reebok, only the first 2,000 customers to order the Reebok Nano 4.0 shoes will receive the footwear before they are available in retail stores. Customize your own pair right now! The estimated arrival date is July 5th!