Reebok CrossFit Nano 7
“Guys, give me more stability!”
That’s probably what Reebok CEO shouted to his team of designers after he missed another snatch PR during his morning WOD at Reebok ONE.
A few months later Reebok CrossFit Nano 7 entered the market and we must admit – the team did make their boss happy. Will it make us happy? We’ll get to that in a minute.
Another year, another Nano
It’s the seventh edition of Nano already! Wow, time flies, right?
This time we only had a half year to enjoy Nano 6s as surprisingly the 7s got released in January (new year’s resolutions), and not in July (CrossFit Games season) as it was done in the past.
Anyway, designed to push back the pressure coming from Nike’s Metcon series, the Crossfit Nano 7 continues Reebok’s tradition of creating excellent training shoe designs and is certainly a great addition to the Nano line.
Considering some negative feedback from users of Nano 3 and Nano 5, Reebok came up with the much-improved Nano 6 and the Reebok Nano 7 brings the Nano series another step further with better construction and performance.
There are a few drawback too, don’t worry.
Let’s take a more detailed look so you can decide whether you should cop or drop the Nano 7.
I think I’ve seen that before
The Reebok Crossfit Nano 7 comes in a number of colorways. The default is the one that has a black base and orange and yellow highlights on the outer soles and toe caps.
This colorway is strangely similar to that of previous Nike releases. This is very likely a coincidence; after all, there are only so many color combinations, right? Still, it’s a tad awkward when you see both pairs of trainers next to one another on the same shelf at the store.
Looking past the seemingly ripped off color scheme, you’ll see the shoe was very well-made and has undergone strict quality control. There are no glue spots or any other signs of these kicks being poorly made.
Make it or break it
Many users complained about the more elongated, tight, and stiff build of the shoe compared to the Nano 6, with the toe box being a lot more cramped. Thus, those with feet that widen in the toe area complain of pain and discomfort when using the shoe. Others find the upper area a bit snug, but otherwise workable.
If the fit works for you, you will be pleased with the durability the Reebok Crossfit Nano 7 has to offer. These kicks can definitely take a beating; it does have the word “Crossfit” in its name after all. Again, hats off to Reebok’s quality control.
The upper is made of Reebok’s “Nano Weave”. This differs from the usual mesh, as it makes the shoe more durable and breathable. This material is perfect for any WOD and activities such as running, weightlifting or double-unders. The rope guard on the inner part of the shoe really helps out during rope climbs as well.
The heel and sole had been overhauled in the Nano 7. The heel is reinforced with TPU plastic, keeping the foot locked when doing handstand pushups. The sole pattern is multi-directional that increases traction and provides greater maneuverability when running. The threads in the middle of the shoe help it grab on to ropes during rope climbs. The slits cut into the front of the sole give it increased capability compared to the Nano 6.
It’s performance that matters
Because it’s thinner and stiffer than the Nano 6, users are less impressed with the 7’s performance. This is in part due to the Nano Weave shell and part due to more stable outsole.
On the positive side, the shoe can easily take on intense activities such as deadlifts, wall balls, and extended runs; without showing so much as fraying or other signs of damage.
Also, users have praised Reebok Crossfit Nano 7 for not squeaking annoyingly like Nike’s Metcon 3 does.
Its durability makes the Reebok Crossfit Nano 7 one of the best CrossFit shoes available. If you’re looking for your first CrossFit shoes or currently have Nano 3s or 5s, you will definitely appreciate the upgrade.
However, we think there are four categories of people that should probably hold for a while and wait for Nano 8 introduction (probably in January 2018).
- You currently own Nano 6.0.
- many consider it a better shoe
- You have a pair of weightlifting shoes that you also use in your WODs.
- if you have barbell WODs covered, Nano 7 won’t benefit you much
- You’ve just started CrossFit.
- you might not like the stiffness of the sole
- You’re looking for gym shoes, not CrossFit shoes.
- same as above, have a look at more versatile shoes
For alternatives, you should definitely check out Reebok CrossFit Speed TR 2.0 which cost ~$30 less than Nano 7s and might fit your needs better.