The Reebok CrossFit Nano 9 is the latest iteration of the most famous CrossFit training shoe on the planet.
With one eye fixed on its heritage in terms of style, and the other laser focused on the athletic performances of the future, this a shoe that will allow everyone to enhance their abilities and results.
“We kept a lot of things that people love about the 8 then we amplified the performance comfort and made it the best Nano that we’ve ever built.” Sr. Performance Footwear Product Manager Tal Short
The Reebok CrossFit Nano 9 – So What’s New?
There are many key features that signify the radical evolution that has gone into crafting the newest model within the Nano lineage.
- All New STRETCH Flexweave upper designed for better comfort and overall fit
- Revolutionised CrossFit® specific outsole design that features MetaSplit grooves for better traction and grip
- Improved cushioning in the forefoot for a more comfortable run
- Soft rubber midsole protection wrap
BUILT FOR PERFORMANCE
The Reebok CrossFit Nano 9 has been created with three main concerns when it comes to performance.
These are a strong foundation, durable comfort and ultimate stability. The latest model builds on a legacy that has evolved with the Sport of Fitness at every turn of its exciting history.
The minimal drop outsole is incredibly supportive for explosive lifting and provides secure footing for dynamic movements such as bar facing burpees and box jump overs. The wide toe box and flexweave upper make this the most comfortable Nano I have ever worn, and the breathability kept my feet fresh during longer WODs.
ADDED CUSHIONING THROUGHOUT
I liked the fact that Reebok have increased the cushioning around the collar and the footbed. In addition to this, the Reebok CrossFit Nano 9 still contains the booty system that the Nano 8’s first pioneered.
With the 9’s there is less cushioning at the toe. This enabled me to splay my toes out more for lifting and felt like a big improvement.
DECOUPLED HEEL AND UPDATED OUTSOLE
The rubber is divided on the heel and sole, allowing your foot to really bend and flex. This is also designed to create a better stride when running.
The CrossFit® specific outsole design features MetaSplit grooves for better traction. This creates a lot of flexibility and grip in the forefoot.
Another touch that I noticed is that the texture of the soles resembles the knurling that you would find on a barbell. It is a small detail, but one that signifies their commitment to excellence across the board.
I tested the training shoe on wood flooring, in the box and outside on concrete, gravel and slippery stone paths and it kept me stable and secure.
I also liked the way that the decoupled heel made me feel more stable for overhead lunges and other unilateral exercises, especially during highly fatigued conditions. The outsole is hardy and almost indestructible for rope climbs.
DYNAMIC NEW STYLE
One of the most noticeable stylistic developments is the return to the classic Reebok Logo. Reebok have coupled this with a simple, minimal silhouette and a completely redesigned sole to form a stylish and memorable visual.
The result is a faster and slimmer model, back in touch with Reebok heritage. The overall aesthetic feels more like a sneaker than a piece of equipment.
2019 CROSSFIT GAMES® EDITION
The brand-new CrossFit Games® model comes in a paired by couplet of fiery orange and charcoal black. This will be worn by the Reebok athlete such as reigning champion Tia-Clair Toomey and Pat Vellner.
UPDATED STRETCH FLEXWEAVE UPPER
The fibres are packed tighter together, but there is not an overabundance of flexibility. This means that your feet feel light but locked into place. To be honest I found it extremely comfortable.
The lacing pattern connects through to the flexweave, and the added structure underneath augments that feeling of being secure and stable.
The structural elements I described above add to the breathability of the shoe. You can easily head out for a run, then come back into the box and chill and then workout without changing shoes. To be honest, I ended up wearing these all day and they were highly comfortable.
On the other hand, if you are heading out for a run in wetter climates, then don’t expect to have dry feet when you get back!
NEW NANO WRAP
The heel portion of the shoe is the TPU carrier for the midsole foam, which runs along the entire length of the shoe.
The raised sidewalls lock your foot in place when lifting and keeps you solid for squatting. There is a strong feeling of quality and strength and for me, the Reebok CrossFit Nano 9s are one of the most stable training shoes on the market right now.
The heel is wider, protruding over the sides of the shoe and adding extra surface area, contributing to this feeling of stability.
I’m currently working through a strength cycle and I found that I could easily generate power through my feet for squats and deadlifts whilst wearing the Reebok Nano 9s. Working between 80 – 95% of my 1rm I wore the Nano 9s on and they felt rock solid.
REEBOK CROSSFIT NANO 9 – FIT
It is worth mentioning that the Reebok Nano 9 fit true to size. The toe box is wide, as in often the case with this line of training shoes.
The Reebok CrossFit Nano 9 is designed for versatility. Going for a quick run? A 45-minute weightlifting session? A bodyweight CrossFit WOD? Then the Nano has you covered.
Light, fast, flexible and responsive, yet sturdy and supportive for lifting, this training shoe has you covered for whatever today’s WOD has in store.
The European version will launch in mid august.