Reebok Nano 5.0 Review

Reebok Nano 5.0 Review


We were very excited to take stock of our first ever delivery of Reebok Nano 5.0‘s, and even more excited to get them on our feet and test them in action! So writing this review was easy as I am naturally very enthusiastic about any new products; especially crossfit shoes! As this is the first time we have had the honour of being able to stock any Reebok Crossfit products, I won’t be comparing the Nano 5.0 to any of its predecessors; however I will offer a fair report as a standalone shoe.


First Impressions

Reebok Nano 5.0
The Nano 5.0’s are a lovely technical looking shoe.

At first glance the Reebok Nano 5.0 looks like a solid shoe, from the Kevlar (knowing this is used in bulletproof vests and motorbike boot laces is reassuring) Duracage, to the thick toe bumper, the Nano 5.0 certainly looks like something that will take you through the pain caves that only crossfit can deliver. Aesthetically the Nano 5.0’s are very pleasing to the eye, they offer a very technical look with subtle details and strong colours. The painted midsole adds great depth to the technical feel of the shoe and normally only features on top end running shoes; so it’s refreshing to see on a shoe from another category.


Fit and Feel

Reebok Nano 5.0 Red
The upper is a great combination of lightweight mesh and the Kevlar Duracage.

The Reebok Nano 5.0 has a slightly wide fit around the midfoot (saddle area) with a very well designed anatomically shaped wider toe-box, to allow for foot spread when lifting heavy weights. This means the big toe area extends forward very slightly to fit the natural shape of most feet. The initial feel is very solid, with excellent base stability akin to that of a tennis shoe; you feel very planted. The upper doesn’t have that initial soft glove-like feel of a running shoe or some of the Inov8 crossfit models; however you can’t expect them to feel super soft when they are built with kevlar!



Reebok Nano 5.0 Outsole
The Ropepro wrap has always been a popular and essential crossfit feature.

The Nano 5.0’s are obviously designed specifically for crossfit; however due to the nature of crossfit; this means that the shoes make an excellent trainer for all gym workouts; including “standard” gym classes. They have a wide stable base which makes them excellent for most dynamic movements, such as Box Jumps, lunges, burpees and multi-directional drills. The low profile midsole and stable base means they are also very good for more static exercises, such as squats. The outsole profile is similar to its predecessors, consisting of a biomechanically mapped outsole with lots of ridges in the sticky rubber which offers excellent grip on indoor surfaces. The carbon rubber Ropepro wrap, ensures you won’t tear through your midsole on rope descents like you would on a less suitable shoe.

But as the outsole is biomechanically mapped, they still offer enough flexibility for some running (mainly when a WOD calls for it); but don’t be led to believe that you can do any sustained running in these. Even though they are well cushioned, (thanks to the CMEVA midsole) for such a low profile (3mm drop) shoe, they are still not a running shoe and should be kept in the gym. If you are someone who does everything in one shoe, then I would definitely recommend you read our blog on the benefits of the correct footwear as it may enlighten you!



All in all I was thoroughly impressed with the Reebok Nano 5.0’s, although I have only done one workout in them so far (10 x 10 squats @ 60% 1RM then a metcon of 4 min AMRAP clean and jerk, 4 minute row for calories and 4 min AMRAP of burpees) they definitely impressed. A good solid underfoot feel and although they were a little rigid in the upper to start, I’m sure they’ll soften up in no time. They don’t feel as soft in the upper as my Inov8 F-Lite 235’s; I get the impression they’ll be harder wearing and possibly better for heavy workouts. They feel nice and light and I weighed a size UK 8 and it came in at 283g so pretty good for such a solidly built shoe. Check out the video below to get you even more excited about this great new crossfit shoe and if you fancy a pair then click the shop now button to go direct to the Nano’s in our online store. At only £90 they are an absolute bargain compared to the overrated Nike Metcon or the trusty Inov8’s.

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Ryan has worked in the sports industry since 1999 and has a wealth of experience across most subjects. Ryan holds a BSc in microbiology and has studied sports physiology in great detail in his own time. His main areas of specialisation are: footwear construction, footwear technology, strength & conditioning and anatomy & physiology. He splits his 13 hours a week exercise between, Kickboxing, MMA, Crossfit, Rock Climbing and Running.