Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0
- Excellent grip
- Less flexible
- Loses shape
Our review: Reebok Crossfit Nano 5.0
The Reebok Nano range has been a popular consumer favorite since the first initial release back in 2011. The Nano 4.0 sold much more than its nearest competitor. The Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0 looks to be on a similar track record of success.
These shoes are very similar in design to the Reebok CrossFit Compete ‘designed’ by Rich Froning (Rich Froning obviously didn’t design them!) However, they are in a league of their own and shouldn’t be compared! But, it’s understandable why they are compared; they look almost the same. The ‘kevlar’ element is up-sold and they are visually pretty similar too.
Style and Fit of the Reebok Crossfit Nano 5.0
The Reebok crossfit Nano 5.0s are an incredibly popular shoe right now. They come with an aesthetic and largely remodeled design. The new look stands out in two main ways: one, being sleak and stylish with a awesome color scheme makes these shoes not only functional but also great to wear around town. In fact, the quality of the design and build of the shoe is one of the most impressive features about it. Secondly, these shoes have a distinct new look from the rest of the Nano range. They lack the vivid outer mesh toe box that the Nano 4.0s (Review here) had.
The Crossfit Nano 5.0s have a little reputation for being wide shoes so do not buy if you have narrow feet, these types of reviews are available here.
The toe box is extremely cleverly constructed and well made. The tip is predominantly a strong rubber that offers solid impact protection. They are great for rope climbs, sprints and dynamic weight lifting.
These shoes are incredible durable and you can take these to the beach, gym, climbing and even go swimming with them. These things were built to last and you’ll know it. Part of the durablilty is down to the OTT kevlar mesh, just like in the cross-fit competes or the ‘Rich Froning’ shoe.
The nano 5.0s also have a webbed toe box built into the shoe. Now, some people love this, others hate it. It does make the shoe feel incredibly tight and felt rather strange at first. These quickly stretched out over time though and soon you won’t even notice it.
Fortunately, these didn’t give me or anyone I know any blisters, which was a pain in the ass when I reviewed the nano 4.0s.
The best part about the toe box is that my toes don’t kill feel uncomfortable when I do lunges.
Nano 5.0 Performance
The Nano 5.0 excelled during performance testing and stood up to their reputation.
The shoes provided more than enough support when squatting, ok, they aren’t like the adi-powers, but you can’t run in those either! These shoes were good no matter what workout you throw at them.
Performance increase is my most important aspect to any of these functional footwear, but it’s not always everyone’s first criteria, such as the style; see below for info on that.
So how did it do during a workout?
Comparing it to its predecessor, the nano 4.0s, the 5s feel far more stable when doing static weight lifting exercises. The padding is effective and provides good support especially during box jumps absorbing impact easily.
I found that they were very comfortable running, both running hills outdoors and on a flat treadmill. These are obviously a little less flexible than regular running shoes – but I didn’t experience any discomfort.
There are a ton of colors available for the Reebok Crossfit Nano 5.0, in fact, it’s the style that’s one of the biggest selling points. The styling is so good that this is pretty much the USP, I’m not sure if that was intentional – but it certainly is one of the biggest reasons why so many people buy the Nano 5.0.
An awesome hybrid workout shoe – stylish enough to wear around town.