DETAILED REVIEW OF THE REEBOK CROSSFIT NANO PUMP
Reebok™ needs little introduction - they know a thing or two about shoes; in fact they’ve been developing performance shoes for various sporting disciplines since 1890 and shoes specifically for Crossfit since the fall of 2011. They’ve been working closely with elite Crossfit athletes like Rich Froning (who’s currently a Reebok sponsored athlete), Box owners, Crossfit HQ staff and everyday weekend warriors to adapt their products to consistently perform well.
Dominate reps, runs, and rope climbs with WOD-whipping shoes that reign supreme on foot feel and durability. Pump technology locks down the fit, while a Kevlar®-infused sleeve helps prevent abrasion without and defeats chafing within. Plus, the forefoot design extends toe-spaying ability for better stability and traction during intense activity.
Synthetic, Kevlar®-infused mesh shell upper for 36-degree durability and breathability
Pump Air Cage for support at the collar and a locked-in feel over the shoe platform
CMEVA rebound foam midsole with a NanoShell cover for cushion and protection
Stretch Kevlar®-infused fusion fit sleeve for durability and reduced irritation
RopePro for abrasion resistance and raised lugs for more surface area and traction
MetaSplit expansion grooves in the forefoot for better toe splay and enhanced stability
Low-cut design for quick mobility and a wraparound graphic for an action-ready look
*Note: The above detail is supplied courtesy of Reebok.com
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There’s no getting away from it - this shoe is all about the pump action! The original Reebok Pump was a line of athletics shoes that were first released in November 1989; it was the first shoe to have an internal inflation mechanism to lock around the user’s foot. Think Back-to-the-Future style.
So what did we make of it? Was the Pump a novelty gimmick or an awesome innovation…
The Reebok CrossFit Pump comes in 7 colours and there is the option to design your own for an extra $20 (different prices in other parts of the World). We got a pair of the black ones (see below) - we'd go for something with a bit of a wow factor next time!
It has a different look and feel to many shoes because it’s been built from one piece of material, giving it somewhat of a slipper feel to it. The on-piece design has a functional aspect to it and makes it easier to house the air reservoir or bladder as Reebok calls it. The bladder wraps around the shoe from heel to ankle and upper foot.
Reebok have done away with the shoes tongue, when deflated you’re easily able to slip the shoe on and then pump to get the snug fit that you’re after.
This is where the Reebok Pump is great - the pump action makes the shoe fit pretty perfectly around any size foot. I quite liked putting a few extra pumps into the shoe when I was doing some heavy Oly lifting, this gave me a really sturdy base and snug fit that gave me great confidence when hitting 1 rep max lifts.
We put the Reebok Nano Pump through 4 weeks of WOD's - here’s the verdict:
OLYMPIC LIFTING >>> 5 STARS
The Pump feels solid during heavy Olympic lifting. It’s relatively low heel drop of 3mm doesn’t mean that it competes with Oly Shoes but we’re assuming during standard WOD’s you’ll be lifting low to mid-range weight.
ROPE CLIMBING >>> 4.5 STARS
The Pump still has Reeboks patented RopePro technology on the instep of each shoe, but its different to the Nano 5, and in our opinion not quite as good.
BOX JUMPS >>> 5 STARS
There’s just the right amount of shock absorption in the shoe for hundreds of box jumps.
RUNNING >>> 4 STARS
The Pump peforms find for 90% of the running that you're likely to do during a general WOD. Its not a shoe that you'd want to run 5-10km in and the snug feel just feels a bit strange whilst pounding the pavements.
GENERAL WOD >>> 4.5 STARS
The Pump is a good alround shoe and performs well during all general WOD's.
*Photo credit Reebok
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