DETAILED REVIEW OF THE REEBOK NANO 5.0
Reebok™ knows 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.
Reebok™ have captured the Crossfit market in a big way – this is mainly because they’ve been involved with Crossfit longer than any of the other major brands, and have been the flagship sponsor since 2010 when the format for the open, regionals and the games changed. In fact one of the sweet deals that Reebok™ struck with the Crossfit hierarchy stipulates that all Regional and Games competitors must wear Reebok gear throughout the competition – there won’t be a pair of Nike’s in sight.
The truth is that although Reeboks sponsorship for the Games gives them amazing exposure to the Crossfit community they also back it up with excellent performance enhancing products.
Here’s some further spec details direct from Reeboks literature;
The Nano 5.0’s upper mesh has been infused with DuPont™ Kevlar® to provide outstanding durability
The midsole has been re-engineered to ensure support and comfort.
CMEVA compression moulded foam underfoot for better cushion and shock absorbtion. An anatomical toe to heel construction and footbed for a natural and secure fit
Polyurethane NanoShell for an extra defence against midsole abrasion. Enhanced stability and support for the foot during heavy lifts
RopePro carbon rubber wrap is forged with an increased grip pattern providing improved grip during rope climbs while protecting the shoe from shredding
Raised outsole lug patterns for better surface area contact and improved traction
3 mm toe to heal drop for improved stability during any WOD
Everyone immersed in the Crossfit community understands that they need to prepare themselves for the unknown and the unknowable. Crossfit’s specialty is not specialising. When it came to designing the World’s first Crossfit focussed shoe that’s exactly what Reebok™ decided to do – not make a specialist running shoe, or the best weightlifting shoe possibly, but to make something which performs terrifically well at everything.
For those of you who are familiar with the Reebok line of Crossfit shoes I would say that the Reebok Nano 5.0 is basically the Nano 2.0 and Compete 614’s love child. They take great elements from both.
If you’re looking for a Crossfit shoe to perform a wide range of WOD’s in then the Reebok Nano 5.0 is the shoe for you. It gets AllTheGearNoIdea’s Best-in-Class award.
It’s fair to say that Reebok are helping set the style within Crossfit alongside Rogue, and their affiliation with Crossfit Inc means they can co-brand their merchandise accordingly.
The Nano 5.0 is available in 7 different colour schemes:
HOW DO YOU GET THEM
You can purchase the Reebok Nano 5.0 directly from Reeboks website here, or from numerous resellers such as Rogue, Again Faster or Amazon.
At the time of writing buying direct from Reebok was the cheapest option.
A few users in our box have said that Reebok™ shoes in general come up a little wider than other shoes, and have opted to go for half a size smaller than normal to accommodate. If you order directly through Reeboks™ website they’ll happy send you out a different size if you have any issues, and by all accounts we’ve heard great things about their customer service. Take note though – if you have had your Nanos customized you cannot return them regardless of sizing issues.
Unlike some other manufacturers Reebok™ offers the Nano range at half size increments, meaning you can always get that perfect snug fit.
So how does the Nano 5.0 perform during a few WOD’s? To answer that our testing team have put the Nano 5.0 through over 2000 burpees, 700 box jumps, 270 rope climbs, 120km of running, and 1500 low, mid and high weight Olympic lifts. Here’s the verdict:
OLYMPIC LIFTING >>> 5 STARS
The Nano 5.0 feels slightly more solid during heavier Olympic lifting then the Nano 4.0. 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 >>> 5 STARS
The Nano still has the RopePro technology on the instep of each shoe, this really does provide a shoe that can grip to any type of rope. There only seems to be subtle changes to the RopePro grip, and we’d say that it’s had a positive impact on its climbing ability.
BOX JUMPS >>> 5 STARS
There’s just the right amount of shock absorption in the shoe for hundreds of box jumps.
RUNNING >>> 4.2 STARS
The Nano 5.0 performs slightly better during running workouts than the Nano 4.0 (but we thought the 4.0 was let down by its running). The shoes sole is significantly more rigid then a running shoe which helps for Olympic lifting, wall balls, box jumps etc, but is a hindrance for anything other then short sprints. We preferred running in the Nano 5.0 more then the Nano 4.0, so if you’re a fan of that shoe this is an upgrade.
GENERAL WOD >>> 5 STARS
This is where the Nano 5.0 excels above everything else – its ability to work really well in all domains. We went through dozens of WOD’s in the Nano and it lived up to the billing of the best all-rounder.
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The Quick Verdict: Buy. In our opinion this is currently the best functional training shoe you can buy for all round WOD's.