Summary

We spent 9.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what training geeks think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Numerous training enthusiasts marvel at the versatility of the Nano 9; it is described as a swiss army knife for the CrossFit box.
  • The overall comfort and feel of the trainer are highly praised by the majority of reviewers.
  • It is considered one of the best cross-trainers for weightlifting; both professional athletes and regular gym goers agree that their foot feels stable in the Nano 9.
  • A significant number of testers laud the shoe’s performance during short-distance running; its sole offers better reaction and flexibility than most CrossFit shoes.
  • The Nano 9 also feels stable during lateral movements, given its supportive midsole wraps, as mentioned by many users.
  • The footwear is referred to as “almost indestructible” by Rich Froning, the Fittest Man on Earth, who has tested the shoe for several months.
  • According to multiple expert reviewers, the trainer holds up well during rope climbs; it also grips the rope quite efficiently.
  • The return of the Vector logo is warmly welcomed by the Reebok fan club; the overall aesthetics of the shoe has also received a myriad of compliments.  
  • Multiple buyers have taken note of the updated Flexweave upper which moves seamlessly with the wearer; the material also provides ample breathability.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The upper material bunches up in the forefoot section when the shoe is tightly laced, as reported by some purchasers.
  • Several wearers have reported that the outsole started coming apart after only a few weeks of use.  
  • A few think that the trainer is a bit on the heavier side when compared to an average training shoe.

Bottom line

Reebok has made a step in the right direction with the long-awaited Nano 9. The wearers consider it an excellent evolution of the Nano 8. The brand takes the already successful model and brings its comfort, stability, and versatility to a new level. Both experts and enthusiasts applaud the balance between stability and cushioning which the Reebok Nano 9 offers.

That’s why it is deemed an all-in-one option for anything a person can do at the box: jumping, squatting, deadlifting, rope climbing, running, or simply walking around.

Tip: read our review of Reebok CrossFit Nano 9, or see the best training shoes.

Facts

Rankings

Top 1% most popular training shoes
It has never been more popular than this August
Better rated than the previous version Reebok CrossFit Nano 6.0

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Video reviews and unboxing

At first glance, it is hard to believe that these two trainers come from the same series of Reebok CrossFit footwear. Even if you put them side-by-side for a more in-depth comparison, you will only find a few similar-looking features. However, at their core, these two Nano models have been crafted with the same principle in mind: to serve a comfortable, do-it-all CrossFit trainer that would bridge the gap between weightlifting and running.

A considerable number of users have already agreed that the Nano 9 feels as if it does everything that the Nano 8 does, but better. So, what are the key ingredients that help the latest edition step up the game?  

- Enhanced stability. One of the most apparent alterations in the Nano 9 is the translucent rubber wrap found on both sides of the midsole. It replaces the NanoShell heel clip of the previous Nanos. The new wrap has been widened out and extended closer to the midfoot. That way, it covers a larger area, helping the foot feel more steady during weightlifting and multi-directional movements. By checking the back of the shoe, you can also discover that the heel section has been broadened significantly. The edges of the sole have been made more clear-cut and less rounded, making the shoe’s platform resemble that of a weightlifting shoe. All of this has been made for the sake of stability.

- More running-friendly design. Despite the reinforced stability department, Reebok has also found a way to improve the trainer’s performance for running. It has added more cushioning into the midsole portion by using a single-density injection-molded EVA foam. To put it simply, this type of foam has a lighter and more flexible characteristic and offers more rebound than the harder foam used on most cross-trainers. While it doesn’t turn the Nano 9 into a dedicated running shoe, it makes the trainer more responsive for short runs (1 to 3 miles) and jumping exercises. At the same time, the afore-mentioned rubber side panels do not let to compromise stability. Unlike the old NanoShell, the new wrap is decoupled at the back, meaning that it consists of two pieces which are not connected at the rearfoot. This design twist also aids in making the heel-to-toe transition much smoother.

- Improved foot containment. The already acclaimed Flexweave material receives a new life in the Reebok Nano 9. It has undergone a transformation which gave it a more stretchy quality. The fabric itself has been made thinner and tighter to conform to the foot shape more seamlessly.

- The heritage logo is back. The brand brings back the classic Vector logo onto the lateral side of the trainer. According to Reebok’s Senior Product Manager, the new design makes the shoe appear slimmer and faster. It is also meant to give the trainer a more sneaker-like vibe. 

#NanoForAll

The ninth iteration of the brand’s flagship CrossFit shoe came out under the “Designed for all” slogan as well as the “NanoForAll” hashtag. These mottos represent Reebok’s endeavor to create a shoe for every level of CrossFit engagement: from newcomers to the Fittest Men and Women on the planet. Thus, the brand has worked closely with the CrossFit community to get all the feedback first hand. This is how years of experiments and testing have helped the company shape its “best Nano yet.”

Traction. Both types of rubber that are found on the outsole are meant to grip the gym floor efficiently. To enhance this asset, the shoe employs a diamond-shaped tread pattern which is also reminiscent of the barbell knurling. It is designed to bite into the surface and help the wearer stay glued to the floor or stop short during dynamic movements.

Protection. One of the rubber compounds extends up on the front and medial sides of the shoe. At the front part, it forms a shield for the toes which protects the wearer against painful toe bumps. On the medial side, the rubber bears the RopePro add-on. It assists the athlete during rope climbing exercises. It grips the rope on the ascent and prevents the sole from burning out on the descent. 

Low drop. To help the wearer feel more connected to the training surface, the shoe uses a low-profile sole unit. The 4-mm heel-to-toe drop places the foot nearly flat on top of the midsole. This differential is typical of CrossFit footwear as it provides a better sense of control for the constantly varied exercises.

Author
Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick is a powerlifter who believes cardio comes in the form of more heavy ass squats. Based on over 1.5 million lifts done at competitions, his PRs place him as an elite level powerlifter. His PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Forbes, Bodybuilding.com, Elite Daily and the like. Collaborating along the way with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.

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