Who should buy the Nobull Trainer+

The Trainer+ from Nobull is a premium-level cross-trainer that caters to a more advanced athlete. It can be put alongside the flagships like Nike Metcons and Reebok Nanos.

The shoe is perfect for:

  • Crossfit WODs including lots of plyometric movements
  • some general weightlifting (not too heavy)
  • short runs (under 1 mile)

Those who train both indoors and outdoors will appreciate its reinforced outsole.

Who should NOT buy the trainer

If you prioritize weightlifting in your workout routines (especially deadlifts), it would be a better idea to go with the original Nobull Trainer. It has a firmer, more grounded platform. You might as well have a look at our guide on lifters with sturdy elevated heels.

It is also not the most cost-efficient trainer. The asking price is $10 more than the Nike Metcon 7 and the Reebok Nano X1, which are of the same caliber. And if you were hoping to get an even cheaper trainer, see our catalog of Crossfit shoes where we feature all of the available discounts for the previous editions.

If you prefer your cross-trainers to feel nice and light on the foot, it would be better to consider a lightweight cross-trainer (below 10.6 oz / 300 g). Avid Crossfitters say that the Trainer+ can feel “a bit clunky and blocky at times.”

Nobull Trainer+ vs. Nobull Trainer: what’s the update?

With the “plus” iteration of the Nobull Trainer, the brand enhances the following characteristics:

  • Comfort: a much thicker midsole (about 2x) offers more cushioning for jumps, runs, and daily wear.
  • Stability: significantly wider platform (by about 10%) creates a more stable platform for lifting.
  • More arch support: quite a few shoe owners have taken note of the difference
  • Traction: better grip on both indoor and outdoor surfaces thanks to deeper lugs and a new herringbone pattern. A much larger toe bumper also helps with explosive toe-offs.
  • Fit: a bit more spacious and "your foot feels like it sitting down more deeply inside the shoe."

All of these advancements come with a bit of a price:

  • $10 higher price tag ($140 over the original version’s $130)
  • Increased weight (2.4 oz / 68 g heavier! in a men’s US size 10)

Trainer+ has some extra cushioning for your jumps, runs, and walks

As one of its key updates, the Trainer+ increased the midsole from about half an inch to almost a full inch. One of the experts mentioned feeling "higher off the ground" and “like an inch taller.”

This translates to significantly better shock absorption for box jumps, burpees, double-unders, and other plyometric exercises. There is also enough cushioning to support your sprints up to a mile.

Avid Crossfitters also took note of how this Nobull shoe doesn’t get their feet beat up as the workout progresses. One even adds that it “felt a lot more comfortable than when I initially started.”

So, comfort-wise, the Trainer+ has an edge over the original Trainer. So much so, that it can make your daily wear shoe.

Stable cross-trainer for recreational lifting

Don’t be fooled by the thicker cushioning of the Trainer+. It still remains a fairly stiff platform “for most folks” to do weightlifting. As long as you keep it in the moderate range.

It’s got a noticeably wider platform than the original and keeps a 4-mm heel-to-toe drop for a better ground feel. Crossfit shoe experts noted snatching up to 225 lbs with no issues whatsoever. The shoe also supported their exercises with wall balls, kettlebells, and other strength training activities. An athlete who used it for barbell cycling was happy that it didn't make his feet hurt which is "something that always happens to [him] in Nano's.

However, this is not the best option for deadlifts because of the thicker sole and slightly raised toe. A professional lifter also complained that he "did notice the change is [his] hips position." For that, you would want to look for something more grounded, like the original Nobull Trainer.

Mind-blowing grip: this Nobull bites everything

Testers are crazy about the re-worked outsole of the Trainer+. Its new herringbone pattern and deeper aggressive lugs (about ⅛ inch, according to one of the reviewers) work wonders on any flooring and on the rope.

It’s got an excellent grip for jumps and multi-directional movements. An athlete who did 400 double-unders in it mentioned never losing a sense of control. What’s more, the traction also extends through the larger toe bumper. He says “it’s like a game-changer” for burpees, helping you get up from the floor really fast.

Another expert reviewer was happy with the durability and traction that the Trainer+ gives for sled pushes and other exercises on the outdoor surfaces and turf.

But the magic doesn’t end there. The 360-degree rope guards on the sides proved to be “sticky-sticky” on the rope climbs. Testers report no slipping down the rope or losing their footing.

Nobull Trainer+ is truly true to size

The reviewers are happy with the size and fit of the Trainer+ in their regular US size, calling it “spot-on” and "almost feel as if they were tailored." The fit overall is described as neutral without feeling neither loose nor cramped.

However, one expert did warn that he needed a short break-in period (one training session) to feel fully comfortable in the shoe.

One of the most durable shoes out there

None of the reviewers had issues or concerns about the Trainer+ in terms of durability. According to them, it’s not the type of shoe “to break down, or scuff, or really wear out any time soon.”

There are multiple contributing factors:

  • reinforced outsole which extends up on the sides
  • thicker materials in every part of the shoe
  • unbeatable SuperFabric with little ceramic pods throughout it (these add protection without sacrificing flexibility)

Can get warm though

With its nearly bullet-proof SuperFabric upper, the Nobull Trainer+ does lack in the breathability department, similarly to its siblings. One reviewer mentioned that the trainer still felt a bit sweaty 1.5 hours after he finished the workout.

Nobull Trainer+ is flat-foot friendly

For those concerned about the shoe’s ability to support fallen arches and prevent overpronation, experts say that the Trainer+ is a better option than the original Trainer.

First, the midsole itself is pretty stiff and is rather wide which won’t let your foot roll inwards. Second, there is a removable sockliner and an ample in-shoe volume that allow for custom orthotics if you need one.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 12.9oz
Drop: 4mm
Use: Crossfit, Jumping rope / Gym / Cross-training
Width: Normal
Release date: Feb 2022
Features: Low drop
BRAND Brand: NoBull

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Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years 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 Bodybuilding.com, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.