Verdict from 8 experts and 100+ user reviews

4 reasons to buy

  • A lot of buyers praised the stability provided by the CrossFit Lifter 2.0; the footwear helped them to improve their lifting form and even reach new personal records.
  • Most wearers were happy with the shoe’s quality and durability.
  • The outsole grip received a good number of positive comments.
  • A majority of users found the style of the trainer attractive.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some training aficionados did not appreciate the shoes’ hybrid concept; for them, it was not sturdy enough for weightlifting but too heavy and rigid for running and cardio. They preferred other CrossFit shoes from Reebok.
  • Several people reported that the fit of the footwear was too tight and narrow.

Bottom line

The CrossFit Lifter 2.0 from Reebok was able to fulfill the expectations of more than half of the buyers. Those who used a weightlifting shoe for the first time could feel the difference in their performance. However, the more experienced athletes did not find the trainer as good as the dedicated weightlifting shoes with sturdy, incompressible platforms. But overall, most beginner-to-intermediate cross-training aficionados benefited from the shoe’s versatility.

Tip: see the best weightlifting training shoes.

Good to know

  • The Reebok CrossFit Lifter 2.0 is a hybrid of a workout shoe and a weightlifting shoe created to accommodate grueling CrossFit WODs with lots of weight training involved. It aims to provide the wearers with a balance of stability and agility for various activities.
  • The back section of the shoe is designed with a firm and hardly compressible POWERBAX TPU material. It creates a sturdy support for the heel when the wearer lifts heavy weights.
  • The forefoot section of the shoe is designed to be flexible, breathable, and cushiony. It makes the trainer useful for other CrossFit activities, such as jumps, lunges, etc.

The Reebok CrossFit Lifter 2.0 can be purchased in both men’s and women’s versions. Lengthwise, the shoe tends to run true to size. As for the width, it comes in a standard D - Medium for gentlemen and B - Medium for ladies. The brand’s proprietary 3D FuseFrame technology is employed in the upper unit provide instant comfort and fit. It conforms to the wearer’s foot shape and eliminates the need for breaking in the shoe. The tightness of the fit can still be adjusted with the help of the lace-up closure and the metatarsal strap.

The underside of the trainer is covered by a durable rubber compound. It not only protects the platform against abrasion but also has a grippy nature to provide traction on various surfaces.

Following the shoe’s hybrid concept, the outsole unit is divided into two parts right in the middle. The forefoot part features flex grooves which form a grid-like pattern. It allows the platform to bend more easily in this area.

At the back, the outsole is made flat for better ground control and stability during weightlifting.

The CrossFit Lifter 2.0 is constructed with a wide platform to deliver a larger contact area with the ground. It allows the wearer to feel more steady and in control of their movements.

Just like the outsole, the midsole comprises of two parts. The forefoot employs a soft and flexible EVA foam to accommodate foot mobility during plyometric exercises.

The midfoot-to-heel portion of the midsole is made of the POWERBAX TPU material. It is a lightweight yet firm component which is less compressible than the standard EVA. It creates reliable heel support for the wearer to lean on during weight training.

For those who favor lifters with a more traditional TPU wedge and a 1-inch heel, Reebok offers its classic Legacy Lifter.

The upper of the Reebok CrossFit Lifter 2.0 completes the hybrid ensemble and is also made different in its front and back sections. The toe box utilizes a lightweight, flexible, and breathable mesh to allow for agile movements and keep the interiors aerated.

The back of the trainer is made to be more supportive as it sports a thicker layer of synthetic materials with additional overlays around the collar edges and at the rear. Inside, the collar is generously padded to hug the foot for a lock-down fit.

A signature 3D FuseFrame technology wraps the entire unit. Comprised of a synthetic material, it is meant to deliver instant fit and comfort without the need to break in the footwear. It is lightweight and flexible and yet sturdy enough to offer reliable support.

The tightness is regulated with the help of the lacing system and the single metatarsal strap. A cushiony tongue protects the instep from the pressure of the laces and the strap. The mesh on the tongue also allows fresh air to enter the foot chamber.

Rankings

How Reebok CrossFit Lifter 2.0 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 23% weightlifting training shoes
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Top 24% Reebok training shoes
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Author
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.