Verdict from 6 experts and 100+ user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • Versatile: Many fitness enthusiasts said they're "mind blown" by its all-around functionality. It is said to be efficient for home WODS and all types of training like cardio, strength training, and running.
  • Comfort: The majority of testers are delighted over the in-step comfort. The knit upper and the cushioned soles allow a supportive yet adaptive feel.
  • Light: The shoe's knit construction makes it lighter than cross-trainers like the Metcons.
  • Cushioning: Trainees observe that compared to most training shoes, they could "run a couple of miles in this shoe and feel great after." That is thanks to the use of Reebok's running foam. 
  • Traction: Long-time Nano users daresay that the Nano X1's outsole grip has "improved compared to the Nano X."
  • Higher heel: The shoe's 7-mm heel-to-toe drop is unprecedented for a Nano but works well for squatting, heel striking, and overall cushioning.
  • Flex: Gym goers note that the flexible and slightly pointed up toe area allows comfortable burpees, planks, mountain climbers, and other similar movements.
  • Lockdown: No heel slips have been reported. It provides a perfect foothold thanks to its tall collar and lace-up closure.
  • Wiggle room: Despite its new tapered look, the Nano X1 features a wide, spacious toebox. This allows natural toe splay and improves comfort.
  • Style: From pastel peach to acid orange and classic black-gum combo, on-the-go individuals love that the shoe's sleek design is offered in an array of colorways. This way, they can wear it while running errands around town.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Collar height: Some fitness experts report heel rubbing with this shoe. They said that the collar feels high and hard, causing a blister when wearing no-show socks.
  • Tongue sliding: A couple of reviewers find that the tongue slips onto one side. However, they emphasized it isn't terrible, just a bit annoying.
  • Not the best for weightlifting: A few athletes note that the more flexible and versatile build of the shoe doesn't provide much stability while lifting. One expert says, "the shoe feels like it wants to rock you forward."

Bottom line

The Nano X1 lives up to its lineage's name, but gears away from Crossfit-centered functionality. Reebok now describes it as the shoe for "ultimate fitness." It is designed for people who love to train hard and don't want to be limited by just one type of workout.

As it is not a specialty training shoe for one type of workout, it comes with a couple of restrictions. Keep in mind that it can only go so far when it comes to lifting and running.

Tip: see the best crossfit training shoes.

Reebok Nano X1: Marks 10 years of Nano innovation

From sprints to burpees and squats to split jumps, the Reebok Nano X1 is a monster when it comes to comfort, lightness, support, and versatile functionality. It builds on the company's decade-long successful Nano collection.

Who is it for? This fitness shoe is recommended for fitness junkies who value the following elements:

  • Performs effectively for most types of workouts
  • A training shoe that feels comfortable enough for running
  • Lightweight and supportive
  • Aesthetics that can be worn after workouts

Reebok Nano X1 vs. Nano X

"Big difference" and "both shoes are plausible" are some phrases used when comparing both shoes. Here is a detailed rundown:

  • Unlike its predecessors, the Nano X1 is no longer marketed as a CrossFit shoe but as a HIIT trainer. Now it is geared towards more versatile use.
  • The newer version is significantly lighter (12 oz) compared to the Nano X (14 oz).
  • The Nano X1 increases heel drop to 7 mm (from 4 mm in all the previous Nanos). It offers more heel cushioning for running and jumping.
  • The X1's running-based Floatride Energy Foam offers better cushioning for running and improved overall comfort.
  • Visually the Nano X looks wider, but experts report that the X1 fits the same width-wise. The reason why the X looks wider is mainly due to its wider midsole.
  • The Nano X1's tongue has a thinner construction compared to the previous version.

Good to know

The Nano X1 is also offered in another upper iteration called the Flexweave Grit. This version is marketed to be tougher, more supportive, and durable for high-intensity days or bigger athletes.

Consequentially, expect this particular model's weight to be heavier than the Flexweave variant weighing at 12.1 oz / 343 g versus the Flexweave's 10.1 oz / 286 g.


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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, 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.