The Reebok CrossFit Nano 7 is a seventh generation training shoe designed to handle intense CrossFit Workouts.
At launch earlier this year, Reebok created a campaign to promote the prowess of the Nano 7. Several top athletes from around the globe attempted to break world records while wearing the shoe. In total, 44 world records were broken in 24 hours, making the shoe the holder of the most world records.
Is the shoe truly worthy of this accolade? I had the chance to test the Nano 7 to see if it is indeed a world-class shoe.
First and foremost, I need to clear the air. Although CrossFit is in the name of the shoe, that doesn't mean it's exclusively for CrossFit workouts. This training shoe is appropriate for most weight room workouts.
The Nano 7 incorporates many of the features you expect in a shoe designed for strength training. A flat sole, minimal 4mm drop and wide toe box provide a solid base of support for heavy and explosive lifting without affecting your exercise form—a common problem when athletes wear running shoes that aren't meant for strength training.
The NanoWeave upper combined with a plastic heel wrap secures your foot in place so you can be confident you that you won't unexpectedly shift or move when handling heavy loads.
When you first hold it, the Nano 7 feels substantial. It's not the lightest shoe on the market by any means, and the sole is quite hard; but these are compromises so the shoe can properly support your foot and transfer maximum power into the ground.
I put the shoe to the test with heavy Squats. The sole had no give or squish as I lifted, and I was happy with the solid foundation. Did I set a PR that day? No, but I was confident enough that the shoe didn't take away from my attempts, which I consider a success. I followed with Bulgarian Split Jumps, and the shoe had just enough flexibility to accommodate this plyo move.
In over a month of testing, the shoe performed well throughout a wide variety of strength training exercises. I haven't noticed any wear-and-tear, which shows that Reebok did in fact design the Nano 7 to withstand intense workouts.
That said, the Nano 7 is not the most comfortable shoe I've ever worn. It's perfectly fine for an hour or so of training, but it's a bit hard and stiff, so I wouldn't wear it throughout the day or for endurance workouts. This shoe was designed for training, and it performs exactly as it should for that purpose.
For more information on the CrossFit Nano 7, visit Reebok.com.
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