Probably the best feature of the Reebok Nano 5.0
is what you feel underfoot the first time you slip it on. It won’t be a soft, cushy pillow waiting to massage your foot to sleep. The midsole is firm and dense, ensuring that you won’t lose power when you go for those big lifts. The last thing you want when you’re trying to set a Deadlift PR is to feel your heel sinking into a squishy, force-dissipating footbed.
A notch closer to the ground, you’ll find a tough outsole that offers great traction. When you’re wearing the Nano 5.0, slipping should not be a problem in any workout—unless the people in your training group are really sweaty.
The wide toebox up front gives your toes plenty of room to spread out, which is what they naturally want to do in most athletic movements. The extra space may feel too wide if you have narrow feet, but it has another benefit: protection. With the sole sitting outside the edges of your feet, you’re less likely to jam one of your metatarsals against the weights or metal racks in the gym.
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The shoe has a relatively flat build, with just a 3-millimeter heel-to-toe drop. For context, a typical running shoe has a drop of 12 or 16 mm. The nearly horizontal surface is ideal for lifting, and the foam underfoot offers just enough protection for dynamic moves like Box Jumps and Burpees.
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The Nano 5.0 has only two drawbacks. One is that if you aren’t a CrossFitter, you might feel like a poseur sporting its CrossFit-heavy design. The other is that if your WOD involves more than a sprint or short-distance run, this shoe might not give you the ideal feel. It’s definitely more suitable for lifters than for road warriors. For any workout that you perform indoors, however, the Nano 5.0 is ideal.
The Reebok Nano 5.0 is available at Reebok.com.