As of January 18, 2018 the Reebok CrossFit Nano 8 Flexweave is now available both online and at retailers.
The Reebok CrossFit Nano 8 Flexweave is the latest iteration of the Nano cross training shoe from Reebok, and endorsed by CrossFit. As a superlative cross training shoe – it’s designed for all the demands of a WOD – whether that is weight lifting, rope climbs, high-intensity metcon exercise, or just about anything else.
A lot of the great features of the previous shoe, the Nano 7 and Nano 6, are carried over to the new model. But there’s a multitude of improvements too – especially in comfort and versatility. The newest innovation is the extensive use of Reebok’s Flexweave material which provides lightweight support, breathability, and durability.
Let’s talk about what makes this a great shoe for CrossFit training, but first, here’s a visual overview of the key features:
Benefits of Flexweave
Take a look at the closeup above of the Nano 8. Flexweave is an innovative figure-8 weave that can interlock individual fibers. Thanks to Flexweave, the upper is a single-layer while still providing a supportive, controlled fit with higher and lower density zones – for durability and flexibility – precisely where it’s needed. In a versatile training shoe you need some areas to be rigid – and some to be flexible. At the same time you want the shoes to be light and breathable. Flexweave helps accomplish that.
Minimal Drop For Stability
CrossFit WODs involve a lot of weightlifting – and heavy weights at that. The critical barbell exercises of a typical WOD require a proper shoe. Running shoes are not good for this purpose – they have too much cushioning and compressibility in the outsole. The last thing you want with a big weight overhead or on your shoulders is to have your feet sinking into the mushy sole of a running shoe – it’s an injury waiting to happen but it’s also a loss of efficiency. The Nano 8 line is “low-profile”. The heel is fairly rigid and the shoe has a minimal “drop” – the difference in height from the heel to the toe is only 4mm. This means the shoe has the the secure footing and stability you need for lifting big weight. But unlike single purpose weightlifting shoes which are too heavy and too rigid for rapid movement – you can do a whole lot more in your Nanos – like jump, run, cut, or rope climb.
The Nike Metcon 4 is Nike’s cross training shoe – also new for 2018. It is similar in many respects – it’s light, breathable, and meant for the rigors of both heavy weights and explosive and quick WOD movements. It’s also got a 4mm low-profile drop and is constructed of light-weight, breathable material. Either shoe is going to be an excellent choice – and which one you prefer may come down to styling and aesthetics.
Flexibility for Movement
As we mentioned above, the Nano is rigid enough for lifting big weights – but at the same time it’s got the flexibility and midsole cushioning needed to jump, run, or cut. Regarding the fit – a low-cut design for freedom of movement and quicker transitions ensures you’ve got full ankle range of motion. Meanwhile the flex grooves ensure the forefoot has the flexibility needed up front.
These shoes are relatively light – about 10 or 11 ounces – depending on size. Lastly, the toe box is wide for comfortable fit and powerful movements. A CMEVA moulded midsole adds cushioning – which is necessary for the dynamic movements such as jumping and sprinting.
The outsole, or more simply the “sole”, is made from high abrasion rubber for traction. In the closeup photo above, you can clearly see the forefoot flex grooves as well. You can also see from the side views presented earlier that the critical area needed for traction in rope climbs incorporates the sole material as well – for traction and durability.
In the top view below, you can see the wide toe box – for stability and power. The collar is also evident and has been improved for all day comfort in the new model.
Lastly, here’s the heel – it’s got a robust and rigid heel clip – for a stable and strong fit with a “locked-in” feel. Again – this is a shoe for lifting big weight.
The Reebok Nano 8 is an evolution of an excellent cross training shoe. It’s built for the demands of the WOD – which are various and intense. Give these shoes a try for your next workout.
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