Let’s review the new Reebok Nano X1 Training Shoe from Reebok.
Our review pair has arrived and we’ve put them through our workout test.
Let’s take a tour of what will make this shoe be the next shoe for fitness.
Here are some of the styles we are going to look at:
Let’s review what’s new and improved in this training shoe.
Reebok Nano X1 Training Shoe – Video Review on our YouTube Channel
Why read when you can watch? Check out this video from our YouTube channel:
Reebok Nano X1 Sizing
I feel this shoe runs true to size.
An 11 fits me perfectly – and this is my normal size in nearly every running shoe and cross trainer.
The Nano X1 has the appearance of being not as wide as the Nano X (in the toebox, specifically.)
That’s an optical illusion because the difference is strictly in the outsole.
This video explains in detail:
Overall, I’d say the Nano X1 has the same wide toebox – it’s just an optical illusion that the Nano X has more.
I say buy your normal shoe size – or whatever size you were happy with in the Nano X.
Reebok Nano X1 Training Shoe- Overview
Let’s dive right in and talk about this shoe.
We’ll start from the ground and work our way upwards.
Like all its predecessors, it uses a high-traction, all-rubber outsole.
It’s flat – no deep lugs here – and is clearly made for maximum contact area with the gym floor.
What’s contained within the shoe holds one of the biggest updates.
The midsole in this shoe is made from EVA foam, and it is utilizing Reebok’s Floatride Energy cushioning system.
That’s right, this Nano has improved cushion. And you can really feel it in the heel – especially when running and heel striking.
Here’s another big change that you can’t see directly – they’ve increased the drop to 7mm.
The drop, or heel to toe drop, is the height difference between your toes and heel in the shoe.
Most running shoes have a good amount of drop (10mm is common) because it helps with endurance.
More drop can also benefit those doing squatting movements – you know like the front squat, back squat, clean, and more.
With this increase in drop, I have found the shoe more pleasant to squat in.
Here’s the last big change. The upper is now Flexweave Knit (at least for this version of the shoe.)
Prior versions used a super-tough version of Flexweave.
But tough means weight – and we’ll see shortly they’ve lightened the Nano with the X1.
Flexweave Knit gives up some of the toughness – but gains comfort and breathability for it.
For those that want an ultra-tough upper on their WOD shoe – there will be a Flexweave Grit option available at launch – this will be more akin to the traditional Flexweave upper.
The shoe hs lost 2 ounces of weight also.
(That’s a HUGE improvement!)
The Nano X1 weighs in at about 12.1 ounces for US Men’s Size 11 shoe.
Where did the weight go? The shoe has lost much of the rubber protection wrap, the big, pillow-like tongue, and the Flexweave Knit upper is certainly lighter too.
Overall that was my biggest concern with the Nano X – it just kept getting heavier and heavier.
Here’s one thing that may concern some folks – the tongue is now very skinny, and less padded.
Seems ok to me, but just be aware of that.
The Nano X1 gains some lateral stability too – thanks to the large, stiff TPU skeleton that encases the heel.
This is a good thing – as this shoe has to be focused on athletics.
Let’s now compare this shoe one on one to the Reebok Nano X, which was released in 2020.
Reebok Nano X1 Versus Reebok Nano X
I liked the Nano X. I have two pairs, plus the PR edition, the Froning, and the Nano X Unknown.
But, it had two key weaknesses – too little cushion in the heel, and it was getting heavier with every release.
I feel like Reebok has addressed both concerns in the Nano X1 – and made a shoe with broader appeal.
That said, with the release of the X1 you are going to be able to get a deal on the Nano X – and it’s still a great shoe.
Let’s compare them side by side.
Reebok Nano X1 Training Shoe Review – In Summary
That’s our review of the Reebok Nano X1 Training Shoe from Reebok.
Reebok has dropped the singular focus on CrossFit, and made a shoe with wider appeal in the process.
It’s lighter, it has some drop (7mm), and perhaps best of all – there’s actually some cushion in the heel now.
The Nano just got a whole lot more versatile with the Reebok Nano X1.
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Tim is the founder of FitAtMidlife.com – an avid gym rat for 30+ years, he’s a reviewer of many, many shoes – and founder of the Speed Bag Gathering – the world’s only gathering of speed bag punching enthusiasts. See more gym reviews at Tim’s YouTube channel.