Reebok Nano X Cross-Trainer Shoe Review

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Reebok has launched the 10th iteration of their CrossFit training shoe – the Reebok Nano X is now available worldwide.

Reebok Nano X Cross Training Shoe
The Reebok Nano X is here – this is the 10th version of Reebok’s cross trainer shoe meant for functional fitness (like CrossFit.)

What’s new and improved in this cross training shoe? That’s what we’ve evaluated in our hands-on review.

Read on to find out the details…

YO! Why are you looking at the Reebok Nano X? This shoe is now 3 years old. Check out our Reebok Nano X2 review. The X2 is the successor to the Nano X. (There was an X1, but the X2 is better all around).

Here’s some of the launch styles that are available now:

Nano X Froning (Men's - Black / White / Reebok Lee 7) Known as The Fittest Man in History, Rich Froning Jr., joins the Nano franchise with these men's shoes. They were designed to fulfill all the needs of an elite athlete. Coming July 21st - these WILL SELL OUT!

Reebok Nano X (Vivid Orange/Black/White) Men's Training Shoe in Vivid Orange/Black/White

Reebok Nano X (Black/White/Vivid-Orange) Men's Training Shoe in Black/White/Vivid-Orange

Reebok Nano X (Cool Shadow/Black/White) Men's Training Shoe in Cool Shadow/Black/White.

Reebok Nano X (Black/White/White) Men's Training Shoe in Black/White/White

Reebok Nano X Women's (Violet Haze/Mystic Orchid/White) Women's Training Shoe in Violet Haze/Mystic Orchid/White

Reebok Nano X (Cold Grey 2/Cool Shadow/White) Women's Training Shoe in Cold Grey 2/Cool Shadow/White

Vertex Micro Crew Ultra-Light Cushion (Darn Tough) You know what kind of sock works best with a lightly cushioned cross trainer like the Nano X? Get a running or athletic sock with some padding in the heel and fore foot - like these from Darn Tough. Merino wool/Nylon/Lycra Spandex - made in the USA

Let’s take a look.

Reebok Nano X Shoe Review – On Our YouTube Channel

We’ve got two hands-on video overviews of this shoe on our YouTube channel:

And this video compares it directly (and in-depth) to the Reebok Nano 9.

Reebok Nano X Shoe Review – What’s New and Improved?

Let’s start by calling out the differences with this shoe as compared to the Reebok Nano 9 (last year’s official CrossFit training shoe.)

Reebok Nano X Cross Training Shoe - Side View
What’s new? You’ll notice the collar comes up much higher, the tongue is different, and the upper looks a lot more sophisticated and refined (but it is still Flexweave.)

The visible change is the upper (the part that covers your foot.)

It’s still “Flexweave” which is Reebok’s woven textile that combines a super-tough outer layer with a super comfortable inner layer.

The difference in the new shoe is that it looks a lot better – more sophisticated.

How so? Here’s an example.

Reebok Nano X versus Reebok Nano 9 - comparing Flexweave uppers
Both the Nano 9 (blue) and the Nano X (Black/white/red) use Flexweave – but the Nano X looks a whole lot better doing it – in my opinion. The upper is also more comfortable on the X.

The other visible change on the Nano X is that very tall collar.

It comes up high, and the interior is lined with a very dense, comfortable foam.

Overall, it adds to the feeling of bulk in the shoe – but feels very comfortable at the same time.

Reebok Nano X Cross Training Shoe - Heel View
From here you can see the tall collar, and the double bolsters on the more streamlined (and stretch) tongue. This shoe feels bulkier than the Nano 9 – and it is heavier – but it’s more comfortable at the same time.

The Nano X is indeed heavier than the Reebok Nano 9 – a Men’s Size 11 weighs 14.4 ounces for the X versus 13.5 ounces for the Nano 9.

These aren’t light-weight running shoes, rather they are cross trainers that are tough – and built like a tank.

Reebok Nano X Cross Training Shoe - Collar Closeup
Here’s a close-up for the collar and tongue.

The tongue is different in the X – it’s stretchy and more streamlined. There’s two padded bolsters on the side. I like the more streamlined tongue compared to the bulky (but more cushioned) tongue in the Nano 9.

Reebok Nano X Cross Training Shoe  - Side Profile
Here’s a view from the side – you can see several features carried over from the Nano 9 – like that (gum colored here) rubber protection wrap.

Below the upper, things look very similar. The rubber protection wrap, the Ropepro area at the midfoot, and the outsole are all largely identical.

Reebok Nano X Cross Training Shoe - Other Side Profile
This shoe also sports the modest outsole wraparound at the mid-foot – known as Ropepro – this is meant to give you a way to grip a rope during climbs without shredding the shoe.

Reebok Nano X Cross Training Shoe - Rubber Protection Wrap
Here’s a close-up of the rubber protection wrap. This was a great idea on the Nano 9 – and I’m glad they carried it over to the Nano X.

And that’s OK – because Reebok didn’t want to mess with success.

That flat, all-rubber outsole is super-grippy and tough as nails. You won’t likely wear out the outsole in these shoes.

Reebok Nano X Cross Training Shoe - Decoupled Outsole
The outsole is a de-coupled design that is flat, grippy, and all-rubber. It’s tough as nails – just like it was on the Nano 9.

The heel to toe drop on the Reebok Nano 9 is 4mm, and Reebok hasn’t published a number for the Nano X. They simply describe it as being “minimal drop”.

Reebok Nano X Cross Training Shoe  - Other Side View
Heel to toe drop is only described as “minimal.” Given the similarity between the Nano X and the Nano 9 – I’m going to guess that it is still a 4mm drop – but I don’t know that for a fact.

If I had to guess, I’d say the Nano X is probably still a 4mm heel to toe drop.

The midsole feels the same to me as well – similar levels of cushion to the Nano 9.

But, Reebok does claim the Nano X has a de-coupled midsole – to help absorb heel strike shocks.

I can’t verify that because the midsole is on the inside, and at least during my testing, it really doesn’t feel any different.

Reebok Nano X Cross Training Shoe  - outsole view and side
Here’s another view of the shoe. I think the Nano X is better looking than the Reebok Nano 9 personally.

Overall both shoes feel similar – but the new upper on the Nano X is more comfortable to me – even if it feels bulkier.

The feeling underfoot is unchanged. I can run in these (short distances) and lift weights (heel is firm and stable.)

I don’t recommend cross trainers for long distance running.

They don’t have enough cushion, and they are heavy.

Reebok Nano X Cross Training Shoe - insole
Here’s the thin insole that is removable. The midsole is "de-coupled" like the outsole – at least Reebok claims. The midsole is on the inside, so we can’t see it. Levels of cushioning in this shoe are similar to that of the Nano 9 – if not identical.

Lastly, I think the Nano X is a better looking shoe.

Reebok Nano X Cross Training Shoe - upper closeup
The updated Flexweave upper is super-comfortable – and looks much more sophisticated. I’m a fan.

One thing you won’t find on the Nano X is the phrase “CrossFit”. While the Nano 9 was the official CrossFit training shoe of 2019, apparently it’s not for 2020.

Reebok Nano X Cross Training Shoe - Heel Closeup
There’s some branding on the heel – but no CrossFit to be found. Apparently Reebok doesn’t have rights to the name for 2020.

Overall, I like these a lot.

Reebok Nano X Cross Training Shoe - Two color options
There’s multiple colorways available for the Reebok Nano X. These are two of my favorites (and consequently the ones I ordered.)

If you liked the Nano 9, you’ll like the Nano X.

Reebok Nano X Shoe Review – Fit and Sizing

Let’s talk about fit and sizing.

With this version of the shoe sharing so many similarities to the Nano 9 – it should be no surprise that it fits and feels mostly the same – at least underfoot.

Reebok Nano X Cross Training Shoe - Side view low
Reebok Nano X runs true to size – so order your regular shoe size. Fit is largely the same as the Nano 9.

The Reebok Nano X runs true to size – and if you liked the fit of your Nano 9s – I recommend you order the same size for the X.

The length is good, and the width of the toebox area is once again very good as well.

How’s the fit and feel?

A lot like the Nano 9 – but the upper is more comfortable.

The feeling underfoot is largely unchanged – the levels of cushioning are indistinguishable (for me) – and I can’t feel that de-coupled midsole that Reebok talks about.

Reebok Nano X has a wide toebox - like the Nano 9
Just like the Nano 9 (on the left), the Nano X has a very wide toe box. This is a great shoe for people with wide feet.

Reebok Nano X Shoe Review – In Summary

That’s our review – the Reebok Nano X takes all the good stuff from the Nano 9 and improves upon it mildly.

Reebok Nano X Cross Training Shoe - new for 2020 and CrossFit WOD workouts.
Reebok Nano X – overall I think this shoe is an incremental improvement over the Nano 9 – it works just as well, is more comfortable, and looks better – in my opinion.

You can run (as well as you could run in the Nano 9), lift, and do anything the CrossFit WOD will throw at you.

While the Nano X is slightly heavier, it feels a good deal more comfortable in the upper. It also looks nicer, in my opinion.

Reebok Nano X Cross-Trainer
Reebok Nano X Cross-Trainer – if you loved the Nano 9, you’ll love the Reebok Nano X too.

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