The Reebok Nano X Unknown is here.
This is a lighter-weight, mid-cut version of Reebok’s CrossFit training shoe – the Nano X.
Out review pair is here – and we like it! Let’s take a look at this shoe.
Reebok says this is a mid-cut shoe for training.
Here’s some of the styles we are going to look at:
Reebok Nano X Unknown – Video Review on our YouTube Channel
Why read when you can watch? Here’s our first hands-on look at the unknown, from our YouTube channel:
By the way, we have high expectations for this shoe. The Reebok Nano X was a runner-up in our Best CrossFit Shoes for 2020 review.
Reebok Nano X Unknown – Overview
Let’s take a look…
Mid-cut means not quite high top. For comparison’s sake, here they are side by side with the NOBULL High Top Trainer – a shoe we tested recently.
The shoe is mid-cut, but surprisingly light-weight at the same time.
How do they do this?
The upper is thin – very, very thin – all over.
It’s see through in some places.
Overall, the upper is a very different material as compared to the Flexweave upper on the regular Nano X.
It’s stretchy and comfortable too. Combine that with the Nano X’s gloriously wide toebox – and overall this shoe fits and feels great.
By the way, like the regular Nano X – it runs true to size.
Let’s take a close-up look at the upper.
How about the rest of the shoe?
The outsole, midsole, and insole seem unchanged from the regular shoe – despite Reebok’s claim of “more cushion” – it feels to be the same.
It looks the same too.
Here’s one key difference though – there’s no heel cup / heel counter inside on the Nano X Unknown.
How could there be? It’s too thin.
If you felt like the Nano X regular was too bulky feeling, this is possibly your better option. It doesn’t feel bulky.
It does in fact weight 1 ounce less than the regular shoe (Men’s US Size 11).
But without a heel cup and with the very, very thin upper – will it offer the support you want from a mid-cut shoe?
You’ll probably need to try these on and decide for yourself.
There’s a heel pull tab – to help with putting these on.
Overall, these feel much like the regular Nano X- but less bulky.
Because the insole/midsole/outsole are the same, I assume it’s the same 4mm heel to toe drop as the regular.
Reebok Nano X Unknown Versus Nano X Regular
In contrast the regular Nano X feels heavier (it is!) and bulkier.
It’s also $20 cheaper.
Here’s where the regular edition differs – it’s thicker all over the upper – the tongue, sides, forefoot – all over.
Overall I think both shoes are a winner. We’ll see how well the lighter materials of the Unknown stand up over time.
By the way, the Nano X Unknown is also lighter than the Nano X PR (Personal Record).
The PR is theoretically a lightweight shoe – but actually weighs the same as the regular shoe.
Reebok Nano X Unknown Versus Nike Metcon 6
How does the Unknown compare to the Nike Metcon 6?
The Metcon 6 is basically the Metcon 5 – plus a super breathable upper.
The Metcon 6 is a versatile shoe – thanks to the hyperlifts (switch from 4 mm drop to 12 mm of drop) and the dual-density midsole. It’s got cushion in the forefoot and stability in the heel.
Overall the Nike Metcon 6 is the more versatile shoe.
But – what if you don’t like how it fits? What if you don’t like the radical looks? That’s why it’s good to have options.
Reebok Nano X Unknown- In Summary
The Reebok Nano X Unknown is a departure from the regular Nano X.
It’s lighter and feels less bulky – but overall delivers the stability and comfort you expect in a Nano CrossFit shoe.
Will it be durable over time?
Check back in the future and we’ll let you know.
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