Reebok was one of the first and foremost names when it comes to CrossFit gear and shoes. They capitalized on the CrossFit Games, and their Nano series of shoes have been the CrossFit shoe of choice by many athletes for over nine years. As the years have passed, Reebok has had to evolve and compete with the demand from CrossFit athletes as well as big-name players entering the market like Nike and NOBULL. The Reebok Nano was once THE shoe of CrossFit, and it has lost some steam. Our testers found the Nano 8.0 to have features that work well for weightlifting but lacked when it came to running and flexibility.
Reebok Nano 8.0 Flexweave - Women's Review
Cons: Heel slippage, sock-like sleeve not universal fit, lack of toe protection
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Reebok Nano 8.0 Flexweave - Women's
|Price||$119.99 at Amazon||$129.95 at Amazon||$91.14 at Amazon||$129.00 at Amazon||$119.96 at Amazon|
|Pros||Flexible, lightweight, roomy, tons of colors and style options||Extremely versatile, durable, comfortable, good for running||Versatile, comfortable, light feeling||Incredibly comfortable, will tackle everything you find in a CrossFit workout, can wear outside of the gym||Good shoe for lifting and a general CrossFit shoe, great for rope climbs|
|Cons||Heel slippage, sock-like sleeve not universal fit, lack of toe protection||Upper material bunches when tightly laced, heavy||Not the best for really heavy lifts||Never wanting to take them off, fun patterns will cost you a little extra, sell out quickly||Breathability, squeaking nose|
|Bottom Line||A versatile, comfortable, shoe that does well with heavy lifting but not for running.||Ditch the bag of specialized shoes and get yourself an all-around; these are our new favorite.||The CrossFit Speed TR is a great choice for your everyday CrossFit needs and comes at an excellent price!||If you want to avoid a bag full of specialized shoes and go for one all around shoe, then search no further; these shoes are amazing.||An improvement over the previous version; the main difference being the flexible soles, which offer higher performance during runs.|
|Rating Categories||Nano 8.0 Flexweave||Reebok Nano 9 - Women's||Reebok CrossFit Speed TR||NOBULL Trainers - Women's||Nike Metcon 4 - Women's|
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|Specs||Nano 8.0 Flexweave||Reebok Nano 9 -...||Reebok CrossFit...||NOBULL Trainers -...||Nike Metcon 4 -...|
|Upper||Flexweave||Flexweave||Monomesh and hotmelt overlay||SuperFabric||3D print|
|Weight (Measured) (One size 5.5 shoe) (Ounces)||8.125||9.125||8 oz||7.875||7.375|
|Heel to toe drop (mm)||4mm||4mm||3 mm||4mm||4mm|
|Length (cm) / Fit||24cm||25cm / normal||23.5cm||25cm|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Its eighth addition to the Nano family, Reebok restored its faith in decent CrossFit shoes when making upgrades to this shoe over the Nano 7.
Seeing how the Reebok Nano 8.0 stacked up against the competition, it does well with weightlifting movements, but we had some issues with performance when it came to WODs with running and loaded carrying movements like walking lunges.
Weightlifting is where the 8.0 excelled, compared to other metrics. The midsole offers overall support that can meet the demands of lifting during CrossFit workouts. The heel of this shoe is rigid and hard and gives the right amount of surface feel during lifts. The 4mm heel drop is minimal, which helps athletes feel stable on the platform or mats while going heavy. Testers noted the wide toe box helped them feel stable and balanced during squats and heavy cleans.
The flexibility of the forefoot caused the toes to begin curling after a few workouts; this was distracting to some testers and caused a loss of connection to the floor on major lifts. Despite the forefoot flexibility, during weighted lunges, the 8.0 lost points as the heel failed to move with the foot. At the rear of the shoe, the thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) heel clip helps cradle the foot and keep it steady during squats and thrusters.
When it comes to running workouts, the Nano 8.0 fell down the ranks. Our testers found the shoe to be uncomfortable during most cardio movements. The attributes that make it good for weightlifting, such as the stiff, hard sole, and wide toe box, deterred it from doing well during runs. The shoes felt clunky, and one tester reports making heavy foot strikes while wearing these for running WODs. Athletes looking for a shoe that excels on all types of running, short and long, should consider the NOBULL Knit Runner. Those Reebok fans searching for the perfect balance between weightlifting and running in a shoe should look into the 8.0's newest sibling, the Nano 9.0.
The Nano 8.0 was supportive under heavy barbells and pulling movements, but was lacking during running, lunging, and quick changes of direction. The unique figure 8 pattern in the Flexweave technology offers a snug fit over the midfoot. The inner bootie was hit or miss with our testers. Some preferred the bootie and felt it helped keep their foot in place, while others found it too constricting during explosive movements.
Protection and Durability
Athletes want to feel confident in the shoes they wear for CrossFit workouts due to the intense and unique demands that are thrown at them. Protection and durability rank high to meet those demands. Wearing the wrong shoe for your WOD can lead to rips, tears, and even worse - injury. The internal bootie has enough cushion to protect your heels from slippage while keeping them safe from blistering. The outsole of the Nano is made from high abrasion rubber that helps with traction, and the RopePro technology seen on many of their models wraps around the lateral and medial sides of the midfoot for protection. This shoe handles well during aggressive movements but landed in the middle of the pack being beaten out by comparably priced options like the NOBULL Trainer and the Nike Metcon 4.
The 8.0 offers enough sensitivity for the athlete to find good positions while doing any sort of weightlifting. The sole of the shoe is hard and does not compress under heavy loads. The forefoot was flexible during movements like burpees and double unders, but the toe box started to curl after repeated use and started to take away sensitivity for our lifting.
Reebok made some notable upgrades to the 7.0 in terms of breathability when they released the 8.0 into circulation. The major updates are on the uppers, where the Flexweave provides a breathable and ventilated experience for the athlete. The gap in the bootie near the midsole did a great job of letting heat out of the foot chamber during our workout. The Nano 8.0 ranked among highest on the breathability scale next to the NOBULL Trainer.
The Reebok Nano line is known for its comfortable, wide toe boxes, and the 8.0 has just that. Our testers made mention of it being almost too wide in this version, but if you are an athlete that likes toe space while lifting, or has wide feet, this is a good option for you. The upper features breathable, lightweight Flexweave fabric, and we experienced no hot spots while wearing these for WODs. The bootie design had just the right amount of cushion for a comfortable wear.
Reebok is the face of CrossFit, and they mark their shoes at a premium price point to reflect that. Their Nano 8.0 tops the chart on price compared to the higher-ranked Nike Metcon 4 and NOBULL Trainer. If you like the aesthetics of this shoe, it is a decent buy, but understand you will be sacrificing agility and comfort during running, but you'll have yourself a solid weightlifting shoe. If the Nano 8.0 is your style and you don't need to take it out for longer distance runs, it might be a good pick for you.
Reebok has updated their shoes with every new release, and the 8 brings out some better features than its predecessor, the Nano 7. The Flexweave upper is more breathable, and the shoe offers great flexibility and support during lifting but is lacking in features desired for running. Although not the best option, if you are on a tight budget, this shoe performs well for weightlifting during your WOD if you are a fan of Reebok. We do, however, recommend going all-in on the Nano 9.0 if you are in the market for a great overall CrossFit shoe that can handle running as well.
— Brittany Page