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.
We liked these for weightlifting, but had some comfort and support issues during walking lunges and running.
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.
The support of the Nano 8 was great during weightlifting. The rigid sole and low drop helped us feel stable and balanced during squats.
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 stiff, hard sole that makes this shoe good for lifting, hindered it in our running tests.
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.
The support was great with heavy barbell lifts, but the inner bootie was a bit too constrictive during quick changed of direction during our WOD.
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.
Nano's Flexweave technology offers the athlete a breathable experience during intense CrossFit workouts.
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 stayed true to Nano fashion with the wide toe box in the 8.
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.
Adding some key features as compared to the Nano 7, the 8 is more breathable and flexible.