Reebok Nano X1
It boasts a super responsive midsole that feels lightweight and highly cushioned which will get you excited to work up a sweat. Cross-training shoes are often fairly versatile but lack the overall support needed for running longer distances.
What makes this shoe unique is that while it has all of the features that you need in a good weight training and powerlifting shoe, it’s offers just the right amount of energy return and lockdown to rack up quite a few miles while wearing this shoe.
Below, I wanted to take a deep dive into the advanced features that make the Reebok Nano X1 the perfect shoe for athletes that need something versatile and supportive for cardio and powerlifting days.
Great for powerlifting as well as running
Floatride Energy foam offers excellent energy return
Lightweight and breathable upper
Tacky rubber outsole grips the floor
Wide variety of unique color options
Breathable Flexweave upper
A very wide toe box
Long break-in period
Not ideal for outdoor use
The midsole of this design is composed of Reebok’s patented Floatride Energy foam. Often, when you dive into the realm of cross-training shoes, you are met with very hard midsoles that don’t provide a lot of bounce.
That’s where the Reebok Nano X1 differs from many standard cross-training shoes out there on the market. This midsole is super soft and responsive, and it is built for running.
It’s lightweight, contours to the shape of your foot as you train, and helps to mitigate damage to your joints whether you are running or jumping. For a cross-training shoe, the midsole of this design is surprisingly cushioned and responsive.
It’s also important to note that this design provides users with a modest 19.5 mm stack height and a 7 mm drop.
The higher stack heigh on this design provides users with a steep layer of Floatride Energy foam cushioning to protect their joints, while the 7 mm drop is ideal for powerlifting.
When engaging in lifts such as squats, you always want a little bit of lift in your heels to keep them nice and protected as you move through the lift.
The outsole of this design hits all of the marks of what athletes need in a versatile training shoe. It’s fairly simple and straightforward and doesn’t possess a lot of extra performance features. While the outsole is fairly simple, it helps to improve overall versatility in the gym.
It is composed of a full-length rubber outsole that boasts multi-directional lugs that provide excellent stability and control. When engaging in speedy WODs or CrossFit, the build of the outsole allows you to easily turn on a dime.
It also boasts a slightly tacky finish the grips the floor under your feet for added control of your movements.
Dots of exposed EVA foam underfoot increases the overall flexibility of this shoe, making it a tad more quick and nimble than other cross-training shoes out there on the market.
It’s important to note, however, that this outsole is primarily built for gym use only. The shallow lugs and flat design of this outsole work best on flat surfaces such as gym mats and treadmills.
When worn outside on uneven surfaces, runners will lose a good deal of stability underfoot.
The upper is composed of Reebok’s Flexweave upper knit materials that are incredibly breathable while boosting lockdown. This stretchy knit materials contours to the shape of your foot for a locked-down feel on all four corners of your feet.
It boasts a reinforced lace cage that is built for rope climbing, and it comes in almost any color option that you can imagine.
As someone that loves bright and electric colorways, I was not disappointed by the styling of this shoe in the slightest.
Another great feature of this unique upper is that it boasts a nice and roomy toe box that allows your toes to naturally splay inside of the shoe.
For exercises such as Plyometrics, you need a lot of room to spread inside of the shoe. The wide frame of this shoe provides your feet plenty of room to move when engaging in tight corners, while the stretchy Flexweave upper works overtime to keep your feet locked tightly in place.
Overall, I would recommend this shoe for athletes that like to dabble in a little bit of everything. If you like to change your training schedule with the seasons, this shoe is able to keep up with whatever you can throw at it. It’s great for running, jumping, weight training, powerlifting, WODs, CrossFit, and HIIT.
The flexible design allows you to turn on a dime, and the responsive midsole adds an extra spring in your step that helps to keep your joints nice and supportive.
While this shoe really shines in its versatility, it’s not exactly built for one specific exercise. If you are on the hunt for the perfect powerlifting shoe, there are certainly better options out there on the market that are built specifically for powerlifting.
For powerlifters, you may benefit more from the Reebok Power Lite shoe. If you need a good running shoe, the Reebok Floatride Energy 3 is more up your alley.
I combed through a ton of user reviews and found that this shoe runs true to size. If you are a size 10 in other Reebok shoes, the same can be said for the Nano X1.
Before you slam down that credit card, be sure that you also take good measurements of your feet and compare them to Reebok’s sizing chart to ensure that you get the right size for your feet.
However, with a very wide toe box and stretchy Flexweave upper, finding the right fit shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
It’s important to note that many users found that the fit of the heel collar had a tendency to rub their ankles raw on those first initial workouts.
The heel collar hits at an awkward place on the ankle, and if you wear ankle socks it can lead to blisters. As you train, this heel collar will break in eventually, but it will take some time. And bandaids.
The price tag of this shoe runs par for the course for a good cross-training shoe. It’s not exactly budget-friendly, but it is far from the most expensive versatile training shoe that money can buy.
I often use two different shoes for my various training days. I have a pair of shoes that I wear for lifting in the gym, and a pair of shoes that I wear when I go for a run.
When you take into account that you are essentially getting a cardio shoe and a weight training shoe for the price of one - it suddenly feels like a really great overall value!
Comparison to Previous Versions
Typically, changes made fall into the ‘better or worse’ category. With the Nano series, the changes made between the two shoes make them built for different workout styles.
Overall, the Nano X is geared more towards weight training and powerlifting. It boasts a very firm midsole that doesn’t provide very much responsiveness or energy return. Plus, the upper is built from a thicker knit material that offers a good deal of support, but not much flexibility.
The rigid design of the Nano X is built more for powerlifting and doesn’t excel in speedy sets or even running. If you want a good weight lifting shoe, the Nano X is a great choice.
However, if you want a good weight lifting shoe that also excels on the treadmill, the Nano X1 is your better option.
The newer design boasts a lightweight frame (almost 2 ounces lighter than the Nano X!), and a more flexible and responsive midsole and outsole that is built for speedy cardio work as well as weight training.
For pure weight lifting, the Nano X is a great choice. For versatility, the Nano X1 is your better option.
What I love most about this shoe is that it is able to easily adapt to whatever you can throw at it. Whether you are burning through WODs on a daily basis or switching up your intense weight training workouts with easy tempo runs on the treadmill, this shoe is able to keep up with whatever you can throw at it.
It offers users a plush EVA midsole that is super responsive, and a Flexweave upper that contours to the shape of your foot. Whether you are building muscle or burning fat, you’ll want the Reebok Nano X1 along for the ride!