It’s CrossFit Season again, and SportStylist team member Lucy couldn’t be happier! As the CrossFit Open begins and thousands of athletes and amateurs all over the world get stuck into some pretty gruelling WODs (15.5: never again!) we revisit the top shoe on any CrossFitter’s wishlist, and see how it stacks up as an overall training shoe: introducing the Nano 5.0 by Reebok.
The first thing to note is that the 5.0s look totally different – the styling is far closer to the CrossFit Sprint or the Nano 2.0 than the last couple of iterations. The ‘cage’ over the toes has gone, to be replaced by built-in Kevlar which gives the whole shoe a glossy look and a tough feel. The tongue is lightweight, but there’s still plenty of ankle support. The base is as solid as it’s always been and if you saw it in isolation, you’d think you were holding a pair of lifting shoes. The overall effect is far sleeker than the Nano 3.0 or 4.0, and I’m inclined to like it.
What Are They Like To Train In?
I tested them out over a long weekend in London, where I spent half my time dashing from Fulham to Muswell Hill, and the other half training in a huge garden complete with perfect-height walls to replicate box jumps, and a sturdy-looking tree in which to hook up my TRX. The fit is fairly snug but as I start warming up I can already feel the flexibility in the upper shoe: replacing the toe cage with Kevlar was a clever idea. I move from weighted sumo squats to box jumps to double unders, and my feet feel stable, quick and light. They are even comfortable on the hours of pavement-pounding I do trekking across the capital.
Can You Run In Them?
One question I’ve been asked many times is: how good are Reebok Nanos for running workouts? For any CrossFit workout that includes running these shoes will not let you down – with their support and stable base they’re ideal for interval sprints and short distances. I began my marathon training in the Nano 5.0 and have done up to 15 miles non-stop in them: I actually really rate them, although I did experience some hip discomfort which could be down to insufficient cushioning on such long-distance runs. Plenty of people in my Run Crew turn up in their Nano 5.0s though and for a 5 mile distance I would say get them on your feet and get out there! With their improved flexibility, lightweight feel and good-as-ever ankle support, it’s a joy to wear and train in my Nano 5.0s every day. Reebok have just created the perfect cross-training shoe – again. Get your pair here.