Reebok Nano 9
If you’re looking for a stable and solid cross-trainer, look no further. Reebok made sure to pay attention to what their followers were saying by making one of the best cross-trainers on the market, the Reebok Nano 9.
If you make sure that your pair of cross-trainers are filled with important features, like a proper midsole and outsole, it’s like having a well-rounded workout partner.
At RunnerClick, our job is to bring the most accurate information to our readers letting them know all about the highlights and the downsides of a particular shoe; that’s exactly what we did with Reebok Nano 9, so keep on reading!
Remodeled heel construction
The forefoot bunches up when your tighten them
You will see that Reebok also changed the material in the upper; with this model they decided to use a new and improved flexweave, made to be more maneuverable. The material is very flexible and breathable and ranks over any other material used in previous models.
Most shoe companies have now changed over to using flexweave - specially made by weaving moisture-wicking thread along with synthetic material to keep shoes flexible and your feet dry and cool.
The reason for this change is to have more protection, and they added the sixth eyelets to allow for additional ankle stability.
Reebok slightly redesigned the heel construction of the Nano 9 but kept the same bootie design. Reviewers have mentioned that the heel cup, also known as the heel support, is slightly higher than in its predecessor, Reebok Nano 8. With this it allows the shoe to do its job by holding out against letting your heel slip.
First off, the new stretch flexweave is absolutely seamless beside it connecting to the sole. The flexweave is so stretchy and durable it is literally made to adjust to any foot, any movement, and any terrain.
This model is made to withstand a lot, especially since these are cross-fit shoes, meant for the most intense of workouts.
With its firm outsole and medium-firm midsole paired with a minimal drop, the shoes have durability, versatility, and comfort.
Let us not forget the rounded heel cushion allows for the heel area to be as stable as possible and with no possibility of slipping, while also keeping it comfortable and without making it too bulky.
It's not good to have your feet slipping all over the place; in the event your shoe doesn't have stability you're not able to achieve a solid landing and that can end up with injuries like a sprain or a tweaked ankle.
When you are involved in activities such as running, having a stable shoe will allow you to have a straight gait line, and that's exactly what the Reebok Nano 9 provide you with.
Typically, one side is softer and the other one is harder, made for a nice toe-off, landing, and smoother ride.
In addition, the Reebok Nano 9 features a TPU layer that wraps over the midsole and runs to the outsole for added durability. The TPU splits on the back of the heel; this was designed to support this model's stability. And it really shows!
Reviewers and fans of the Nano 9 have mentioned that Reebok's changes in this new model have really made this line stick out.
Paired with the EVA foam, that gives the shoe a more squishy soft feel; however, it's not actually a soft responsive foam, it's a harder foam. With the type of activity this line is made for, it gives off an illusion of softness.
What did they do differently you ask? Instead of the thicker flexweave, Reebok redesigned it to be a lot tighter and thinner than in its predecessors. The new material in the Nano 9 allows the shoe to move and bend with your feet a lot better.
Furthermore, pairing the new and improved flexweave material with the EVA foam running the full length of the shoe, it makes for one hell of a flexible/comfortable trainer.
For anyone who doesn't know what EVA foam is used for, it's made to create a lighter, springier, flexible feel for more bounding movements.
The EVA foam gives superb underfoot cushioning while not taking away from the responsiveness.
These shoes are built to give you the ultimate stability while staying as comfortable and light as possible.
Reebok redesigned the outsole to have better traction that is also versatile. What is the difference you may ask?
Reebok used Diamond shaped MetaSplit grooves for better traction and grip instead of the teeth protruding out of the bottom. Do the MetaSplit grooves work better? Not better, but just as good!
The features we're talking about are the remodeled flexweave, the roomier toe box, seamless upper to stop it from breaking down, garage lacing system, an extra eyelet, split outsole, EVA foam midsole that runs full length, heel pool to secure foot from moving, and much more.
Safe to say that having all these features and more it's definitely worth 130$, especially since reviewers have said these shoes are practically indestructible.
For this Nano model, many reviewers have mentioned getting a half size bigger not because they aren't true to size but when training or working out, you want to make sure you have that extra room to allow your feet to plant on the ground comfortably and stay in place.
CrossFit specific outsole design
Improved cushioning in the forefoot
Best stability of any Nano
Best looking Nano
Easy to wear around for extended periods
Reebok Nano 9 fits true to size, has a roomy toe box, and is designed for versatility. Going for a quick workout, a short run, or a weight-lifting session, you're covered if wearing the Nano 9.
Light, flexible, and durable yet stable and supportive for lifting, the Nano 9 has your back on whatever you decide to do day to day or for training purposes.
As for style, Reebok brought back the Vector logo. Does this mean the Deltas are one forever? We don't know but this was a huge style change and it looks good!
Another design change is the way the outsole is shaped. In older models, the outsole seems to have more rounded corners and edges, while the newest model has more defined corners towards the bottom edges, while around the toe it's slightly rounded.
Reviewers say to purchase a half size bigger if you're using them for more extreme and intense activities, in order to give your feet more room.
Please keep in mind that these shoes are not ideal for running; if you're going for longer runs, and if you have very narrow feet, you might now like the way these fit.
All in all you will find yourself extremely happy with the Reebok Nano 9!