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Reebok Nano X VS Reebok Nano 9 (2023 Update)

The Reebok Nano training shoe line has come a long way. In the 14th iteration of the Nano, the Nano 9 and X don’t even resemble some of the Reebok Nanos from the past few years.

The Reebok Nano 9 and X were both much more CrossFit-centric with their construction which made many athletes including me fall in love with them. I’ve squatted multiple PRs in both of these shoes and the Nano X has been one of my favorite CrossFit shoes to date due to its bulkier construction — which I know — is an acquired taste.

That said, I’m a fan of both the Nano 9 and X and there are subtleties between each that are worth knowing if you’re on the market for new training shoes. Differences worth noting include aspects like how I enjoy that the Nano X feels more like a skate shoe while the Nano 9 has more breathability.

Reebok Nano X Vs Nano 9 Summary

From a macro point of view, both the Reebok Nano 9 and Reebok Nano X can hold their own across the board in the gym. In fact, these models are incredibly similar in their performance, so if you’re solely focused on this aspect when making your decision, then have confidence that both the Nano 9 and Nano X will likely be solid for you.

I say this and make it known upfront because the Reebok Nano 9 is often more affordable in some colorways depending on where you grab them from, so if performance is equal, then price point can be a nice driver to help you make your decision.

  • Nano X vs Nano 9 for Lifting: Both shoes work exceptionally well. Each model features a dense midsole that has been stable enough for 500 lb deadlifts and squats north of 365 lbs.
  • Nano X vs Nano 9 for CrossFit: Nano 9. The Nano 9 takes the edge here due to its lighter-weight upper construction. Don’t get me wrong, the Nano X can work exceptionally well, too, especially if you like heavier trainers that feel more like skate shoes.
  • Nano X vs Nano 9 for Versatility: Nano 9. Similar to my rationale for the CrossFit section above, the Nano 9 feels a little better when doing HIIT, plyometrics, and multi-directional workouts.
  • Nano X vs Nano 9 for Short Runs: Neither is great. Since both shoes run on a denser and heavier side, I’d pass on both of these shoes for runs over 1 mile in length. They’re good enough for short interval runs.
  • Nano X vs Nano 9 for Comfort and Walking: Both can work. The Nano X is heavier, though, and it also has less overall breathability.

Overall Winner: The Reebok Nano 9 is bringing home the win. While I truly love the Nano X, too, because I like skate shoe-feeling models, the Nano 9 offers more versatility in the gym and works exceptionally well for activities like CrossFit.

Construction Specs Summary

 Nano 9Nano X
Weight 13.25 oz (US 10) 14.55 (US 10)
Remove InsoleYesYes

Performance Thoughts

Stability When Lifting

Both of these cross-trainers have Reebok’s split outsole construction and feature a similar midsole build. This makes both models plenty stable under a variety of loads and very similar in how they feel when moving weight. To be honest, besides the upper construction, the entire bottom portions of each of these cross-trainers are virtually similar.

nano X vs Nano 9 performance

Versatility In Workouts

Similar to stability, both of these shoes offer plenty of similarities that make each a good choice for versatility. However, the Reebok Nano 9 does have a more breathable and maneuverable upper construction.

The Reebok Nano X’s upper is plenty versatile, though, and I actually prefer the slightly heavier upper because it doesn’t have the lower lace bunching that the Reebok Nano 9 has when fully tightened.

Day-to-Day Wear/Lighter Runs

Like other cross-training shoes that focus on stability, these are not the most comfortable models for longer runs. However, they’re both decent for day-to-day wear and shorter runs. In my opinion, that’s why these two models are fairly popular amongst the CrossFit crowd, as they’re a fairly great bet for any WOD.

Construction Differences

Above, I mention that both of these models have pretty much identical outsoles, midsoles, and lower shoe construction (same TPU heel wrap). Those are the main similarities in regard to construction, and the differences come into play when we look at the upper construction.

nano X vs Nano 9 construction part 2

Differences to Note

The Reebok Nano 9 features Reebok’s signature Flexweave® construction which provides a lighter breathable upper throughout the entirety of the shoe. Compared to the Nano X, the 9’s upper is pretty much all Flexweave. I mentioned this above, but if you look at the Nano 9 in the image above you can actually see the slight bunching of the material.

The Reebok Nano X has more material throughout its upper and has additional mid-foot materials to provide a bit more structure to the model.

On top of having an upgraded Flexweave upper, the Nano X also has a higher boot, a reworked lacing system, and a slightly thicker tongue. This gives this model a slightly heavier feeling, but overall, the durability is solid, so it’s kind of a tradeoff in this respect.

nano X vs Nano 9 construction

As per each cross-trainer’s construction and helping you decide between models, I think it’s a matter of what you prefer when it comes to how much material you like on your foot when training. The differences are pretty small from an overall performance point of view, but the X does feel slightly heavier due to the increased material throughout.

Durability Showdown

Compared to other cross-training shoes I’ve reviewed, the Reebok Nano 9 and Nano X are both pretty durable across the board. In fact, I’ve never experienced any upper or outsole breakdown with each model personally.

However, I have had a couple of friends report the outsole on the big toe side blowing out, but I’ve only heard of that on two occasions, and both lifters reported this coach and train like madmen six days a week. Basically, that portion right to the left of where it says “Meta-split” on the outsole started lipping on them.

Personally, though, I think for the money, both of these shoes hold their own with durability. The Reebok Nano X is a bit heavier with its construction compared to the 9 which I do think gives it an edge, but overall, that difference is pretty minimal.

Price Assessment

One of my FAVORITE things about older models like the Reebok Nano X and Reebok Nano 9 is the constant price fluctuations. Upon release, both of these models were $130, but since they’re older their prices continue to ebb and flow.

As of right now, the Reebok Nano X is still around $130 depending on the colorway you choose (you can generally find more affordable options though if you search around!). The Reebok Nano 9 is ranging between $70 USD and $130 USD on Amazon at the moment and is no longer listed on Reebok’s site.

Personally, I always suggest opting for the model that fits your budget best since both of these cross-trainers are fairly comparable in regard to their performance.

Final Verdict

If you’re torn between the Reebok Nano X and the Reebok Nano 9, try not to stress the decision too much. Each model performs well across the board and the main differences involve the upper construction and their price points.

Factor in those two points and account for your context (budget + shoe preferences) and you should be able to identify which Reebok Nano model will fit your needs best!

Jake Boly, CSCS, MS Sports Science

Jake Boly, CSCS, MS Sports Science

Jake Boly is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of That Fit Friend. He's often regarded to as a go-to resource in various performance shoe communities. He’s been formally reviewing shoes and training gear for over 7 years and has hand-tested over 400 pairs of shoes. Jake is known on the internet and YouTube for blending his review process with his educational, strength sports, and personal training background.

Jake has a Masters in Sports Science, a Bachelors in Exercise Science, a CSCS, and he's been personal training for over 10 years helping hundreds of clients get stronger, lose weight, and accomplish their goals. He uses his exercise science brain and personal training background to make curated and thoughtful review content on the fitness gear he's testing.

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