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Reebok Nano X1 ADVENTURE Review | Best Outdoor Cross-Trainer?

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If there’s one thing that Reebok does well it’s building and rolling out unique spin-off cross-training shoes from core models. Earlier this year, we got to experience the Reebok Nano X1 which has been a hit for some Reebok Nano lovers and a total miss for others.

Then, a few months later, Reebok rolled out their Reebok Nano X1 Vegan training shoes. Now, just in time for summer, we’re getting hit with another Reebok Nano X1 iteration, the Reebok Nano X1 Adventure.

The Reebok Nano X1 Adventure is designed to be an outdoor-friendly cross-training shoe and it has some seriously cool and interesting construction. The Adventure and X1 Froning are by far my favorite Nano X1 iterations.

Who Should Buy the Reebok Nano X1 Adventure?

Honestly, the Reebok Nano X1 Adventure is my favorite Nano X1 iteration yet. I wasn’t sold on the initial Reebok Nano X1, but the Reebok Nano X1 Grit shoe has grown on me and I think the Nano X1 Adventure is the best yet.

The reworked upper is a welcomed change and the overall fit of the shoe feels better because of it. In addition, the outsole has a reworked and thicker lug patterning for additional outdoor traction and there are now lace-lock eyelets at the very top of this shoe.

Overall, I think if you’re someone who loves functional fitness and takes their workouts outside often, then the Reebok Nano X1 Adventure is a good fit for you.

Reebok Nano X1 Adventure


Reebok Nano X1 Adventure

Best For

  • Outdoor Training
  • Recreational Lifting
  • Light Trail Runs
  • Daily Wear (due to comfort)

Falls Short

  • For Maximal Lifting

Reebok Nano X1 Adventure Pros

Overall and thus far, I’ve found three major pros to like about the Reebok Nano X1 Adventure.

  1. Ripstop Upper
  2. Lack-Lock Eyelets
  3. Reworked Outsole Lug Pattern

The first aspect to like about the Reebok Nano X1 Adventure is the upper construction. I don’t like the mesh used in the traditional Reebok Nano X1 but did like the Grit’s upper. The Nano X1 Adventure’s upper is a ripstop material with a nice stretch component.

When training, this upper provides a fair amount of breathability and also seems to add more durability to this shoe. I like this construction consideration especially since this model is designed for tackling outdoor training.

Reebok Nano X1 Adventure Upper

Another subtle pro that comes along with this model is the fifth eyelet that features a lack-lock component. The last thing you want on a trail run or during an outdoor workout is your shoes coming undone or loosening progressively. The additional lack-lock eyelets provide this model with an added level of security which mentally feels pretty good.

The last subtle pro is the outsole construction and patterning. In this model, Reebok appears to have beefed up the rubber throughout the lug pattern, which adds traction when training on surfaces like gravel, dirt, and grass. Compared to the other Reebok Nano X1 models, I’d take this model’s outsole all day for outdoor training.

Reebok Nano X1 Adventure Cons

Despite this model being my favorite Reebok Nano X1 iteration, there are two potential cons I could see other lifters having with this shoe.

  1. Still Not As Stable As Previous Nanos
  2. Colorway for Daily Wear

The first drawback is that this model does feel different than previous Nano models. If you loved the Reebok Nano X or earlier models, then it’s worth acknowledging that this model is very different. This shoe has a higher heel-to-toe drop sitting at 7mm and Floatride Energy Foam midsole construction.

I do think the stability and construction changes in this model will work for most lifters, however, it’s worth recognizing the stark difference in how this shoe fits and feels compared to previous Reebok Nano models especially the Nano X.

Nano X1 Adventure

The last drawback which is minor is the overall colorways of the Nano X1 Adventures. Reebok has only released limited colorways. While I actually don’t mind this shoe’s colorway featured in the review, I could see them being a turnoff for lifters and athletes who want to wear this shoe daily.

The color schemes released thus far are somewhat limited so I could see some having an issue with this aspect especially if they want these as daily wear shoes, too.

Reebok Nano X1 Adventure Performance

To test the Reebok Nano X1 Adventure cross-training shoes, I ran them through my normal testing protocol and added a few hikes and shorter trail runs to gauge their outdoor-focused construction.

Reebok Nano X1 Adventure Performance


From a lifting point of view, the Nano X1 Adventure feels super similar to the Nano X1. This model’s 7mm heel-to-toe drop and Floatride Energy Foam midsole do an okay job at accommodating recreational lifting. Would I wear and opt for these maxing out my deadlifts? No, but for recreational workouts, these work perfectly well regarding stability.

Per the context of this shoe’s construction, if you plan to train outside, then I think this model’s blend of stability and responsiveness will be a good bet for you. More than likely, you’re not maxing out your lifts during your outdoor sessions so I don’t think stability will be a concern for this demographic.

Agility and Plyometrics

For agility training and plyometrics, I do enjoy this model for tackling those tasks. The forefoot is responsive and the reworked lug outsole provides an adequate amount of traction on a variety of surfaces. For those performing bounding-style activities and plyometrics outside this is a really nice perk.

Nano X1 Adventure Performance

Additionally, I like the Reebok Nano X1’s Floatride Energy Foam midsole due to its responsiveness for this style of training. This model walks a good middle line between being stable, but also responsive.

Outdoor Runs and Day-to-Day Wear

If you’re interested in a new cross-training shoe for tackling outdoor runs and workouts, I think you’ll like this model. Do note, that it’s not as niche as a truly focused trail running shoe, but for the casual outdoor training sessions, I think this model’s overall construction is a hit.

For daily wear, I like this model’s overall comfort similar to the other Reebok Nano X1 shoes, but the colorways may be a turnoff for some. Conversely, if you like the colorways, another pro is the ripstop upper as it’s fairly easy to wipe down and clean if this shoe gets muddy.

Reebok Nano X1 Adventure Sizing

I think most athletes will be safe going true-to-size in the Reebok Nano X1 Adventure.

Reebok Nano X1 Adventure Sizing

The toe box does feel a tiny bit tighter than the Reebok Nano X1, but I think that’s due to the reworked ripstop upper, and feels pretty comfortable after breaking them in with a few training sessions.

Construction Details

If you’re interested in the main construction aspects of the Reebok Nano X1 Adventure, I’ve provided the main callouts below.

  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 7mm
  • Ripstop Upper
  • Floatride Energy Foam
  • Rubber Lug Outsole
  • Lace-Lock Top Eyelet
  • TPU Heel Support

As always, if you’re interested in anything specific about the construction of this model, feel free to comment below or reach out to me personally.

Reebok Nano X1 Vs Reebok Nano X1 Adventure

The main difference between the Reebok Nano X1 and the Reebok Nano X1 Adventure is the attention to detail for outdoor-focused construction traits. The Reebok Nano X1 Adventures features a durable stretch ripstop upper construction and revamped rubber lug outsole patterning to increase traction.

Nano X1 Adventure Vs Nano X1

Essentially, you can tell that Reebok specifically made the Nano X1 Adventure for outdoor-focused athletes and lifters. So, if that’s you, then I would say explore this specialty model over the other Nano X1s.

Reebok Nano X Vs Reebok Nano X1

If you’re on the fence about investing in the Reebok Nano X and Reebok Nano X1, then it’s a good idea to assess and understand their differences. Both of these cross-training shoes are very different from one another despite being in the same shoe line.

I’d highly suggest checking out my article breaking down the differences between the Reebok Nano X and Reebok Nano X1 and watching my video below.

Takeaway Thoughts

If you’ve been looking into the Reebok Nano X1 and all of its iterations, then I would highly suggest checking out the Nano X1 Adventure. This is honestly my favorite Nano X1 to date and I enjoy the thoughtful construction that this model has.

If you have any questions about the Reebok Nano X1 Adventure, feel free to drop a comment below or reach out via Instagram (@jake_boly)!

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.

5 thoughts on “Reebok Nano X1 ADVENTURE Review | Best Outdoor Cross-Trainer?”

  1. Hey Jake, I have a few questions.

    I’m pretty torn on what shoe to get. I typically do hiit style workouts and in my free time focus on lifting heavy but still in the 200-400 range. I’m going back and forth between this shoe and the metcon 7.

    1. I don’t really do much outside besides runs incorporated into my gyms workouts. So moderate runs and sprints in parking lots and sidewalks. Definitely not any trail running. If I’m not utilizing the “outdoor” tread of this shoe, would you say the better durability, fixed tongue and lace lock features are still worth getting this shoe over the normal x1?

    2. I’d imagine the bigger lugs in the outsole could affect stability or compress more when lifting heavy, but your reviews don’t seem to think so. You feel you have the exact same stability in these as the x1?

    3. We do a lot of rope climbs, part of why I was leaning towards the metcon 7 originally. Do you think these shoes will hold up if rope climbs are a regular part of my workouts?

    4. The last thing I’m really trying to consider is a shoe that works well for short runs in the 400-1600m range. I have an old pair of metcon 1s that are awful for running. And always leave my calves and shins extremely tight. I thought the metcon 7 had a 7mm heel to toe drop like the nano x1, but now I’m seeing that Nike says it’s still the 4mm drop.

    Would love your input based on those four questions/considerations. Thank you

    1. Hey!

      1. I do — if you’re on the fence between these two.

      2. Yep! The lugs are pretty firm rubber so there’s limited compression with them.

      3. I’m torn there because if you’re climbing a lot and use your feet a ton, then the Metcon would be the safer call. The Adventure is okay, but I’m not sold on its upper lasting through a ton of climb over longer periods of time.

      4. Yeah, that’s been quite an annoying point with the 7. I reached out to their customer support twice and got 7mm, then they Tweeted to Joel at AMRAP it’s 4mm, lol. Personally, I don’t think that would make a huge difference in this model’s run performance especially if you bias a forefoot/mid-foot strike!

      All in all, I’d say go with the 7. Seems like a better call for your asks and it will be a bit more durable for rope climbs!

  2. Hi, do you recommend these for indoor training (CrossFit)? I do not try to train very heavy and I do not get other models in my country

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