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Reebok Nano X1 Review (2023 Update)

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It’s 2024 and the Reebok Nano X1 is still my least favorite Nano iteration to date. The Nano X1 was the eleventh Nano cross-trainer to hit the mass market.

Yes, I repeat the 11th model — and we’re at the Nano X4 now! — it’s instance, the first Reebok Nano was released in 2011 — so, happy 10th anniversary to the Reebok Nano shoe line. Unlike previous Reebok Nanos in the last decade which have focused on CrossFit, the X1 has been marketed as the “Shoe of Fitness” which has given this model a slightly different fit and feel compared to its 10 Nano predecessors.

Don’t get me wrong, you can use the Nano X1 for CrossFit and a lot of CrossFit-focused lifters. enjoy them for that context due to their more versatile construction. I think what threw me and many others was the stark change in construction and direction that the Reebok Nano X1 took.

For a visual breakdown of the Reebok Nano X1, check out my video review above. Also, make sure you check out the TF2 cross-training shoe calculator to find your perfect pair of training shoes.

Reebok Nano X1 Summary

The Reebok Nano X1 has been one of the most polarizing Nano models to date. This shoe is more runnable than its two predecessors the Nano 9 and X which make it a better hybrid shoe in the gym. However, this increase in versatility has led to some durability issues in this model. For example, the midfoot breaks rather easily when rope climbing.

If you’re a generalist with your training, then I think you’ll like the Nano X1’s construction. It feels less bulky on the feet and its midsole is more responsive. For a pro tip, make sure you wear longer socks when breaking this shoe in to prevent any form of ankle and Achilles rubbing which can be prevalent in this model.

Reebok Nano X1 Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • Floatride Energy Foam midsole is versatile for dynamic training.
  • Rubber lug outsole has good grip and tread on different surfaces.
  • Flexweave upper breathes well and has a good volume for thicker feet.

Cons

  • Midfoot can break down quickly when rope climbing.
  • Higher boot can cause some rub issues on the ankle and Achilles.
  • Very different feel compared to the prior denser and stabler Nano models.

Nano X1 Specs to Know

  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 7mm
  • Weight: 12.15 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Stack Height: N/A
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Width: Medium/Regular
  • Sizing: True to size.
  • Most Comparable ToReebok Nano X4

Reebok Nano X1

Reebok Nano X1 (1)
4.1
Stability
4.3
Versatility
4.4
Durability
3.6

Best For

  • Class Workouts
  • Shorter Runs
  • Plyometric Training
  • Casual Lifting

Falls Short

  • For Maximal Lifting
  • For Easy Break-In Periods
  • For Rope Climbs

Who Should Invest In the Reebok Nano X1?

If you’re a lifter who wants versatility and decent stability with your training shoe, then I think the Reebok Nano X1 is worth it for you. This model features Reebok’s Floatride Energy Foam midsole which accommodates moderately loaded lifting, versatile training, and shorter runs fairly well.

Thus far, I’ve trained up to 525 lbs in this model and have only noticed a little compression. Is it my favorite cross-training shoe for maxing out and training heavy? Not necessarily, but I do think it will work just fine for most folks who want to train moderately heavy in this shoe.

On that note, I think the Reebok Nano X1 can be a solid model for an “all-in-one” style of shoe for those wanting a shoe for more general training. That being said, if you’re looking for shoes for cross-training or CrossFit workouts, I’d explore other models.

Reebok Nano X1 Pros

Despite the Reebok Nano X1 being very different than previous Reebok Nanos I still found plenty of things to like about it.

  1. Overall Versatility
  2. Lightweight and Maneuverable
  3. Responsive Midsole

The first aspect to like about the Reebok Nano X1 is the overall versatility of this model when it comes to recreational training and day-to-day wear. It has a softer responsive midsole which gives it an all-around solid feeling for day-to-day wear and recreational workouts.

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reebok nano x1 lifting

I found this model to perform well for more athletic-focused training and it’s a good model for plyometrics, HIIT sessions, and classes. For the casual CrossFit athlete, I think this model will do a fairly good job of accommodating your style of training.

Another aspect to like about this model is how lightweight and maneuverable this cross-trainer is. Compared to the Reebok Nano X and Reebok Nano 9, the Reebok Nano X1 offers a lighter construction overall. The upper mesh breathes well and is maneuverable.

Additionally, I like the midsole and outsole in this model and how they blend together. The Floatride Energy Foam midsole is lightweight and the full rubber lug-pattern outsole provides adequate traction while also remaining lightweight.

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Reebok Nano X1 Pros

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The last characteristic to like about the Reebok Nano X1 is the responsiveness of the midsole and the reworked construction that Reebok put into this model. For example, if you tried to run in your Reebok Nano 8, 9, or X, then you likely quickly realized how uncomfortable they are for tackling this style of training.

The Reebok Nano X1’s reworked midsole and outsole give you what previous Reebok Nano models did not, and that’s the ability to tackle more without your shoes feeling uncomfortable or heavy.

Reebok Nano X1 Cons

The Reebok Nano X1 has a couple of cons that are worth acknowledging especially for anyone heading into this model thinking it will be just like previous Nanos.

  1. Ankle Discomfort
  2. Not the Best for CrossFit

One main drawback to the Reebok Nano X1 is its boot construction. This model’s boot construction comes up higher than previous Reebok Nano models, which can create friction on some lifter’s ankles resulting in blisters.

In fact, if you plan to invest in this model, then I’d suggest wearing longer socks for the first few sessions to break them in.

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Reebok Nano X1 Sizing and Heel

This will help you mitigate potential friction on your ankles and it will also help you gauge how much the boot will interact with your ankle. Note, that this isn’t something that impacts everyone. However, it’s definitely something worth noting if you know you’re prone to blisters in some types of shoes.

When the Reebok Nano X1 was released it received a bit of pushback because it didn’t have some of the more niche CrossFit-focused construction characteristics that prior Reebok Nano models had.

For example, this model lacks additional adequate mid-foot support for rope climbs (emphasis on the adequate), and the upper isn’t the most durable for abrasion resistance.

Reebok Nano X1 Performance for CrossFit

If you’re thinking about this model for purely CrossFit-focused training, then you may be better served looking into older Reebok Nano models. This shoe can tackle CrossFit workouts, but it does fall short for certain niche activities.

Performance

Keeping in mind that the Reebok Nano X1 is a very different training shoe compared to the previous Nanos, its performance reflected the new changes.

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Testing the Reebok Nano X1 for Lifting and CrossFit

This shoe is okay for lifting, and it works for a variety of activities. Since owning this model, I’ve trained up to 525 lbs in them, and their stability was okay. Were they as stable as something like the Reebok Nano X?

No, however, I think for many athletes that are training with a barbell between 135-455 lbs, then they should be plenty fine in this model.n I think if you’re looking for a shoe for more recreational lifting, then this cross-trainer will work just fine for you.

Testing the Reebok Nano X1 for CrossFit

I would just throw caution to the wind for anyone expecting it to be just like previous Nanos like the X, 9, and 8. This model feels fairly different with its reworked midsole and higher 7mm heel-to-toe drop.

For CrossFit, I’d pass on this model. The Reebok Nano X1 can run into durability issues when rope climbing, which is a pretty big issue. This model’s sole construction can start to peel and rip if you’re doing a lot of J-wrap rope climbing. 

Testing the Reebok Nano X1 for Plyometrics, HIIT, and Agility

I’m a fan of the Reebok Nano X1 for plyometrics, HIIT, and agility. I mentioned earlier that this model features Reebok’s Floatride Energy Foam, this new midsole construction gives this model a very responsive feeling, so if you’re an avid HIIT trainee, then you’ll likely enjoy how this model performs for that activity.

Compared to previous Reebok Nanos, I actually think the Nano X1 has the edge when it comes to being a more versatile cross-training shoe. This is a shoe that I can easily use for tackling my athletic-focused training, but also a model that someone like my mom could comfortably rock and get a lot out of.

Testing the Reebok Nano X1 for Versatility

Personally, I like this aspect of the shoe Reebok Nano X1 and I know it deviates from the hardcore CrossFit mentality of previous Nanos, but it is interesting seeing the different demographics that Reebok is reaching with this model compared to the previous Reebok Nanos.

Testing the Reebok Nano X1 for Comfort, Daily Wear, and Short Runs

On a day-to-day basis, I liked the Reebok Nano X1’s reworked construction as it’s much more accommodating for a longer period of wear — sans the break-in period. As in, once these shoes are broken in, they’re solid for rocking on a daily basis.

In regard to shorter runs that range from 1-3 miles, the Nano X1 does a fairly good job. The Floatride Energy Foam does a great job at providing a decently comfortable ride when putting in the mileage. The lug pattern also does a good job of providing a nice level of tread for traction.

Sizing and Fit

The Reebok Nano X1s fit fairly true-to-size and I think for most individuals they’ll be safe opting for the size they usually wear. If you’ve worn Nanos before, then stick with the same size that you normally get.

Reebok Nano X1

Construction Details

  • Flexweave® Knit Upper Construction
  • Floatride Energy Foam Midsole
  • Plastic Heel Clip for Stability
  • Slightly Higher Boot Construction
  • Textured Rubber Outsole for Multidirectional Training

Reebok Nano X1 Price (1)

Final Verdict

The Reebok Nano X1 is a solid “all-in-one” style training shoe. It’s a lot different than the Reebok Nano X, but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing.

I’ve trained heavily in these and have tackled runs, and I think that’s a pretty cool performance trait that these shoes offer compared to prior Reebok Nanos, which fell short with this type of range with training.

If you have any questions about the Reebok Nano X1, drop a comment below or reach out to me personally 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.

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