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Reebok Nano X1 Review (2022 Update) | Good Training Shoe Or Total Miss?

The Reebok Nano X1 is the eleventh Nano cross-trainer to hit the mass market. Yes, I repeat the 11th model, the first Reebok Nano was released in 2011 — so, happy 10-year anniversary to the Reebok Nano shoe line.

Unlike previous Reebok Nanos in the last decade, 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 which focused more so supporting CrossFit-focused lifters. They’ve also rolled out innovative Reebok Nano X1 iterations like the Reebok Nano X1 Adventure.

In this Reebok Nano X1 review, I’m going to cover a variety of topics to help you decide if you should go with this new model or opt for an older Nano.

 

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

Who Should Invest In the Reebok Nano X1?

If you’re a lifter that 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

$135

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

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.

reebok nano x1 performance (2)

Reebok Nano X1 When Lifting and for 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. 

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.

Reebok Nano X1 for Day-to-Day Wear and Shorter 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

Price

The price of the Reebok Nano X1 comes out to $130 USD which is standard for most new cross-training shoes. Is it worth it for this model?

I think if you’re someone who wants a decent “all-in-one” cross-training shoe, then it certainly could be worth it. It’s not as hardcore CrossFit as previous models, so I think the recreational lifter will get more out of this model.

Reebok Nano X1

$135

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

 

Construction Details

Below, I’m going to list out some of the Reebok Nano X1’s biggest construction callouts. If you’re interested in a more in-depth analysis of this model’s construction, then check out the video above and start playing around 6:13.

This will provide you with a better visual analysis of the Reebok Nano X1’s construction with visual explainers.

  • 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)

Overall, those are the biggest and most prevalent construction callouts that relate to performance for the Reebok Nano X1.

Reebok Nano X Vs Reebok Nano X1

There are A LOT of differences between the Reebok Nano X and the Reebok Nano X1. For starters, the Reebok Nano X has a 4mm heel-to-toe drop and the Reebok Nano X1 features a 7mm heel-to-toe drop. The Reebok Nano line has consistently been 4mm until this year, so the change in the Nano X1 was a fairly big deal.

Additionally, the Reebok Nano X1 features Reebok’s Floatride Energy Foam throughout its midsole while the Reebok Nano X’s midsole is composed of high-density foam. The Nano X1’s outsole also has a full lug pattern, while the Nano X has its signature split outsole construction.

Basically, they’re pretty much completely different and reworked models. If you want to read more on this topic, I’ve written a full Reebok Nano X and Nano X1 comparison article and the video below will also help out!

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q:
Are the Reebok Nano X1s good for running?

A:
The Reebok Nano X1 training shoe is decent for running, and it will work for short-medium length runs. Unlike previous Reebok Nano cross-trainers, this model has a midsole that's slightly more responsive and forgiving for longer duration runs.

Q:
Are the Reebok Nano X1s good for HIIT?

A:
They can be! This training shoe is marketed as the shoe for fitness, so it lives up to its name fairly well when accommodating a variety of activities, especially HIIT. The lightweight construction and Floatride Energy Foam make this a good shoe for HIIT workouts.

Q:
What is the Reebok Nano X1 good for?

A:
The Reebok Nano X1s are great for HIIT workouts, recreational lifting, shorter runs, and plyometric workouts. They're a great shoe for tackling a variety of tasks, and if you want versatility, then the Nano X1s are worth exploring.

Q:
Are the Reebok Nano X1 good for CrossFit?

A:
Not particularly. The Reebok Nano X1 falls short for CrossFit workouts, unlike its predecessors. This model lacks durability features needed for CrossFit workouts and it doesn't have the best stability.

Takeaway Thoughts

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).

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Jake Boly

I've been in the fitness and strength training industry for nearly a decade. In that time, I've trained hundreds of clients, written thousands of articles, reviewed over 100+ pairs of training shoes, and have produced a large list of training videos. I live and breathe fitness and training gear, and I think it's important that reviewers walk the walk with the gear they're testing. As for my educational background, I have my Masters in Sports Science, Bachelors in Exercise Science, and have my CSCS.

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