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Reebok Nano X1 Review | Skip This Model?

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.

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 Buy 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. Is it going to be the most stable cross-training shoe on the market? No.

However, it’s a solid model for an “all-in-one” style of wear, so if you go into this model noting it’s not exactly like the X and previous models, then I think you’ll enjoy it!

Reebok Nano X1

$130

Reebok Nano X1 (1)
4.3
Stability
3.8
Versatility
4.5
Durability
4.3

Best For

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

Falls Short

  • For Maximal Lifting
  • For Cost-Efficiency
  • For Easy Break-In Periods

 

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 thing I like 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.

The second thing I like is how lightweight and maneuverable this cross-trainer is. Compared to previous Nano models, and more specifically the X, I think the X1 has a lighter and more accommodating construction for a range of activities.

Reebok Nano X1 Pros

The third thing I like is the responsiveness of the midsole and the reworked construction that Reebok put into this model. For the X1, they added their Floatride Energy Foam which gives this model a very active feeling during a plethora of activities.

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. Not Incredibly Stable
  2. Long(ish) Break-In Period

The first drawback that comes along with the Reebok Nano X1 is its stability. If you’re heading into this model thinking it will be as stable as your previous Nanos, then prepare to be let down slightly because the reworked midsole takes away slightly from the Nano stability you’re likely used to.

The second drawback is the break-in period and how much these shoes cut up the ankles when wearing lower socks. It seems Reebok reworked the boot of this model and the material now comes up higher on the ankle. This is good for locking in the heel, but it’s not forgiving on the ankles when wearing lower socks, so be warned — expect blisters if you don’t wear long socks to break in this model.

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 review rating by that fit friend

Lifting

This shoe is okay for lifting and it works for a variety of activities, however, if you’re interested in maxing out and looking for maximal stability, then this will likely not be the best training shoe for you. I worked up to 400 lbs in this model and it was okay, but again, definitely not a fan favorite in my eyes for promoting stability.

I think if you’re looking for a shoe for more recreational lifting where you’re not loading incredibly heavy, then this cross-trainer will work just fine for you. I would just throw caution to the wind for anyone expecting it to be just like previous Nanos.

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.

Day-to-Day 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, and even longer runs (5-7 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.

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

$130

Reebok Nano X1 (1)
4.3
Stability
3.8
Versatility
4.5
Durability
4.3

Best For

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

Falls Short

  • For Maximal Lifting
  • For Cost-Efficiency
  • For Easy Break-In Periods

 

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.

Reebok Nano X
Reebok Nano X1 (1)
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Overall TF2 Score
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4.3
Stability
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4.6
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3.8
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4.3
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4.5
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Best For
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Functional Fitness Workouts
  • Casual Agility Training
  • Class Workouts
  • Shorter Runs
  • Plyometric Training
  • Casual Lifting
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In fact, 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.

 

Reebok Nano X1 FAQs

Are the Reebok Nano X1s good for running?

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.

Are the Reebok Nano X1s good for HIIT?

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

Are the Reebok Nano X1s worth the money?

Yes and no. The Nano X1s are very different compared to the Reebok Nano X and previous models, so if you’re buying this shoe expecting the same thing, then you’ll be let down in some respects. However, I do think this model is worth it for anyone that wants a shoe to tackle a variety of tasks and not just maxing out lifts.

What are the Reebok Nano X1 good for?

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.

Are the Reebok Nano X1s better than the Xs?

They’re not inherently better or worse, they’re just different it. The Reebok Nano Xs are much more stable in nature while the Nano X1s play better into versatility, HIIT workouts, and cardiovascular-focused exercise.

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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, created thousands of articles, reviewed countless products, and produced a large list of training videos. And truthfully, I'm only getting started! As for my educational background, I have my Masters in Sports Science, Bachelors in Exercise Science, and have my CSCS.

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