The Reebok Nano cross-training shoe line has evolved a lot over the last 12 models. The Reebok Nanos gained popularity as being a go-to cross-training shoe for CrossFit. Over the last two years though, the Reebok Nano X1 and Reebok Nano X2 have both shifted gears to being strong general training shoes.
There was a lot of mixed feedback on the Reebok Nano X1 when it debuted with its more general training-focused construction. This left many looking forward to the Reebok Nano X2 and the changes that would come along with it based on the feedback Reebok received on the Reebok Nano X1.
If you’re on the market for a good general training shoe and like Reebok shoes, then you’ve likely wondered who would win the showdown between the Reebok Nano X2 versus the Reebok Nano X1.
In this Reebok Nano X2 versus Reebok Nano X1 showdown article, I’m going to discuss all of the key construction and performance similarities and differences that exist between both of these shoes.
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Reebok Nano X2 Vs Reebok Nano X1 Performance
To break down the performance between the Reebok Nano X1 and Reebok Nano X2, I’m going to talk about these shoes perform in different training contexts.
This can hopefully help you then contextualize which model will be best for your training wants, needs, and preferences.
Reebok Nano X2 Vs Reebok Nano X1 for Lifting and CrossFit
For lifting, the Reebok Nano X2 and Reebok Nano X1 provide comparable levels of stability. If you’re tackling recreational lifting and strength work, then I think you’ll be set with the stability that these shoes’ midsole and outsoles provide.
When trap deadlifting over 455 lbs in both shoes, I didn’t have any glaring stability issues in either model. The Floatride Energy Foam isn’t the most stable midsole on the market when it comes to lifting, however, it can hold its own with fairly heavyweight.
The stack height is slightly different in these shoes and it appears that the Reebok Nano X2 has a slightly thicker midsole. Despite being thicker, I don’t think this impacts stability when lifting and any differences here are marginal.
I also like the tread on each shoe’s outsole and how it interacts with different floors and machines when lifting. I never had slippage issues when performing deadlifts and cleans on wooden platforms and the Nano X1 and Nano X2 grip surfaces like turf well.
For more casual CrossFit workouts, both of these shoes work pretty well. They offer a pretty good blend between stability and versatility so they can accommodate heavy lifts and things like box jumps with relative ease without beating up the feet.
I do like the Reebok Nano X2 a little better because the boot is more comfortable so if you’re doing sessions that include double-unders, step-ups, or box jumps, then you’ll likely enjoy how this model performs and fits slightly better.
Winner: Reebok Nano X2. I like this model’s upper construction better and the boot helps give this model an edge for comfort when cross-training and CrossFit sessions.
Reebok Nano X2
- Recreational Lifting
- Athletic-Focused Training
- Casual CrossFit Sessions
- Shorter Runs
- For Cost-Efficiency
Reebok Nano X2 Vs Reebok Nano X1 for Versatile Training
For versatile training, both of these shoes have similar performances. Since their midsole and outsoles remain relatively unchanged, both models are going to provide similar levels of stability and responsiveness when doing things like HIIT workouts, classes, and plyometrics.
Both shoes breathe pretty well due to the Flexweave Knit uppers used in both models. Additionally, both models are fairly lightweight and the weight of each model is comparable which is nice for anyone that wants a lighter weight cross-training shoe.
Something I noticed when doing lateral activities is that the Reebok Nano X2 does offer a bit more midfoot support due to its heel clip and locks the foot down a little better.
The reworked boot construction also helps give the Reebok Nano X2 an edge over the Nano X1. It digs less into the Achilles and the overall fit feels more athletic which is a pro when jumping and doing high-intensity exercises.
I think both shoes will work well for most when it comes to versatile training. There’s enough cushion in each shoe to make them comfortable for these settings, but also not so much that you lose out on balance.
Winner: Tie. Both models perform similarly in this training context. Note, I do like the Nano X2’s boot construction a little bit better.
Reebok Nano X1
- Class Workouts
- Shorter Runs
- Plyometric Training
- Casual Lifting
- For Maximal Lifting
- For Easy Break-In Periods
- For Rope Climbs
Reebok Nano X2 Vs Reebok Nano X1 for Running, Daily Wear, and Standing
For short runs, I like the Reebok Nano X1 and Reebok Nano X2 far better than previous Reebok Nano models. The Floatride Energy Foam midsole construction makes these viable options for running distances that range from 1-3 miles.
I actually think the slightly thicker midsole in the Nano X2 does this shoe a slight edge for running, but overall, both of these perform similarly. If you like to tackle a couple of miles pre and post-workout, then you should be safe doing so in both models.
For daily wear and standing, I also enjoy how these shoes perform. They provide enough cushion to keep them comfortable for longer durations while also providing a bit of support for anyone that likes having a bit of stability when standing and walking.
The difference makers for this context that give the Nano X2 the edge would be the reworked boot construction, heel clips, and upper. The blend of these changes gives this model a supportive feel and a clean appearance.
Winner: Reebok Nano X2
Reebok Nano X2 Vs Reebok Nano X1 Construction
To discuss the construction differences and similarities between the Reebok Nano X1 and Reebok Nano X2, I’m going to break this construction section into individual parts.
This can hopefully help you identify key differences between the Nano X1 and Nano X2, and better synthesize this construction section.
The outsole remains relatively unchanged in the Reebok Nano X2 and Reebok Nano X1. Both models feature full rubber outsoles that have a traditional lug pattern.
The lug outsole tread on both of these shoes grips different surfaces really well. Whether you’re training on turf, rubber gym floors, or wooden platforms, you should have an adequate grip with both of these shoes’ outsoles.
Another similarity that exists between the Reebok Nano X2 and Reebok Nano X1 is their midsole constructions. Both models feature Reebok’s signature Floatride Energy Foam.
This is Reebok’s proprietary midsole construction that features an EVA foam which provides this shoe with its stability and versatility.
In regard to midsole feel differences, the stability is pretty similar in each model and I actually think the versatility is a tiny bit better in the Nano X2.
In regard to versatility, it’s very subtle, however, the Nano X2 does have a slightly higher stack height so you have a bit more midsole in this shoe. This is also likely they feel a bit better for jumping and running.
The upper construction is the biggest construction difference between the Nano X1 and Nano X2. In the Reebok Nano X1, we have a Flexweave Knit upper that extends over the forefoot, midfoot, and heel. We also have a heel clip for additional support.
The Reebok Nano X2 features a more rigid upper construction with more overlays. The forefoot and midfoot upper is a Flexweave Knit and there are textile woven overlays on the midfoot and heel in this shoe.
The heel clip shape is somewhat similar in the Nano X2 to the Nano X1, however, in the Nano X2, the clip is more rigid and supportive especially through the midfoot. I think this can be a good thing for anyone wanting more midfoot support in their cross-training shoes.
The upper construction on the Reebok Nano X2 also feels a bit more snug compared to the original Reebok Nano X1. If you like having a more locked-down feeling with your training shoes, then this can be a good thing.
Laces and Tongue
There are similarities and differences between the tongue and lacing construction on the Nano X1 and Nano X2. For similarities, both models feature six eyelets with an additional seventh eyelet for lace-locking.
Outside of the eyelets, there are multiple differences. The Reebok Nano X2 has a reworked lacing system and the tongue has more padding with an additional loop for promoting midfoot support and security. I’ve found that the tongue moves less in the Nano X2 when training.
An issue that many ran into in the Reebok Nano X1 was Achilles rub due to the higher boot construction and heel counter. This has seemed to be relatively fixed in the Reebok Nano X2.
In the Nano X2, the boot sits lower and the heel counter has a little more internal padding. I’m not going to say Achilles rub won’t happen at all in the Nano X2 because that would be impossible to make that blanket statement per everyone’s anatomical differences, but it should be far less compared to the Nano X1.
The Reebok Nano X1 and Reebok Nano X2 both feature removable insoles. The insoles used in each model are made of foam and relatively thin with a little arch support.
I think both models should be okay choices for anyone wanting to use their own custom orthotics or inserts. The upper provides enough clearance compared to other low-profile cross-training shoes.
Weight and Heel-to-Toe Drop
The weight and heel-to-toe drop in the Reebok Nano X1 and Reebok Nano X2 are pretty similar. Personally, I like the weight of both these shoes, and compared to other training shoes these models are fairly light.
The heel-to-toe drop in the Reebok Nano X2 and Reebok Nano X1 remains unchanged and sits at 7mm.
- Reebok Nano X1 Weight and Drop: 11.8 oz (for my size 10 model), 7mm heel-to-toe drop.
- Reebok Nano X2 Weight and Drop: 11.9 oz (for my size 10 model), 7mm heel-to-toe drop.
Reebok Nano X2 Vs Reebok Nano X1 Sizing
When chatting on sizing in the Reebok Nano X1 and Reebok Nano X2, most should be safe going true to size in these models. The length of these shoes fits true and they have a neutral width throughout their heel, midfoot, and forefoot.
Outside of their lengths and widths, there are a couple of subtle differences to note between both of these shoes and how they fit and feel when training and wearing them for casual wear.
The first is that the boot construction of the Reebok Nano X2 fits and feels a lot better compared to the Reebok Nano X1. With the lowered heel counter with additional padding, this model’s boot should limit Achilles rub.
The second subtle difference is that the Reebok Nano X2’s upper sits a bit lower and provides a more “snug” fit. In this context, it feels more similar to the Reebok Nano X1 Adventure’s upper and the general Nano X1 had a bit more upper volume in the forefoot which was a turnoff for some lifters.
- Reebok Nano X1 Sizing Thoughts: Go true to size.
- Reebok Nano X2 Sizing Thoughts: Go true to size. If you have a notably narrow foot, then you may want to size down a half size.
If you have additional sizing and fit questions about the Reebok Nano X1 and Reebok Nano X2, drop a comment below.
Reebok Nano X2 Vs Reebok Nano X1 Durability
The overall durability between the Reebok Nano X1 and Reebok Nano X2 is fairly similar, however, I do think the Reebok Nano X2 will take the edge for long-term durability. Note, it’s tough to write this section from a long-term point of view because the Nano X2 needs a lot more testing.
That being said, we can draw inferences on the Reebok Nano X2’s durability based on its build, the materials used in this model, and how these materials have performed in other Reebok training shoes when Reebok has used them.
Since both the Reebok Nano X1 and Nano X2 utilize similar midsole and outsole constructions, I don’t think many will run into issues with these two characteristics. The rubber outsole and lug tread on each shoe protect the midsoles pretty well.
When it comes to upper differences, I think the Reebok Nano X2 has a better upper for durability purposes. This model’s Flexweave Knit and Woven Textile Upper have a bit more structure than the Reebok Nano X1’s Flexweave Knit and the heel clip on the Nano X2 is a bit more rigid.
All of these upper changes should lead to the Nano X2 lasting longer in the context of CrossFit and cross-training. However, time will tell, and if anything changes with the durability of the Reebok Nano X2, I’ll be sure to come back to this article and update it accordingly.
Reebok Nano X2 Vs Reebok Nano X1 Adventure
I’ve had a few asks on YouTube about comparing the Reebok Nano X2 to the Reebok Nano X1 Adventure. The Nano X1 Adventure is my favorite iteration of the Reebok Nano X1 and it’s one of the better Nano X1 iterations to go for, in my opinion.
Both of these models feature Floatride Energy Foam for their midsoles and full rubber outsoles with lug tread patterning. The Nano X1 Adventure does have slightly thicker lugs compared to the Nano X2 so you’ll get more traction on loose surfaces with this model.
The Reebok Nano X1 Adventure features a stretch ripstop upper while the Nano X2 features a blend of Flexweave Knit and Woven Textile materials. The midfoot and boot of the Nano X2 remind me of the texture and rigidness of the Nano X1 Adventure’s ripstop upper.
I like the upper constructions in both the Reebok Nano X2 and Nano X1 Adventure. The Nano X1 Adventure does take the edge though if your goal with using these models is outdoor training.
The ripstop does a good job on trails and Flexweave Knit in the Nano X2’s toe box could be problematic for trail runs. I also like how easy it is to wipe down the ripstop upper in the Reebok Nano X1 Adventure.
In regard to shape and fit, I also think the Nano X1 Adventure and Nano X2 are pretty similar. Both of these models have a more locked-down upper construction compared to the original Reebok Nano X1.
Winner: Both of these shoes are strong performers. If you plan to use your shoe for a lot of daily wear and outdoor workouts, then go Nano X1 Adventure, and if you want a model for more recreational and general training, then go Nano X2.
Reebok Nano X1 Adventure
- Outdoor Training
- Recreational Lifting
- Light Trail Runs
- Daily Wear (due to comfort)
- For Maximal Lifting
Between the Reebok Nano X1 and Reebok Nano X2, there has been a small price increase for the latest model. For the Reebok Nano X1, you can expect to pay around $130 USD if the colorway you’re looking at is not on sale.
The one good thing about the Reebok Nano X1’s price is that with the release of the Nano X2, you can generally find certain colorways with pretty steep discounts. For the Reebok Nano X2, you can expect to pay $135 USD.
Personally, I do think the slight price increase can be justified in the Reebok Nano X2 because it’s a stronger performer across the board and it has a good appearance to it. However, if you’re trying to save the most amount possible, then looking into deals on the Nano X1 would be a cost-efficiency call.
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Just like with the Reebok Nano 7 and 8, and Reebok Nano 9 and X, the Reebok Nano X2 has some promising features over the Reebok Nano X1. This model has multiple welcomed updates to promote its performance and durability.
Personally, I like that Reebok listened to the feedback that they received on the Reebok Nano X1 and reworked the Nano X2’s upper and heel counter to make it a better shoe.
For general training, both of these models are pretty good across the board. If you have any additional questions on the Reebok Nano X2 and Reebok Nano X1, drop a comment below or reach out to me personally via Instagram (@jake_boly).
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