My Reebok CrossFit Nano 3.0’s arrived on June 24th and I consider myself lucky to be one of the first regular Joe’s to have gotten my hands on them. I had originally gone to Reebok’s site to order a pair of custom Nano 2.0’s and just happened to stumble on the 3.0’s. In fact they had just put them up on the website and had yet to even announce they were pre-order only and wouldn’t be mass released until July 1st. I was a little bummed the next day to find out I’d have to wait 3 weeks to get my shoes but fortunately things worked out and here we are. I have had the 3.0’s for six days now and done 5 WOD’s in them at my local box and have been nothing but impressed. They handle everything from box-jumps to Barbell Cleans well and are probably the lightest shoe of this type I’ve ever worn with the exception of my trusty Inov8’s. Isn’t it Ironic that Inov8 was the CrossFit shoe of choice before the Reebok deal in 2010-11?
As you can see in the photos I chose the very loud Orange/Gray color scheme. There are only three color combos to choose from at the moment so if you’re not a big fan of Texas or Tennessee there’s also a black/red and green/blue combo. (since first publishing this article 7 months ago the color choices have improved considerably) I have to be honest for a moment here and say that I feel like I’m wearing a pair of clown shoes when I lace these up. That’s okay though. Black is my normal choice for shoes but this time I decided to go a different direction and pick something bright and hard to ignore; I think I succeeded. The rubber and plastic lattice framing that surrounds the upper also gives them a somewhat clunky look but fortunately they feel swift and supple as a prowling cheetah.
The soles of the shoe are quite a departure from the “Real Flex” inspired bottoms of the previous generation of Nano. The rubber used in its construction is grippy but also tough and solid. It has to be to stand up to rope climbs and other dangers of the typical box. I was worried at first that this might make the sole stiff and cumbersome during runs but it’s not the case at all. This kind of misleading subterfuge carries on into the upper.
The shoe is for the most part a breathable fabric mesh overlaid with a grid of plastic/rubber material that’s thicker around the heel cup and toe to provide support. It’s also thicker on the instep where it meets the rope guard and Reebok has installed CF logo cutouts that look awesome and add to the shoes appeal. The CF logo on the rear of the shoe is also very prominent and large enough to be seen by anyone across the gym or the Home Depot center for that matter.
I love these shoes and that’s kind of funny when you realize what an outspoken critic of Reebok I’ve been in years past when it came to its sponsorship of CrossFit. I’m probably one of the few people I know that resisted the Nano trend and soldiered on for quite a while in my trust Inov8’s almost as a form of silent protest against commercialism. Reebok has done a great job though of building a shoe to meet the specific needs of CrossFit participants and athletes with the Nano 3.0. I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new Lifter Plus any day now and look forward to comparing them to my current Reebok Lifters. If they’re half as good as these Nano’s then the future of CrossFit shoes seems bright.
Light and Breathable
Rope and Toe Guard
Supportive while being flexible
Stable enough to squat under heavy weights
Limited color choice
Takes a while to dry out after getting wet
Look a little clunky and clownish
A little stiff