I finally had a chance to try out the new Reebok Nano 8’s and I was really impressed. First of all, I’ve been a Nike Metcon guy for a couple of years now. I used Nano’s before but found that Metcon’s were more comfortable when lifting heavy and I really liked the the plastic on the outside of the heel that made handstand pushups easier. With all that said, here’s my take on the new Nano 8’s:
I really liked how comfortable the shoe felt. It almost felt like I wasn’t wearing a show at all. This has to do with the new bootie construction. Its independent from the rest of the shoe and makes for a more comfortable fit. You’ll feel this the moment you first put it on.
The flexweave is another great feature. It allows the shoe to bend much easier than Metcons. According to Reebok it also allows greater airflow and gives your feet more room to breathe. This is a plus to those athletes that suffer from sweaty feet. Fortunately I’m not one of those.
I tested these shoes today doing heavy squats followed by a nasty AMRAP of running, box jumps and thrusters. The Nano’s held up nicely during the squats. The heel felt firm and extremely sturdy. I had no trouble going from a run straight into box jumps. They felt lighter then any other shoe I’ve trained with before but still felt hard enough to absorb the impact from rebounding my box jumps.
This is a well designed show from Reebok and I’ve once again switched back to using Nano’s after being a Metcon guy for so long. Sorry Fraser 🙂 I’d highly recommend the Nano 8’s the next time your shopping around for a training shoe. You won’t be disappointed.