Compared to the fanfare surrounding the unveiling of Reebok’s Nano 6.0, the brand’s release of the seventh iteration of its signature CrossFit shoe felt a bit under the radar. The January 4 launch was reportedly bumped up so CrossFitters could purchase their shoes in time for the Open, which begins later this month. (Reebok is waiving the registration fee for anyone who buys the new Nano before March 23.) Coincidentally, the earlier launch date just happened to line up with Nike’s standard retail release of the Metcon 3. Weird, right?
Marketing strategies aside, the Nano 7.0 is a solid functional training shoe with a few small improvements over the 6.0. If you felt like your toes were swimming in last year’s model, you’ll be excited to find a more secure fit up front. The Nano 7.0’s “Powerlaunch toebox” is 4 millimeters slimmer than its predecessor; the difference is minimal but definitely noticeable during sprints and box jumps.
Reebok also tweaked their patented “RopePro” feature by using a new material to adhere its protective coating to the Nano’s medial upper. This “super grippy” synthetic extends to the top of the shoe and surrounds the eyelets, offering added protection for athletes with the expensive habit of shredding their shoes on rope climbs. The rest of the shoe’s upper is constructed with a textile originally manufactured for high-end office furniture, but Reebok’s product development team co-opted it after discovering it met its requirements for durability, flexibility and breathability.
However, despite the subtle adjustments, much about the Nano remains the same. The 7.0’s heel-to-toe drop — 4 millimeters — is consistent with the 6.0’s. The pronounced heel clips, a new addition, are intended to provide added stability and comfort, but the feature feels purely aesthetic (and kind of unnecessary) on the Nano, which already touts a deep heel seat and “anatomical” fit.
And, speaking of aesthetics, Reebok continues to usher the Nano away from splashy designs and aggressive color combinations. The 7.0’s colorways, which include all-black and all-white options, are the simplest to date. And while the 6.0’s CrossFit branding was noticeably muted, the mark on the 7.0’s is barely detectible.
Currently available online and in stores, the Nano 7.0 retails for $130.