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On Christmas Eve I received a surprise present from Reebok Germany. Once I saw the typical red shoe box of Reebok, I knew what it was or actually I was secretly hoping it was the latest CrossFit shoe that I’ve seen with the Games athletes on Instagram the week before. And I was right: The red box contained the new Reebok CrossFit Nano 8.
It felt like the whole CrossFit scene have been talking about it and I can’t wait to read what you guys think of them since they are available as from the 11th of January 2018.
Once the Christmas days where over I brought the shoes to the gym and tested them. It’s not the first time that I am writing a blog post about testing Reebok CrossFit shoes. In summer 2017 I was writing about the Reebok Speed TR 2.0 vs Nano 7 (not the weave). Nano 7 had a couple of flaws which is why Reebok developed Nano 7 Weave, I believe. Nano 7 wasn’t quite efficient with rope climbs, running and jumping due to its sole and they were relatively narrow. So the first thing I wanted to compare was exactly these exercises. And guys, I am super happy with the result.
Reebok CrossFit Nano 8 vs. Nano 7
As I’ve already mentioned, the Nano 7 had a couple of flaws, since it wasn’t quite efficient with rope climbs, running and jumping. I tried to do rope climbs in a workout with the Nano 7 twice and it failed big time. With every stroke, I slipped through the rope as if I was wearing my lifters. However, the Nano 8 has a way better grip thanks to the new Flexweave upper. It’s even better than with my Speed TR 2.0 that I love so much. Furthermore, the Nano 8 is comfortable during running and jumping exercises such as double-unders or burpees. The Flexweave upper technology of the Nano 8 provides breathability and a softer, more flexible fit, even though the overall look of the Nano 7 and 8 is quite similar. It also feels like it still has a strong foundation. The slightly wider front of the shoe makes sure you stay comfortable even when your foot spreads as you lift weights, jump and sprint. Also, the padded collar and better cushioning make this a Nano you will want to wear all day. I feel really comfortable in it.
Shoe size of Nano 8, Nano 7 and Speed TR 2.0
Last but not least I also want to add something about the shoe size. That’s something I always google myself, before ordering new CrossFit shoes. I usually have size 39. In the Nano 7 and Speed TR 2.0 I’ve got a 38.5 (USA 8, UK 5.5) but if I could choose again, I would have ordered the Speed TR 2.0 in 38 (USA 7.5, UK 5). The Nano 7 is pretty narrow. So if you’ve got rather broad feet, I recommend to order your normal shoe size and not smaller as usual with Reebok shoes. The Nano 8 I received in size 38 as well. So the Speed TR 2.0 and Nano 8 should be the same size and the Nano 7 (not the weave) half a size or even 1 size bigger. I hope that helps you choose a size for yourself.