Grinder's Gear Review | Nano 7What is it? This is the description of the Reebok CrossFit Nano 7.0 from their website: Introducing the latest addition to your gym bag: the Nano 7. This next generation of our CrossFit shoe keeps the natural shape and stability athletes covet, and comes with a flexible bottom for mobility and traction. The added heel piece creates a fit lockdown for better leverage as you lift.

  • NanoWeave technology on the upper for comfort and breathability
  • Anatomical toe box and a low-cut design for a natural feel and ankle mobility
  • Ortholite sockliner for cushion
  • 360-degree TPU heel wrap for a locked-in feel
  • Crystallized rubber outsole flexes naturally for balance and stability
  • 4mm heel-to-toe drop

What do I think? There are many different types of shoes for CrossFit. Personally, I think most of them work well. I like all the Reebok Nanos myself but not everyone does, so I am doing a review on them for kids. Not all shoes for CrossFit are made in youth sizes, and kids might have a different opinion on fit and function than adults.

I have owned many different models of the Nano. I have 5, 6, and 7. I like all of them because they have all worked for me. They have changed a lot. One difference is the material. The 5 and 6 have a softer feel but the 7 has more of a rough feel. The 6 is actually made with Kevlar that makes them very durable. If I could change anything about the shoe I would change the fit. I don’t like that it is tight around the top of your foot, although it does make them good for box jumps. The toe box needs to be more flexible. I would never run long distances in them, like when our family does 5k races. Overall, I preferred the comfort of the 5 and 6 to the 7.The Nano 7 is a good shoe for CrossFit in my opinion. I think they are good to do rope climbs and lifting but they aren’t the best for running.

Why do you need it & when should you use it? The thing I like about the 7 is that they are good for lifting. The top of the shoe is very tough. They are really good for moving weights fast and for doing anything that includes jumping or cardio. They are also really good for rope climbs. I have broken them in so they have a good fit to my feet compared to when they were new. The insole has a soft material I like.

How do you get it? Reebok.com is the main place to land a pair. With all the Regionals being in swing this time of year, I’m sure there will be no shortage of places that CrossFitters can try on and pick up a pair in all the new colors and styles.

Emery Greene is 10 years old and has been doing CrossFit for 3 years. He also plays Football, Basketball, and attends Gymnastics class. He consistently makes the honor role at Farmingdale Elementary.

 

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