It’s been a tough couple of years for Reebok. Crossfit’s popularity continues to wane. Nike is breathing down their neck with the Metcon, their entry into the crossfit universe which has had crossfitters swooning. With nothing much to offer beyond their crossfit range of gear, it was almost as if Reebok had bitten dust.
So they did what they did best. They revamped their most promising offering, the Nano and the latest iteration grabs one of their most successful products by the neck and infuses it with some new tech which promises to make life easier even for athletes who wish to use it beyond crossfit.
The Reebok Nano 6.0 retains most of the features of the previous Nanos but irons out some of the crevices that made them a clunky choice for the track. The result is a sleek, lightweight and flexible shoe that can quickly become your go-to choice for a variety of athletic tasks.
Reworked from the ground up
If you have been a Nano user for your WODs, then one look at the Nano 6.0 and you’d be raring to get one for yourself. The sloppy rubber overlays are gone and the toebox appears slightly narrower which provides a better fit. Make no mistake, the toebox is still wide for obvious reasons. But it definitely feels tighter but more comfortable. There is ample room for toe movement without bunching up during some of the more challenging movements.
The Kevlar®-infused mesh on the upper and the polyurethane “Nano-shell” have been retained and it gives the Nano 6, the stability that made the 5.0 so popular. Despite weighing 1.2 ounces more than the predecessor, the Nano 6.0 feels surprisingly light on the feet and you will be able to put these through just about anything without feeling fatigue on your feet.
The heel set has undergone a fair amount of work and it is noticeably deeper. Also Reebok has added some much needed cushioning on the tongue which makes the shoe very comfortable out of the box without the need to break it in.
Thankfully, the sole remains unchanged from the Nano 5.0. But there is a sandpaper inspired wrap around the midsole that gives you better grip during those rope climbs. That is a smart addition of a feature that otherwise remains unused.
Finally, Reebok puts some thought behind the aesthetics and the unnecessary crossfit branding has been done away with. Instead, the Nano 6.0 has a minimalist design with just one Reebok CrossFit logo and a slightly larger Reebok Delta logo (reflective) on the rear. There are more choices in color and it will no longer look like you have a billboard around your feet for a shoe.
The improved anatomical shape and the tiny additions like the ‘seemingly’ narrower toebox and the angled tongue make the Nano 6.0, a very stylish looking shoe.
A common gripe with the previous Nanos was that it was too clunky for the track. Not anymore.
The natural and improved fit makes it a perfect choice for running. There is just the right amount of cushioning you need to keep your feet safe and fatigue-free. It would be a tad risky to put this through a professional sporting event. But for training, it will keep you good company on the track.
Every tiny aspect of the Nano 6.0 has been designed with crossfit in mind and you will love the feel, the fit and the performance of the shoe during the most explosive movements. Be it heavy lifts, squats, rope climbing or the pulls, the Nano 6.0 will be the next best thing to doing it barefoot.
• Multiple color choices in Gravel / Black / White / Pewter
• New and improved anatomical shape
• Narrower toebox for a better fit
• DuPont™ Kevlar® infused mesh upper
• Polyurethane NanoShell for added stability and support during Crossfit
• Textured Rope-Pro+ exterior material for better grip during rope climbs
• Thicker and cushioned tongue
• No need to break in
• Less graphics
What could be better?
The Nano 6.0 is undeniably one of the best crossfit shoes out there. It delivers a sucker punch to Nike’s Metcon. But, at the fulcrum, it still remains a dedicated crossfit shoe that has immense potential to be an all-rounder.
But the added weight makes it a less than desirable choice for sprinting. That’s the only nit that we could pick with the Nano 6.0.
Verdict: Irrespective of whether you are a crossfitter or a gym rat or just someone who likes to stay fit, the Nano 6.0 is a great training shoe that is light, comfortable and durable. For crossfitters, it is just what you need to perform those intense repetitive movements. Great pricing too! Highly recommended.