After WODing consistently in the Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0 for a solid month I feel like it is time to give them a proper review.
A limited amount of the Nano 5.0's went on sale early at the CrossFit East Regionals in Hartford, CT. When the announcement was made that they were available at the Reebok shop, I was in the middle of volunteering on the Rogue gear and equipment team so I didn't get a chance to be one of the first to purchase them (which also made me nervous they wouldn't have many sizes left by the time I got up there).
Once I had a little break, I hustled up to Reebok with my fingers crossed they still had some available. There weren't many boxes left, but sure enough, there was a pair in my size, 5.5.
I tried them on right away and immediately knew I was 100% buying them. I've been a huge fan of all the Reebok Nanos from the 2.0's all the way to the 4.0's and know each time they come out with a newer version, it's going to have some great improvements.
I had been wearing a pair of my 4.0's for most of the weekend, so when trying on the 5.0's, I felt a huge difference right away. There is so much more support in the heel and overall more support/cushion throughout my entire foot and arch without the shoe feeling any bit heavy.
After regionals I finally decided to break in the new 5.0's while WODing at my home box CrossFit 201. Having tweaked my back and not being able to do everything I normally can made me feel kinda silly to have this new, awesome pair of sneakers. Kinda like having a sports car and only being able to drive it to the grocery store.
Fast forward a few weeks and I finally can say I have gotten some good use out of them. From running to squatting to jerks to snatches, these Nano 5.0's have been nothing but supportive, physically and mentally. Feeling safe while working out is the most important thing (besides having fun) and these have been giving me that feeling while working through my back issue at the gym (almost back to 100%!).
I also managed to wear them to a Barry's Bootcamp class this past weekend in the Hamptons. The class consisted of a lot of sprints and inclines on the treadmill along with a full body dumbbell workout including planks, rows, bench, squats, presses, curls, lunges, you name it. That was probably the most I have ran in the new Nanos and my feet felt great both during and after the workout.
If I had to rank all the pairs of Reebok Nanos that I own, I would have to say the 5.0's are by far my favorite followed by a tie for the 4.0's and 2.0's, then followed by the 3.0's. The new 5.0's have all of the benefits of the 2.0's with some much needed updates. I'm a huge fan of the 2.0's but the tongue always seems to shift to one side while wearing. Now that the 5.0's have a Kevlar tongue stitched in place, that isn't an issue.
Like all of the Nano models, Reebok continues to offer a range of styles and sizes geared towards women. Unlike the Nike Metcon launch earlier this year, I didn't have to search around endlessly only to find that they weren't available in my size.
Overall, I'm happy to say that the 5.0's have surpassed my expectations. I feel nothing but safe and stable in them while WODing and running. Now I can't wait to getting back to squatting heavy again without having to change into my lifters.
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Not feeling any of their color options, you can always customize them to your own liking here: http://www.reebok.com/us/customize
If you're thinking about buying a pair, I highly recommend it. They run true to size and can be purchased at any of the following sites:
As of right now, it looks like Dick's Sporting Goods has a blue women's version out. No other sites seem to have this one out yet.