Is Reebok’s new Nano X2 sports sneaker up to the mark?
Reebok’s revamped Nano X2 shoe is for gym workouts like camping tents: you can run it without them, but it’s going to be uncomfortable, frustrating, and can completely disable you.
We’ve already sung the praises of the Nano line; The X1 is the overall top pick in our guide to the best athletic shoes, and for good reason. It’s balanced, stable, and stiff in all the good ways, and none of the bad. Reebok recently released the Nano X2, the latest and greatest iteration of the gym superstar, and claims the updates make it a shoe you won’t want to take off, even when the deadlifts are tough. completed.
“With the Nano X2, we’ve evolved and refined the official fitness shoe and put the wearer first,” says Tal Short, Reebok Senior Product Manager. “We wanted to give fitness enthusiasts of all kinds a go-to workout shoe option that they can take to the gym for a new PR and beyond for all-day support.
Designed to be the most wearable Nano training shoe the brand has ever released, the Nano X2 was developed with a focus on durability and style. Reebok says the shoe is designed to easily transition from gym workouts to everyday activities, like running errands. Here’s what I thought of the shoe.
Where the Reebok Nano X2 shines:
Much like its predecessor, this shoe shines in the gym, especially during HIIT workouts and weight lifting. When I used them for weighted walking lunges, I felt more balanced and stable with every step. Thanks to new features like the Flexweave knit upper and Floatride Energy foam, the Nano X2 is lightweight, yet supportive. The durable rubber outsole maximized my traction and grip which made me feel more confident during my workout.
During dreaded box jumps (which I can’t stand because I always feel like I’m about to eat shit) the Nano X2 made my landings much stronger and increased my sturdiness and my balance during workouts. I loved that the shoes were light and adaptable enough to handle whatever I threw at them at the gym.
Where the Nano X2 falls short:
The Nano X2 is great for lifting weights, but I don’t think it lives up to Reebok’s claim of being the shoe that can “take charge of your everyday.” The stiff sole is great for weighted workouts – but the shoe is definitely not meant for running or errands, in my experience.
If you’re a gym rat who spends every extra moment you can squeeze into a workout, this will be the shoe for you. But if you’re looking for an elliptical that can go from road running to chasing your PR, I’d look for a shoe with more cushion and support. Also, the Nano X2 is a bit large, so size it up if you’re between sizes.
The Reebok Nano X2: the verdict
Overall, the Nano X2 is an exemplary sports shoe. Although Reebok has made strides when it comes to customizing the shoe to be more suitable for a variety of activities, in this writer’s opinion, these are best kept in your gym bag and stick to a cross-trainer for every day.
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