Skip to main content

CrossFit Athletes Should Be WOD-ing in New Reebok Nano 7 Shoes

Reebok Nano 7 crossfit
Image used with permission by copyright holder
Holy CrossFit, Reebok’s new Nano shoes are an athlete’s wet dream.

Reebok unveiled its newest CrossFit training shoe the Reebok Nano 7 on January 4 (available online January 5), which is a hyper-sleek evolution of the former Nano models. A day earlier, the brand unveiled a JJ Watt kick that gives back to veterans.

The first Nano, released in 2011, was the first-ever official CrossFit shoe. Unlike other sneakers, it fit the unique movement needs of these athletes, optimized for high-impact maneuvers, lifting, and short sprints. That same year, the sports organization made famous for its WOD (workout of the day) and gnarly max-out style of exercise, inked a 10-year exclusive contract with Reebok for all things CrossFit. Thanks to this sweet, not-so-little deal, Reebok has held monopoly over the term (meaning its foe Nike can’t so much as use the word CrossFit in its marketing).

The Nano 7 shows us that Reebok isn’t taking this reign lightly.

Reebok Nano 7 CrossFit shoe
Image used with permission by copyright holder

The shoe rocks a refined silhouette that works to improve individual fit, boasts adaptive Nanoweave technology lending to its trifecta of comfort, durability, and breathability, plus the Nano 7 has a powerlaunch toebox that adds a sense of foundation to your stance. Anything that makes us feel more rooted during Snatches is heaven-sent. The last bell and whistle is the reinforced heel clip— it’s like being locked into the shoes as though they were boots clipped into skis (aka, no heel slip when I’m trying to Split Jerk). Reebok also expanded its use of RopePro, now adhered to the medial upper and eye stay with a new hella-grippy rubberized compound.

Despite feeling more grounded in the Nano 7s, the shoes are also wicked light. Anyone who knows CrossFit athletes knows the slightest weight drag can be the difference between qualifying for the official CrossFit Games and being left at the gym to cry over meat and beer. The former Nanos were traditionally released in the fall, parallel to the big August games, but we’re getting these babies about a month before the 2017 CrossFit Open even begins (Feb. 23 – March 27).

Katrin Davidsdottir, the 2015 and 2016 CrossFit Games Champion, was equally as pumped to hear that the shoe will be available for her training leading up to the main event. Davidsdottir and other CrossFit royalty were consulted on the new design (so that’s why it’s so spot on).

Reebok Nano 7
Image used with permission by copyright holder

“Reebok understands that even the smallest of changes can make the biggest difference. It’s very cool that we get to be a part of the process of the Nano evolving with every year, making sure we always have the best footwear available out there,” she says.

No doubt the shoes will get another upgrade in 2018, as Reebok’s Global Director of Product, Judson Vancor, said, “We want to cement Reebok’s place as the top training brand by strengthening our bond with CrossFit athletes with the shoe that has become essential to their workout.”

But we don’t recommend waiting to grab these, since the shoe is versatile for easier recovery days too. Bonus: they’re so, ridiculously good looking that wearing the Nano 7s to dinner with a nice slack or out for beers with the guys is A-ok. In fact, we’d recommend it. Who knows when you’ll have to bust out a Push Press.

Photos courtesy Reebok.

Jahla Seppanen
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Born and raised off-the-grid in New Mexico, Jahla Seppanen is currently a sports, fitness, spirits, and culture writer in…
The best places to buy vintage t-shirts: Our top picks
Rep your favorite fandom with these tees
Man in Levis tee


The best men's clothing will always be full of divisive ideas. As we push the boundaries of what is acceptable, stylish, or masculine, certain items in your closet or drawer will cause backlash for some and praise from others. However, one item will transcend this argument (while simultaneously being the most hotly debated part of it) mostly because it sparks something nothing else in men's fashion does: nostalgic conversation. T-shirts may always walk the line between beloved casual and home wear, but vintage t-shirts find a way to transport us back to a time when the world felt simpler.

Read more
NFL’s Kirk Cousins reveals his secrets for the ideal boating day on the lake
The perfect boat and the perfect hat for the NFL QB
Kirk Cousins driving a boat

Nothing beats a day on the lake. Or the ocean. Or even the pool. But not every day on the lake is the same, and some of those moments on the water call for more than just a summer set or a great summer look. Being by the water is nothing compared to being on the water, feeling the waves and basking in the sun where the closest person is sitting on dry land.
That's where Manitou comes in, with its mission to get people off the sand and spend their time getting wet. And no one is better to help Manitou get people out on Lake Michigan better than hometown hero Kirk Cousins, who teamed up with the brand to bring a new twist on the pontoon boat.
We had the opportunity to sit down with the NFL quarterback to ask him questions about the boats, his day on the lake, and even a little football. When he's not leading a team with his arm, he's spending time with his family on the water, and he gave us a peek into his ideal day on the lake, and one of the items he always wears.

Why Manitou?

Read more
This highly-rated Under Armour unisex athletic backpack is $14 off for Prime Day
Under Armour Hustle 5 unisex backpack Prime Day deal

Backpacks can be hit or miss. Some of them are super durable, but whether or not they'll fit all the gear you need is up in the air. The best backpacks are pricier, which makes sense. You tend to get what you pay for. If you're in the market for a solid backpack, Under Armour is offering an excellent discount on the Unisex Hustle 5.0 Backpack for Prime Day this year. Usually $55, you can get the pack for $41, saving you $14, and there are a ton of color options available. You should know, however, that this is a limited-time deal, and we have no idea how long it will stick around. We recommend shopping now if you're interested so you don't miss out.

Here's why you should consider getting the Under Armour Hustle 5.0 Backpack now
Prime Day officially starts July 16 and runs through July 17, so understandably, most people are probably waiting until the official event to do their shopping. If that's you, we get it. However, in recent years, the deals available on Prime Day haven't been much better than the early stuff floating around. Also, a variety of retailers are now involved, so it often pays to look outside of Amazon for deals. In this case, the Under Armour Hustle is available as part of a limited-time deal, and there's no countdown, so we don't know when it will end. It could be gone before you know it or even sell out.

Read more