As you can guess from the name, after 9 years, the 9th generation Reebok Nano was built with the CrossFit community in mind. Reebok worked closely with CrossFit athletes of all levels from around the world. They provided guidance and feedback in shaping this version and the result is a huge evolution in terms of comfort and overall fit.
Officially dubbed the “Nano for All,” this crossover shoe tries to be that perfect shoe to fit any variety of fitness activities, including for short distance runs, training at the gym, or just weight training.
In spite of the name, these sneakers are meant for more to be doing more than just CrossFit workouts, since they adapt for different use cases. Keep in mind, they’re not running shoes. In fact, they’re so much more. This is a pair you can wear across all types of routines and still look cool walking to the office in them.
The Nano 9 was released worldwide around June, and so far the feedback has been pretty great, so I was excited to try it out.
In Reebok’s Nano line of shoes, every odd numbered model gets a sizable update to improve performance and wearability. For the Nano 9, a couple improvements vs previous iterations include:
- A redesigned new Flexweave outer construction to better move with your foot
- Split outsole for better comfort and reactivity that features MetaSplit grooves for better traction and grip
- Reworked midsole and heel construction
It’s quite a change in construction but turns out it makes the Nano 9 much better at performing in the gym, but also in your everyday setting.
A more flexible Flexweave
We’ll start with the upper part. The outer construction of the Reebok CrossFit Nano 9 is made out of the company’s Flexweave material. Specific to this model, the Flexweave was designed to be slightly more maneuverable and accommodating compared to the usual Flexweave material on other Reebok sneakers.
Just like on the Nano 8, the Flexweave material wraps around your feet to create a nice lightweight construction.
There’s an additional layer of material towards the toe area, which will help protect the shoe from wear and tear during any heel or toe dragging gym movements like burpees or push-ups. The heel-to-toe drop, aka offset, is about 4mm which is much lower than most running shoes which are usually about 9mm, but this is in order to give your foot a more stable position that is close to a flat position for exercises.
On the lateral side, you’ll see Reebok’s vector symbol. Not as nice as their delta symbol but oh well.
Coming to the midfoot, there are six eyelets running up, with a design similar to Reebok’s Speed TR sneakers. The eyelets are reinforced, and the tongue is wide and padded to ensure comfort and protection during any gym movements like rope climbing.
You’ll also notice that the last eyelet extends higher than the rest, so you have a good amount of ankle stability with the laces.
Coming to the heel, the construction is a similar design to the Nano 8. The inside of the heel has good support, while the outside of the heel does a good job of resisting any heel slip.
Coming to the most important part — the midsole.
The midsole on the Nano 9 has been reworked to make the shoe even more comfortable. It has a nice supportive foam-like material towards the toe that has a good amount of reactivity, allows seamless toe flex, and is generally very comfortable. The additional EVA foam cushioning really feels great while running, or during exercises.
Every time you lift weights, you transfer your balance from either the front to the back, or back to front, or side to side, and this cushioning constantly alternates between compression and reaction, so it is much appreciated. Responsive cushioning is also really important to running shoes as well, which makes the Reebok CrossFit Nano 9.0 a pretty good option for short distance runs too.
Designed for comfort and stability
The midfoot of the lateral and medial side of the shoe has a TPU layer that goes all the way from the outsole, wrapping over the midsole for solid durability and additional support.
The TPU splits towards the back of the heel, to support stability and comfort.
The most talked about change with the Nano 9 is the split outsole. It gives much more flexibility for foot movement during workouts.
The split outsole also makes it MUCH more comfortable for runs, and thanks to the Reebok metasplit design, there’s no forefoot slap when you’re running around.
Lastly, there’s a bunch of colorways for the CrossFit Nano 9. You’ll notice I got the more subtle option from Reebok and they look pretty sweet! As usual, choices might depend on the country you’re buying it from.
A perfect balance of comfort, wearability, and durability
There’s a couple things you need to look for when trying to find a good pair of crossfit sneakers: comfort and wearability. Can you wear this to the gym and outside on your walk to work or back home?
Then, there’s also the overall stability of the shoe under various workouts, like squats or deadlifts or HIIT workouts. And then, there’s also reactivity and how the sneaker performs during cardio workouts like zumba or whatever you throw at it in the gym.
Overall I wore them at the gym for about an entire week, across a lot of different workout styles, and the overall comfort, stability, and reactive design actually makes these a really great pair of crossfit sneakers. They resist compression when you’re weight training, and the split outsole and soft midsole are super reactive to handle whatever you throw at them. Even a long run. I really enjoyed working out in the Nano 9. It’s no wonder so many crossfit people recommend these. I’m impressed.
Plus the material is pretty breathable so you can wear them on your walk to the office, and if you get the same colorway I did, it’ll look classy enough for corporate scenes.
However, these are slightly narrow sneakers. So if you’re going to get them, maybe try them on in a store, or go up half a size.
Which brings me to one special section because these are gym sneakers — durability. Most gym sneakers break down in a couple of months and show signs of wear and tear in the first couple of days.
The Reebok Crossfit Nano 9 actually seems like they’re pretty indestructible. Granted, I’ve only been wearing them for about a week but I haven’t noticed any breakdown on the outsole or material yet. With the additional TPU wrap and the strong outer Flexweave, plus that very strategically placed material on the toe area, I feel like these sneakers can really take a beating.
Is the Reebok Crossfit Nano 9 your Sneaker Match?
If you want a pair of gym sneakers that’s the jack of all trades, the Reebok Crossfit Nano 9 might just be perfect for you.
Not only do they look cool, they’re priced pretty much in line with other cross trainers in the market. It offers a comfortable, newly tweaked midsole, with that split outsole, and a very breathable Flexweave outer that definitely helps with performance in addition to comfort while you’re working out. If you’ve used any of the previous Nano versions, I gotta say, the Nano 9 has improved in almost every way.
All-in-all, as someone that’s been hitting the gym almost everyday lately, I’m a fan of the new Reebok CrossFit Nano 9. Usually I’m skeptical about cross trainer shoes but I think Reebok has done a great job here. They created a gym sneaker that brings together comfort and performance.
If you’re looking for a new all-in-one kind of shoe for the gym, I’m thinking you’ll be pretty happy with the Reebok Nano 9.
Pricing – The Reebok CrossFit Nano 9 retails for about INR 9,999 in India, while in the US (where shoes are generally much cheaper) they retail at about US$ 130.00.
Spotify is now adding free audiobooks
Narrators include Forest Whitaker and Hilary Swank
A few years ago, Spotify implemented support for podcasts. Practically overnight, the audio streaming platform became a top destination for podcast listening, rivalling already established giants like Apple Podcasts and Pocket Casts. However, it isn’t done with expanding yet. Spotify is now adding free audiobooks to the service.
Reported by Hollywood Reporter, the platform now has a starting lineup of nine audiobooks. Currently, because of tough copyright laws, the lineup contains books already in the public domain. However, the audio recordings themselves are Spotify’s property.
Speaking of the recordings, the voices on the audiobooks are pretty special. The narrators include Hollywood actors like Forest Whitaker and Hilary Swank. The two celebrities narrate Frederick Douglass’ Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave and Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, respectively.
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Disney+ coming to the Philippines soon?
We’re cautiously optimistic
Finally! The days of using VPN and “other means” to catch up on the latest The Mandalorian or WandaVision episodes could be coming to an end for Filipinos.
An Instagram account with the handle @disneyplusph was just activated and while it’s not verified, it certainly follows the look of other official Disney+ accounts.
Adding fuel to the fire that this is likely happening soon is the announcement that the entertainment giant’s streaming service is also hitting other Southeast Asian markets through Hotstar — a video streaming service most popular in India.
There was even news previously that Disney+ will be streaming in India via Hotstar but that was delayed.
We reached out to Disney’s representatives in the Philippines, but it still hasn’t been confirmed as of writing. There’s not a lot to go on for now but we’ll surely keep our eyes peeled for more updates.
adidas Ultraboost 21 now official, has even more Boost
More comfortable and with an all-new design
adidas unveiled the latest evolution of their popular Ultraboost silhouette — taking the popular sneaker line in an even more performance oriented direction with the new Ultraboost 21.
The Ultraboost 21 boasts a new redesigned torsion system, which includes LEP (“Linear Energy Push”) that makes the shoe even more responsive, along with an updated design, sustainably sourced materials, and more Boost in the midsole, all to create a shoe that’s even more comfortable, with even more energy return.
The dramatic heel curve of the midsole boasts 6 percent more Boost used, which should make the Ultraboost 21 even more comfortable than the UltraBoost 20 we reviewed last year.
Additionally, there’s a new Primenit+ upper, which has a more precisely designed knit to give enhanced support and movement. The upper is also created from adidas Primeblue, a recycled material of at least 50 percent Parley Ocean Plastic. adidas has a long history with Parley and we’re happy to see sustainably made materials being used in such a high-profile sneaker!
Lastly, there’s the new redesigned ‘Linear Energy Push’ torsion system with stiffer, reinforced material in the midsole to provide runners with less flex in the forefoot and increased responsiveness.
Announcing the new shoe, adidas Running‘s Senior Design Director Footwear Moritz Hollmüller said, “In creating the adidas Ultraboost 21, we have developed our most holistic running shoe ever, that is the ultimate expression of comfort and responsiveness. Ultraboost 21 takes all the aesthetic ingredients that were part of the original shoe’s DNA and fuses them with the latest technology, such as adidas LEP, to create a shoe that combines all of these great design features with incredible comfort, support and energy return.”
The Ultraboost 21 will release in a white and “Fluorescent Yellow” colorway this January 28, though some buyers will have early access to purchase the shoe via the adidas Store App in Malaysia and other parts of APAC.
In Malaysia, the Ultraboost 21 is priced at MYR 779. Other colorways will follow globally on February 4, 2021.
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