Reebok Nano X3 Review – Are They The Ultimate Fitness Shoe?

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Are your workout shoes multi-functional? By that I mean, do they do everything you need them to do really well, or do they perform better in certain areas over others?

I’m gonna try out these Reebok Nano X3s

I’m super excited to try these out.

Reebok has made a great effort to create the ultimate all-rounder with a shoe that’s constructed with the idea to work exceptionally well for both running AND weightlifting. 

If it does this and does this even better than the previous model did, in MY view, it’ll probably put the Reebok Nano well ahead of the competition. 

So let’s find out if this is gonna be the shoe that sets the pace.  And also, hang around till the end to see the score I gave them too.

My Verdict – Reebok Nano X3
  • New ‘Lift and Run Chassis’ worked very well.
  • Comfortable feeling throughout.
  • Great design.
  • Rope grip works well.
  • None.
Reebok Nano X3 Review – Are these Better than the Nano X2?

The previous Nanos X2s were a very good shoe, they surprised me, were very versatile and did a lot of things really well, but are the X3 a significant improvement? 

Let’s get into it

What’s New with the Reebok Nano X3?

Let’s start off by looking at what’s new with the X3s over the X2s

The main thing that’s new in the X3 is what Reebok is calling the ‘Lift and Run Chasis’. This is probably the main thing I’m most interested in about this shoe. It’s a new midsole technology that makes the heel more supportive and solid feeling when you’re lifting, but also, gives you a softer more comfortable feel when you’re running and jumping in them. 

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Reebok Nano X3 Review – The Left and Run Chassis System

The idea is to eliminate the need for one pair of lifting shoes and one pair of running or cardio shoes, something that not many, if not any shoes in this category get right.

If you’re someone who frequently skips cardio, you now have no excuse.

I think a gym trainer that performed superbly well for running would be a game changer and probably would make a shoe pretty hard to beat.

I’m really interested to see how this feels in practice. There ARE other shoes I’ve tried that has given me that same duality of hardness and softness, so it’s going to be interesting to see how these feel in comparison.

Also, let me know in the comments what shoes you currently use for training and whether they work well for running too. Because I think this is an often overlooked thing.

With the X3, They’ve not changed an awful lot else with the sole of the shoe, the upper design has changed and I really love it, I would say, for me, the Nanos are probably the best-looking fitness shoe. The colours and the way they’ve blended them together on THIS model and also on the previous model have impressed me a lot. 

When I took these out of the box and really took time to look closely at the stitching, the placement of the small motifs, color contrasts and how the sections balance out I have to admit, these are a very well-designed fitness shoe aesthetically. 

I have quite big feet, and sometimes shoe designs don’t look the same in the bigger sizes, and sometimes they don’t look as balanced as they do in smaller sizes. So people with bigger sizes sometimes feel they aren’t getting the same deal, so I notice things like this. This shoe even in larger sizes looks proportionate.

Top marks for that from me. But don’t get me wrong, I felt the same for the precious model too but these new ones are just that bit better looking…

Also, I really like the colour combinations available from day 1. The main competitor for this shoe is the Nike Metcon 8 and in comparison, the colour combinations available for that one just don’t hit as hard as these ones do. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Do you think these combinations are better than the Nike Metcon combinations? 

One thing the Metcons have over the Reeboks is that you can choose custom colors but you have to wait weeks for them to be delivered.

As well with the upper, you get the same soft and comfortable Flexweave upper, this is something I really liked with the previous shoe. I think it works really well and feels durable and hard-wearing too.

On the sole itself, you’ve got Reebok ‘Floatride Energy foam’ which aside from the Lift and Run Chassis, should make running in them feel even better. 

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Reebok Nano X3’s Floatride Energy Sole

The previous model did have Floatride in the sole which worked really well, however, I’m not sure if Reebok has changed the construction of the sole itself to maybe enhance the level of comfort when it comes to the Floatride feature, but I guess I’ll find out! 

You also get the same slightly sharper medial side of the sole which helps you grip rope better than the competitor’s soles do. Shoes like the Nike Metcon have been putting rope grips on their shoes for a while now and they’ve been pretty useless for actually gripping the rope, but Reebok has done a good job here. 

So let’s get into it. 

Working out in the Reebok Nano X3

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Reebok Nano X3 Review

I was itching to see what this new ‘Lift and Run chassis’ actually felt like. When you first put the shoe on and walk around, you will feel the softness in the heel. 

There is a noticeable difference from the previous sole in the X3. It feels like there’s an air transfer happening when you shift your weight. 

Many years ago reebok had a shoe technology called DMX, not that DMX, I actually think it’s still available in some of their shoes, but DMX was a kind of foam in different sections of the sole so that when you walked it cushioned your foot and felt really comfortable. If you get the chance to try on a pair of Reebok DMX shoes, For me DMX is up there as a shoe technology that really worked well, but it didn’t really hit the heights of popularity that it could have. 

But I digress, the cushioning and comfort simply walking in these shoes were very good.

Now for me, I’m not someone who slams their foot down when I run, I tend to run on the balls of my feet. But you can still feel the effect of the sole. 

This technology was in the Nano X2, but I can feel it more in this shoe than I could in the previous model. I assume they’ve made changes to that effect.

The Lift and Run chassis was noticeable when I ran in them also. Running in them was a pleasant experience from start to finish.

What Are The Reebok Nano X3 Like for Deadlifts and Squats?

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Reebok Nano X3 Review

The first thing you might notice is the difference in stability, the X3s feel very stable.

No chance of rolling or slipping. 

You might not notice it, but the heel feels a little lower than the previous pair did. The heel-to-toe drop is 7mm which is exactly the same as the X2 were, but for some reason, these feel lower. It could be just me.

I will say that It does feel like a completely different shoe during squatting and deadlifting moves, I would put that down to this new Lift and Run Chassis they’ve been talking about. 

It is very noticeable. If you get a chance, try it out for yourself. 

Reebok Nano X3 Vs Nano X2 –

Should I Buy The Nano X2 On a Discount?

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Should you buy the older Reebok Nano X2 (left) or the newer Nano X3 (right)?

As Reebok Nano X3 is the new shoe, you might be wondering how much of a jump ahead is the new model, are you missing much if you just went for the X2? Because I know for a fact, now that the X3 is out you’re probably going to see the X2 on sale for a big discount.

Personally, I feel that the Nano X3 is a significant improvement on the previous X2, and I would go for the Nano X3 over the X2, for no other reason than the fact that this shoe has provided something significant that I haven’t seen done as well in any other shoe.

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Screenshot from the YouTube Review “The Reebok Nano X2 is still a very good shoe…”

The Nano X2 is still a really good shoe, here’s a link to my review of the Reebok Nano X2 if you are interested in it. You’re getting a very good fitness shoe whichever one you go for, but the Nano X3 for me is just that bit better.

If you have the X2 already and are considering an upgrade, I would honestly say try the X3 and see if you feel the difference. If you’re coming from a Nike Metcon and you’re in the market for a new training shoe, the Nano X3 are well worth consideration. 

Reebok Nano X3 – Conclusion and Score

I really hope that Reebok do some more things with this Lift and Run Chassis, because I think it could be a real game changer, you’re literally getting the best of both worlds in one shoe. I really haven’t got anything negative to say about this shoe and it’s probably the most complete shoe I’ve tried in a while. 

The innovation in this shoe is impressive and they’ve not added anything to this newer model that doesn’t give you a better experience.

I’m gonna give the Reebok Nano X3 a 5 out of 5 – This is a first for this channel, no other shoe has had a score like this before. I feel like this shoe really is a game changer for me because it just does everything it promises so well. I think this shoe will do really well.

What shoes do you workout in and what do you think of the Nano X3s?

Let me know in the comments below, 

With that being said, thank you for watching, and I’ll see you on the next one.

Reebok Nano X3 FAQs

Do Reebok Nanos Run True to Size?

In my experience, the Reebok Nano X3 felt true to size. Before I ordered the Nano X3 that I tested in this review, I did read about some people reporting them running small and having to order half a size up. But for me personally, I didn’t have any sizing problems. I ordered my original size without any issues.

How to Clean Reebok Nanos X3

If you have minor stains on them, simply use a soft bristled toothbrush and warm soapy water to remove the stains.

For more serious stains, a cleaner such as this one can do wonders. Just make sure that you follow the instructions carefully.

If the whole shoe needs cleaning, you can put the shoe(s) inside a pillowcase and put them inside the washing machine and run them on a cold setting. And let them air dry.

Are The Reebok Nano X3 Good for Running?

Yes, I found them very good for running. The new ‘Lift and Run Chassis‘ make the running experience a lot better compared to the previous model. I could run for longer without feeling discomfort which is always a welcome bonus.

They’re designed to be a fitness shoe first, but a fitness shoe that is super versatile, so they’ve spent time making them feel more comfortable to run in.

Are the Reebok Nano X3 Better Than Metcons?

In my opinion, the Reebok Nano X3 are better than the Nike Metcons, I don’t know what features the next model of the Metcons will have, but right now, these Reebok Nano X3 are winning.

In my opinion, there hasn’t been a fitness shoe (so far) that executes multi-functionality as well as the Nano X3 do.

Be sure to check out the full review to see more detail.


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Stuart Patrick is a health and fitness lifestyle journalist who writes for ListedFit.com.

“I've spent a lot of time trying to get in shape and change my body and I realised there are so many untruths in the health and fitness industry that can slow down or stop your progress, so I share my knowledge and experience to help others to cut through the BS.”

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