Reebok Nano 5.0 vs Nike Metcon 1

If you’re into Martial Arts and Fitness, then you know it can put your body through it. Throw CrossFit into the mix and you might just be a goner. One thing that should be a staple is a good pair of shoes.  Reebok and Nike have a wide variety of CrossFit shoes on offer that provide both comfort and stability for all your workouts. CrossFit as the name implies crosses over and incorporates various aspects of training and fitness regimes. CrossFit shoes are designed to keep up with you and your workouts ensuring your feet are well taken care of. The following review will compare the Reebok Nano 5.0 against the Nike Metcon 1 and assess which one is best for you.

Nike and Reebok- An Overview

Nike, Inc. is an American multinational corporation that is involved in the design, development, manufacturing and worldwide marketing and sales of footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories and services. The company has its headquarters situated near Beaverton, Oregon, and is one of the world’s biggest distributors of athletic shoes and apparel. 

Reebok International Ltd. is a global athletic footwear and apparel company. Reebok manufactures and distributes fitness and sports items including shoes and is an official sponsor for CrossFit.

Price Comparison – Reebok Nano 5.0 vs Nike Metcon 1

Starting off with the Reebok Nano 5.0, this typically retails between $59-$79 dependent on website and sometimes colour of the model.

Coming in at a slightly higher price is the Nike Metcon 1 which typically retails from $70 and up.

Breakdown of Features

First feature up for comparison is that of looks.

The Visual Aspect

Whilst beauty is in the eye of the beholder, companies have some degree of knowledge of what appeals to a general market. The Reebok Nano 5.0 tends to stick to a mesh like design and comes in a variety of colors and patterns.

The Nike Metcon 1 shoes seem to have that “it” factor that the former just doesn’t have. From more striking and bold colors and a seemingly more streamlined design, the Metcon 1 demands attention and a closer inspection.

Toughness and stability

The Reebok Nano 5.0 has taken robustness and reinforcement of their shoes to the next level in this model. Utilising Kevlar (the material famously associated with Bullet Proof Vests) as the primary building material, these shoes are both incredibly tough and unbelievably lightweight.  In addition, the Nano 5.0 has an updated and re-engineered midsole that serves to fit your feet more closely and contribute even more support.

A Flywire technology is used in the Nike Metcon 1’s which provides similar support to that of the Nano’s but with decreased bulkiness. The Metcons are cushioned so as to give you a firm and flat feel in the heel, perfect for running and weightlifting.  These shoes tend to be very wide than compared to the Nano’s but both offer similar levels of stability.


As CrossFit demands a lot from you, your shoes need to keep up the pace and work well on many surfaces and textures. The Reebok Nano 5.0 possess a sticky rubber outsole which enables sure footing and comfort on many a surface. The Nano’s are especially useful for rope climbing.

The flywire technology present in the Metcon 1’s also assists in the grip of the shoes. Each lace loop is attached to the sole of the shoe to give maximum strength. The system provides a quality grip when fully laced up and this is easily one of the best on the market.


Unlike the former 4.0’s. the Nano 5.0’s has done away with the rubber upper. In turn, this allows your feet to stay cool much more easily. Combining this with the Kevlar reinforcement this allows for a lightweight and breathable shoe for your feet.

The Nike Metcon 1’s possesses a lightweight mesh feature at the top part of the toe box, giving a nice breathability feature. Also, large holes are present at the bottom of the model. This increases breathability and the overlaying mesh provides dirt protection too.

Evaluation and Ratings of Features

  • For the visual impact I rate the Nano 5.0’s a respectable 3.5. Taking the lead is the Metcon 1’s with 4.5. The Metcon 1’s take the lead due to their more slim and vibrant aesthetic.
  • The Nano 5.0’s come out on top for toughness and stability with a 4.5. The newly utilised Kevlar gives it the edge over the 3.5 score of the Metcon 1’s.
  • Grip in both shoes is substantial and adequate for many activities and surfaces. Therefore, both receive a 4.0.
  • Breathability goes to the Nano 5.0’s coming in at 4.5 whilst the Metcon 1’s receive a respectable 3.5.

Final Remarks

Overall, I believe the Reebok Nano 5.0’s come out on top. Whilst they are a cheaper model than compared to the Nike Metcon 1’s, they make up for this in value for money and great features. From its superior structural support and traction on several surfaces, the Nano 5.0’s are a great deal. While it may lack in style it most certainly delivers in substance. Go that extra mile with the Reebok Nano 5.0’s, it’ll be the comfiest mile guaranteed.

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