Review: Reebok ZQuick TR

I know what you’re thinking…”Where’s the Crossfit Lite TR review?!”…Don’t worry, it’s coming.  I want to do something a little different with that one, so I’m going to hold off on it for a little bit.  But if you really can’t wait, the Lite TR is probably my new favorite crossfit shoe.

In the meantime, I brought you the super duper quick review of the abysmal Reebok Crossfit Sprint TR.  I really wanted to like it, because I think it’s one of the better looking designs that Reebok has come up with, but it’s narrow unstable platform is unacceptable.  Interestingly enough, I had ordered the Reebok ZQuick TR’s to just have as a comparison shoe to the Sprint TR, but ended up feeling like it was the superior shoe!  Right after the unboxing, I put the ZQuick on my left and the Sprint on my right.  I was blown away by how much more stable and solid the platform of the ZQuick was over the Sprint.  My decision to send back the Sprint took all of 30 minutes and I don’t regret it one bit.

ZQuick TR

Looks:

If Nano’s, Sprint’s and Speeds got together and made a love child, this would be it.  The ZQuick TR sports the same kind of Duracage material touted as “Nanoweb”,  found on the Nano 3.0’s and Sprints, but has more of a “Spider-Man” type webbing pattern to it.  It feels the same to the touch, but this pattern probably lends itself to better flexibility of the shoe while maintaining its protective properties.  I personally LOVE the way they look; very sleek and high tech looking in the black colorway.  The Reebok logo on the side is a little big for my tastes, taking away from the overall neat look of the shoe, but I like the delta logo so I’ll give that a pass.  There are a couple of reflective strips on the backs of the shoes for night time running, not that I do running.   Not a fan of the inside, rear part of the shoe that is not covered by the Nanoweb, I don’t know why this part isn’t covered but it looks a little cheap-o.  The fabric is the same kind that they use on the Reebok ONE Trainer, versus the heavier kind they use on Nano’s.

ZQuick TR Details

Performance:

The workout today included burpees, box jumps, and power snatches.  Not one time did I think twice about the shoe I was wearing.  This is a good thing.  The more I can focus on my WOD and less on what shoes I’m wearing, the better.  My biggest gripe about the Nano Speeds were that they were laterally unstable, due to the amount of cushioning in them.   I’m not a fan of running in normal Nano’s and sometimes the toebox isn’t long enough.  The Sprint’s were too narrow and tall for any training, possibly even for running.  There isn’t a single thing that I feel like I wouldn’t be comfortable doing in the ZQuick TR’s.  It has enough support, stability, flexibility and lightness to make it one of the most versatile shoes for crossfit.  And yes, it handles the rope just fine.  Let’s be honest; Yes,  it’s a rip off of Nike Free’s.  Where it differentiates itself from Free’s is that the platform is solid, not overly soft but not brutally minimal either, yet still just as flexible.  Looks like all that tech from Nano’s is starting to trickle down…

Weight is 8.5 grams.  That’s light.  Not so sure about the heel to toe drop or height, but it feels very similar to Nano’s, possibly millimeters taller.

ZQuick TR Instep

Fit:

Instantly comfortable.  The toebox is nice and roomy and the shoe is pointed rather than flat up front, so that your second toe doesn’t jam into the front (i.e. Nano).  Unlike the Sprint TR, the midfoot isn’t tightrope skinny, but it’s not Chuck Taylor wide either; your foot feels like its being cradled inside the shoe.  The removable Ortholite insole adds a nice amount of padding, similar to Nano’s. I would even dare to say it’s the same.  My normal Reebok sizing worked fine for me, size 9’s fit me like a glove.

ZQuick TR Bottom

Value:

At 90 bucks, I’d have a hard time recommending Nano’s over these to the casual crossfitter.  Hell, at that price, the ZQuick TR is a worthy addition to just about any level crossfitters shoe arsenal.  If you’re an L-1 and part of the ReebokONE program, it’s a MUST BUY.  The Reebok ZQuick TR handily replaces the ONE Trainer as the best deal in crossfit (without even being a crossfit shoe), for everyone besides the very wide footed.

Conclusion:

This is the shoe that the Nano Speed’s and the Sprint TR’s should have been.  I’m actually glad that this shoe doesn’t don the crossfit name though, because that would have driven the price of this shoe up.  Look past the ZQuick’s copy cat ways and you’ll find a well made, capable shoe for all your crossfit or cross-training needs, at a fraction of the price of some of the more popular choices.

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14 comments

  1. Had the ZQuick’s but they just don’t last very long. 2 weeks in doing nothing but basically walking in them and a few workouts I went to do a workout including double unders and by the time I was finished I had to pull 2 pieces of the sole totally off as they started peeling off in the middle of the workout.

    The sprint might not be the most comfortable or stable shoe, but at least it won’t fall apart a few weeks in.

    1. Damn, I’m sorry to hear that! Did you contact Reebok for the warranty, they’re pretty good about things like that. I’ve put a bunch of miles on my ZQuick TR’s and they seem to be holding up.
      I might eventually go back and try the Sprint out again.

  2. Nice write-up, I have been debating one purchasing a pair of these ever since the commercials debuted. I do CrossFit every morning usually lasts an hour with warm-up and my run activity thrown in there whether its 1/4 mile sprints or up to a 2 mile run for time. I try to follow my workout with a game of basketball, or some type of sport for about another hour. I have been looking for a comfortable, durable, and attractive shoe. I need a combination shoe that I can run in, play basketball in, and conduct my WODs in, and this review is the icing on the cake for me. Thanks!

    1. Awesome, glad you like them! I’ve got a ton of gym shoes (in the 20’s), but I also spend pretty much all my time in the gym too. That being said, I have my main everyday shoes, my rarer colors that I’ll save for competitions, and specialty shoes.

  3. Thanks for the review, I got myself a pair after reading it. However, I feel that the shows are half size too big for me. When I compared it with my nano 3, I notice that the sole part is actually longer, so I am exchanging it for a smaller size. Thanks again for the review!

    1. That’s unfortunate to hear, I had to size my ZQuicks a half down from my 3.0’s. Glad to hear that you’re still getting them though! Thanks for reading.

    1. Hmm, thats interesting to hear. I’ve worn mine a lot without any kind of failures in which to speak of. I hope it’s just a fluke and your second pair is good, otherwise Reebok is awesome about their warranty!

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