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inov-8 F-Lite™ 230

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  • An elite, lightweight racing flat from inov-8® that's ideal for hard pack mountain terrain and short distance races.
  • A lightweight shoe that is ideal for racing as well as for training.
  • Breathable synthetic mesh uppers.
  • Lacing system is attached to TPU supports for a better, more even fit.
  • Lightly padded tongue and collar, as well as contoured heel cup for added comfort.
  • Textile lining offers a great step-in feel.
  • Met-Cradle™ webbing ensures a secure lock down over the footbed, while maintaining natural metatarsal alignment.
  • Footbed Thickness: 3mm.
  • 2 Arrow Shoc-Zone™ provides low underfoot protection, supplying the most through the mid-foot and forefoot strike. It is ideal for intermediate runners and for more advanced runners.
  • Midsole Thickness:
    Heel/Forefoot: 13mm/ 7mm.
    Midsole Differential: 6mm.
  • Advanced Meta-Flex™ technology is anatomically aligned in front of the metatarsal heads for more natural forefoot flex.
  • Dynamic Fascia Band™ (DFB) mimics the "windlass" effect, transferring a jolt of energy with each step, promoting a faster, more efficient stride.
  • F-Lite sole delivers maximum traction on hard pack terrain.
  • Sticky rubber outsole was created using rock climbing rubber technology to maximize traction in wet conditions. It has an average lifespan of 600 miles.
  • Performance™ fit helps minimize internal movement when contouring, ascending and descending. This makes it ideal for racing on any terrain, as well as great for other off-road activities.
  • 9.15 oz.
  • Measurements:
    • Weight: 10 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size UK 11 (US Men's 12, US Women's 13.5), width Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.

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Fit Survey:

68% Felt true to size
  • 4% Full size too large
  • 21% Half size too Large
  • 68% True to size
  • 6% Half size too small
  • 1% Full size too small
81% Felt true to width
  • 81% Felt true to width
  • 18% Felt narrower than marked
  • 2% Felt wider than marked
50% Moderate arch support
  • 14% Excellent arch support
  • 50% Moderate arch support
  • 37% No arch support

Item Information

  • Video Description View the Video Description for this product! (Please note that the color shown in the video may no longer be available.)
  • An elite, lightweight racing flat from inov-8® that's ideal for hard pack mountain terrain and short distance races.
  • A lightweight shoe that is ideal for racing as well as for training.
  • Breathable synthetic mesh uppers.
  • Lacing system is attached to TPU supports for a better, more even fit.
  • Lightly padded tongue and collar, as well as contoured heel cup for added comfort.
  • Textile lining offers a great step-in feel.
  • Met-Cradle™ webbing ensures a secure lock down over the footbed, while maintaining natural metatarsal alignment.
  • Footbed Thickness: 3mm.
  • 2 Arrow Shoc-Zone™ provides low underfoot protection, supplying the most through the mid-foot and forefoot strike. It is ideal for intermediate runners and for more advanced runners.
  • Midsole Thickness:
    Heel/Forefoot: 13mm/ 7mm.
    Midsole Differential: 6mm.
  • Advanced Meta-Flex™ technology is anatomically aligned in front of the metatarsal heads for more natural forefoot flex.
  • Dynamic Fascia Band™ (DFB) mimics the "windlass" effect, transferring a jolt of energy with each step, promoting a faster, more efficient stride.
  • F-Lite sole delivers maximum traction on hard pack terrain.
  • Sticky rubber outsole was created using rock climbing rubber technology to maximize traction in wet conditions. It has an average lifespan of 600 miles.
  • Performance™ fit helps minimize internal movement when contouring, ascending and descending. This makes it ideal for racing on any terrain, as well as great for other off-road activities.
  • 9.15 oz.
  • Measurements:
    • Weight: 10 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size UK 11 (US Men's 12, US Women's 13.5), width Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
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Customer Reviews

inov-8 F-Lite™ 230

Average rating is 5 out of 5 from a total of 649 reviews.

Top Positive Review

12 people found this review helpful.

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These are probably the most comfortable all-around workout shoes I've tried. They're a nice halfway point between shoes that normal human beings who don't have shoe fetishes wear and the barefoot, minimalist wonders that are currently in vogue with all the people who believe it's gotta be the shoes. (I'm looking at you, Crossfit geeks.) Fit nicely. Just enough cushion for comfort. Just flat enough for good stability. Be warned: They're not even remotely water resistant, and they can show signs of wear relatively quickly (fraying at some of the seams, tread wears out sooner than expected, etc.), but it's nothing that's a deal breaker. I also own a pair of Inov-8 Barefoot 210s because I am a Crossfit geek with an unhealthy shoe fetish who always wants to be in vogue. But if you want a shoe that you can wear to and from the gym, as well as IN the gym, I'd say go with the F-Lites. They're just a great all-around show.

Read more » « Show less August 30, 2012 by Trevor B
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Top Critical Review

2 people found this review helpful.

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I tried a few of the inov-8 line, all with the universal fitting for a woman's size 8 wide shoe. All these shoes were so very narrow they were impossible to wear. Beautiful shoe though, just no way it would fit.

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12 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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These are probably the most comfortable all-around workout shoes I've tried. They're a nice halfway point between shoes that normal human beings who don't have shoe fetishes wear and the barefoot, minimalist wonders that are currently in vogue with all the people who believe it's gotta be the shoes. (I'm looking at you, Crossfit geeks.) Fit nicely. Just enough cushion for comfort. Just flat enough for good stability. Be warned: They're not even remotely water resistant, and they can show signs of wear relatively quickly (fraying at some of the seams, tread wears out sooner than expected, etc.), but it's nothing that's a deal breaker. I also own a pair of Inov-8 Barefoot 210s because I am a Crossfit geek with an unhealthy shoe fetish who always wants to be in vogue. But if you want a shoe that you can wear to and from the gym, as well as IN the gym, I'd say go with the F-Lites. They're just a great all-around show.

Fit Survey

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Moderate arch support

  • from Ouray, CO
12 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Awesome shoe, but the sizes run a little big. You should go about 1/2-full size smaller than what you normally would.

Fit Survey

Runs Small

Runs Large

Felt a half size larger than marked

Runs Narrow

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Poor Support

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No arch support

  • from Tokyo, Japan
11 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Love my F-lite 230s. I also own a pair of 195s, and I have to say although I like the lighter weight in the 195s, if you are looking for an all around shoe for crossfit, the 230 is it. For me, the few extra millimeters in the heel make a big difference on movements such as overhead squats. Love the grey/black and can't wait for the new colors to come out, cause I'll be buying more.

Fit Survey

Runs Small

Runs Large

Felt true to size

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

Felt true to width

Poor Support

Great Support

Moderate arch support

  • from Crossfit Memphis/Faction
7 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Great shoe! Perfect for CrossFit. Okay for sprints and short runs if you are transitioning to a more natural/low differential type shoe. Not much cushioning, but I still love it.

I'd also recommend: Brooks Cadence running shoes. Perfect shoe to complete the needs of someone that CrossFits AND runs.

Fit Survey

Runs Small

Runs Large

Felt a half size larger than marked

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

Felt true to width

Poor Support

Great Support

Moderate arch support

6 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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These are my first low-rise running shoes. I used these to run the 12 mile Tough Mudder race, and they were absolutely perfect. They drained quickly after water events, gave me great traction on the trails and on climbing obstacles, caused no problems when swimming, and never came close to coming off in the deepest mud. I wore these without socks (to avoid turf-foot), and didn't have a single blister or sore spot. These shoes are great.

Fit Survey

Runs Small

Runs Large

Felt true to size

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

Felt narrower than marked

Poor Support

Great Support

No arch support

  • from Los Angeles
$110.00

Width: Medium

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