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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
  • 2% Full size too small
81% Felt true to width
  • 81% Felt true to width
  • 18% Felt narrower than marked
  • 2% Felt wider than marked
49% Moderate arch support
  • 14% Excellent arch support
  • 49% 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 656 reviews.

Top Positive Review

13 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.

Read more » « Show less March 24, 2012 by Anonymous
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Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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The shoe is great. I bought a pair as a gift for someone and they loved how comfortable and light they are. Great shoe for everyday or working out. I bought myself the same pair and love them.

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Excellent arch support

  • from Fresno, CA
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Super light, decent padding, very mild arch support. I have a lot of trouble finding a pair of shoes that doesn't interfere with my low arch. Most running shoes will poke me in the arch of the foot and cause significant discomfort. These shoes have very mild arch support, making them ideal for anyone with flatter-than-average feet. I have noticed that I have some discomfort if I tie them somewhat tight (the contour of the shoe changes, affecting my step), so that's why I docked them one star on comfort. I've taken them for several runs averaging about 3 miles each, have biked with them, and have done a short hike with them. I wouldn't do a long hike with them, but they're great for short trail runs. I've also worn them in casual situations, like walking around the airport and around malls and they're decently comfortable for that.

I'd also recommend: New Balance

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  • from Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!
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I bought these as a potential shoe to wear while venturing out on a Round-The-World (RTW) trip. I needed something that was fashionable, discreet, comfortable, lightweight, and would hold up over time and against the elements. The inov-8 were simply way too narrow. While they had a lot else going for them, my foot felt like it was an orange being juiced. Still probably a great workout shoe though.

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Felt a full size smaller than marked

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Poor Support

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Moderate arch support

  • from NYC
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I love both the 195s and 155s but I was a little hesitant to try the 230s after not loving (at all!) the 220s. Fortunately, these turned out much better! I listened to the other reviewers who said to go down 1/2 size and the fit is great. I wear a ladies 9 in almost everything with the exception of a couple of brands, but the 8 1/2 in this shoe is perfect. If you have wide feet, you may not like this one- the toe box is a little narrow, but not more so than the 195s.

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  • from Florida
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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These shoes are my favorite pair in my lifetime! So lightweight, comfortable, and a good looking shoe too. They ran a 1/2 size big for me, I wear a size 12.5 (womens) had to return the first pair (size 13) and get a half size smaller (12.5).

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

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