Inov-8 Training Shoes

F-Lite 245  

First Impressions: Wow is this shoe light and flexible!

Definitely a minimalist style training shoe. If you’re really into proprioception, this is your shoe. The upper is made out of a breathable knit material that keeps your feet cool and feels good around the foot. Because the midsole isn’t as high as other shoes and the drop is only 3mm, you definitely feel closer to the ground.

I love these shoes when I’m doing bodyweight movements or lifting light (not that I can lift heavy anyways). Once I start adding weight the shoes feel less stable than say a Metcon or Nano. And unless you’re proficient at forefoot striking when running, you won’t want to log too many miles in these.

Overall, this is a lightweight, flexible minimalist shoe for that think less is more.



F-Lite 270  

First Impressions: Snug! Lightweight, cushioned. NoBull?

Although they look a lot like another cross trainer on the market (ahem Nobull), they're lighter and they have more cushion.

It's definitely a low profile shoe - you feel closer to the ground which I like. The flex is good: not too much, not too little. It feels stable enough for the amount of weight I lift but if you're going heavy often you'll want to level up to something more supportive.

I’m pretty much a size 9.5 all the way around (Nanos, Metcons, Nobulls, etc.), some versions fit a little smaller, some more narrow, but I’ve never had to deviate from a size 9.5. I did for this shoe, I needed a size 10 so be sure to size up.

Overall this is a solid choice that you can run in for short distances. If you're looking for a lightweight shoe with cushion, or just want to try something different you'll be happy with the F-Lite 270.

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