Summary

We spent 9.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what training geeks think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Many reviewers liked how comfortable and light the Inov-8 F-Lite 195 was for everyday use.
  • A good number of fitness aficionados commented that it was very stable during lifting and squatting
  • Numerous people who are into high-intensity workouts claimed that it was durable.
  • Some gym-goers mentioned that it provided adequate support during cross-training.
  • A few users stated that it was a suitable transition footwear for those who are interested in barefoot training.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few people did not appreciate the removable insole shifting around during the training sessions.
  • A small number of buyers commented that the forefoot area of the upper easily developed a crease, which eventually became a hole.

Bottom line

The Inov-8 F-Lite 195 impressed a lot of people because it was lightweight, comfortable and durable. Its low-profile design was appreciated for squats and lifting and was deemed an appropriate transition shoe to barefoot training.

But despite the many positive reviews, there were some who were not happy with the flimsy construction of the trainer. Still, the footwear delighted many fitness enthusiasts because it served well as versatile CrossFit footwear.

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The F-Lite 195 is a lightweight CrossFit trainer from Inov-8, designed to meet the demands of people who lead an active lifestyle. It is equipped with a supportive Met-Cradle in the upper, a lightweight EVA midsole, and a durable stricky rubber outsole.

The F-Lite 195 has a rubber outsole that is durable and flexible. It has a sticky nature that allows it to function well on wet surfaces and uneven terrains.

The Meta-Flex system has grooves that are found in the forefoot area. They align with the metatarsals to maximize the bending capacity of the foot.

The Fascia Band is a feature that mimics the function of the plantar fascia to make the sole more reactive, thus propelling the foot forward with less energy. It has strips of rubber that start at the heel area and spread to the forefoot.

The medial and lateral portions of the outsole feature the RopeTec technology. It is designed to grip onto ropes and prevent the shoe from sliding down too much while rope climbing.

The F-Lite 195 utilizes the IMEVA foam. This type of cushion is lightweight, durable, and is designed to absorb the shock with each step.

The shoe also features a removable 3 mm foam insole that adds another layer of comfort and shock attenuation to protect the foot during intense workouts.

At the back portion of the midsole, below the Inov-8 logo, is the 1 Arrow Shoc-Zone marking. According to the company, this single arrow indicates a medium level of cushioning, responsiveness, and speed.

The upper of the Inov-8 F-Lite 195 uses a breathable and fast drying material. This fabric not only keeps the inside well ventilated, but it also makes it easier to keep the shoe clean. The toe area features a synthetic overlay that protects it from abrasion during high-intensity workouts.

A traditional lacing system helps in keeping the foot securely in place. The lightly padded tongue has a small slot through which the round laces pass to keep it from sliding to the sides.

A Met-Cradle thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) webbing system wraps the side panels. It extends from the base of the midfoot area to the eyelets of the lacing system. It acts as a cage that adheres to the tightening and loosening of the shoelaces. This material also reinforces the lace-holes and protects the lateral and medial sections of the upper during rope climbs.

The lightly padded collar prevents chafing in the ankle area. It also keeps the foot from sliding out of the shoe during workouts.

The shoe’s upper undergoes a significant transformation in the second iteration of the model. The F-Lite 195 v2 features a sleeker style with the help of nylon mesh and hidden Met-Cradle overlays.

Author
Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick is a powerlifter who believes cardio comes in the form of more heavy ass squats. Based on over 1.5 million lifts done at competitions, his PRs place him as an elite level powerlifter. His PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Forbes, Bodybuilding.com, Elite Daily and the like. Collaborating along the way with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.

nick@runrepeat.com