Summary

We spent 9.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what training geeks think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The majority of users marveled at the support and comfort provided by the shoe for CrossFit WODs, weightlifting, and gym sessions.
  • The F-Lite 260 Knit received a myriad of compliments for its stylish design.
  • Some testers gave high marks to the trainer’s grippy outsole.
  • The rope protection feature was considered durable, based on several reviews.
  • A few people took note of the sole’s flexible nature.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Several reviewers griped about the product's steep price compared to the other decent cross-trainers on the market

Bottom line

With its high-level performance, stylish look, and comfortable fit, the F-Lite 260 Knit ended up among the top-rated cross-trainers from Inov-8. The shoe was particularly praised by the CrossFit enthusiasts who used it for weightlifting and plyometric exercises.

Facts

Rankings

A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this July

Expert Reviews

92 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 96 / 100 | As Many Reviews As Possible | | Level 5 expert

    Inov-8 knocked it out of the park with these shoes. Easily my new favorite Inov-8 shoe.

  • 90 / 100 | BarBend | | Level 5 expert

    The Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit Trainer was an all-around solid shoe to train in and wear on a daily basis.

  • 89 / 100 | BarBend | | Level 5 expert

    The Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit Trainer is a cross training shoe designed with a slightly higher heel-to-toe drop. Compared to the popular Inov-8 F-Lite 235 V3 Trainer that offers a 4-mm heel-to-toe drop, the 260 Knit Trainer boasts an 8mm heel-to-toe drop. In this review, I took the Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit Trainer through a variety of tests to see how it performed compared to the best cross training shoes on the market. One thing I really enjoy about the Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit Trainer is the durable knit outer construction matched with the Dynamic Fascia Band (DFB) outsole. The outer construction of the Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit Trainer is composed of multiple materials. The outsole is one of my favorite features on this shoe and is, in my opinion, the star player of the Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit Trainer. The only real performance drawback with the Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit Trainer, which will subject to the user, is the 8mm heel-to-toe drop. The price of the Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit Trainer comes out to $140.00, which is on the higher end for cross training shoes. If you love Inov-8 cross training shoes and want a versatile shoe with a knit outer construction, then the F-Lite 260 Knit Trainer will be a good fit for you.

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The Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit is a new incarnation of the F-Lite 260 cross-training shoe. Designed for rigorous CrossFit and HIIT workouts, the trainer also accommodates short-distance running and weightlifting exercises.

The upper unit features a revamp in the form of a new knitted fabric. It hugs the foot for a more comfortable sock-like fit than the mesh material in the original version.

UPDATE: In the fall of 2019, the "G" version of the trainer was released. It retains the construction of the original shoe but introduces a G-Grip outsole. This unit is instilled with graphene, the world's strongest material yet. It is claimed to make the outsole twice more durable, grippy, and flexible. If you'd like to experience the G yourself, be sure to select the model with the "G Grip" mark on the lateral heel area.

In the original 260 Knit version of the shoe, the platform is shielded by the Sticky Grip rubber compound. It is meant to provide improved traction on both indoor and outdoor surfaces even in wet conditions. As for the G 260 Knit iteration, it features a graphene-infused rubber which is meant to be even more grippy and wear-resistant. 

A variety of horizontal and vertical Meta-Flex grooves allow the footwear to bend in multiple directions together with the foot.

Part of the outsole also extends up to create a toe bumper at the front of the shoe. It guards the toes against the impact caused by plyometric exercises.

The cushioning in the F-Lite 260 Knit is ensured by the Powerflow midsole. Compared to a regular EVA foam, it is made to provide a 10% better shock-absorption in the heel and a 15% more energy return in the forefoot.

A 6-mm Power Footbed offers extra padding. It can be easily removed for firmer and more grounded foot placement.

The footgear also makes use of Inov-8’s Dynamic Fascia Band shank. Its shape and mechanism are crafted to mimic the windlass effect to give the wearer an additional push upon the toe-off. 

Similarly to all CrossFit shoes from Inov-8, the Rope-Tec reinforcements are present in the midfoot portion of the sole to accommodate rope climbing. They deliver grip by biting the rope on the ascend and protect the platform from abrasion upon the descent.

A breathable and stretchy knit material is used for the main coverage of the Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit. It aims to offer a natural and ergonomic fit as well as unhindered foot movement.

A thick synthetic overlay wraps the rearfoot firmly to prevent the foot from wobbling during weightlifting and plyometrics. The lateral support is enhanced by the External Heel Cage. It features TPU panels on both sides of the heel for stability.

The midfoot of the trainer is secured by the Rope-Tec rubber overlays. They work together with the Rope-Tec on the sole to provide 360-degree protection and grip during rope climbs.

The lockdown of the foot is delivered by a traditional lace-up closure. The shoe uses flat laces as they distribute pressure across the instep more evenly than round ones.

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.

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