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The Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v2 is a cross-training shoe with a minimalist style. Its low-to-the-ground design with a 0-mm drop is meant to deliver a barefoot-like experience throughout the workout. At the same time, its rubber outsole protects the foot from the elements on the ground.
The outsole of the Bare-XF 210 v2 is made from a sticky rubber that allows it to grip surfaces during workouts. This compound prevents slippage on wet surfaces, thus preventing injuries. The material is durable, has a high abrasion resistance, absorbs impact, and is resistant to oil and grease.
This shoe features the Meta-Flex, a horizontal groove that gives the forefoot more bend and flexibility. This technology makes it easier for the forefoot to push forward in movements such as sprints and plyometrics.
It is not advisable to use the shoe in rough terrains if the user is not accustomed to barefoot training as even a small pebble is felt underfoot because of the thin outsole.
The Bare-XF 210 v2 lacks a fixed midsole because of its minimalistic design. Instead, it uses a 3 mm Power Footbed insole that is designed to absorb impact. The use of this type of insole lets the shoe stick to its barefoot-training design while still providing a bit of protection and cushion to the underfoot. The sole unit of this trainer features a 0-mm heel-to-toe differential.
Those who favor zero-drop shoes but require a bit more underfoot cushioning can also check out the Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2. Still considered to be minimalist due to its flexibility and weight, this shoe has an 11-mm stack height which offers more padding to the wearer.
The Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v2 employs a breathable mesh fabric that keeps the foot well ventilated. Along with the wide profile, the stretchable mesh fabric allows it to accommodate different foot shapes. The front of the footwear features an Italian blown rubber bumper which comes in handy for the overall protection of the toes.
It has synthetic overlays that protect the mesh material in critical areas. They form an external clip that cups and locks the back of the foot in place. This type of support makes the foot feel steady during dynamic training movements.
At the side panels, the Rope-Tec technology can be seen. The material grips the rope so the wearer doesn’t easily slip down during the activity. It also integrates with the Met-Cradle lacing system which provides a natural but secure fit. When the laces are tightened, the panels are drawn in closer to the foot, thereby enhancing the lateral support in the midfoot.