Who should buy the Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v3

You are very likely to benefit from this Inov-8 training shoe if prefer exceptionally lightweight, barefoot-like shoes with a sensitive ground feel. It is a perfect choice for those who value and practice natural movement.

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Who should NOT buy the shoe

Minimalist shoes require a certain level of foot strength from the wearer which could be lacking among beginners and people with injuries of foot conditions. In that case, a more cushioned shoe would be more appropriate. Consider the Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v3 or the Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 instead.

Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v3 vs. 210 v2

Both models from Inov-8 are designed to be minimalist cross-training shoes. The third version banked on the previous iteration's feedback and weaknesses for improvements. Here is what got better in the newer version:

  • More airflow from the seamless 3D air mesh upper
  • Enhanced forefoot protection from welded TPU layers

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Barefoot-like comfort

Reviewers find the Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v3 comfortable for daily training. Some even said that it was like a second skin that they forget they have it on. There is no cushioning underfoot and the only layer of padding you have between the foot and the rubber outsole is a 3-mm footbed.

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The Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v3's lightness

The Bare-XF 210 v3 feels barely there weight-wise, which numerous wearers have confirmed. Weighing 210 g per shoe it is ridiculously lightweight compared to the average 300 g of cross-training shoes.

The fact that it is also highly breathable even in the hottest conditions makes it less noticeable on the foot too.

Sturdy and long-lasting

This training shoe from Inov-8 is crafted from durable materials and has excellent craftsmanship. The reviewers claim that it remains resistant to abrasion even in the most demanding activities like rope climbs.

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Remarkable flexibility

Thanks to its pliable upper and soles, it shapes after the foot's natural movements.

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Lateral support could be improved in this Inov-8 trainer

The problem with this minimalist upper is that it doesn't offer much hold, especially when it comes to aggressive side-to-side movements. As one expert noticed, there was "a little bit of overhang with [his] foot when driving through the foot laterally."

Barefoot-like ground contact

Several lifters who prefer minimal lifting shoes find its low-to-the-ground construction beneficial for lifting.

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Outstanding grip

Its outsole grips the floor during fast-paced moves, keeping the wearer upright throughout dynamic workouts.

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Bare-XF 210 v3 is a looker

In addition to all of its functional features, this Inov-8 shoe is also very visually appealing. Athletes adore its clean minimalist aesthetics.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 7.4oz
Drop: 0mm
Use: Crossfit / Gym / Cross-training
Width: Normal, Wide
Features: Lightweight / Low drop / Minimalist
BRAND Brand: Inov-8
Toebox: Medium

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Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years 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 Bodybuilding.com, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.