Who should buy the Inov-8 F-Lite 195
The F-Lite 195 is Inov-8's reply to the demands of consumers in the active lifestyle space. This shoe is a solid option if:
- You are looking for a trainer comfortable enough to be worn as day-to-day footwear.
- You are into high-intensity workouts and are looking for a shoe durable enough to withstand such activities.
- You are looking at trying barefoot training and in need of a decent transition shoe.
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.
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.
Snug lacing system
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.
Secured ankle section
The lightly padded collar prevents chafing in the ankle area. It also keeps the foot from sliding out of the shoe during workouts.