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Weight: Men 6.9oz / Women 6.9oz
Base model: Inov-8 F-Lite 195
Use: Crossfit / Gym / Cross-training
Heel to toe drop: Men 3mm / Women 3mm

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  • The Inov-8 F-Lite 195 Classic is the renewed version of the brand’s first and most popular cross-trainer. The new model retains the well-established technologies of the F-Lite 195 but serves them under a fresh, more understated upper design. The branding has been removed, and the color options are more reserved.
  • While the original shoe used mesh as the primary upper material, the new iteration is offered in two variations: a suede one and a knit one. The Met-Cradle polyurethane (PU) overlays are still present on the midfoot to add structure and support. 
  • The footwear keeps the Sticky rubber compound on the outsole. It extends up on both sides of the midfoot section to form the Rope-Tec feature which protects the platform during rope climbs.

The Inov-8 F-Lite 195 Classic can be obtained in both men’s and women’s sizes and cater to an average-sized foot. Based on Inov-8’s Fit Scale, the trainer is marked as 2. It implies that the shoe is designed to be close-fitting in both the forefoot and the heel. Both suede and knit versions are meant to create a snug fit for the foot.

The brand’s Sticky rubber makes up the outsole unit of the Inov-8 F-Lite 195 Classic. Originally designed for trail running shoes, this rubber is able to perform on all sorts of surfaces, including wet ones.

The arrangement of lugs and grooves was engineered to enhance propulsion. This pattern also allows the footgear to freely bend with the foot in multiple directions.

A midfoot portion of the Sticky rubber extends up to create the Rope-Tec. This compound hugs the sole on both sides, guarding it against abrasion during rope climbs.

The F-Lite 195 Classic keeps the injection molded EVA (IMEVA) midsole of the original version. It is a lightweight and flexible foam which cushions the underfoot, protecting it from the impact during a training session.

Inside the shoe is a 3-mm footbed. It is added for an extra layer of cushioning but can be easily removed if a firmer platform is needed.

The heel-to-toe drop is still 3 mm. Such a flat foot disposition allows the wearer to feel more stable and in control when cross-training.

The Inov-8 F-Lite 195 Classic is available in two upper variations: one is covered in a breathable knit fabric, while the other features a suede exterior. Both materials aim to provide a comfortable and snug fit.

The Met-Cradle is used on both options. It is comprised of polyurethane (PU) overlays on the lateral and medial sides of the trainer. The overlays stretch from the sole up to the eyelets to give structure to the facade and add support to the foot. Their design also adds a sleek touch to the overall look of the model.

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