Facts

  • Use

    Workout

    Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes

    CrossFit

    Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes

    Weightlifting

    Heavy-duty shoes with a wedge and an elevated heel that create a sturdy platform and promote ankle mobility. See weightlifting shoes

    Walking

    Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes

  • Arch support

    Neutral

    For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes

    Stability

    For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes

    Motion control

    Shoes feature stabilizing technologies for people with severe overpronation. See motion control training shoes

    Good to know

    Stability and motion control add-ons are uncommon for workout shoes and are never present in CrossFit or weightlifting footwear. They are mostly found in walking shoes where the gait is easier to correct.

  • Price
    $125
  • Weight
    Men: 8.1oz

    Weight

    Training footwear typically weighs between 200g and 300g per shoe to accommodate agile workouts. Minimalist trainers go as low as 150g, while weightlifting shoes can go as high as 500g.

  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 3mm
  • Width
    Men: Standard
    Women: Standard
  • Release date
    Jan 2019
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    I think the 230s are an excellent shoe and I highly recommend them.

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Updates to Inov-8 F-Lite 230

  • The Inov-8 F-Lite 230 was created as a multi-purpose training shoe which could be sported for jumping, running, lifting weights, or any other activity involved in a typical CrossFit WOD. First released in 2009, it was warmly welcomed by the cross-training community. Ten years later, it comes back with a few significant improvements for enhanced performance.
  • The bottom part of the trainer is now guarded by the revolutionary G-Grip outsole. Made with the world’s strongest material called graphene, it delivers a more durable and grippier outsole unit than the standard rubber one. For those who favor gum outsoles, this model is also available in a gum variant.
  • It retains the low-profile midsole with a 3-mm drop which places the foot closer to the ground, amplifying a sense of control and stability. The midsole features the Powerflow foam compound which offers cushioning for running and high-impact activities.
  • The shoe features a breathable 3D Air Mesh Upper to keep the foot chamber dry and well-ventilated during high-intensity workouts. The material is reinforced by TPU overlays on the sides for structure and durability.

Size and fit

The Inov-8 F-Lite 230 was designed specifically for men. It is offered in a range of sizes which follow standard measurements regarding length. The shoe’s width is D – Medium but it was crafted based on the brand’s Precision Fit. It is form-fitting in both the heel and forefoot sections and caters to athletes with standard and narrower foot dimensions.

Outsole

The underside of the shoe features the company’s proprietary G-Grip or Graphene Grip compound. Known as the world’s toughest material, graphene is claimed to increase the outsole’s durability, abrasion-resistance, and elasticity by 50%, compared to a conventional rubber one. It is also stated to deliver stronger traction on all kinds of indoor and outdoor surfaces. Inov-8 pioneered the use of graphene in athletic footwear in its F-Lite G 290 Crossfit shoe.    

The midfoot portion of the outsole extends up on both sides, hugging the midsole. It is part of the Rope-Tec technology that shields the platform during rope climbs.

The outsole of the F-Lite 230 is lined with strategically-placed flex grooves, including the META-FLEX groove. The former ensure flexibility along the entire length of the unit, while the latter aids in the forefoot bending.

Midsole

The F-Lite 230 makes sure that the foot stays cushioned by incorporating the Powerflow foam midsole. It protects the foot against impact throughout training and running sessions.

The sole is constructed with a 3-mm heel-to-toe differential which makes the foot stay nearly flat on the platform. This position provides athletes with an alternative between support and a barefoot-like experience. It accommodates quick moves and rapid changes of direction as well as providing better contact with the surface and a more stable platform for weightlifting exercises.

Upper

The Inov-8 F-Lite 230 uses flexible textile and synthetics for a snug, yet flexible coverage. The 3D Air Mesh enfolds the upper unit to help breathe air into the foot chamber, keeping the foot well-ventilated.

Like most Inov-8 training shoes, it uses the Met-Cradle technology to give the upper its structural integrity. Made of a lightweight, yet sturdy TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) material, it gives a firm hold on the lateral and medial sides of the foot. It is integrated with the lace-up closure to provide a lockdown fit and to carry the foot responsibly through the training session.

TPU is also utilized in the shoe’s toe cap. This component guards the toe area against bumps during burpees, sled pushes, and other exercises. It also prevents the mesh material from the wear-and-tear.


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