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Update: Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v3
Use: Crossfit
Price: $130
Weight: Men: 8.3oz | Women: 8.3oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 0mm | Women: 0mm
Heel height: Men: 11mm | Women: 11mm
Forefoot height: Men: 11mm | Women: 11mm
Width: Men: Normal, Wide | Women: X-Wide, Normal, Wide
Features: Lightweight | Low drop | Minimalist
Brand: Inov-8
Colorways: Grey, Orange, Black, Green, Red, Blue, Purple
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89 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | As Many Reviews As Possible | | Level 5 expert

    Don’t get me wrong, they’re excellent shoes and some people might be looking for a little more support, or like the styling better, but give the 235v2’s a shot and I promise you won’t be disappointed. The purist experience just can’t be replicated by anything other than the Inov-8 F-Lite 235’s.

  • 94 / 100 | RIZKNOWS | | Level 2 expert

    Big thumbs up! Some changes I didn't even think about and I really like these. I'll be using them a lot in the future.

  • 90 / 100 | FloElite | | Level 3 expert

    From the low drop, to the rope climb ruggedness, to the lightness, the flexibility, etc. Inov8 was the first to put it all together and the F-Lite 235 V2 continues that tradition with a strong offering for a unique looking and feeling shoe in the space.

  • 90 / 100 | Grinder's Gear Review | | Level 2 expert

    For all other movements, these have been solid. Squats, burpees, box jumps, double unders . . . they hold up nicely. With the reinforced toe box and heel, I don’t predict any problems with tearing in the upper which has been my only complaint in the past with Inov8.

  • 80 / 100 | Joe Taylor - CrossFit Blog | | Level 2 expert

    The flexibility, versatility and durability of the shoe is unrivalled in my opinion. Like all shoes of this nature, improvements can be made, but this shoe comes closer than any other shoe I have worn to being perfect.

  • 95 / 100 | The Shogunstein | Level 1 expert

    Great shoe. All-around. Again, Inov-8 has always been there for CrossFit and functional fitness.

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The Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2 is a minimalist cross-training shoe that is specially designed to keep up with the full range of functional fitness workouts. Some of its design elements were derived from the original Inov-8 F-Lite 235, but the F-Lite 235 v2 managed to create its own aesthetic identity, thanks to the addition of new features, which also serve a purpose.

This training shoe from Inov-8 boasts of a thick rubber toe cap that cushions the toes from burpees. Meanwhile, the Rope-Tec 360 wraps around outsole and extends to the upper to protect the shoe against the damage from rope climbing exercises.

The geometric-patterned bottom is made of sticky rubber that allows for good traction and grip while making it possible for maximum ground contact.

The shoe’s forefoot also has the META FLEX grooves. They accommodate natural flexion that enables increased efficiency and flexibility for plyometrics and cardio-focused activities.

The midsole consists of a heel made from the brand’s Powerheel technology, making it 40% denser than the forefoot. It helps in creating a firm and stable platform for heavy lifting while still offering cushioning and flexibility for agility and speed workouts.

The Inov-8 F-lite 235 v2 employs the brand’s proprietary Dynamic Fascia Band. It is an anatomically designed technology built into the heel to give a spring to every step. It replicates the windlass effect.

The F-Lite 235 v2’s lightweight and breathable mesh upper uses the AdapterFit technology to organically conform to the foot without inhibiting movement.

The midfoot is secured with the Met-cradle, a soft, elastic, and gusseted mesh liner that works with the lacing system to secure the midfoot in place, giving a customized and snug fit.

The heel counter features a Y-lock system that locks down the heel to give the necessary support when lifting heavy weights.

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