Summary

We spent 6.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what training geeks think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Lots of positive feedback has been given to the comfortable fit of the trainer.
  • It’s been generally described as stable for squats and deadlifts.
  • The 235 v3 is considered one of the lightest and most flexible models on the market of training shoes. It makes the shoe perfect for agility drills and short runs.
  • The updated Powerflow+ midsole has received a number of compliments for giving ample cushioning during high-impact exercises.
  • Multiple wearers have lauded the efficient grip on the outsole.
  • The RopeTec protection has performed admirably during rope climbs, according to a good number of reviews.
  • Most users find the overall construction of the shoe to be well-made and durable.
  • The streamlined style and conservative color options have delighted many purchasers.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Several experts emphasize that given the shoe’s flexible design, it may not be a good option for those who need sturdy support for heavy lifts.

Bottom line

Both regular gym-goers and dedicated CrossFitters marvel at the performance of the Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v3. The shoe is said to handle anything you throw at it in the gym, from box jumps and squats to rope climbs and treadmill. Its extremely lightweight and flexible construction make it stand out from the other trainers on the market.

Facts

Use: Crossfit
Price: $130
Weight: Men: 8.3oz | Women: 8.3oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 4mm | Women: 4mm
Heel height: Men: 11mm | Women: 11mm
Forefoot height: Men: 7mm | Women: 7mm
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal, Wide
Release date: Jun 2019
Features: Lightweight | Low drop
Brand: Inov-8
Colorways: Black, Brown, Purple, White
Size
Small True to size Large
Fit
Tight Loose
Toebox
Tight Roomy
Flexibility
Stiff Flexible
Breathability
Warm Breathable
Cushioning
Firm Plush
Stability
Not Stable Very Stable
Durability 9/10
Comfort 9/10
Traction 10/10
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Rankings

It has never been more popular than this March
Better rated than the previous version Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2

Expert Reviews

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93 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | As Many Reviews As Possible | | Level 5 expert

    But if you’re looking for a high performing training shoe that’s flexible, stable, and looks great and (plus, you hate all the other shoes this year) the Inov-8 F-Lite 235v3’s are the clear choice.

  • 90 / 100 | BarBend | | Level 5 expert

    Personally, this is my favorite model for tying the needs of agility/sprint and strength training into one shoe.

  • 96 / 100 | Shoe Guide | | Level 1 expert

    The perfect option for those with flat feet or plantar fasciitis, this CrossFit shoe is the perfect choice for those on the hunt for a range of activities both in and out of the gym.

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The latest addition to the F-Lite 235 line received so many construction updates that it ended up looking nothing like its predecessors.

The most striking difference lies in the refreshed upper design. It ditches the bulky overlays in favor of a more clean and form-fitting structure. In combination with the pliable sole, it is claimed to provide superior flexibility.

Like most Inov-8 trainers, this model is crafted as a lightweight, all-around training shoe. It aims to create that minimalist experience while still offering comfort and support.

Gum or graphene? The F-Lite 235 was initially launched with a gum rubber compound. Called Inov-8 rubber, it is meant to serve as a durable and grippy outsole on indoor gym surfaces. A few months later, the "G" version of the shoe was released. It features the brand's proprietary G-Grip rubber which is instilled with graphene, the world's strongest material. This outsole is described to be two times more durable, flexible, and traction-ready than conventional rubber. 

Guards on rope climbs. The outsole is not limited to the bottom of the shoe alone. The rubber also protrudes up at the front, back, and sides of the shoe to guard these areas against abrasion as well. At the front, it forms a protective bumper for the toes. On the sides, it forms durable Rope-Tec shields which keep the sole safe during rope climbs.

Meant to bend. The outsole design mimics the skeletal structure of the foot. It features deep horizontal cutouts and vertical grooves to help the foot spread naturally and grasp the surface. They also allow the sole to bend in all directions freely. This design functions as part of the Dynamic Fascia Band technology. It is a flexible TPU shank that’s embedded into the sole to help the foot transition smoothly from heel to toe. Extra flexibility in the forefoot is ensured by the wide Meta-Flex groove.

Ready for lifting and jumping. In search of a balance between stability for weightlifting and responsiveness for agile movements, the brand introduces the Powerflow+ midsole. This unit helps the foot stay stable under heavy loads without compromising the cushioning. The brand promises a 10% better shock absorption and 25% better energy return compared to the standard midsoles. The midsole is designed to keep the foot close to the ground for a better sense of control. It also has a minimal heel-to-toe drop of 4 mm, which is a standard for CrossFit trainers.

Adaptive upper. The F-Lite 235 v3 makes a step away from the conventional design by using two types of fabric in its upper. The narrow mesh is placed on the lateral side of the shoe for consistent support. The medial side, as well as the tongue, are covered by a stretchy knit textile with large pores. This material has more give to it and changes shape easily to create a customized fit. Both types of fabric are made breathable and keep the shoe interiors fresh. Additionally, the entire upper is wrapped by synthetic overlays. They give structure to the facade while also protecting the material against the wear-and-tear.

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Nicholas Rizzo

Nick is a powerlifter who believes cardio comes in the form of more heavy ass squats. Based on over 1.5 million lifts done at competitions, his PRs place him as an elite level powerlifter. 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 Forbes, Bodybuilding.com, Elite Daily and the like. Collaborating along the way with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.

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