Who should buy the Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v3

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. It is a solid choice if:

  • You need a pair that would help you to be more stable during squats and deadlifts. 
  • You prefer a trainer that offers ample foot protection through rich cushioning as go about your high-impact fitness routine.
  • You are into rope climbing and are looking for a trainer that has the durability to withstand abrasions and help you carry out the routine with ease through its reliable midfoot grip. 

Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v3 Logo

Durable and grippy outsole

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. 

Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v3 Outsole Front

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.

Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v3 RopeTec

For smooth foot transition

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.

Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v3 Outsole Rear

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.

Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v3 Midsole Rear

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.

Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v3 Midsole Front2

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.

Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v3 Upper2

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.

Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v3 Medial Mesh

The Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v3's overlays

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.

Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v3 Overlays3

Facts / Specs

Weight: 8.3oz
Drop: 4mm
Use: Crossfit, Jumping rope / Gym / Cross-training
Heel height: Men 11mm
Forefoot height: 7mm
Width: Normal, Wide
Release date: Jun 2019

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Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years 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 Bodybuilding.com, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.