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
    $140
  • Weight
    Men: 9.2oz
    Women: 9.2oz

    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: 8mm
    Women: 8mm
  • Heel height
    Men: 14mm
    Women: 14mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 6mm
    Women: 6mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Feb 2018
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Updates to Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit

  • The Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit is a new incarnation of the F-Lite 260 cross-training shoe. Designed for rigorous CrossFit and HIIT workouts, the trainer also accommodates short-distance running and weightlifting exercises.
  • The upper unit features a revamp in the form of a new knitted fabric. It hugs the foot for a more comfortable sock-like fit than the mesh material in the original version. The updated model also comes in two new color options

Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit size and fit

The Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit caters to both male and female athletes. It runs true to the size and can be purchased in men’s US sizes 8 to 15 and women’s US sizes 5.5 to 11. The width accommodates people with average and wide foot dimensions as the trainer is offered in a Standard Fit. According to Inov-8, this type of fit has a spacious toe box but is snug in the heel.

Outsole

The Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit inherits the outsole design of its predecessors. A variety of horizontal and vertical Meta-Flex grooves allow the footwear to bend in multiple directions together with the foot.

Shielding the platform is the Sticky Grip rubber compound. It is meant to provide improved traction on both indoor and outdoor surfaces even in wet conditions.

Part of the outsole extends up to create a toe bumper at the front of the shoe. It guards the toes against the impact caused by plyometric exercises.

Midsole

The cushioning in the F-Lite 260 Knit is ensured by the Powerflow midsole. Compared to a regular EVA foam, it is made to provide a 10% better shock-absorption in the heel and a 15% more energy return in the forefoot.

A 6-mm Power Footbed offers extra padding. It can be easily removed for firmer and more grounded foot placement.

The footgear also makes use of Inov-8’s Dynamic Fascia Band shank. Its shape and mechanism are crafted to mimic the windlass effect to give the wearer an additional push upon the toe-off. 

Similarly to all CrossFit shoes from Inov-8, the Rope-Tec reinforcements are present in the midfoot portion of the sole to accommodate rope climbing. They deliver grip by biting the rope on the ascend and protect the platform from abrasion upon the descent.

Upper

A breathable and stretchy knit material is used for the main coverage of the Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit. It aims to offer a natural and ergonomic fit as well as unhindered foot movement.

A thick synthetic overlay wraps the rearfoot firmly to prevent the foot from wobbling during weightlifting and plyometrics. The lateral support is enhanced by the External Heel Cage. It features TPU panels on both sides of the heel for stability.

The midfoot of the trainer is secured by the Rope-Tec rubber overlays. They work together with the Rope-Tec on the sole to provide 360-degree protection and grip during rope climbs.

The lockdown of the foot is delivered by a traditional lace-up closure. The shoe uses flat laces as they distribute pressure across the instep more evenly than round ones.


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