Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes
Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes
Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes
Cross-trainingMulti-purpose training shoes which can be used for a wide variety of exercises. See *cross-training shoes*
For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes
For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes
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.
WeightMen: 9.2ozWomen: 9.2oz
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 dropMen: 8mmWomen: 8mm
Heel heightMen: 14mmWomen: 14mm
Forefoot heightMen: 6mmWomen: 6mm
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Normal, Wide
Release dateFeb 2018
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93 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews
Inov-8 knocked it out of the park with these shoes. Easily my new favorite Inov-8 shoe.
The Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit Trainer was an all-around solid shoe to train in and wear on a daily basis.
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.
UPDATE: In the fall of 2019, the "G" version of the trainer was released. It retains the construction of the original shoe but introduces a G-Grip outsole. This unit is instilled with graphene, the world's strongest material yet. It is claimed to make the outsole twice more durable, grippy, and flexible. If you'd like to experience the G yourself, be sure to select the model with the "G Grip" mark on the lateral heel area.
In the original 260 Knit version of the shoe, the platform is shielded by the Sticky Grip rubber compound. It is meant to provide improved traction on both indoor and outdoor surfaces even in wet conditions. As for the G 260 Knit iteration, it features a graphene-infused rubber which is meant to be even more grippy and wear-resistant.
A variety of horizontal and vertical Meta-Flex grooves allow the footwear to bend in multiple directions together with the foot.
Part of the outsole also extends up to create a toe bumper at the front of the shoe. It guards the toes against the impact caused by plyometric exercises.
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.
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.