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: 9.7oz
    Women: 9.7oz

    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: Standard
    Women: Standard
  • Release date
    Jan 2018
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    Any way you look at it, the 275’s do everything really, really well. They were never intended to replace you Oly shoes, but to be a more versatile option for a training shoe.

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Updates to Inov-8 F-Lite 275

  • In the F-Lite 275, Inov-8 attempts to create a “do-it-all” shoe which would provide support and flexibility for CrossFit, cushioning for running, and stability for weightlifting. It builds on the success of the acclaimed F-Lite models but also introduces several new features to boost the performance.
  • The trainer combines the brand’s renowned Powerflow midsole with the Powerheel compound. This blend aims to enhance cushioning and shock attenuation while keeping the heel firm enough for steady weight training.
  • The lace-up system is now reinforced with the Adapterstrap. It is a hook-and-loop closure that securely locks down the midfoot.

Inov-8 F-Lite 275 size and fit

The Inov-8 F-Lite 275 comes in both men’s and women’s versions and typically runs true to size. On the brand’s Fit Scale from 1 to 5, where 5 is the widest, the footwear is graded 4. It implies that the toe box of this model is designed to be roomy to accommodate a comfortable toe-splay. The heel section is still made close-fitting to prevent the foot from wobbling. The fit in the midfoot can be adjusted with the help of the laces and the Adapterstrap.

Outsole

The F-Lite 275 makes use of the proprietary Sticky Grip rubber. This compound was originally constructed for trail running shoes and, thus, is meant to be durable and grippy on all sorts of indoor and outdoor surfaces.

The multidirectional flex grooves are placed throughout the outsole for flexibility. The most prominent one is the Meta-Flex groove in the forefoot. It creates a natural flexion point for the foot where it is most needed during a cross-training session.

The midfoot portion of the rubber outsole extends up to form the Rope-Tec. This feature keeps the sole protected from chafing during rope climbing. It also ensures traction when the wearer ascends the rope.

The outsole also extends to cover up the toe box. It guards the toes from painful bumping during burpees and other plyometric exercises.

Midsole

The Inov-8 F-Lite 275 employs the tried-and-tested Powerflow midsole. It serves to deliver ample shock attenuation in the heel and a responsive cushioning in the forefoot.

The back of the midsole unit is also supplied with the Powerheel compound. It is made to be dense and incompressible to offer a steady platform for athletes lifting heavy weights.

The heel is elevated above the toes by 8 mm in this shoe. This differential provides extra padding for running and allows for better ankle mobility during squats and lifting.

The Dynamic Fascia Band shank is installed in the midsole. It contributes to the energy return during running, jumping, and other agile exercises.

Upper

The trainer is covered in mesh for a breathable experience. This material has wider ventilation pores in the forefoot to eliminate heat and moisture during rigorous workouts.

The polyurethane (PU) overlays are strategically-placed in the areas that require support and abrasion resistance. A thicker PU layer covers the toe box for enhanced protection.

The Inov-8 F-Lite 275 uses the External Heel Cage in the form of synthetic panels on both sides of the heel. They ensure steadiness during side-to-side movements.

Athletes can adjust the fit with the new Adapterstrap on top of the lace-up closure. The strap hugs the midfoot to keep the foot firmly in place.


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