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: 10.2oz
    Women: 10.2oz

    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: 4mm
    Women: 4mm
  • Heel height
    Men: 11mm
    Women: 11mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 7mm
    Women: 7mm
  • Width
    Men: Standard
    Women: Standard, Wide
  • Release date
    Jun 2018
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Updates to Inov-8 F-Lite 290

  • The Inov-8 F-Lite 290 came out together with its sensational graphene-enhanced counterpart, the F-Lite G 290. Aside from the graphene-infused sole, the two shoes have the same design and features. Both have been crafted on the basis of experience gained from the previous F-Lite models and the needs of cross-training enthusiasts. The F-Lite 290 still caters to a broad array of training activities, from sprints and cardio sessions to CrossFit and weightlifting.
  • The trainer retains such well-acclaimed technologies as the Sticky Grip rubber outsole, the 360-degree Rope-Tec protection for rope climbs, and the firm Powerheel compound for a steady heel placement.
  • The F-Lite 290 introduces a new kind of midsole called Exteroflow. It is meant to absorb shock while still keeping the foot grounded and sensitive to the surface.

Inov-8 F-Lite 290 size and fit

The Inov-8 F-Lite 290 is available in both men’s and women’s sizes. The fit of the model is given 4 out of 5 on the brand’s Fit Scale, which implies that the shoe has a medium width profile but features a roomy toe box for a comfortable toe-splay. However, the midfoot is ensured a snug fit by the Met-Cradle technology which is integrated with the lacing system.

Outsole

The F-Lite 290 inherits the Sticky Grip rubber outsole from the previous versions of Inov-8 training shoes. It is created with the use of climbing rubber technology which is capable of providing excellent traction on all types of surfaces, including wet ones. This material is also made to be durable and withstand abrasion associated with rigorous workouts.

Parts of the outsole rubber extend up to encase the midsole on both the lateral and the medial sides. They protect the midfoot area from the wear-and-tear caused by rope climbing.   

The shoe also uses the Dynamic Fascia Band (DFB) technology in its outsole, making the unit resemble a foot skeleton. Such design helps the sole flex and bend easily to deliver unhindered movement.

A Meta-Flex groove is added at the forefoot. It further enhances the sole pliability to allow more freedom of movement.

Midsole

The Inov-8 F-Lite 290 utilizes the Exteroflow midsole for cushioning. It is a foam compound which serves to absorb shock from the constant impact of a workout session. With its 4-mm heel-to-toe drop, the Exteroflow falls under the brand’s “one arrow” shock category. It means that this unit has an average level of cushioning, offering more responsiveness instead.

At the back of the trainer, the Powerheel technology is used. It is made to be 40% firmer than the rest of the midsole to give the wearer more stability in the heel. This compound is harder to compress than the regular foam, providing a benefit for weight training.

Upper

The midfoot and the forefoot sections of the F-Lite 290 are made up of a structured mesh. It creates a breathable and flexible coverage for the foot. Synthetic overlays are added on top of the mesh in the key areas to enhance support and durability.

A thick synthetic material wraps around the rearfoot section. It works together with the TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) heel clip to give the heel a secure brace.

A firm foothold is ensured by the combination of the Met-Cradle technology and the lacing system. The Met-Cradle is embedded into the lateral and medial panels of the shoe and comes out on the instep in the form of webbed eyelets. It helps to pull the sides of the shoe together when the laces are cinched.


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