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
    $200
  • 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: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Jun 2018
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93 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | As Many Reviews As Possible

    I think the G290’s are worth every penny of their higher price tag even if it was just for the tech that is included in the shoe, not even factoring in that they’re just one of the best training shoes available today.

  • 87 / 100 | Joe Taylor - CrossFit Blog

    In my opinion the next model when developed with a few tweaks could rival the Metcon’s crown of best training shoe!

  • First look / Unboxing | Inov-8

  • First look / Unboxing | Inov-8

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Updates to Inov-8 F-Lite G 290

  • The Inov-8 F-Lite G 290 is a CrossFit shoe designed to keep up with the toughest workouts available to humankind. It is launched as part of the Inov-8’s G Series which highlights the Graphene Grip outsole. This graphene-enhanced rubber is described as being 50% more durable, stronger, and more elastic than the traditional rubber compound. It is also crafted to give traction on indoor and outdoor surfaces better than conventional rubber.
  • Aside from utilizing one of the toughest materials on earth, the outsole is also fitted with the Dynamic Fascia Band for increased energy return with each step; the Meta-Flex for multi-directional traction and flexibility; and the Rope-Tec which aids during rope climbs and descents.
  • The midsole uses the Exteroflow with Powerheel midsole. The Exteroflow component provides shock attenuation but is created in a way that also allows it to be responsive to movements. The Powerheel element is dense and adds stability necessary during lifts.
  • The upper utilizes mesh, Kevlar, and synthetic elements to present a durable, flexible, and breathable support for the foot. The Adapterweb Met-cradle used in conjunction with the lace-up closure delivers a snug midfoot fit when the laces are cinched.

Inov-8 F-Lite G 290 size and fit

The Inov-8 F-Lite G 290 is a unisex cross-training shoe. It is available in men’s sizes and comes in a D - Medium width profile. Though it is a medium, it is lightly roomier at the toe box as it is categorized as having the brand’s fit scale of 4. The Adapterweb Met-cradle technology that integrates with the lacing system affords a snug fit when the laces are tightened.

Outsole

The Inov-8 F-Lite G 290 is one of the three products introduced using the Graphene Grip technology for the outsole. Graphene is the thinnest material on earth but is said to be stronger than steel. It is also lightweight, which makes it a sensible component of training footwear. Graphene Grip is a graphene-enhanced rubber that is engineered to be 50% more hardwearing, more elastic, and stronger than common rubber. It also offers a better grip on indoor and outdoor surfaces. The outsole extends to the front and is welded to the rubber toe bumper, protecting the toes during burpees, sled pushes, pushups, and more.

The outsole is equipped with the Dynamic Fascia Band (DFB) technology. It replicates the location of the plantar fascia ligament of the foot and mimics its windlass mechanism to boost the energy return with each step.

The forefoot section features the Meta-Flex component. These grooves facilitate multi-directional flexibility and enable the underfoot to adapt to various movements and surfaces.

The outsole of this model extends up at the lateral and medial sides of the midfoot, creating the Rope-Tec element. This extension grips the rope during rope climbs and ensures that the person doesn’t slide down too fast during descent, averting rope burns.

Midsole

The Inov-8 F-Lite G 290 employs the Exteroflow midsole with the Powerheel stability. The Exteroflow falls under the one arrow shock category. It means that is has a minimal drop, 4 mm, which translates to a medium level of cushioning with higher responsiveness in Inov-8’s standards. As for the Powerheel component, it makes the heel 40% denser, providing steadiness and support during squats and weight training.

Upper

The upper of the Inov-8 F-Lite G 290 is made of mesh with the forefoot reinforced with Kevlar. The mesh fabric aerates the foot chamber. As for the Kevlar, this material increases the durability of the upper, protecting the foot against abrasions during workouts. Synthetic overlays are fused onto the upper to heighten the abrasion-resistance of high-friction areas such as the toe box and the quarters.

The midfoot is adorned with a lacing system that integrates with the Adapterweb Met-cradle innovation. The webbed eyelets create a cage-like structure that becomes taut when the laces are tightened. The fit becomes snug and the lateral stability is increased.

Found at the rearfoot is the thermoplastic polyurethane heel clip. This element holds the heel steady during dynamic movements.

The tongue and collar are both lightly padded. The tongue protects the instep against the pressure created by the laces. Aside from keeping the back of the foot comfortable and free from chafing, the collar also locks the heel down to prevent accidental shoe removal.


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