Who should buy the Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v2

The Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v2 is a cross-training shoe with a minimalist style. It is a solid choice if: 

  • You are looking for a shoe that could provide a barefoot-like experience during workouts.
  • Your fitness routine involves a lot of toe splaying. 
  • You are after a pair that could help you perform lifts without having too much trouble.

Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v2 Logo

Sticky grip outsole

The outsole of the Bare-XF 210 v2 is made from a sticky rubber that allows it to grip surfaces during workouts. This compound prevents slippage on wet surfaces, thus preventing injuries. The material is durable, has a high abrasion resistance, absorbs impact, and is resistant to oil and grease.

Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v2 Outsole1

This shoe features the Meta-Flex, a horizontal groove that gives the forefoot more bend and flexibility. This technology makes it easier for the forefoot to push forward in movements such as sprints and plyometrics.

It is not advisable to use the shoe in rough terrains if the user is not accustomed to barefoot training as even a small pebble is felt underfoot because of the thin outsole.

Impact-absorbent insole

The Bare-XF 210 v2 lacks a fixed midsole because of its minimalistic design. Instead, it uses a 3 mm Power Footbed insole that is designed to absorb impact. The use of this type of insole lets the shoe stick to its barefoot-training design while still providing a bit of protection and cushion to the underfoot. The sole unit of this trainer features a 0-mm heel-to-toe differential.

Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v2 Insole

Those who favor zero-drop shoes but require a bit more underfoot cushioning can also check out the Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2. Still considered to be minimalist due to its flexibility and weight, this shoe has an 11-mm stack height which offers more padding to the wearer. 

Breathable upper

The Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v2 employs a breathable mesh fabric that keeps the foot well ventilated. Along with the wide profile, the stretchable mesh fabric allows it to accommodate different foot shapes.

Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v2 Upper

The front of the footwear features an Italian blown rubber bumper which comes in handy for the overall protection of the toes.

Protective overlays

It has synthetic overlays that protect the mesh material in critical areas. They form an external clip that cups and locks the back of the foot in place. This type of support makes the foot feel steady during dynamic training movements.

Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v2 Overlays

Anti-slippage panels

At the side panels, the Rope-Tec technology can be seen. The material grips the rope so the wearer doesn’t easily slip down during the activity.

Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v2 Ropetec

Snug lacing system

It also integrates with the Met-Cradle lacing system which provides a natural but secure fit. When the laces are tightened, the panels are drawn in closer to the foot, thereby enhancing the lateral support in the midfoot.

Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v2 Met-Cradle lacing system

Facts / Specs

Weight: 210g
Drop: 0mm
Update: Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v3
Use: Crossfit / Gym / Cross-training
Heel height: Men 3mm
Forefoot height: 3mm
Width: Normal, Wide

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Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years his PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Bodybuilding.com, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.