Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v3 vs. 210 v2

Both models from Inov-8 are designed to be minimalist cross-training shoes. The third version banked on the previous iteration's feedback and weaknesses for improvements. Below are the details between the two models' similarities and differences.

What got better

  • The v3's seamless 3D air mesh upper now provides more airflow
  • Enhanced forefoot protection by adding welded TPU layers

What stayed the same

  • Zero-drop for excellent barefoot sensation
  • Outstanding grip for stability and foothold
  • Medial durability for rope climbs care of the Rope Tec technology
  • Natural feet movement thanks to its Meta-Flex feature

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Barefoot-like comfort

Reviewers find the Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v3 comfortable for daily training. Some even said that it was like a second skin that they forget they have it on. 

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The Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v3's lightness

The Bare-XF 210 v3 feels barely-there weight-wise, which numerous wearers have confirmed.

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Sturdy over time

This training shoe from Inov-8 is crafted from durable materials and has excellent craftsmanship.

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Remarkable flexibility

Thanks to its pliable upper and soles, it shapes after the foot's natural movements.

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Ground contact for lifting

Several lifters who prefer minimal lifting shoes find its low-to-the-ground construction beneficial for lifting.

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The Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 v3's traction

Its outsole grips the floor during fast-paced moves, keeping the wearer upright throughout dynamic workouts.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: 210g
Drop: 0mm
Use: Crossfit / Gym / Cross-training
Width: Normal, Wide / Normal
Features: Lightweight / Low drop / Minimalist
BRAND Brand: Inov-8
Toebox: Medium

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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, 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.