Who should buy the Inov-8 F-Lite 195 v2

As a new incarnation of Inov-8's first and well-acclaimed cross-training shoe, F-Lite 195 v2 is a solid choice if:

  • You are looking for a shoe that would work well for walking, running, weight training, CrossFit, HIIT, and other rigorous workout sessions.
  • You are after a trainer that could minimize wobbling and heel slips when lifting weights. 

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Multisurface outsole grip

The F-Lite 195 v2 inherits the Sticky rubber outsole of its predecessor. This compound is created with the use of climbing rubber to ensure grip of various kinds of surfaces.

The shoe shares a similar outsole pattern with the other F-Lite models. It is engineered to be flexible to accommodate all sorts of training movements.

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The Rope-Tec is also present on the midfoot. It extends up to hug the lateral and medial sides of the midsole. This compound is created to be durable to resist the abrasion associated with rope climbing exercises.

Inov-8 F-Lite 195 v2 Rope Tec

The Inov-8 F-Lite 195 v2's midsole

The Inov-8 F-Lite 195 v2 features the Powerflow midsole in place of the IMEVA. This new foam is designed to be firmer in the heel to deliver a stable lifting platform and absorb shock 10% more efficiently than the standard EVA. At the same time, its forefoot section is created to provide 15% more responsive cushioning.  

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The midsole have a 4-mm heel-to-toe drop as well as a low stack height. This allows for a flat disposition of the foot and a more sensitive contact with the ground. It also minimizes the chance of wobbling.

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Breathable upper

The second iteration of the F-Lite 195 makes use of a one-piece nylon mesh upper. This thin, see-through material is lightweight and breathable. It also flexes easily, accommodating each movement of the foot.

The Met-Cradle makes sure that the upper renders sufficient lateral support. Its PU underlays brace the foot on both sides, keeping the foot firmly in place. 

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Stabilized rearfoot section

Stabilizing the rearfoot is the integrated heel counter. It minimizes the chance of wobbling and accidental heel slippage during agile workouts and weightlifting.

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Reinforced eyelets

The new model employs metal grommets in the eyelets. They offer extra reinforcement to prevent the upper material from fraying.

Inov-8 F-Lite 195 v2 Lacing System

Facts / Specs

Weight: 195g
Drop: 4mm
Use: Crossfit / Gym / Cross-training
Heel height: Men 14mm
Forefoot height: 10mm
Width: Narrow, Normal / Narrow, Normal, Wide
Features: Lightweight / Low drop

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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.