Who should buy the Inov-8 F-Lite 230

First released in 2009 and was relaunched ten years later, Inov-8 F-Lite 230 is a multi-purpose training shoe designed to meet the needs of the CrossFit WOD enthusiasts. It is a solid choice if:

  • You are into both outdoor and indoor workout routine and has a need for a pair that provides enough grip on different surfaces.
  • You are into jumping, running, lifting weights, and rope climbing. 

Inov-8 F-Lite 230 Logo

Updates to the Inov-8 F-Lite 230

  • The relaunched version now has its bottom part guarded by the revolutionary G-Grip graphene outsole. As the name suggests, it is made of graphene, the world's strongest material.

Inov-8 F-Lite 230 Graphene Outsole1

Enhanced outsole durability

The underside of the shoe features the company’s proprietary G-Grip or Graphene Grip compound. Known as the world’s toughest material, graphene is claimed to increase the outsole’s durability, abrasion-resistance, and elasticity by 50%, compared to a conventional rubber one. It is also stated to deliver stronger traction on all kinds of indoor and outdoor surfaces. Inov-8 pioneered the use of graphene in athletic footwear in its F-Lite G 290 Crossfit shoe.

The outsole of the F-Lite 230 is lined with strategically-placed flex grooves, including the META-FLEX groove. The former ensure flexibility along the entire length of the unit, while the latter aids in the forefoot bending.

Gum rubber variation of the shoe is also available. It is ready to provide grip on indoor gym surfaces but has a softer nature than the G-Grip rubber. 

Inov-8 F-Lite 230 Outsole3    

Rope-Tec midfoot

The midfoot portion of the outsole extends up on both sides, hugging the midsole. It is part of the Rope-Tec technology that shields the platform during rope climbs.

Inov-8 F-Lite 230 Midfoot

Impact-resistant midsole

The F-Lite 230 makes sure that the foot stays cushioned by incorporating the Powerflow foam midsole. It protects the foot against impact throughout training and running sessions.

The sole is constructed with a 3-mm heel-to-toe differential which makes the foot stay nearly flat on the platform. This position provides athletes with an alternative between support and a barefoot-like experience. It accommodates quick moves and rapid changes of direction as well as providing better contact with the surface and a more stable platform for weightlifting exercises.

Inov-8 F-Lite 230 Midsole

Breathable upper

The Inov-8 F-Lite 230 uses flexible textile and synthetics for a snug, yet flexible coverage. The 3D Air Mesh enfolds the upper unit to help breathe air into the foot chamber, keeping the foot well-ventilated.

TPU is also utilized in the shoe’s toe cap. This component guards the toe area against bumps during burpees, sled pushes, and other exercises. It also prevents the mesh material from the wear-and-tear.

Inov-8 F-Lite 230 Upper

Snug lacing system

Like most Inov-8 training shoes, it uses the Met-Cradle technology to give the upper its structural integrity. Made of a lightweight, yet sturdy TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) material, it gives a firm hold on the lateral and medial sides of the foot. It is integrated with the lace-up closure to provide a lockdown fit and to carry the foot responsibly through the training session.

Inov-8 F-Lite 230 Lacing System

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 230g
Drop: Men 3mm
Use: Crossfit / Gym / Cross-training
Width: Narrow, Normal / Normal, Wide
Release date: Jan 2019
Features: Lightweight / Low drop / Minimalist
Collection: Inov-8 F-lite

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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.