Who should buy the Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2

As a minimalist cross-training shoe, the Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2 is designed to keep pace with the full range of functional fitness workouts in mind. The shoe is a solid pick if:

  • You are wide-footed.
  • Your fitness regimen includes some rope exercises.
  • You seek to improve your weightlifting performance.

Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2 Logo

Specialized outsole

The geometric-patterned bottom is made of sticky rubber that allows for good traction and grip while making it possible for maximum ground contact.

The shoe’s forefoot also has the META FLEX grooves. They accommodate natural flexion that enables increased efficiency and flexibility for plyometrics and cardio-focused activities.

Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2 Outsole

Rope climbing-optimized outsole

Meanwhile, the Rope-Tec 360 wraps around outsole and extends to the upper to protect the shoe against the damage from rope climbing exercises.

Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2 Rope-Tec 360 Outsole

Cushioned toe caps

This training shoe from Inov-8 boasts of a thick rubber toe cap that cushions the toes from burpees. 

Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2 Toecap

Dense cushioned heel

The midsole consists of a heel made from the brand’s Powerheel technology, making it 40% denser than the forefoot. It helps in creating a firm and stable platform for heavy lifting while still offering cushioning and flexibility for agility and speed workouts.

The Inov-8 F-lite 235 v2 employs the brand’s proprietary Dynamic Fascia Band. It is an anatomically designed technology built into the heel to give a spring to every step. It replicates the windlass effect.

Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2 Heel

Breathable upper

The F-Lite 235 v2’s lightweight and breathable mesh upper uses the AdapterFit technology to organically conform to the foot without inhibiting movement.

Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2 Upper1

Snug lacing system

The midfoot is secured with the Met-cradle, a soft, elastic, and gusseted mesh liner that works with the lacing system to secure the midfoot in place, giving a customized and snug fit.

Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2 Lacing system

Supportive heel counter

The heel counter features a Y-lock system that locks down the heel to give the necessary support when lifting heavy weights.

Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2 Heel counter

Facts / Specs

Weight: 235g
Drop: 0mm
Update: Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v3
Use: Crossfit / Gym / Cross-training
Heel height: Men 11mm
Forefoot height: 11mm
Width: Normal / Normal, Wide, X-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.