Profile of the Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit

Who should buy the Inov-8 F-Lite 260

To provide a training companion for fitness enthusiasts that could withstand the rigors of various workouts, Inov-8 has designed and produced the F-Lite 260. It is a solid choice if:

  • You are into CrossFit WODs, weightlifting, and gym sessions and are looking for a shoe comfortable and supportive enough for such activities.
  • You are after a pair optimized to perform well and durable enough for rope climbing. 

Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit Logo

Enhanced outsole traction

In the original 260 Knit version of the shoe, the platform is shielded by the Sticky Grip rubber compound. It is meant to provide improved traction on both indoor and outdoor surfaces even in wet conditions. As for the G 260 Knit iteration, it features a graphene-infused rubber which is meant to be even more grippy and wear-resistant. 

A variety of horizontal and vertical Meta-Flex grooves allow the footwear to bend in multiple directions together with the foot.

Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit Outsole

Part of the outsole also extends up to create a toe bumper at the front of the shoe. It guards the toes against the impact caused by plyometric exercises.

Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit Outsole2

Shock-absorbent midsole

The cushioning in the F-Lite 260 Knit is ensured by the Powerflow midsole. Compared to a regular EVA foam, it is made to provide a 10% better shock-absorption in the heel and a 15% more energy return in the forefoot.

Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit Midsole

Firmer foot placement

A 6-mm Power Footbed offers extra padding. It can be easily removed for firmer and more grounded foot placement.

The footgear also makes use of Inov-8’s Dynamic Fascia Band shank. Its shape and mechanism are crafted to mimic the windlass effect to give the wearer an additional push upon the toe-off. 

Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit Paddings

The Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit's midfoot section

Similarly to all CrossFit shoes from Inov-8, the Rope-Tec reinforcements are present in the midfoot portion of the sole to accommodate rope climbing. They deliver grip by biting the rope on the ascend and protect the platform from abrasion upon the descent.

Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit Rope-Tec

Breathable upper

A breathable and stretchy knit material is used for the main coverage of the Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit. It aims to offer a natural and ergonomic fit as well as unhindered foot movement.

Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit Upper2

Anti-wobble overlays

A thick synthetic overlay wraps the rearfoot firmly to prevent the foot from wobbling during weightlifting and plyometrics. The lateral support is enhanced by the External Heel Cage. It features TPU panels on both sides of the heel for stability.

Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit Heel Overlays

Overlays for rope climbs

The midfoot of the trainer is secured by the Rope-Tec rubber overlays. They work together with the Rope-Tec on the sole to provide 360-degree protection and grip during rope climbs.

Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit Midfoot Overlays

The Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit's lacing system

The lockdown of the foot is delivered by a traditional lace-up closure. The shoe uses flat laces as they distribute pressure across the instep more evenly than round ones.

Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit Lacing System

Facts / Specs

Weight: 9.2oz
Drop: 8mm
Base model: Inov-8 F-Lite 260
Use: Crossfit / Gym / Cross-training
Heel height: Men 14mm
Forefoot height: 6mm
Width: Normal / 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, 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.