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-Fits as expected
-Wraps around my foot as expected
-Feels as though I'm walking on barefoot.
- Textile and Synthetic
- Synthetic sole
- Versatile trainer built for barefoot-feeling fitness featuring Meta-flex forefoot technology with met-cradle lacing system
- 360 degree rope-tec delivers traction and durability on rope climbs
- Zero heel-to-toe drop
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Built for barefoot-feeling fitness, this versatile trainer handles everything from rope climbing to weights.
Based in "England's last wilderness," the North Pennines, inov-8 is a British company that is passionate about specialist off-road running products and creating the lightest weight, most flexible footwear on the market. Since the company's launch in 2003, it has become one of the fastest growing off-road running brands in the United States. From the footwear to the hydration packs, inov-8 products are created to complement the natural functions of human body biomechanics. Inov-8 designs its athletic gear to meet the demands of various environments and terrains at a peak level of performance. The comfort and durability of inov-8 products is what makes this brand a top-quality choice for the high-performance athlete and the recreational user alike.
- Package Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00B7G6HJ4
- Item model number: Bare-XF 210-U
- Date first available at Amazon.com: November 17, 2009
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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I made the same mistake as others in regard to sizing and fit by ordering the WRONG shoes. I returned three pairs before checking out the INOV 8 website.
Once I understood the sizing, fit and ordered the correct pair of shoes, I was amazed. After reading reviews and discovering what the problem was, it compelled me to write this review. I've been on Amazon for a long time, have written my share of bad reviews and only a few products impress me to take the time writing one. I'm not getting a free pair of shoes or compensation for doing this review.
I've been a loyal Merrell fan ever since their inception and continue to be so for walking boots only. Their soles and foot bed design is not suited for running on loose gravel or skipping on wet rocks. I remember watching a contestant on Survivor wearing a pair of Merrell Moab's jumping onto wet rocks and I was saying to myself, "he's going to slip like I did." Sure enough, he fell and was out of the show.
Because these are British designed shoes, the sizing will best suit you if use the EURO chart. A U.S. size 11(44.5) will fit like a U.S. design size 10.5 - you need to go up half size and buy a U.S. size 11.5 (45). Ecco, a European designed shoe also fits the same way. Again, the solution is to buy a U.S. 1/2 size larger or go with the Euro measurement.
INOV 8 are available in two fits: Precision (P) and Standard (S). Sellers on Amazon will confuse you with non extent 2E or Medium sizes. To be precise, check out the "features section," it will either state Standard or Precision and if it doesn't, you're rolling the dice. Go on to the next seller or ask questions and hopefully they have the correct answer.
Precision - fits snug and is designed for regular or narrow feet. They fit people who are accustom to wearing Asics or Adidas. (My son has narrow feet and wears these brands).
Standard - has a wider toe box, allowing the toes to splay. They are suitable for people with wider feet; however, a person with regular width feet can also wear these at the gym or doing an activity not requiring a snug fit. If you wear New Balance and find Nike's to be slightly snug, you'll like these (That's me).
I won't go into the performance specific details of the shoes because you can do that yourself by checking out their website, inov-8.com.
If you're into doing heavy gym work outs, crossfit, trail runs or climbing, you'll enjoy your Inov-8's.
I bought the Bare-XF 210, Rocklite 295 and Fast 250. They replaced my Merrell's and New Balance Minimus. I'm hooked.
I like the XF-210 better than my New Balance Minimus, especially after the new awkward-non functional burrito tongue design (they ruined a great shoe). The XF-210 has an additional feature allowing unrestricted, frictionless rope climbing and desending. The soles have just the right amount of traction, flex and stability for poly work. Well thought out design. Truly the best minimalist cross fit shoes.
So, perhaps I have a defective shoe but wanted to point it out in case people are looking for this shoe. The first photo is what the insole should look like and the second photo is after 5 mins of wear - you can see how the insole slides towards the back of the shoe.
These shoes do run about a 1/2" size small so order up. I am normally a 12 but have to order a 13 in this brand.
-Fits as expected
-Wraps around my foot as expected
-Feels as though I'm walking on barefoot. This is the most important reason for me. This is why I purchased the pair. Walking on bare feet utilizes all the muscles in your legs. That's very important specially if you're going through rehab. Tennis shoes and the popular Nike running shoes are not good for building muscles.
-Doesn't look that great
-Gets your tired faster. (This may actually be a pro, depending on your goals)