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- Rubber sole
- Lightweight, flexible cross-training shoe featuring ropeTec grip and injection-molded EVA midsole
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Only 195 grams with a 3mm heel-to-toe drop, the F-LITE 195 is stripped back to be super-fast and offer enhanced ground feel for the more flexible and mobile athlete that is comfortable being lower to the ground. Regardless of the WOD, the 195 is a multipurpose shoe that can handle anything from burpees, to thrusters, to box jumps.
A 3mm difference from the F-LITE 240, the F-LITE 195 utilizes the same flexibility, breathability and grip as its higher counterpart, but comes in lighter and faster. The F-LITE 195 also features the same updated midsole material as the F-LITE 240 that enhances durability for rope climbs.
With just a 3mm heel-to-toe drop and stripped back design, the 195 boasts even more ground feel compared to standard sneakers and puts you in control of your movement. With Inov-8’s patented Meta-Flex groove in the forefoot of the outsole, your foot can move naturally as you push your workouts to the limit. The functional fit and design of the 195 puts you in control of the shoe, not the other way around
Inov-8 demands intense grip from every shoe, and the F-LITE is no exception. The outsole features Inov-8’s patented sticky rubber that draws from the rubber material found in rock climbing shoes. But the demanding grip doesn’t stop there – a reinforced sticky rubber found at the center of the outsole and extending slightly up the sides of the shoe increases protection and traction when ascending or descending ropes meaning you can have confidence in your climb and no fear of rope burn.
Now available in both precision (more narrow) and standard (wider) fitting models, there are choices for your preferred feel. The two fits give athletes options to achieve enough room for toe splay without too much space for unwanted movement when lifting.
Inov-8 builds a versatile cross-trainer that also delivers natural running performance.
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: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B008V6TYRA
- Item model number: F-LiteTM 195-U
- Date first available at Amazon.com: November 17, 2009
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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From my experience, these won't be very comfortable on cross country tracks or pebbly/rocky surfaces. There isn't a great amount of padding or sole, so you'll feel every stone you step on. It's just the nature of the beast. Wear shoes made for that kind of surface, not these.
I can't say whether or not these are worth the price, as of yet. People who need high performance shoes for more extreme usage such as track and field or cross-fit, that can quantify their experience with these compared to other shoes, may feel it's worth it. For me, those days are over, so no opinion there.
Summary: They look nice, feel nice, and are light.
The last pair of athletic shoes I had for about two years, which is about a year and a half too long. They finally began hurting my feet so I started looking for a replacement pair, and on a recommendation from a great friend I bought a pair of f-lite 195's and a pair of Roclite 312's.
The 195's are very light and breathe great! The tread on them is great. They fit my feat great, and the toe is made of a great material designed to not wear down easily which I love! They flex really great which is something I look for since I'm on my knees working on stuff under desks and underneath stuff a lot. Is that enough "great"-s? I love the design and they way they look on my feet.
-Squats and other weight training-
As I mentioned before I wear these shoes to the gym. So far they are pretty stable while wearing them in the squat rack, and felt good doing leg presses.
-Backpacking, Hiking, Rucking, and Walking-
I have not used these shoes to walk over a very far distance, and am a little hesitant since the soles are pretty thing and don't offer a lot of cushion for a large person such as myself.
These shoes provide great support and have a very stable sole. There doesn't seem to be any compression or movement under the heel when doing dead-lift or squat. Running is also not too bad but I wouldn't choose these shoes as my primary running shoe. They are fine for a couple of miles at a time on the treadmill though.
The thing that sold me on this shoe is the thin soles. They are minimalist with a 4-6ish drop and flexible, but they are still very solid and rugged without being hard.
WARNING: Some people may not like the thin nature of the soles, you can feel a lot of rocks and surface variations through them and tender feet may want something with a bit more padding, but if you like the minimalist sole ... try this shoe.
Mostly I got these for riding because of the rubberized toe. I ride with stirrups rather than clips so the rubberized toes are really nice and protective of the shoes integrity as they are constantly sliding in and out of the stirrups.
The only annoyance I have is with the laces on this particular pair, they are longer than the ones on my other inov8s and you have to double knot them or they get in the way. Honestly I double knot anytime I ride any way but don't always do that at the gym ... until now. But opposed to all the other goodness in these shoes that is a really minor annoyance.