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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.
- Product Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Origin: China
- ASIN: B008V6TYRA
- Item model number: F-Lite(TM) 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.
Shoes really matter, but not for the reasons most weekend warriors think. For example, if you spend a lot of time looking for high cushioning and support, or if you buy shoes because a sales guy at the running store put you on a treadmill and video your feet to show you how a certain shoe "corrects" your stride, you might be caught off-guard by the Inov-8 approach.
During recent decades, running shoes have been designed to help initially prevent injuries in poorly conditioned legs and feet by building shoes that replace natural body functions with artificial stabilization and extra cushioning. The resulting problem is that the person using those shoes initially becomes more aerobically fit and starts running faster and longer... without their feet and legs being structurally strengthened to handle the increased demand. Before long, the shoes can't continue to compensate for the fact that the person's feet and legs' inner structures simply aren't trained to handle the running. It's too-much too-soon meets too-little too-late. Consequently, painful "overuse" injuries (shinsplints, knee pain, back pain, stress fractures, tendonitis, fasciitis, etc.) are practically an inevitability for many well-intentioned and dedicated aspiring runners who take up jogging or join a cross country or track team.
A very large number of "overuse" injuries in otherwise healthy people result from a combination of two factors. 1) Weak/underused feet and leg structures, as described above; & 2) Bad running form - it doesn't immediately hurt to run improperly on 2" of cushioning, but bad form will catch up to you as you increase mileage. Really, the problem isn't "overuse" so much as "use" when, thanks to laziness and bad shoes, critical parts of our bodies are only conditioned to "under-use".
The solution is to make the following transition: Stop running in shoes that put us on a cushy path to a painful destination and carefully learn to run in shoes that enable our bodies to run the way we were actually built to run. Most people are completely capable of much more running than you might think, but it takes a little work to correct years of under-use. This transition will require a little patience as you build the strength in your legs and feet to avoid injuries. It will also require learning to run with healthier running form, which is a lot easier on your body as well as more efficient for long distance.
Inov-8 shoes are designed to enable your foot, not to support it to the extent of replacing natural foot functions. In other words, if you are out of shape and decide to start running 20+ miles per week exclusively in this shoe, you are taking a risk. The shoes are designed for the runner who is making or has already made the transition as described above. Inov-8's entire product line is built on a minimalist philosophy. More and more runners and fitness buffs are realizing that the Inov-8 approach is, indeed, a better approach. (Not to mention a darned good shoe in terms of materials and quality as well as design.)
If you have not carefully transitioned to a minimalist running style and built up strong feet and legs for this type of shoe, a sudden switch could injure you. Take the transition slowly because your feet and legs need to get strong enough to actually do what they are built to do.
Inov-8 shoes are generally comfortable, very well built, and perfectly able to carry a fit runner through many hundreds, and even a thousand, happy miles. However, they do not replace under-used arches or compensate for pounding, heel-striking strides. (Contrary to popular myth, flat-footed runners can run just fine in these shoes - if they get their feet and legs in shape. Flat feet are not the running liability many have been lead to believe. Ever watch world-class runner Haille Gebrselassie's stride? Talk about overpronation!)
How can I say all this? I have flat feet, terrible pronation, and am 6'3" tall. I ran four years of cross country in high school and was on the varsity squad for a state-championship team. The whole time, I fought miserable shinsplints, knee pain, and back pain. I popped Advil like tic-tacs. I loved the sport and ran relatively good 5K times but my chronic pain was bad enough to sideline me for all of track season senior year. Any time I increased my intensity or mileage, the problems got worse. Doctors were talking about "scar tissue" and "surgery". Well-meaning doctors told me to stop running. They said my body just wasn't made for it. Shoe-store employees continued to put me into higher support, more motion control, more cushioning to try and "correct" my feet and legs.
It wasn't until college that a former teammate (who is now a professional runner partially sponsored by Inov-8) explained the concept of minimalist running to me. Although I was in good aerobic condition, I spent a month resting and then the better part of three months carefully re-training from scratch, patiently overhauling my form to be more efficient, working my way into exclusively running in racing flats (Inov-8 wasn't available yet), and allowing my feet and legs to get much stronger and more flexible.
Since then, I run further and faster than ever before, with no more "overuse injury" bullcrap. My training mileage has at one point been greater than 90 miles per week. I have competed in a major marathon and placed in the top 4 in my age group. I have won a handful of smaller races. Better yet, I have not been injured or hurt ONCE since I made that transition to minimalist shoes and better running form. I haven't even owned a pair of traditional "trainer" shoes in over 9 years. (Much of my training is in an old pair of trashed racing flats with at least 1,500 miles on them. I prefer to use Inov-8 for more rugged terrain and tougher trails, where they excel, but they have models that make good trainers on almost any terrain. When my beloved racing flats finally die, I'll replace them with an Inov-8 racing model.)
I consider myself a "weekend warrior" and I am a far cry from an "elite" runner. Had I listened to the well-meaning doctors who told me I just wasn't built to run and should give it up, I would have stopped years ago. Inov-8 understands that we humans are literally built to be running machines. Their shoes don't get in the way of that. Run happy!
Weird size aside, the shoe is beautifully made, arrived prelaced, and the only shortcoming I could find - other than being made for clowns - is an absence of a pull tab. Really? That's not a lot of weight, and way more convenient than jamming your finger between heal and shoe to get the foot in. Please consider this for future models.
Fit is otherwise snug, nicely contoured - haven't run in these, will update this review after getting a smaller pair. Hoping those won't be too narrow.
Also plan to use these at the gym, regular "sponge" runners aren't good for lifting. From what I felt trying them out, they seem to be just right for that too.
Here's hoping the next pair will fit better!
Update: the new pair, size 9 US, fit me - snug around the middle but not too long. Clearly an odd shoe standard the INOV8 folks use, my foot is about a standard shape as they come. Medium width, decent arches, spot in standard 9.5 medium normally. So when you order these shoes (unless you know exactly how they fit) makes sure you order them with free return shipping.
Otherwise, feel great, perfect when lifting - my ASICS were way too soft and squirmy, these are great. Haven't done much running yet.