Inov-8 launched its new minimalist training shoe, the latest in the F-lite series, this month. So, what’s different about the new training shoe? Everything.
The originators of the F-lite series started as mountain racing flats and trail running shoes but the new F-lite 235 is built specifically for functional fitness and the type of exercises you’ll see in any CrossFit box. Inov-8 is calling this a complete overhaul. Inov-8's F-lite 235, "designed to annihilate WODs," promises to be lighter, more flexible, and more durable.
The F-lite 230 was updated to the 240, which was updated to include "rope-tec," providing more durability to protect against damage from rope climbs. The upper and outsole are both redesigned to provide more durability, but the shoe is also lighter, at 235 grams. (For comparison, the Reebok Nano 4.0 weighs 286 grams.) It also offers more durability in the toe to guard the shoe against burpees. The new shoe also added a pressure vent in the forefoot to improve the fit, a cushioned forefoot for running and jumping rope, and a 40% denser heel to ensure stability for lifting.
The F-lite 235 is available now at zappos.com and Rogue Fitness and will be available at Dick’s Sporting Goods starting in November.