Originally intended to be used as a mountain racing flat, Inov8’s are easily one of the most visible performance shoes for CrossFit.
The F-Lite 195’s and 230’s made their name by providing a sturdy, flexible, supportive, flat-soled shoe that can withstand most every demand that you’d encounter in CrossFit, all while weighing 230g or a infinitesimal 195g. The 230’s sport a “2 Arrow Shock Zone” heel and the 195’s boast a shorter “1 Arrow” heel. The heel-to-toe differential for the options is a 6mm on the 230’s or a 3mm between the heel height and the toe height of the shoe. A minimal differential maximizes stability for many of the core lifts, the POSE method, bodyweight movements: pull-ups, box jumps, burpees, or any drill that requires versatility.
The 195/230’s were manufactured to maximize an athlete’s overall speed, power, and responsiveness, whether forward, vertically, or laterally. The Inov-8 195/230’s have all grounds covered.
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Inov8 Bare-X 200 Review by treds
good looking shoe, comfortable, good for the all around crossfit shoe, only downside is that pearly white exterior that doesnt look so pearly after a day at the gym! But Inov8 also has other colors. I really like the Inov-8 Men’s Bare-Grip 200 Running Shoe
Inov8 Bare XF 210 review by Scrubs
Quality 5 out of 5 stars
Great shoe. I have been crossfitting in the inov-8 230s and 195s. The bare XFs are even better. The zero drop sole is great for o-lifting and the shoe is comfortable. I dont know if i would go for a long run in it, but intervals are great. Would definitely recommend the Inov8 XF 210 for all cross fitters.
Inov8 Bare XF 210 review by Tim:
Quality 5 stars out of 5
These run a bit narrow compared to other inov-8s. I just loosened them up and they were fine. These are basically like wearing a shoe version of VFFs. They are super minimal and stiff soled, while maintaining a flexible forefoot. That being said, box jumps can hurt if you’re going for speed and using a quick rebound. Large sets of DU’s might also tax your shins. The Inov8 210’s feel 100% bomber for deadlifts, jerks, and anything else where you wish you were barefoot. 4 stars because they aren’t, in my opinion, as well rounded for crossfit as other inov-8s given how minimal they are. I’d rather use my x-road233s for something with box jumps and/or double unders, and spare my joints the impact stress with a slightly more substantial sole.
Questions from athletes in our gym and readers online.
Question: Which inov8 is best for crossfit? The inov8 195 is probably the most popular Inov8 shoe that you will see at the CrossFit boxes.
Question: Do Inov8’s run true to size? Some athletes say they run small and some say a little big. It all depends on your foot shape. The pair I bought were perfect and I have a wide foot.
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