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Offering a bare-bones feel with a bit of grip and protection, the Inov-8 f-lite 230 features minimal cushioning and a firm ride.

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Snug-fitting and low to the ground, the F-Lite 230 performs best over hard-packed trails, rock outcroppings and plateaus and pavement. The lightweight upper is breathable and supportive and because of the shoe's low weight and low profile it is a great option for minimalist runners and serious racers. 

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Weight:  8.1 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (14mm), Forefoot (9mm) 

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D)

  • Sizing: Fits large; purchase 1/2 size smaller than standard running shoe size
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Low to medium volume
  • Forefoot: Narrow to medium
  • Toe-Box Height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Low
  • Shoe Shape: Curved

INTRODUCTION

The f-Lite 230 is a trail and road racing shoe designed for the neutral or supinating runner. This shoe performs best over hard-packed trails.

CUSHIONING

  • 2 Arrow Shoc-Zone provides moderate underfoot cushioning and a 6 mm heel-to-toe drop. This is Inov8's medium level of cushioning on their 0-4 arrow scale.

MIDSOLE

  • EVA Foam is a moderately thick layer of industry standard foam for cushioning and flexibility.
  • Dynamic Fascia Band running from the heel to the forefoot acts as a rigid lever arm, releasing energy with each step and propelling the runner forward.

UPPER

  • Synthetic Mesh covers the upper for lightweight, breathable coverage.
  • TPU Lacing System uses TPU lacing supports for a strong, lightweight and secure fit.
  • 3mm Footbed for additional underfoot comfort.

OUTSOLE

  • F-Lite is a lightweight racing outsole that is intended for roads and hard-packed trails.
  • Sticky Rubber for optimal performance and maximized grip in wet conditions.
  • Meta-Flex groove is located at the forefoot to encourage natural forefoot flex during toe-off.

LAST

  • Performance Last is a close fitting design for a snug fit and optimal performance.

Comments: I use for crossfit style workouts, no ropes, and loved the shoe until seperation of sole and mesh by toe/ball of foot area occured with about 20 hours of wearing! I do not have wide feet, have never worn outside and the shoes have never been wet. I have emailed Inov8 but have not heard a response. buyer beware. I most say running warehouse was very quick with shipping and help with sizing! Good luck!
From: josh, northeast, ohio, usa

Comments: These shoes are amazing. First great thing about them is the look. Compliment after compliment about these blue boys. They just look great. They feel as amazing as they look too. I am a triathlete and use these for my cross training, but I am considering a second pair for casual use. I have not ran any distance in them yet, but I am sure they will do great. I love running flats and these keep me close to the ground and I can feel the ground like I like. They are also very grippy, I feel very much in control.
From: Josh, Indianapolis, IN, USA

Comments: Got my 230s two days ago and did my first workout with them today.  Ran about 16km worth of warm-up and hard intervals (mostly hard packed trail) and they felt great.  I got the protection I needed for my foot and the proprioception my foot needs for my body to work properly.  I'm tall and not very heavy and my feet are very narrow, flat and long.  So these shoes are pretty much made for me.  I wouldn't recommend them for heavy runners.  They should go for a model with a little bit more cushioning under foot.  I also got the X-talon 190 at the same time so I'm looking forward to wearing those for a XC workout next week on grassy hills.
From: Jules, Moncton, NB, Canada

Comments: Super light, responsive shoe.  I use them for CrossFit exclusively and love the proprioception the shoe delivers.  It's minamalistic structure is perfect for my flatter foot and wider forefoot feels comfortable even tho the last is somewhat narrow. I did order these in my normal running shoe size and felt they were slightly big.  Returned them for my true foot size and they are perfect.  Ran 250m in them as a warmup out of the box and they felt great!! I could really feel my landing on my forefoot.
From: Tarek, Arlington Heights, Il, USA

Comments: My blue ones are ripping open right where the top material goes into the sole, next to the ball of the foot.
I bought them size 12.5 where usually I get 13. Fit seemed great. Inov-8, seeing a picture of the rip, less my foot, ruled that my feet are too wide for a good fit, thus failure my own fault. I've never had this type of failure with other shoes though, just the typical holes at the large toes' nails. Only buy if you are a narrow(ish?) foot.

I got about 100km of real running plus some casual use out of the 230's. Texture of the sole went in about 30-40km I would say. the lugs themselves of course are still there. I kind of liked them for the running itself, until the tear. They do offer limited grip on wet surfaces though, especially grass. All of my shoes, non-cross ones, racing flats, and regular trainers, outperfom the 230's in that respect. The fit, despite apparently being too narrow for me, has been the most comfortable I've ever had. Perhaps because the shoe IS fitting my feet so snugly by design.
From: J, Europe

Comments: The Inov-8 f-lite 230 is as fantastic as you think it should be. I was nervous about ordering them in my usual 11.5 running shoe size. But, they fit like a glove! I have a moderately wide, D-width foot. And, I have no issues with my toes feeling cramped like they are in my size 11.5 Flyroc 310s. The f-lite 230s feel really smooth when running on pavement or non-technical trails.  I've logged a little under 30 miles in mine already with one long run of 14 miles on trails. And, I've never felt more comfortable in a pair of shoes. I highly recommend these shoes! 
From: Tobias, Raleigh, NC, USA

 

 

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-To-Toe Drop (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+