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If you want a true near-barefoot experience, this is the shoe for you. The Inov8 Bare-X 200 is built with just enough materials to keep feet protected from hard road surfaces, and not much more. This ultra flexible shoe has a 0mm heel-to-toe drop to bring you level to the ground, while the simply-built Bare-X outsole boasts just 6mm underfoot, to let you feel the road with every step. 

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Weight: 6.7 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (4mm), Forefoot (4mm)

Sizing is based on the men's scale. Women should subtract 1 and a half sizes from their women's shoe size. Example Women's 8.5 equals size 7.0 for this shoe.

How It Fits (based on width D) Width D=Medium

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Narrow
  • Midfoot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium width
  • Toe-Box height: Medium-low
  • Arch Structure: Low height

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: September 2011
  • Model discontinued: Unknown

INTRODUCTION

The Bare-X 200 is a minimum feature, minimum neutral shoe designed for road racing. It is built with a semi-curved shape.

CUSHIONING

  • For a barefoot experience, this shoe contains no additional cushioning technologies.
MIDSOLE
  • Zero Arrow Shoc-Zone provides minimal underfoot cushioning and a 0 mm heel-to-toe drop for a true barefoot experience. This is Inov8's lowest level of cushioning on their 0-4 arrow scale.
UPPER
  • Synthetic Mesh covers the upper for lightweight, breathable coverage.
  • TPU Lacing Support uses TPU lacing supports for a strong, lightweight and secure fit. 
  • 3mm Footbed for additional underfoot comfort.
  • Anatomic Last follows the natural shape of the human foot for a close and comfortable fit.
OUTSOLE
  • Bare-X is a minimalist road outsole that is built to follow the natural shape of the human foot.
  • 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.

 

Comments: Just great! Amazing fit. Not into white running shoes? Well, once you put them on you won't care. From a novice runner with a wider forefoot.
From: Nico, Providence, RI USA

Comments: Great zero-drop running shoe.  As much as I like my VFFs, I like the X 200 even more.  Being in the NW with it raining most of the time, I find these are by no means water-proof but keep my feet much drier than my VFFs (soak up water right away through the toes).  Fit true to size IMO.  I wore an 11 in Mizuno/Asics/Nike running shoes and an 11 works great for me in these.  Overall construction of the shoe seems excellent as well.
From: Chalky, King Co, WA

Comments: Slightly shorter in length than the F-lite, so you may need to go a half size up to accommodate more room for your longest toe. However, the toe box is a bit wider which gives more room for your toes to splay. The fit over the rest of the foot is excellent, especially in the heel. A great option if you're looking for a zero drop shoe that has better flexibility and ground feel compared to the Merrell Trail Glove, but doesn't have separated toes like the Vibram Fivefingers.
From: Albert - NC, USA

Comments: Just got one of these bad boys at the store. Personally measured the shoe sans bootie and found 4mm across the board. Then the bootie measured 3mm in the fore and 5mm in the rear. So if you are a purest like me, you'll take that unnecessary bootie out and enjoy this high-density rubber sole for a looong time! Inov8 is the best!
From: Marty, Milwaukee, WI

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+