- Size: 11.5 M US
- Color: White/Black
- Brand: Inov-8
- Model: F-lite 195-U-U
- Fabric type: Synthetic/Thermoplastic Polyurethane/Mesh
- Dimensions: .75 pounds
Natural running aficionados love this shoe. They might be identical but this is the twin brother of the X-Talon 190 but with a sticky rubber, racing flat shoe.The F-Lite 195 is helping to redefine expectations for runners looking for high levels of proprioception, a natural foot position and minimal underfoot protection. Featuring a 3mm differential between the forefoot and heel and a 3mm footbed, this shoe ensures that your foot remains closer to the ground in its most stable and natural position.Features:*Arrow Shoc Zone*3mm Differential / 3mm Footbed*Performance Fit*F-Lite Flat Outsole *Sticky Rubber*195g
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful.
Shoes really matter - but not for the reasons you think: Why Inov-8 gets it right.
By Joel G.
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.Here's why: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?)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 8 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. Tap into it, and enjoy.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
inov-8 f-light 195 red/gray
Absolutely love these shoes. I'm Army solider and i do CrossFit... i use to wear five finger vibrams but i have not woren them since i bought these. manily because the army doesn not allow FFV in pt uniform ..
20 of 27 people found the following review helpful.
They won't warranty their shoes
I've had my F195 for two weeks. I really liked them and was sold on them for two reasons. First, they are marketed as crossfit shoes. Second, the crossfit websites review these as great shoes, in fact I believe they were the number one rated shoe where I looked. The store where I purchased them also touted them as crossfit shoes.They are very comfortable and very light. However, because they are comfortable and light their durability stinks. I tore out the side of the sole on my shoes on my first attempt at a rope climb. Thus, I stopped doing rope climbs immediately. I took the shoes back to my retailer and told them what happened. I was told there is good news and bad news. The good news is that Inov8 will back the shoes. The bad news is I will need to contact them directly for a replacement.I called the customer service number (508-480-8856) to talk them. They immediately went on the defensive about how these aren't really crossfit shoes but were instead adopted by the crossfit community as a great shoe. They told me any shoe would tear out on a rope climb and thus there is nothing they will do for me. I explained to them that everybody at the gym liked the shoes and knew they tore out and would be anxious to hear about the warranty. I further suggested that since they wouldn't be covered he could be sure nobody out our gym would buy Inov8. Heck, why spend $120 for something you can only use for two weeks? I told him if there was nothing they were going to do that I would just switch to Reebok crossfit shoes. He seemed fine with that and didn't even flinch at the notion that I would switch manufacturers and everybody at the gym would know it. I can tell you first hand the people doing rope climbs that day using ANY OTHER SHOE didnt tear out their soles.What's crazy to me is they are happy to attach on to the moniker that they sell crossfit shoes and accept the marketing PR that goes with it, but they don't want to back up their product if it fails in that capacity. He did tell me their new shoes were going to have harder soles for crossfit. Hmmm, so are you marketing crossfit or not?Based on their lack of warranty or concern, I will not buy another pair of their shoes for any reason. I'd be happy to hear back from Inov8 and post an update.Ken Grossspenrose9@msn.com
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