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Inov-8: What do the numbers mean?

Inov-8 Shoes

Inov-8 is based in the North Pennines, “England’s last wilderness,” and they are passionate about creating the lightest weight, most flexible footwear in the market for functional fitness and running enthusiasts. They are famous for their durability, glove-like fit, and ability to meet the demands of various different terrains, from the box to the mud to the trail. The numbers they use to name their shoes represent the approximate weight of the shoe in grams. 

We have a ton of Inov-8 styles now on sale (all the shoes featured in this blog are currently 40% off!)… but what’s the difference between the F-Lite 192 and the F-Lite 195? Between the FastLift 315 and 335? We’re here to break it down for you.


Inov-8 F-Lite Series

Inov-8 Shoes F-Lite 195Inov-8 Shoes F-Lite 195

The F-Lite 195 is Inov-8’s signature lightweight functional fitness shoe with a sticky gripping sole, glove-like fit, and Rope-Tec reinforcement. A “one arrow” shoe, the 195 has a 3 mm drop.  Flexible and fast enough for any workout, and stable and comfortable enough to lift in, the 195 is rated for indoor, outdoor, and rope climbing use.

Inov-8 Shoes F-Lite 192

The F-Lite 192 is the second lightest F-Lite available (coming in second to the Women’s 185) with a reinforced medial and lateral sections for rope climbing protection. It is a super fast and stable shoe for functional fitness and running purists. The difference between the 192 and 195? The 192 is a zero drop shoe, letting you get closer and closer to that natural run.

Inov-8 Shoes F-Lite 240Inov-8 Shoes F-Lite 239

The F-Lite 239 (right) is designed especially for the female foot with a natural fit, whereas the F-Lite 240 (left) is designed with Inov-8’s precision fit, which features a narrower toe-box.  The other difference between these two models is that the 239 is a 3 mm drop shoe, while the 240 carries a 6 mm drop. Those new to minimal footwear may want to begin with the 240 for a gentler transition.

Inov-8 Shoes F-Lite 252Inov-8 Shoes F-Lite 262


The F-Lite 252 (left) is the stripped back version of the F-Lite 262 (right), once again with the lower number carrying the lower drop of 3 mm (vs the 6 mm drop of the 262).


FastLift 335 (315)

Inov-8 Shoes FastLift 335 - On Sale Now!Inov-8 Shoes - FastLift 315

The FastLift 315 is the Women’s version of the FastLift 335  released in February of 2013.  The shoe has since been updated with new colorways, and now both the Women’s and Men’s FastLift are named FastLift 335.  The original colors of the FastLift are now on sale for under $89.97, a great price for a Hybrid Lifting shoe.


We think it’s also important to note that while Inov-8 makes its women’s shoes specifically to fit women’s feet, many women may also find the men’s styles comfortable as well. Generally, a woman would size down by 1.5 for men’s sizes.  For example, a men’s size 4 would equate a women’s 5.5.  A men’s size 5.5 would be a women’s 7. 


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FastLifts: Inov-8’s New Weightlifting Shoe

Inov-8 is well-known for their belief in natural running, which relies on the strength of the runner’s legs and feet.  They believe that the foot should have control over the shoe, instead of the shoe doing running for them. Their products take a minimalist approach, aiming to keep the foot close to the ground so that runners are able to adapt to the terrain beneath them–from rocks to mud to mountain.  They are largely popular for their running and cross-training shoes, especially among Fitness enthusiasts. Their products also have a unique aesthetic that is bold but streamlined, fun but also sophisticated.

We are proud to announce the FastLifts for both Men and Women, Inov-8’s first purely weightlifting shoe. The FastLift’s flexibility, grip, and comfort are setting a new standard. The Men’s Fastlift 335’s name references it’s light weight of 335g (12 oz.), which is rather light for the lift of the heel and stability that the Fastlift offers.  The Women’s 315 (11 oz.) is equally light and supportive.

The shoes feature an Eternal Heel Cage (EHC) for lateral stability and internal comfort, Shoc-Zone™ technology for deep squats, and Powertruss cylindrical tubing that creates a stable base with reduced weight without sacrificing power.  The Powertruss heel almost forces you to lift properly, with your knees out and all the weight on the outside edge and heel of your foot.  Like all of Inov-8’s shoes, the FastLifts are fit for performance.  Crafted with the Inov-8 anatomical Precision fit last, there is enough space for toe splay when lifting, but not enough room for undesired shifting.  Inov-8’s Meta-Flex™ technology provides leading comfort and flexibility, ideal for sprints, double unders, and box jumps. The suction cup outsole is constructed with an inverse checker plate for maximum leading edges and ground contact. The nylon ripstop upper and seamless construction create a durable shoe that will keep up with your fitness goals.

And if all of these features seem too confusing to you…

Well, they look really cool, too.