Gear Review – inov-8 F-LITE 195

We take a look at inov-8’s superb functional fitness shoe, the very popular inov-8 F-LITE 195. The F-LITE 195 is a no-nonsense functional fitness shoe that delivers an outstanding performance. It has a cult-like following among CrossFitters and functional fitness athletes and not without good reason…

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Firstly, it should be noted that these are not only functional fitness shoes, they are also one of the most versatile shoes ever created. Whether you are road running, trail running or training in CrossFit or other functional fitness, the F-LITE 195’s will rise to the occasion. They are very lightweight and sit flush on your feet with a sleek and lightweight styling.


They do not collect debris easily and they are lightweight enough not to weigh you down during your training. They utilise a performance fit and almost feels like an extension of your feet. They promotes a forefoot strike, so it will encourage good running form.

Tech and Comfort

CrossFitters swear by the F-LITE 195 for numerous reasons. They are ideal for rope climbs, not only because of the new ROPETEC, but also because they have reinforced medial and lateral sections which increase protection. They are very comfortable and forgiving on your feet. The sides of the tongue wrap around the ankle snugly so they will not shift to the sides during running or working out.

Grip and Stability

A large contact area sole design has been included so that it enable good grip and stability when you are smashing out your workout or running. They offer traction even on slick perspiration drenched surfaces, which are prevalent in many boxes. The enhanced traction is a result of the inclusion of the sticky rock climbing technology rubber.

There is only a 3mm differential in the heel, so your feet will sit very close to the ground. That translates into extra stability which is much needed for various overhead exercises.  An added plus is that they are a slick looking shoes and they are available in a wide range of colours.


These shoes will do it all and perform even during the most punishing of WODs. Be smart and don’t sell yourself short. The inov-8 F-LITE 195 is the Rolls Royce of functional fitness shoes. Try them and find out for yourself why this is so…

What do you look for in a CrossFit or functional fitness shoe? What shoes do you train in?

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  1. Phillip Gibb says:

    I train in inov-8 F-LITE 195’s :)
    What I look for: Shoes must be light, low drop, multi functional.
    So I can pack em easily in my bag when I cycle and use them to run (trail or tar)
    That’s why I chose the 195’s

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