In This Inov8 F Lite 240 Article:
- A quick introduction to the Inov8 F Lite 240 and Inov8 F Lite 230
- An overview of the shoe’s primary use
- An overview of the specs and features
- A rundown of the shoes pros and cons
- Some testimonials, and
- A Youtube video or two
Inov8 manufacturers a number of shoes that are popular among XFit enthusiasts (check out my comprehensive Shoe Guide to get a quick look at your many options). But, without a doubt, the F-Lite 230 has established itself as a true favorite among CrossFit devotees. Of all the shoes in their line, the 230 has really established a loyal CrossFit following. Why? As you’ll read below, it happens to provide its wearers with a great combination of specs and features making it well suited to almost anything your standard WOD will throw at it. The 240 is basically a refresh. It incorporates improvements and modifications over the 230 that most CrossFitters will really appreciate.
The 230 and 240 are both designed with the functional fitness crowd in mind. If you’ve ever checked out their website you’ll quickly see that these shoes fit in their “Fitness” category and most of the pictures they use to market the shoes look like they came straight out of a CrossFit box. Per their own description the shoes are, “ideal for Olympic lifts and transitioning to a natural running style.” I surveyed the numerous reviews out there (Zappos had a total of 597 reviews last time I checked) and many of the reviewers appreciated the shoe’s all-purpose, cross training chops. If you’re looking for a one-shoe-does-it-all option, you should keep this pair at the top of your list.
Specs & Features
Both the 230 and 240 are built on Inov8’s “Precision” last. This last runs on the narrow side – so, if you have really wide feet, you may want to look at the F-Lite 262. The 262 is built on their “Natural” last, giving your feet a bit more room, especially in the toe box.
To break out the specs in a quick and dirty manner, I’ve thrown them into the table below for your review.
|F-Lite 230||F-Lite 240|
|Upper||Synthetic, TPU||Synthetic, TPU|
|Midsole||Moulded EVA||Injected EVA|
|Rope Protection||None||Rope Tec|
As I mentioned at toward the beginning of this post, these shoes are very similar, with the 240 basically being an updated and improved version of the 230. The primary differences are as follows:
- Midsole – The EVA through the mid-layer of the shoe is injected in the 240 but blown in the 230. Injected EVA gives you improved cushioning while maintaining the same low profile.
- Rope Tec – The 240 has protection around the mid foot for CrossFit rope work while the 230 doesn’t
- Weight – Due to the addition of Rope Tec, the 240s weigh 10 grams more than the 230
So, while not earth-shattering, the 240’s improvements will give you a better cushioned, more durable shoe.
The 230 has been reviewed by hundreds of people. Here’s what I found as the most common strengths and weaknesses:
- Great all-around CrossFit shoe
- Able to handle short to medium running distances AND Olympic lifting
- Long-term durability (several folks mentioned fraying around the seams)
- Runs about a 1/2 size big (so order down)
So far, there are 50+ reviews on Zappos for the 240. Here’s what I see so far as the most frequently mentioned strengths and weaknesses…
- “ultra lightweight”
- lateral stability
- good mix of support and flexibility
- Only real weakness I noted was that they run about a half size large (so order accordingly)
Inov-8 F-Lite 230 Testimonials
Nothing’s more helpful than reading reviews from actual owners and users. Below you’ll find a couple reviews I scraped from Zappos that users found most helpful.
Love my F-lite 230s. I also own a pair of 195s, and I have to say although I like the lighter weight in the 195s, if you are looking for an all around shoe for crossfit, the 230 is it. For me, the few extra millimeters in the heel make a big difference on movements such as overhead squats. Love the grey/black and can’t wait for the new colors to come out, cause I’ll be buying more. -B. from CrossFit Memphis/Faction
I recently purchased a pair of the Inov-8 F-Lite 230s. I have been using them for CrossFit and absolutely love them. They are a fantastic all purpose shoe that I can use anywhere between running and Olympic lifting. The thin soles provide enough cushion but certainly do encourage a forefoot running style (almost barefoot). Although the shoes are very light and primarily a very breathable mesh, they are supportive in lateral movements as well. It is a night and day difference as compared to using a pair of running shoes. I would recommend these shoes to anyone using them for various fitness uses as well as trail running or mid distance runs on pavement. -Tye B.
Inov-8 F-Lite 240 Testimonials
This is my second pair of Inov-8 shoes, the first were the BARE-XF 210. I use them for CrossFit and love them. Perfect for burpees, double-unders olympic lifts, rope climbingand running. Even has a reinforced toe fabric for wall walks and such. Much more versatile than the 210 which I really didn’t like for running at all. I love putting these on. Ultra-lightweight and breathable The sole seems to be holding up fairly well even after several WODs including rope climbing. I highly recommend for any CrossFitter. -Anonymous
Best CrossFit shoes I own, period. I have a pair of custom Reebok xFit shoes and New Balance Minimas. The NB shoes are great for traveling, but overall comfort and versatility easily go to my inov-8’s. They are very flexible but also a decent heel for oly. Highly recommend. -Brian K.
To wrap things up, if you’re putting together your shortlist of the top, all-purpose, cross training/functional fitness shoes, the Inov8 F-Lite 230 (and it’s new and improved younger brother, the F-Lite 240) should be at the top of your list. I’m honestly not sure why anyone would still go for the 230 now that Inov8 has rolled out a full range of colors for the 240. I guess, if you’re not going to be doing much rope climbing and you want to save a couple bones, you could go for the 230. But, if you’re willing to pay full retail for the latest and greatest, the 240 is a true improvement. Better cushioning, better durability, a full range of colors, and all the good stuff from the original shoe are sure to make the 240 a perennial front-runner for the title of the “Best CrossFit Shoe”.
If you still haven’t found the perfect CrossFit shoe, don’t forget to check out my comprehensive shoe guide. It could save you a ton of time. If you don’t see a shoe that you think belongs on the list, let me know and I’ll add it.
Check out the helpful Youtube video below from a NZ Inov8 retailer. It was helpful in my research. It’s a little dated (more colors are now offered) but it’s still worth a a watch…