Inov-8 Discontinued The Bare-XF in January, 2017
Inov-8's F-Lite series of shoes are a common and popular choice in CrossFit gyms. The Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 is a lesser known model and we were interested to see how they compared to the Inov-8 F-Lite 195 - Women's. Although they are marketed as a functional fitness shoe, the light uppers, 0 mm heel to toe drop and lack of midsole makes it feel more like a minimalist running shoe. We didn't enjoy lifting heavy in these shoes, but for light lifts in the midst of a metcon workout they were just fine. During our side-by-side sprint tests we noticed a lack of arch support and cushioning in the sole. The rubber layer surrounding the shoe was surprisingly breathable and this model ranked high in that regard. Unfortunately, the rubber showed some wear and tear after our rope climb tests, but nothing structural. If you like the F-Lite series shoes but want something more minimal, than give these shoes a try. Overall, though, we preferred the F-lites over this shoe for CrossFit workouts.