- Item Weight: 340 g
- Shipping Weight: 726 g
- Item model number: Bare-XF 210-U
- ASIN: B008KRUGZE
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: May 1 2013
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,117 in Shoes & Handbags (See Top 100 in Shoes & Handbags)
Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 Shoe,Grey/Yellow,14 M US Men
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- Rubber sole
- Airmesh upper
- ZERO-DROP 0mm heel-to-toe differential with zero midsole
- TPU Lacing Suppor with Rope-Tec
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Whether running, lifting, climbing or any form of intense exercise, the INOV-8 Bare-X 210 Cross Training Shoe is a trainer designed to withstand it all. Superbly durable and with features tailoring it as the ideal gym shoe, this can be the difference between having to stop, or breaking your personal best. Featuring a Zero-Drop height, this shoe is ideal for short runs, providing minimal support to allow for fast, flexible forefoot running. The Zero-Drop also enhances weightlifting prowess by giving you a flat, solid contact to push up from. An ultra-grippy rubber outsole also ensures you get optimal movement from your shoes, reducing the risk of falling, slipping and injury.
From the Manufacturer
Based in "England's last wilderness," the North Pennines, inov-8 is a British company that is passionate about specialist off-road running products and creating the lightest weight, most flexible footwear on the market. Since the company's launch in 2003, it has become one of the fastest growing off-road running brands in the United States. From the footwear to the hydration packs, inov-8 products are created to complement the natural functions of human body biomechanics. Inov-8 designs its athletic gear to meet the demands of various environments and terrains at a peak level of performance. The comfort and durability of inov-8 products is what makes this brand a top-quality choice for the high-performance athlete and the recreational user alike.
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However, having wide feet, this shoe was a little too narrow (without the insert) and I had to stretch them. My foot length matches a US men size 9.5, but I need US men 11.5 for enough width. This shoe is advertised as a medium width shoe with a wider forefoot, but it should compared to E-4E or some familiar notation for accuracy. Regardless, I have this width problem with most shoes.
Furthermore, three other issues I have are the construction, the "meta-flex" feature, and the raised toe. After two weeks of wear, one of the loops for the lacing is coming off the left shoe but this likely stemmed from how I stretched them* or chance. Also, I don't like the meta-flex feature; this is a thin band on the outsole under the ball of the foot. The outsole bends most at this area, but this would not be necessary if the entire outsole was a more flexible material. This irritates me because my foot width forces me to wear shoes that are longer than my foot, so the meta-flex is in the wrong place for me. Finally, I don't like the raised toe; it sometimes makes my toes feel cramped but I assume it is to help you push when you step. The raised toe could also be negated with a more flexible outsole which would allow a better push with one's own toes.
Overall, if you like the same qualities in a shoe as I do, then it is a good choice.
*How I stretched the shoe:
1.Stuff with socks or a shirt, using a ruler to move them where I need more width
2.Wrap each shoe in a plastic bag
3.Place wrapped shoes in very hot water
4.Leave shoes in water until cool
5.Let shoes dry if necessary
The construction held up to the heat. That is a risk, but I'm glad it held up. I tried a men 12 for this shoe and it is intolerably long.
The problem is that I found these shoes so comfortable that I started wearing them all the time, walking around, shopping, playing disc golf, to work, etc. One day my knees started clicking randomly while I was wearing these shoes, and a few times one of my knees locked/gave out when I took a step. I ignored the problem. Eventually my knees started hurting. Hurting all the time!
These shoes uncovered the sad fact that I have fallen arches. I had no idea how bad it was until I tried to wear minimalist shoes and it screwed up my knees.
The quality of these shoes, the fit, the soles, everything about these shoes is great but I do NOT recommend minimalist shoes for anyone who has even mild pronation issues.
These shoes are very lightweight and flexible. I bought these shoes primarily for deadlifting but will probably also use them for various cross-training exercises like box jumps, sled pushes, etc. As for deadlifts, these shoes work wonderfully. The flat heel with the zero drop helps to keep me as close to the ground as possible. The mesh material allows for my feet to breath. The laces feel a little stringy and thin; I would prefer thicker laces, but I plan on replacing them with the lock laces that are elastic, so I can easily slip them on without having to retie them when switching from my olympic lifting shoes with squatting.
I had read in other reviews that these shoes run narrow, and I have wide feet which made me uncertain about buying them. I normally wear a size 6.5, but the size 7 was on sale, so I decided to give it a shot, and I'm certainly glad I did. The width fit perfectly, and there was a lot of room in the toe box. There is maybe an extra centimeter of length as a result of needing to go a half size up, but I don't like my toes feeling too cramped.
The only con I found is the inconsistency in color, though I can't dock the review for it because it was accurate with Amazon's image. In other stock photos of this shoe in black, the "INOV" text is completely white. However, in Amazon's stock photo, the text turns a dirty off-white color under the clear rubber design. I assumed that Amazon just had a weird photo, but my shoes did arrive with that same off-white color.