Comment from: rob [Member]  

Interesting take and nice review! I've also used this shoe quite a bit for minimalist trail running and although I really liked the overall functionality I have a huge gripe about the lack of durability in the upper. The big issue with this shoe is that Inov-8 used the F-Lite vamp which is nearly 100% mesh which has obvious week points along the metatarsal flex points. The end result is that I blew a hole in the mesh at those flex points after only 100 miles of rough trail running. This would be a superior shoe if they beefed up the upper to something more like the X-Talon 212. Otherwise it was a fun shoe while it lasted!

01/17/13 @ 11:42
Comment from: Max Powers [Visitor]
Max Powers

I love my Bare Grip 200s! I use them for 10+ mile trail runs, they are amazing. I have used them for Tough Mudders and Spartan Races and let me tell you, I have yet to slip. Yes you can feel everything you step on but that's true of all VFFs and other true minimalist shoe. For trails, its not as bad as you would think. The lugs also don't hold much mud which is amazing when waist deep in mud. They probably aren't the best for dried hard packed trails due to the aggressive lugs but I haven't mad any issues.

01/17/13 @ 11:48
Comment from: Cody R. [Visitor]
Cody R.

i've looked at these a bit, and other cleated minimal shoes if i ever got into something with cleats again, i've just done it barefoot, even on the street, which teaches you to be light on your feet alright lol

only thing i'd suggest is that if the toe box was more anatomical, maybe they could just make the shoe upper flatter, if i can make it clear enough

i had another idea too, but i for got :/

01/17/13 @ 18:04
Comment from: Cody R. [Visitor]
Cody R.

i've looked at the minimalist cleated trail shoes selection to see if i ever needed things that required cleats again
i mostly do football or something barefoot , even on the street, which is a great way to learn to stay light on your feet by the way,

a suggestion to get a better toe box and not slide around would be to make the upper hug the foot more, i forgot my other idea but i forgot :/
besides just buying it a smaller size

01/17/13 @ 18:09
Comment from: Andrew [Visitor]
Andrew

I've been using the baregrip 200 for over a year now, during that time I've had a couple of pairs.

In my opinion, this is the only full blown 'barefoot style' shoe on the market that can truly cope with the type of muddy conditions that we get through the winter in the UK.

However for future versions I think it would benefit immensely from................

The anatomic last, as used on the trailroc. The performance last used on the baregrip is out of kilter with what i believe most people will be looking for in a 'barefoot' style shoe. In addition, the toe box in the baregrip feels particularly narrow and pointy even compared to other inov-8 shoes that I own with the performance last. It's like a stiletto.

It needs reinforcement around the whole toebox to increase durability of the upper. Especially around the main flex point where the toes join the metatarsals. The mesh around this area is very prone to failing through stress at the flex point and abrasion from debris. I'm no shoe designer but I would have thought that a rand around the front similar to that which is fitted to the x-talon 212 would completely eliminate this problem with a small increase in weight (as would widening the toe box). I've had to start repairing both pairs of mine after minimal use (<50 miles) and have had to repeat this several times.

Other than that, a nice but flawed shoe

01/19/13 @ 08:34
Comment from: Mark Duplessis [Visitor]
Mark Duplessis

I've been running and playing kickball in these for about 6 months now. I love them. The only thing that needs to be noted is that you buy a half size down. I wear a 10.5 in most Inov-8s (42-43 in VFF) but my toe ends where the mesh meets the rubber toe.

01/15/14 @ 07:07
Comment from: Chris Kowalski [Visitor]
Chris Kowalski

I play competitive flag football in Southern California and have been dealing with Achilles tendinitis for several seasons now. I was actively searching for a better designed cleat/shot that would help alleviate some of the pain. I've been told by my PT that traditional soccer/football cleats are poorly designed and are the root cause of 90 percent of foot injuries due to the stiffness of the bottom plate and were likely the cause of my issue.

Long story short I ran into your review of the BareGrip 200's several weeks ago and decided to give them a try. I've played with them in 2 games now, and they have reduced much of my tendinitis pain which is AMAZING. Extremely comfortable and light on the feet. I was a skeptic in regards to their traction prior to using them but playing with them on the field felt great. Quick cuts, stop on a dime, acceleration I couldn't be happier. Huge THANKS for your review and making me aware that such a shoe even existed. I owe you a pint. Much love

02/16/14 @ 18:20