Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Alex

Inov-8 do I think 3 foot fittings. One is the wider toe boxed fit. The Baregrip for example is more narrow being the snug fit. Which I suppose is because the shoe for trails arguably needs to stay more fixed on the foot. I tie my Bare-X 200 loosely for road running and find them OK but probably a second to the Vivobarefoot Breazy Lite.

I've also got funny toe problems with my toes being persistently hooked at the knuckle so a lot of shoes such as the Vivobarefoot Neo took skin severely off my toes. Never had that problem with the BareX 200 so perhaps you needed a slightly larger size?

What I did find is the tongue sits slightly funnily unless you position in carefully when tying the laces and I got rubs from the entrance on my ankle. So I find the cut of ankle entrance a little odd for my feet and have to be careful with them and not fasten them much.

The grip also I've found gets better after a few runs has taken the gloss off the soles.

The great aspect versus toe shoes for me is that you get much better deals on these and especially the Vivo Breazy Lite and VFF are just comparatively so expensive here in the UK.

01/02/13 @ 11:48
Comment from: Richard [Visitor]  
Richard

Inov8 seems to make some good quality shoes. Personally, I'm interested in the Roclite 286 variety for going into the mountains. While these look pretty good for normal day-to-day wear, I think I would prefer the EL-Xs for lighter work. Here's hoping Vibram will introduce a nice white version for wearing with summer clothing.

01/02/13 @ 12:10
Comment from: Doug B [Visitor]
Doug B

Thanks for the timely review. I've seen these on The Clymb and wondered how they would compare to the Vivobarefoot Neo II shoes that I currently favor. They are the first ones that my wide "Hobbit-feet" don't have a problem with -- besides VFF TrekSport and SeeYas.

I've got a pair of Inov-8 F-Lite 230s that are just a bit on the narrow side for me (create hot spots after 5 miles or so) and I was worried that these would be similar.

It sounds like I should at least try them on once I burn through my current batch of shoes :)

01/02/13 @ 13:54
Comment from: Cesar [Visitor]  
Cesar

The wider last in Inov8s is called A (Anathomic), but this last is really narrow for a minimalist shoe. Other than the narrow "anathomic" last Inov8s are great shoes, perhaps the english have slimmer fit (I doubt it).

Great running shoes (their real objective). The bareX is not a CrossFit shoe (basically none of them were not even the Flites, which have become the defacto CrossFit shoes, except for a couple of new models specifically designed for CF), is a almost (once again because of the last..) a pure and true minimalist running shoe

havent had any problems, their sole comppund seems to simply grip, althoug I agree in a heavy rain these might not be a good idea for hilly road running..

01/02/13 @ 15:50
Comment from: greg [Member]  

@Alex - I've wondered about whether my sizing was right (something I wonder about whenever I try an entirely new brand), but the 200s really have performed the best of any sneaker-type minimalist shoe I've tried as yet. Minimal rubbing or hotspots. Now that they've been broken in pretty well I pretty much never have any trouble at all. I do agree about the tongue, too. It comes up pretty high for me, reminding me of old school basketball shoes.

@Richard - I've been curious about more boot-like minimalist shoes lately, but I've heard that once one gets used to minimalism it can be hard to handle boots and high-tops of any sort. For hiking I tend to reach for my FiveFinger Trek Sports for that reason. Not totally sure how I'd feel with a constrained ankle nowadays.

@Cesar - Yeah I find it interesting that the brand is so focused on running while also being so preferred by crossfitters and other forms of training. That seems to be a recurring theme in the footwear industry (and style as a whole): a specific group co-opting a shoe for purposes other than originally intended. Kind of like how FiveFingers started as yacht shoes. I love all the experimentation!

@Doug B - Those flash sale sites are great places to pick up stuff you're curious about for cheap, but can also add up quick if you overdo it as I tend to do! Seriously though, these are really great shoes and the price is right on many of those sites. Worth picking up a pair.

01/03/13 @ 11:31
Comment from: James Ryan [Visitor]
James Ryan

I am running in a pair of Inov8 Bare-X 180's at the moment. I must say that I find them really grippy on wet roads. They are black so have survived the winter in good shape.

01/04/13 @ 14:47
Comment from: Jonathan Lee [Visitor]
Jonathan Lee

I've thrown over 350 miles on my BareX 200's! I run in them without socks or insoles without an issue. After pulling them out of the wash, they look brand new! I did break the heel loop assist on one shoe the first time I used it...

Definitely my favorite pair as of right now, still going strong. I have no issues with the grip. Trained in them everyday for Crosscountry on trails, pavement, and grass.

I also raced in them! They're light and keep you moving quickly. Definitely considering another Inov-8 shoe if these happen to burn out on me.

01/04/13 @ 15:07