Bwardrop from Tramore, Co. Waterford
Extremely pleased with my blue one - very comfortable and
appear to be hard wearing (so far!). I have used them for
Crossfit, running (up to 15km) and have worn them to work.
They were perfect for each activity. I found that after the
first couple of runs (both 10km) that my Achilles / calves
were tender and sore. I transitioned from a pair of very
cushioned Adidas trainers so this was expected. 10mins with
a hockey ball (see mobilitywod (although they use a lacrosse
ball)) worked out these issues and they did not really
impair any subsequent performance. I did not have the same
issues after box jumps / skipping. My only gripe is the
price - at over €100 delivered, they are very expensive.
Still recommended if you have the cash to spare!
Not only are these shoes light, comfortable and excellently
crafted, they've also pretty-much altered the way I run
forever! I used to run in a battered pair of cheap, highly
padded NBs, and yeah, I could run for hours in them,
seemingly fine. Until the next day of course.. Which would
be when I realized how much stress I'd inflicted on my knees
and groin! All that heel-striking was beginning to destroy
the cartilage in my knees! From the first time I used these
f-lites, I was a amazed; so much lighter, almost as if I was
in bare feet! The padding is minimal, and such, I found I
couldn't run as far... And it still caused me some pain..
But here's the catch: no more smashed knees and pulled
tendons- now all the pain was muscular, localized to my
calves and ankles.. They had allowed me to run properly at
last, using my legs the way they were mean to be used! I've
rolled-back the distance since, and gradually started to
increase again.. But things are different now: I feel like a
pro when I run, my eyes have been opened to the mistake of
running in high-heeled, excessively padded shoes! I'm
faster, my legs are getting muscles in them I never knew
existed, and It feels amazing to run like I should have been
all along. These are the single-most important piece of
fitness equipment I own, a total game changer.. I urge
anyone I meet now to try barefoot, or at least minimal
running shoes like innov8's.. You won't be disappointed!
Though you should reduce your distances for a while and let
your body adapt: you can't rely on your trainers to 'cheat'
you anymore once you buy some real ones!
Having enthused about the 212s, I must say that the 190s are
even more comfortable, even lighter and really meant for the
ups and downs. Some have mentioned feeling the ground too
much. All I can say is that I found them just right for the
mixed ground of Swiss Berglaufs. They are wonderfully cool
and feel so comfortable I can not imagine getting a blister
or any other foot damage. I wore these, first time, for a
12km, 800 m. of height, race over ground of every variety,
mainly steep going through forest with some rock and some
grass and hummock, with no problems due to the shoes and no
slipping even in muddy conditions, compared with fellow
runners who were not so lucky, despite my notorious ability
to miss my footing. Clearly, horses for courses, I would be
wary of using these through spikey undergrowth or on roads.
It is clear they are not made for these conditions as the
upper is a very light mesh with no extra protection and the
sole is a high-grip, softest rubber with fantastic tread and
good grip. But for the usual, off road hill races or even
just for training in such conditions, these are the best,
most satisfactory I have had, the closest and a little more
versatile (perhaps) being the 212s, at the expense of
weight, coolness and, double edged, flexibility. Having both
models, I use the 190s for the entirely (or almost so)
conditions and the 212s for the rest, in the hope of making
both last longer and using the 190s in the conditions for
which they are best suited. Having said that, they would go
anywhere, just not last that long.
I had read a lot about these shoes online and from my
friends raving on about them. So I grabbed a pair, the
sizing is spot on UK size ... so if you get your shoes sized
in US or euro you'll have to work out what the UK size is.
They run slightly narrow, but I have big assed clown feet
and they feel great in them. Its like putting on a pair of
slippers they are so comfortable! Excellent trail shoes and
pose running shoes. I crossfit, and these have replaced my
vibrams as my everyday shoe, (with exception to heavy dead
lift day and only lift days) and they are brilliant! I have
already recommended these shoes to several cross fitters in
the gym, and will continue to do so ... since wiggle is the
cheapest place to get these in Australia, everywhere else
has $35-50 postage. The only down side is the blue, but you
get over that pretty quickly ... apparently they wear down
quickly but I've only been wearing mine for 3 weeks so I
don't know, there aren't holes in the soles of the shoe ...
maybe at the 3 or 4 month mark it might be a different