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Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 Review (2024) | Is It That Tough?

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The Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 is a seriously unique cross-training shoe and delivers some proprietary Inov-8 construction specs. This model was built on the promise of being incredibly tough and durable due to its graphene construction.

With a higher heel-to-toe drop and unique upper construction, the Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 is certainly a cross-training shoe worth exploring. I’ve really enjoyed my time training in this model for a few key reasons.

F-Lite G 300 Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • Midsole is stable yet responsive delivering a well-rounded performance for lifting, HIIT, and CrossFit.
  • These can be a good option for those who like a little more width in their forefoot for toe splay.
  • Great option for lifters and athletes who like having more arch support in their training shoes.

Cons

  • The TPU midfoot cage can press into the top of the feet if you have a high instep or thick feet.
  • If you have flat feet, pass on this shoe. The tapered midfoot may feel too snug for your foot anatomy.
  • The bootie-style construction isn't for everyone and if you like traditional tongue and lacing systems you'll want to consider this.

Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 Quick Thoughts

The Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 is a training shoe that tends to either land on the money for athletes or be a total miss. For example, this shoe’s fit, bootie-style construction, and TPU midfoot cage are acquired tastes.

Regarding fit, the Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 has a fairly wide toe box and tapered midfoot with a bit of arch. This shoe is awesome for athletes who like a little arch support and ample room to splay the toes.

In the gym, the Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 has been stable enough for my 300+ lb squats and 500 lb deadlifts, and its midsole has done a fairly good job at being responsive for my cross-training and CrossFit tests.

  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 6mm
  • Weight: 12.2 oz (size 10 men’s)
  • Stack Height: 8mm Forefoot/14mm Heel
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Width: Regular/Medium

Inov-8 F-Lite G 300

Inov-8 F-Lite G 300
4.6
Stability
4.6
Versatility
4.6
Durability
4.7
Quality
4.5

Best For

  • Versatile Training
  • Recreational Lifting
  • Shorter Runs
  • Plyometrics

Falls Short

  • For Cost-Efficiency

Who Should Buy the Inov-8 F-Lite G 300?

The Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 is a great option for anyone who prides themselves on having a highly durable cross-training shoe that is also super versatile.

This model does a fairly good job in most activities and Inov-8 has stated on their site that they’ll even provide you a refund within 30 days if you don’t like this shoe.

Inov 8 F Lite G 300 Outsole

If you’re interested in trying a new type of cross-training shoe and want to explore the graphene construction in this model, then I think the Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 is worth a try!

If you want a cross-training shoe with a good blend of versatility and stability then the Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 can be a good pick. This shoe is also good for athletes who prefer a little more arch support in their training shoes.

Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 Pros

Throughout all of my testing, I’ve found three pros and benefits that come along with the Inov-8 F-Lite G 300.

Pro 1: Upper Is Durable

The first pro with the Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 is the shoe’s overall durability. The knit upper does a really good job at remaining breathable while also resisting abrasion and the TPU cage around the mid-foot adds to the model’s ability to resist friction from things like rope climbs.

Inov 8 F Lite G 300 Boot

The graphene throughout this model also adds to the durability of the shoe as a whole. Graphene is a type of material that is known for being thin, but incredibly durable and is an allotrope of carbon.

Pro 2: Midsole Has Good Stability

Another pro of the Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 is its stable midsole and outsole construction. This model is a good bet for lifting and has a slightly higher heel-to-toe drop that feeds really well into exercises like squats, cleans, and snatches.

I’ve worked up to around 450 lbs in this model and noticed it has limited compression which is great for heavy WODs and general strength training. 

Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 Pros

The final pro that I like about this model is its bootie construction. The bootie construction form fits the foot really well and adds a nice level of maneuverability to the shoe as a whole.

Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 Cons

There are a couple of cons that I’ve noted with the Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 cross-training shoes.

Cons 1: Mid-Foot and Bootie Construction

The first con that I could see others having an issue with this model is the bootie and mid-foot construction. Some lifters and athletes prefer separate tongue construction, so if bootie-style construction is something you’re not a fan of, then I think you could have a problem with this shoe’s construction.

Inov 8 F Lite G 300 Arch

In addition, the TPU mid-foot cage that serves as the eyelets on the lateral and medial sides might also be a problem for some lifters. It can feel a bit tight for lifters with wider feet.

Con 2: Higher Price Point

Another drawback to this cross-training is its price. The normal asking price of this model sits around $150 USD which is far from cost-efficient for many athletes and lifters.

Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 Performance

Overall, I really enjoy the Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 in my training sessions. It’s a good model for tackling a wide variety of activities and it’s fairly durable in doing so.

Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 Performance

Lifting

When it comes to lifting, I enjoy the higher heel-to-toe drop (6mm) that this model offers as it gives a nice firm heel to sit into on various exercises.

I think that’s a major perk of this model, and it can be super beneficial for lifters who don’t like using minimalist heel-to-toe drops in their cross-training shoes.

On top of the higher heel-to-toe drop, I also really like this model’s midsole and outsole construction. The outsole is stable and has a graphene component, giving it a firm and durable feeling.

The midsole is stable, yet slightly responsive, too, so it supports external loading well with limited compression.

Agility and Plyometrics

This shoe does pretty well across the board for agility training and plyometrics. The responsiveness of the midsole adds a nice layer of bounce when jumping and bounding and the meta-flex construction in the outsole adds a nice bounce in the forefoot.

Another perk of this model, which has agility training and plyometrics, is the lightweight, breathable upper. The bootie construction I think helps this performance characteristic.

Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 Construction

Day-to-Day and Shorter Runs

On a day-to-day wear basis, I actually really like this model. The responsiveness in the midsole and the higher heel-to-toe drop make this shoe comfortable for longer periods of wear and it’s fairly comfortable to stand in, so you can wear them to work and they’ll be comfortable all day.

For shorter runs, this model also does a fairly good job. It’s not going to be the best shoe for runs over three miles, but anything less and I think you’ll really enjoy how this cross-training shoe performs.

Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 Sizing

For most lifters and athletes, you should be safe going true to size in the Inov-8 F-Lite G 300.

The length of this model is true and Inov-8 ranks this model a “5” on their size scale, which indicates that its last is slightly wider compared to other shoes they offer.

Construction Details

If you’re interested in the construction specs for the Inov-8 F-Lite G 300, I’m going to provide what I think are the most important below.

  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 6mm
  • Bootie Construction
  • EVA Midsole
  • Graphene Outsole Construction
  • Weight: 300g

Takeaway Thoughts

Overall, I really like the Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 and I think it’s cool that Inov-8 is trying to utilize other construction components like graphene.

This model is fairly durable. Now, is it as durable as Inov-8 says? That’s up for debate, but thus far, my model has held up well and continues to perform strongly across the board.

Jake Boly, CSCS, MS Sports Science

Jake Boly, CSCS, MS Sports Science

Jake Boly is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of That Fit Friend. He's often regarded to as a go-to resource in various performance shoe communities. He’s been formally reviewing shoes and training gear for over 7 years and has hand-tested over 400 pairs of shoes. Jake is known on the internet and YouTube for blending his review process with his educational, strength sports, and personal training background.

Jake has a Masters in Sports Science, a Bachelors in Exercise Science, a CSCS, and he's been personal training for over 10 years helping hundreds of clients get stronger, lose weight, and accomplish their goals. He uses his exercise science brain and personal training background to make curated and thoughtful review content on the fitness gear he's testing.

2 thoughts on “Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 Review (2024) | Is It That Tough?”

  1. For anyone wondering why bootie construction might be a con – it’s hard to get good heel lockdown with this construction if the bootie material is flexible enough (which it is). I just got a pair to try, and will be returning it because I can basically take the shoe off when it’s tightly laced. I don’t get much heel slip when just walking around (only a little bit), but the heel moves a little with every step, and it’s an uncomfortable feeling.

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