When I'm looking for a running shoe I look for a minimal features/design, lightweight, attractive shoe with little arch support and a low profile. I want to feel the ground underneath me while keeping my feet safe and warm. These shoes seem to strike a nice balance between barefooting and more supportive shoes. When I try the shoes out I'll let you know what I think.
Alright, my Inov8 shoes came in the exact day that I needed them to come in so that I could take them with me on my weekend in Portland. Thank you Zappos! It took 2 days for me to get the shoes in the mail...isn't that crazy?
I used the Inov8 F-Lite 230's for the first time on James' Gorge Waterfall's 50K course in Cascade Locks Oregon. The trail is mostly single track with some really rocky sections and some short river crossings. The shoes were a pleasure with lots of grip on the rocks. I had to pick my way though the sharper rocks on the trail as the shoes are very minimal and I could really feel the trail (which is just what I want!). My feet felt pretty worked by the end of the 30 miles. The next day i did a 45 minute run and the shoes still felt great. Highly recommended!
Here are the shoes I am running in right now:
|La Sportiva Crosslite, Trail shoe: Just got these shoes and I am loving them, although after 20 miles my toenails start to hurt. Other than that they are very comfortable.|
|Nike Free 3.0|
I really love using these shoes on Whidbey trails during the warmer summer months. I chose to use them on more mild trails with few rocks and mud. They are excellent for perfecting your running form and building up your calf and foot muscles. I still have not used them for a trail race, although I ran in them for the Rhody Run 12K in Port Townsend, all on the road.