Inov-8 Men's FastLift 335 Cross-Training Shoe

$109.00

  • 100% Synthetic
  • Imported
  • Synthetic sole
  • Heel measures approximately 1.25"
  • Platform measures approximately 0.25 inches
  • Nylon ripstop upper with lightweight welded synthetic overlays
  • Adjustable hook-and-loop instep strap

Brands:

Inov-8

Product Code:

B00B7G6HGM

Availability:

In Stock

Extra structure in the heel provides power and support for weightlifting in this gym-ready cross-trainer.

Based in "England's last wilderness," the North Pennines, inov-8 is a British company that is passionate about specialist off-road running products and creating the lightest weight, most flexible footwear on the market. Since the company's launch in 2003, it has become one of the fastest growing off-road running brands in the United States. From the footwear to the hydration packs, inov-8 products are created to complement the natural functions of human body biomechanics. Inov-8 designs its athletic gear to meet the demands of various environments and terrains at a peak level of performance. The comfort and durability of inov-8 products is what makes this brand a top-quality choice for the high-performance athlete and the recreational user alike.

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 4 x 8 inches
  • Item model number: Fastlift™ 335 Mens
  • Date First Available: February 12, 2014
  • ASIN: B00HHTY6O8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,090 in Clothing, Shoes & Jewelry (See Top 100 in Clothing, Shoes & Jewelry)
    • #397 in Men's Cross-Training Shoes
    • #187673 in Men's Shops

    My Wife bought me these for my birthday in yellow.
    Loved the look and the color, they felt great too after they were used a few times.
    These were my first lifting shoes and I used them for crossfit (only during lifts, used my Nanos when not lifting).
    I really wanted to keep these shoes, unfortunately I had to send them back after about 4 months of use. (about 2-3 times a week for 10-15 mins each).

    Two reasons I gave them 1 star:
    Short Version:
    -Velcro started to fall apart.
    -Inov-8 doesn't respond to customers.

    Longer Version:
    -The velcro strap started to fail (see picture), the seam connecting the loop section and the hook section started to come apart on both shoes.
    -After emailing the company for a warranty exchange, at their return email ([email protected]), I did not receive a reply from them after a couple days. I emailed them again after Amazon accepted the return (even outside of their return window), and still no response, its been over 1 week. I didn't even get one of those automated "we got your email and someone will be in contact with you shortly" replies.

    I would have given the shoes a better rating had the issue been resolved, tossing it up to a QA issue. However Inov-8's complete lack of customer service has turned me off. They are dead to me.
    We've got some folks at the gym that have these and have not had the issue I had, but I did see another amazon review with the same (and even worse) issue in a shorter period of time.

    I applaud Amazon for picking up the slack and accepting the return outside of the return window as a warranty issue.

    These shoes are great! First of all, they fit as expected, which is always nice when ordering from Amazon. They also give you a good amount of heel lift, which is important for lifting shoes (it's the whole point!). The sole is quite stiff, and doesn't allow for much give, which maximizes your power transfer. The color combination looks good, in my opinion. If you're buying these for crossfit, I would say that running in these shoes isn't going to be the most comfortable, but it can be done. I haven't tried any other crossfit shoes before, so I can't say if another shoe would perform better for that. However, for lifting, it has really increased the amount of weight I can comfortably squat.

    My only worry with these shoes is the same as what others have posted. The velcro seems to be attached at only a small point on the shoe, and I worry that it will come off some day. I don't wear these enough to have worn through that yet, but I can see why others had issues with it (which is why this is getting a 4/5 star rating).

    Pros:
    - Fits as expected
    - Great color scheme
    - Great for lifting (stiff and heel raise is perfect)

    Cons:
    - Longevity issues?

    I would definitely recommend these overall!

    Just got these shoes and used them for my squat workout. These are my first pair of heeled workout shoes so nothing to compare them to other than running shoes and chuck taylors. That said I really like these.

    Feel nice and firm and the heel made a difference in the squat. Felt nice benching too. Looking forward to more time with these shoes.

    I have a wide foot and usually buy a 12.5-13, as wide as possible. I bought these in 12.5 D and they fit great. Possibly could have gone down a half size but i would have to have them side by side to test out. Anyway nice fit for a wide foot.

    Seller shipped quick. With the sale price these are a no brainer.

    A hint on sizing: If you tend to like your shoes to run a bit tight at a specific size, you'll want to order these a half-size larger. If you tend to wear your shoes with the "thumb width" between the tip of your big toe and the end of the shoe, then the size you typically buy will probably work - but be a bit tight. So, for example, if you tend to wear a 10.5 in most shoes, but you also tend to like your shoes to run a bit tighter (at 10.5), then you'll probably want to order a size 11. I originally ordered the 10.5 (as that is what I usually wear) but ended up ordering the 11's and trying them as the 10.5's were *just* a bit too tight.

    The build quality is decent but not great. There's a lot of single-stitching which may or may not give out, and the stitching on the support strap looked kind of flaky. Overall, I think if these are used for power-lifting sessions ONLY, and not used too much for walking around, they should last. For me personally, they didn't seem to be a huge improvement over the driving-style shoes (no padding, flat bottoms) that I usually use when power-lifting, so I returned them. I knew that going to the gym in one pair of shoes, changing to these, doing my sets, and changing back to my other shoes would probably get old, and I'd stop doing it - but that's just me. I think if you are lifting in running shoes - or any shoes with heavy cushioning - these will be an improvement.

    It's the first time I bought this brand or a specialist lifting shoe so unfortunately can't compare them to anything similar. All I can say is, I should have been using something like this for years now. Much more stability than my regular trainers and a more comfortable heel position than barefoot. I'm lifting heavier with more confidence and they look great!

    I'm normally a size 11 with a wide foot. I bought 10.5 (off the advice here), perfect fit.

    I have owned these for over 4 years now and they are still in good condition. I use these 2 per week for heavy compound and power lifts.
    I can not knock these in the slightest. They provide excellent support and stability and are light enough to effectively box jump or skip.

    These are great. Not as ridged as other weightlifting shoes, but I was after something I could also do box jumps and double unders in. They are supportive, have improved my lifts and they look great. I've had these for a few years and would buy another pair again. I just wish I'd been able to get them in a half size, but I put a thin insole in and it was fixed.

    Brilliant shoe. I used to wear chuck Taylor's for my lifts and felt they were adequate support and were flat. Once I started lifting in these it felt completely different. The slight elevation in the heel and solid flat sole make a tonne of difference.

    Squats and deads feel like I'm glued to the floor and you can really push through your heels with ease. They are very light and can be used for box jumps, skipping, etc.

    Highly recommended.

    When my trainer suggested that to improve my squats and workouts I got some trainers designed for the job I wasn't sure they could make all the difference. But these are amazing I can squat deeper and heavier that ever before with a better posture and improved technique as a result, I have also wiped minutes of my HIIT ladder workouts and they are a really good price and look good too.

    I've got narrow feet and they are snug but this stops my foot moving in my trainer which is good, but I guess he my feet were wider I'd go half a size bigger.

    Shoes shoes unlimited delivered these well ahead of the estimated delivery so will definitely be using them again and a follow up email to check every thing is ok is always a nice touch which they did.

    Just to add to the other reviews, they're right - these shoes make a difference. Stability, form and added confidence combined with a great fit. I'm normally 10.5 in a shoe, 11 in trainers and for me 11.5 was perfect. Thank you

    I have not tried it yet, but with the first impression is that the materials are really cool and solid platform the shoe has. Despite its features and very nice looking, where the shoe appearance is fantastic to be worn, I feel less confortable at the position of my toe, it is a little bit harder than I thought as for prorection. However, my size is 45 I do not think the shoes is really 45 because it does not fit completely on my foot. I suggest that the company has to revision the sizes to avoid such a problem. All in all, the shoe has amazing colour, modern, and stylish. But the size is really matter.

    Great weight lifting trainers.
    Helps with balance. You feel routed to the floor when lifting. Comfortable and the added benefit of the Velcro strap gives a firm locked in feel. Wish I bought these a while back but glad I took my time in searching for the right pair. Don't go to the gym without them. A must buy...

    I'd highly recommend ordering from these guys. I ordered a 9 which is what my Asics and work shoes are but they were too small so swapped for a 9.5 which were also too small so ended up in a whopping 10. But the swapping was easy and quick even by post. Thanks