Inov-8 Fastlift 335
Finding the perfect shoe for both weightlifting and doing different work in the gym is a tough job. But the Inov-8 Fastlift 335 is pretty close to that! Although it is a cross-trainer, it’s more suited for weightlifting, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t give it a go for cardio or Crossfit. You might not want to run in them though, because of the lack of padding and the tight fit, plus taking them outside isn’t such a good idea either, but you can do just about anything in them if you stick to the gym! Read on to discover whether the Fastlift 335 is worthy enough to find a place in your closet.
Nylon and synthetic upper that is very durable and resistant to all kinds of damage
Removable soft sock liner
Sticky rubber outsole made for all kinds of indoor terrain
Power-truss system at the heel gives extra support
The forefoot is very flexible thanks to the Meta-flex technology
Velcro strap and secure lacing system
Not really made for running
A bit pricey
A comfortable shoe also has to be breathable. The nylon present in the upper is what makes that a possibility. Not only does the nylon extend the life of the shoe, but it also allows cool air to enter freely and kick out the hot, moist air. This then dries your feet and keeps you safe from blisters as well. The removable footbed and the mesh lining improve the breathability too. A heavy shoe can also affect the overall comfort because wearing a set of weights around your feet when you're working out can tire you down without you even noticing it. So, a lightweight sneaker is the way to go, and although the Fastlift 335 does have elements that make it heavier, it's still light enough that it doesn't cause any discomfort. The Fastlift 335 has 12 ounces, so it's heavy enough to support you without affecting your performance.
The sticky rubber also gives the sneakers plenty of traction, gripping the floor with immense strength. This way, you can safely jump, run, lift, and even climb without spending a second thinking about toppling over. The Fastlift 335 is lightweight, but it's also quite flexible. The nylon ripstops are tough but they are very bendy, and so are the synthetic overlays. The shoe is designed to keep you stable, especially the heel, but the forefoot does have a lot of flex in it thanks to the meta-flex technology. The sneakers will allow you to move naturally, so don't worry about constricted movements. And lastly, a good cross-trainer has to be stable. Thankfully, the Fastlift 335 has a pretty wide platform that gives you a good surface area to lean into. The TPU heel cage and the Power-truss we mentioned were specifically designed to give you support. They grip your feet and keep them in place, no matter how hard you try to rip your foot out!