Inov-8 Fastlift 335 Review Facts
The Inov-8 Fastlift 335 is marketed as a cross-training sneaker but is ideally suited for weightlifting. The outsole and midsole design enable the shoe to withstand a great amount of compression without taking away from the performance of the shoe. The grippy STICKY RUBBER outsole and POWER-TRUSS midsole heel help you to grip the floor effectively while lifting and can even improve your squat performance. The midsole does provide some level of cushion but not enough to give this shoe high marks in the cross-training category. Due to its high heel stack, it is not well-suited for running but it is a great option for someone looking for a supportive and stabilizing shoe for lifting.
This hybrid cross-training shoe is made up of many elements that allow you to focus heavily on weightlifting. The outsole of the Fastlift 335 is made up of STICKY RUBBER which is a compound developed by Inov-8 that delivers excellent grip on a multitude of surfaces including concrete, wood, and rubber. This STICKY RUBBER technology also helps on rope climbs, which is something you do not see very often in shoes that focus heavily on lifting. The heel of the outsole has a unique circular pattern to it that resembles suction cups. These circles are designed to help your heel better grip the floor and prevent slipping while lifting. As a whole, the outsole also delivers a wide platform in which to lift from, providing extra stability and support. One reviewer commented that he was pleasantly surprised at how this outside edge of the wide platform helped him to keep his knees out while pressing his weight into his heels and allowed him to get his rear to the floor. Toward the forefoot of the sneaker, you will find Inov-8’s META-FLEX
flex groove which helps the shoe flex more naturally with your foot as you move through your workout.
The most noticeable feature of this shoe’s midsole is the POWER-TRUSS wedge system that is evident at the heel portion. This system is made up of strategically-placed TPU pillars that deliver lightweight, yet firm support and makes a platform that withstands compression under weightlifting
pressure. This works with the outsole to create a wide base and delivers excellent support and stability. The midsole also includes a molded 3mm footbed for additional light support and comfort underfoot.
This lifting and cross training hybrid sneaker features an upper made of nylon ripstop material and lightweight welded synthetic overlays. This fabric adapts to your foot securely and works with the lacing system in order to provide snug support. The lacing system is comprised of both a typical lacing system and a velcro strap
that wraps over the top of the laces. This strap provides a second layer of hold and keeps the shoe firmly attached to your foot. The rear of the shoe’s upper features an external heel cage, or EHC for short. This heel cage works with the POWER-TRUSS system found in the midsole by keeping your heel firmly in place and stable. This cage is made of a durable TPU material and will allow you to keep your feet firmly planted and supported while lifting.
Considering the fact that this sneaker offers a ton of stability and has a heel lift system made up of a heavier-than-foam TPU material
, it is actually fairly light in the lifting shoe department. Weighing in at around 12 ounces, these shoes are lightweight yet supportive enough to help you have an effective and efficient workout.
The nylon ripstop material that makes up this shoe’s upper is not only durable, but it is breathable as well. Although the upper does have synthetic overlays on it, overall, the sneaker is fairly breathable. The removable molded footbed
and inner mesh lining also aid in allowing airflow in and out of this shoe. Consumers have said you can wear them with or without socks comfortably while receiving a decent amount of airflow into and out of the foot chamber.
The inner lining of this sneaker allows you to wear them with or without socks comfortably. Reviewers said that this sneaker fits snugly to your foot and is comfortable for a weightlifting sneaker. The POWER-TRUSS heel and external heel cage
help to stabilize your feet while lifting and the midsole provides just enough comfort for you to perform such tasks easily and comfortably. However, it should be noted that although these sneakers are marketed as shoes you can wear while doing other cross-training activities, a large number of reviewers said that they are not comfortable for running and they do not help in perfecting your form for that activity.
Both the men’s and women’s version of this sneaker is easy on the eyes. On the whole, cross-training and weight-lifting shoes tend to be bright and eye-catching and these are no exception. However, there are some more subtle colorways, like an all-black version, in order to appeal to a larger market. The TPU POWER-TRUSS and external heel cage give the shoe a unique look but not in a bad way. The nylon ripstop material hugs your foot with snug support and gives this shoe a sleek silhouette
. Whether you are looking for a brightly colored shoe or a more subdued colorway, you will be happy with their weightlifting performance.
The STICKY RUBBER technology found on the Fastlift 335’s outsole is grippy, abrasion-resistant, and durable. These shoes are designed to carry you through a lifting session easily and will not breakdown quickly. The TPU material that makes up the POWER-TRUSS heel and the external heel cage is also very durable and is designed to withstand heavy compression without wear and tear. The nylon ripstop material found in the upper is reinforced through synthetic overlays
on the outside of the shoe and will allow the sneaker to maintain its shape through a number of workouts.
Although these shoes are marketed as being aimed at weightlifting, Inov-8 also claims that they can carry you through other cross-training activities like Crossfit and WOD workouts. That may be somewhat true, but the majority of protection will be during weightlifting. The POWER-TRUSS system made up of specifically-placed TPU columns at the heel, combined with the wider base and external heel cage will protect you from slipping and will keep you stable and supported while lifting heavy weights. The STICKY RUBBER technology found on the outsole also helps protect your feet through rope climbs
but all in all, the shoe will not protect your joints if you do a lot of running and jumping.
For the most part, weightlifting shoes are not engineered to deliver a snappy response
when you wear them and this shoe is no exception. There is not a lot of cushiony material in the midsole to make that happen, which is normal for weightlifting shoes. However, this shoe’s outsole, through its STICKY RUBBER material and suction cup design at the heel will come into play when you are applying pressure. So in that sense, the rubber and outsole are responsive when pressure is applied.
The Inov-8 Fastlift 335 is designed to deliver support and stability
while weightlifting. The molded removable footbed within the sneaker helps to give your foot a small amount of cushioned comfort and helps eliminate negative space within the shoe. The velcro strap that extends over the middle of the shoe allows the sneaker to fit snugly and securely to your foot as you lift and provides ample support while working in conjunction with the synthetic overlays on the outside of the sneaker.
These shoes are marketed primarily as weightlifting sneakers that can also help you to perform other cross-training
activities. The STICKY RUBBER grip of the outsole is ideally suited for terrains such as concrete, wood, and rubber. These shoes would not perform well on outdoor terrains because they do not boast a lug system to carry you over technical underfoot conditions. However, they are great for indoor use.
These shoes definitely fall into the specialty shoe category. Therefore, their price tag is going to be a little heftier than your average sneaker. For around $160, you can purchase the Inov-8 Fastlift 335. Although this may seem a little steep, the shoes offer a specialized performance and are still considered to be an excellent value.
The outsole of the Fastlift 335 is made up of Inov-8’s STICKY RUBBER technology which is designed to deliver exceptional grip and traction when you use the shoes for what they are designed for. The suction cup design at the heel of the shoe will help you grip the floor with ease and you should not feel your feet sliding at all. Because these shoes are designed primarily for indoor use
, they will not grip as well on slippery, wet, or icy terrain.
The upper of the Fastlift 335 is lightweight, breathable, and pretty flexible. Because it is made up of a nylon ripstop material, it moves and flexes with your foot naturally. Although the heel of the sneaker’s midsole and the outsole is designed to keep you stable and supported, the forefoot is more lightweight and flexible. Accordingly, you will find Inov-8’s META-FLEX technology at the forefoot of the shoe which will help your foot bend and flex naturally as you move through your WOD or cross-training workout.
One of the main purposes of this sneaker’s engineering is to keep you stable and supported while you lift heavy weights. The wide base of the shoe’s outsole provides a great platform on its own, but that is not where the stabilizing support stops. The TPU POWER-TRUSS heel specifically targets your heel and helps you to stay upright and stabilized as you lift. The outer edges of the wide base will help support you as you lift as well. Another great stabilizing feature is the external heel cage or EHC. This heel cage is designed to grip and hold your heel in place and stabilize you as you perform weightlifting activities.
Due to this weightlifting shoe’s aggressive heel stability features, it has a larger drop than your typical sneaker. With a drop of 16.5 mm, it is obviously higher in the heel than in the forefoot. This is actually a great feature to have for a weightlifting sneaker but it is also what makes it not great for running because it forces you to strike down with your heel first.
- STICKY RUBBER outsole delivers exceptional grip through its makeup and design
- META-FLEX at the forefoot allows for optimal natural flexibility
- POWER-TRUSS technology stabilizes your heel as you lift heavy weights
- External heel cage adds additional support to your heel
- Wider platform for additional stabilizing support
- Velcro strap over the lacing system assures a locked-in fit
If you are looking for supportive weightlifting shoes, then the Inov-8 Fastlift 335 is a great option for you. Although they are marketed as being able to carry you across several forms of exercise, such as Crossfit or WOD workouts, they are ideally-suited for weightlifting. This is because they do not offer a lot of support or stability in terms of running. Due to their higher drop, which helps in terms of weightlifting, they force you to strike heel first while running, which is not the best for form. With that said, they are decent in terms of helping you climb ropes and participate in such activities as box jumps and burpees, but not the best. Many weightlifters carry lifting shoes and cross-training shoes with them if they want to participate in a multitude of activities at the gym and that just may be the case with these. In other words, these are excellent go-to sneakers in terms of lifting but perhaps not for a lot of other cross-training exercises.