Shoes: I have loved the Inov-8 brand since I started wearing them. I won a pair at the Utah Spartan beast in 2012 – I chose the F-Lite 195 pair – a nice light racing shoe (flat). The first time I raced in them, they felt great! I also happened to win the race which was the Spartan World Championship! Three weeks later I won my next Spartan race in South Carolina in the same pair of shoes. About 3 weeks later I wore the same pair of F-Lite’s at the USATF Trail Marathon National Championship which I also won! We are talking about a great shoe! I became sponsored by Inov-8 after telling them how much I loved their shoes and 3 months later, before they could get me any new shoes, I wore (yet again) the same pair of Inov-8 F-lites at the USATF Trail Ultra National Championship…….and won. I’m just saying, I put a lot of racing miles on those shoes and they were loyal and trusty to me.
Now I prefer the F-Lite 195’s for trail racing and the X-talon 190 for Spartan races. The X-talon has a heavier tread which is good in the mud, but is light like the F-Lites. I train in the Inov-8 Roc Lite 295 shoes. They are a sturdy pair of shoes and great for getting more miles on before I have to get a new pair.