Monday, September 26, 2011

Inov-8 Bare-X 200 Now Available

Yeah, that's right, Inov-8's highly aniticipated zero-drop road shoe is finally available for the rest of us. The Bare-X 200 showed up at last week. And, better yet, it's in stock at for an even more enticing price.

Here are a few points of interest about this latest Inov-8 offering:

  • The Bare-X 200 is a minimum feature, minimum neutral shoe designed for road racing. It is built with a semi-curved shape.
  • For a barefoot experience, this shoe contains no additional cushioning technologies.
  • Anatomic Last follows the natural shape of the human foot for a close and comfortable fit.
  • Sticky Rubber for optimal performance and maximized grip in wet conditions.

As excited as I am about these shoes, I'm going to have to abstain from purchasing them for now. This is mostly due to the fact that they're almost completely white. That's a downer. I don't like white shoes. In fact, I don't think I've ever met another runner who likes white shoes. So, why the clever Inov-8 designers felt compelled to release these in white is beyond me.

Also, I just can't afford them right now, not with the impending release of the Bare-X 150, NB MT00, and the Merrell Road Glove; all of which will be available in colorways ranging from not white to definitely not white (I swear I've seen the 150 in green, orange, and blue).

So, unless the good people at Inov-8 feel magnanimous enough to send a free pair of these shoes to me, I won't be able to review the Bare-X 200 for you fine people. I'd really like to. But, you know how it is.

But, hey, if any of you are feeling adventurous and unopposed to white shoes, grab a pair of these from and let me know how you like 'em! I'm especially curious to know how the sizing of the anatomical last fits relative to the performance last of the f-lite 230, etc.

The Inov-8 Bare-X 200: Might be difficult to see against the white background of this web page Inov-8 Bare-X 200 profile
Inov-8 Bare-X 200 top
Inov-8 Bare-X 200 outsole

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