A huge misconception is that these shoes can be used for cross training.
Do that and I can pretty much guarantee an injury.
They are called Oly shoes for a reason.
For you folks new to this terminology, it means Olympic.
They are made for Olympic lifts such as snatches, clean and jerks, deadlifts, overhead, etc.
Someone even tried to say these are good for box jumps.
Oh please don’t do that or you will hands down break something.
It may not be sooner but it’ll definitely be later.
Yes this shoe does offer flexibility, but not the flexibility required for jumping.
Anyway, lets get into this review so you know exactly what I’m talking about.
At a Glance
Product Name: Inov-8 FastLift 370 BOA
Designed for: Weightlifting
True to size: Yes
Expected lifespan: 1 – 2 years
My rating: 4/5
The Inov-8 FastLift 370 BOA are not exactly what they seem. They are not a cross training shoe as some e-commerce websites state. They are actually a weightlifting shoe, designed specifically for Olympic lifts, and they perform mighty well might I add.
However sadly, either Inov-8 has stopped making them OR they’re in the process of restocking them. Because at the time of writing this article there were none left. Check availability by clicking below or go for the the next best thing.
The rundown of the Inov-8 FastLift 370 BOA
The Inov-8 FastLift 370 BOA is a weightlifting shoe, designed to LIFT WEIGHTS.
Not box jumps.
Lifting weights only.
It is fairly lightweight for a weightlifting shoe (13.05 ounces) and they emphasize that in the title.
The upper is made of mesh and synthetic material to cut down on weight.
There are no laces. In fact it adopts an entirely different approach.
They use something called the BOA system. There are a few advantages to this.
First it makes it impossible for your shoes to come untied, and you can change your shoes faster.
Traction consists of a flat and wide outsole to keep you glued to the ground.
Something that caught my eye was the groove in the sole. This promotes more flexibility so your toes and forefoot can move naturally.
Again, increasing flexibility even more.
The heel includes a TPU high density plastic.
Although not as strong as wood or layered leather, it’s becoming more common in weightlifting shoes, especially with the cheaper models.
Is it a bad thing?
Not really. It comes down to personal preference, depending on what feels better for you.
A strong cage cups the heel counter to secure your ankles in place.
What are they good for?
On Amazon the title has “cross-training” in its name.
These are NOT cross training shoes and should never be used as a cross trainer.
They are Olympic weightlifting shoes.
Use them for what they’re designed for and you will have no issues.
Use them for cross training, jumping, running, jogging, lateral movements, and you’ll quickly be let down.
And may even adopt a new injury.
So what are they actually good for?
They are designed for heavy lifts that require stabilization.
Compound movements is the name of the game.
You know, snatches, cleans, deads, all that good stuff.
After looking at all the reviews online it’s safe to say that they do, in fact, perform for all these exercises.
Will they magically make you lift more?
No, not at all.
They are a tool.
And with all tools, they don’t always work the way you want them to, or the way they were designed.
Some people can benefit from the extra heel height and hit more depth when doing squats.
Others enjoy the added stability when doing snatches or clean and jerks.
But for others, like me, they hinder their performance
Personally weightlifting shoes don’t do anything for me.
I can hit good depth on squats and my form is good WITHOUT lifting shoes.
I can feel the weight on the heel and midfoot, which is where you should be aiming to feel the weight.
The increased heel height makes me feel it in my forefoot more.
This is definitely where you don’t want to feel it unless you want knee pain.
However, that’s just me. Everyone is different.
Some people benefit from weightlifting shoes. They can really improve your technique and help you lift more.
But some people prefer flat shoes like Chuck Taylors or Vans.
These days I use basketball shoes for all my lifts.
The hard midsole and ankle stability is enough to provide a solid platform to lift off of, and keep me stabilized.
Do I recommend them
Inov-8 are by no means a popular brand.
In fact this is the first time hearing about them after scoping Amazon for some weightlifting shoes.
The high number of positive feedback made me want to learn more.
And I’m glad I looked into it.
These shoes are unique and clearly steers away from the status quo.
They are good shoes and the BOA system lives up to the hype.
I do recommend them because of the strong BOA lacing system and the toughness of the upper and heel cage.
But in saying that, they are not available on Amazon anymore and I don’t know if they will be anytime soon.
The next best thing is the Nike Romaleos 3.
My final opinion
Yes the Inov-8 FastLift 370 BOA is a good product.
It has certainly beat my expectations for an unpopular weightlifting shoe.
But unfortunately they have either discontinued them or in the process of restocking.
You can click this link and check if they’re available, or go with an alternative instead (like the Romaleos I mentioned above).