Inov-8 Mudroc 280
Use: Muddy, short-distance, hilly trail running
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $95
I'm a fairly experienced trail runner and ultramarathoner running trails in northern Kentucky. The inov-8 Mudroc 280s were my first inov-8 shoe, and I initially ran too many long runs in them. These shoes are great for shorter distances, extremely muddy terrain, and running hill workouts. They are not good for distances over 10 miles or so, at least not for me.
They're super light, and I ended up tweaking a ligament in my right ankle by overdoing the mileage in these. Now I use them for short, fast runs, hill training, etc. They're great shoes that give me a wonderful feel for the surface of the trail, very close to running barefoot.
Materials: Hard plastic under synthetic mesh
Break-in Period: None
Price Paid: $71.96
This is just a short review because it only took a second trying these on to experience the blinding pain these shoes caused driving hard plastic barely covered by thin material deep into my heel. No amount of breaking in could've softened these shoes and I sent them back the next day, done with Inov-8 forever, after having similar problems with Terroc 330's.
Use: trail running
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $85.99
Great speedy trail shoe. Feels like running barefoot.
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Think fast. The Mudroc 280 is the pinnacle of ultralight, moderately cushioned trail running shoes. Offering a stable, low-profile midsole, durable and breathable upper, and aggressive grippy outsole, this is an excellent and responsive multiterrain race-day shoe. Weighs only 1 pound 3.7 ounces per pair! Ideal for the racer who wants a very responsive high-performance trail running shoe with aggressive traction. Highly breathable synthetic leather and mesh upper is ultralight and provides moderate support. Upper features a DWR (durable water repellent) and antimicrobial treatment. Low-profile midsole allows feet to adjust to changes in terrain underfoot. Meta-flex torsion shank for precise foot placement. Rocshoc midsole and footbed with memory retention and antimicrobial treatment. Anticlogging tread with Rocgrip design. Optional high-lace design ensures stable heel hold.
Inov 8 built the MudRoc 280 Men's Trail Running Shoes for races in harsh conditions where other shoes clog up and slip around instead of providing you with traction. The Aggressive, sticky MudRoc soles use spaced lugs to shed mud and a sticky rubber for great traction on the rock (hence, the name). Inov 8 found a fine balance between durability and agility when they added features to the MudRock 280 shoes. The Meta-shank increases underfoot support while it allows your metatarsals to move individually, the way your feet were designed to work.
- Backcountry Outlet