User Review: Inov-8 Mudroc 290
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $90
I want to be buried in these shoes.
My previous favorite trail running shoe was the Mudroc 280, light weight and sticky soles. Unfortunately the 280's were a limited production run and I've gotten a bit older and need just a bit more structure.
Flexible. If a trail shoe is too rigid when you step on a root or rock the only reaction is for the shoe and foot to twist. A shoe can also be too flexible poking your poor tarsals and metatarsals like those "natural" shoes all the kids are into. For my running biomachanics this is a really flexible shoe that provides enough protection.
I'm on my second pair and I've run every thing from fun run cross country races to 50k and never had an issue with my feet. I guess a shoe really works when you never even have to think about how it feels or how it fits. The traction from the knobby soles is great. I was running a trail run that attracts a a lot of road runners. I ran across a slanted rock face with flowing water, the road runners in their road shoes behind me slid off into the trees.
I use these shoes for day hiking and for wearing around camp.